OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE - All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA) has strongly urged the government to clear payments of long-awaited inland freight subsidy claims and facilitate the industry in exporting cement as local consumption is stagnant. In a letter written to Ministry of Finance, Chairman APCMA, Aizaz Mansoor Sheikh, recalled that cement makers had approached the government in 2009 to allow 50 percent inland freight subsidy for export of cement by sea to boost cement exports as high inland freight cost of the units, located in the north, makes it impossible for them to compete in the international market. Chairman APCMA requested the Finance Secretary to intervene in the matter and issue instructions to ensure immediate clearance of long-awaited inland freight subsidy claims by the cement manufacturers.