The shortage of cement has so far not had a significant impact on the construction sector.
This is according to the immediate Past President of Incorporated Masterbuilders Association, Carvel Stewart.
“We checked with our membership and no one has had any significant dislocation from cement shortages. It could be that based on what we have heard that the cement company has a more significant problem than we initially thought. When we spoke to them we were told that there was a packaging problem that would soon be resolved. Now that the government is allowing them to import from Trinidad, it could be an indication that the problem is more significant than they had said."
Jamaica has been experiencing a shortage of the product in recent weeks resulting in Caribbean Cement suspending exports to satisfy demand.
Caribbean Cement says with the suspension of exports and imports from one of its sister companies in the region; it should be able to supply one million bags of cement over the next month.
Concerning the performance of the local construction sector, Stewart said more work is being done since the start of the year.
“Unfortunately the significant portions of the work are not being done by locals, mostly Chinese….”he said.