The Ministry of Trade and Industry wishes to inform the general public that at its fortieth meeting held on Thursday, 26th May, 2016, Cabinet considered and approved a request by the Ministry to institute trade contingency measures in respect of the Cement Industry in Ghana. The approval gives the Ministry the authority to restrict the importation of Portland cement into the country to protect the local cement industry.
Accordingly, a legislative Instrument (L.I.) was drafted and laid in parliament on 29th July, 2016 and matured on Monday 1st August, 2016.
The maturity of the L.I paves the way for the issuance of an import licensing system for the importation of Portland cement for commercial purposes into the country.
In this regard, a person shall not import cement for commercial purposes into the country, without a license issued by the Minister of Trade and Industry.
This regulation, however, shall not apply to imports of Portland Cement originating from a member country of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Further, a Portland Cement Monitoring Committee shall be in place to ensure a smooth implementation of this regulation.
Interested persons/importers who wish to have further details may visit our Communications/Industrial Development Directorates or call 0276618028/0209466524.
This notice complements our Public Notice headlined’ Public Notice on the intended executive action aimed at protecting the local cement industry’ dated 10th March, 2016.
We wish to seek the cooperation of the business community and the general public to ensure a smooth implementation of this regulation.