What was the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on China’s imports of marble blocks and slabs from Italy in the first nine months of 2020?
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown imposed in Italy and China is reflected in the statistics of the nine months 2020 of the General Customs Administration of China. Specifically, between the nine months of 2019 – 2020, a decrease of -34.43% in value is recorded and -35.39% in the quantity of imports of marble blocks and slabs from China from Italy.
In the Table below we see the monthly changes in the value and quantity of marble blocks and slabs imports of China between the nine months 2019 – 2020.
In the table we see how the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown affected China’s imports of marble blocks and slabs from Italy. With the exception of the first quarter of 2020, the next ones show a large decrease compared to 2019. However, the rapid increase between July – September in the value of imports by 257.41% and the quantity by 242.35%, marks the recovery of its imports China from Italy.
In the first nine months of 2020, Fujian Province and Guangdong Province absorbed 86.51% of Italian marble blocks and slabs. Beijing, Shanghai and Jiangsu stood out from the other provinces.
* The statistics are derived from the analysis of the Tariff Class Codes – Harmonized System (HS) Codes:
25151100: Marble and travertine, crude or roughly trimmed
25151200: Marble and travertine, merely cut, by sawing or otherwise, into blocks or slabs of a square or rectangular shape (2010-2500); marble and travertine, merely cut, by sawing or otherwise, into blocks or slabs of a square or rectangular shape (1988-1991)
*Due to consistent data flow, statistics may alter during the year
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