Total shipments of portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico for March 2013 were about 5.8 million metric tons (Mt), according to the most recent USGS Mineral Industry Survey. This was nearly 3 percent less than shipments in March 2012. Shipments for the year through March were up slightly 15.4 Mt. The leading portland cement producing states in March were Texas, California, Missouri, Florida and Alabama, in descending order. The leading consuming states (Texas, California, Florida, Louisiana and Arizona, in descending order) received 46 percent of the March total shipments.
Clinker production totaled about 5.6 Mt in March, 4 percent more than the output in March 2012. Production for the year through March was 13.7 Mt, down slightly. The leading clinker-producing states in March were Texas, Missouri, California, Florida and Alabama, in descending order. Masonry cement shipments in March of about 164,000 metric tons (t) were up by almost 3 percent from those of March 2012. Shipments for the year through March were 435,000 t, up by about 3 percent. The leading masonry cement-consuming states were, in descending order, Florida, Texas, California, North Carolina and Georgia, and these received about 53 percent of March’s total shipments.
March 2013 imports of cement and clinker of about 443,000 t were about 3 percent more than those in March 2012. Imports for the year through March totaled 1.223 Mt, up by 12 percent.