Clinker, a semi finished form of cement, is in much demand in Gulf countries, where there is shortage of lime and silica deposits. Govt. banned cement exports in April 08, to control the price rise allowing only exports from Gujarat ports and to Nepal. This has resulted in a drop of cement exports by 30% but there has been a strong growth in clinker exports. Many cement companies like UltraTech, a key clinker producer focus more on overseas markets, as they grew much faster than the domestic markets.