Iraq: Iraq intends to remove a ban on import of Iranian cement according to Abdolreza Sheikhan, the secretary of Iran's Cement Industry Employers Association. In comments reported by the Fars News Agency, Sheikhan said that Iranian and Iraqi officials had held several meetings on the issue.
He added that Iraq had banned cement imports due to security problems in the country and the falling oil price. Iraq’s cement demand is currently met by its own domestic production. Previously, Iraq took 60% of Iran’s exports of cement. However, in the last year Iraq increased its import tax on Iranian cement to US$13/t from US$4/t.