Total shipments of portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico were about 7.9 million mt in August 2011, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. This was 8.0% higher compared with shipments for August 2010. Total shipments for the year through August were approximately 46.7 million mt, slightly higher compared to the same period in 2010.
Clinker production totaled 5.7 million mt in August 2011, slightly higher than the output in August 2010. Production for the year through August was 39.9 million mt, slightly lower than that for the same period in 2010. Masonry cement shipments of about 182,000 mt for August 2011 were almost slightly higher compared with shipments in August 2010—marking the first such increase in this market in 2011. Shipments for the year through August were 1.24 million mt, down 7.0% from those through August 2010.
August 2011 imports of cement and clinker of about 748,000 mt were down nearly 5.0% from those in August 2010. Imports for the year so far totaled 4.23 million mt, down about 6.0% from those through August 2010.