Source: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Va.

Total shipments of portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico were 7.0 million mt in September 2012, according to the USGS. This was slightly less compared with shipments for September 2011. Shipments for the year through September were 59.6 million mt, up about 1o percent for the same period in 2011.

Clinker production totaled 6.0 million mt in September 2012, about 3.0 percent more than the output in September 2011. Production for the year through September was 49.9 million mt, up about 9.0 percent. Masonry cement shipments of about 163,000 mt for September were slightly higher compared with shipments in September 2011. Shipments for the year through September were 1.47 million mt, up about 5.0 percent.

September 2012 imports of cement and clinker of about 676,000 mt were 31 percent less than September  2011. Imports for the year through September were 5.23 million mt, up almost 10 percent.

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