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Imported cement set to undergo tests in Qatar

Qatari government introduces measures in response to large-scale importing of cement to meet the rising demand fuelled by the glut of developments

Qatar has made it mandatory for imported cement to pass a quality test to qualify for use. These newly implemented measures are being taken because of the large-scale importing of cement to meet the ever rising demand, which has been fuelled by the country’s booming construction industry.

It has also been made compulsory for cement importers to get a certification of standards for a consignment issued in the country of export. A sample of cement will be required to be sent for a detailed analysis at the central laboratory in Abu Hamour and its results will then be revealed 28 days later. However, if it is found that the cement does not comply with global standards, the importer will be immediately informed and asked to retrieve stocks from the market and either return them to the supplier or destroy them.

“To be acceptable to us, the certification should be of a global standard,” said Mohamed Saif Al Kuwari, director general, Qatar General Authority for Standards and Measurements. “If an importer has this certification in respect of a consignment he is bringing in to the country, we will then take some samples and allow the stocks to be released immediately,” he added.

The directives for local laboratory testing were issued by the chairman of the Qatar General Authority for Standards and Measurements & the minister of Economy and Commerce, Sheikh Mohamed bin Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani. However, Al Kuwari suggested that the chances of a consignment of cement that has a proper certification issued in the country of export being found unusable in Qatari projects are remote.
Qatar had no standards and specifications of its own for cement and will therefore, rely on UK and US standards until the country has its own rules in place.

“We do expect to have them [regulations] before the GCC has a uniform one in place. We will follow the regional one once it is in place,” said Al Kuwari.

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