St. Kitts – Nevis Records Triple Digit Increases in Lumber and Cement Imports

Containers Arriving In St. Kitts - Nevis

Containers Arriving In St. Kitts – Nevis
Photo By Erasmus Williams

Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
August 27, 2010(CUOPM)

Although there were slight increases in construction material imported in April this year, the St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA) says there were triple digit increases in cement and lumber offloaded at the Deep Water Port compared to the same month in 2009.

SCASPA’s Department of Finance and Statistics reports building material rose a slight 1.68 percent from 1,487 tons in April last year to 1,512 tons in April.

There was also a slight increase in general cargo, up 1.83 percent from 7,881 tons in April last year compared to 8,025 tons in April this year.

Some 9,177 tons of cement was imported in April this year compared to 3,167 tons imported in April last year, an increase of 189.77 percent.

Figures indicate an 873.08 percent increase in lumber imported in April this year compared to April last year. Twenty six tons of lumber was offloaded in April 2009, compared to 253 tonnes in April this year.

Five hundred and ninety-nine tons of non-alcoholic beverages were imported in April this year compared to 167 tonnes in April last year, an increase of 258.68 percent.

The number of vehicles imported in April this year, were down 45.62 percent compared to the same month last year. Figures show 379 vehicles were offloaded in April this year compared to 697 in April 2009.

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