"What makes these reports especially alarming is that they are coming at the beginning of the high-demand season for cement, meaning more severe problems are almost certain in the near future," said AGC CEO Stephen E. Sandherr.
In addition, some of the states named had no shortages last year, or at least not so early, meaning that shortages are likely to be even more widespread than in the 35 states where the Portland Cement Association noted shortages or "tight" supplies as of November 2004.
"We urge the secretary to head off a crisis that could spread throughout the economy by concluding agreements with domestic cement producers to suspend the anti-dumping duty on Mexican cement," Sandherr added.
Mexican cement could reach the U.S. in days by barge or rail, which would reduce congestion and delays for ocean carriers, U.S. ports, and their customers, as well as the construction industry.
AGC has members in every state, including general contractors, specialty and subcontractors, and suppliers of construction goods and services. They perform all types of nonresidential and multi-family construction projects, nearly all of which use cement at some stage and are therefore vulnerable to shortages.