Paraguay: Bolivia-based Itacamba Cemento has increased its cement exports to Paraguay in the eight months to 31 August 2019 to 38,000t, 10% of the latter’s market demand. This represents an increase of 322% compared to 9000t in the same period of 2018. Pagina Siete has reported that the company additionally imported 36,000t of clinker, a 32% decrease of from 53,000t in the eight months to August 2018. Itacamba Cemento general manager Alexander Capela has expressed the company’s desire to use the Paraguay-Paraná Waterway to export surplus finished product, mainly to wholesale distributors in Asunción. The company aims to consolidate its 1.2Mt/yr capacity to meet Bolivia’s increasing domestic demand, currently 4.5Mt/yr.
Itacamba Cemento began exporting cement to Paraguay in 2017 due to the favourable exchange rate and hence a high profit margin for Bolivian produce exchanged for Paraguayan guaraní.