Trade war, pandemic COVID-19, crisis in the construction industry. These are the issues that have arisen in China over the past three years, causing concern in international markets. Nevertheless, statistics from the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China show that imports of marble and granite blocks and slabs have recovered, recording a significant increase.
In the table below we see the changes (%) in the value of imports of marble blocks slabs and granite slabs of China between first semesters 2020 – 2021 and first trimester and second trimester of 2021.
The value of imports of marble blocks and slabs in the first half of the year is the highest in the last five years. The increase is largely due to the corresponding increase in exports of finished marble products, which is also the highest in the last five years.
In the granite blocks and slabs the value of imports in the first half of the year is also the highest of the last five years but on the contrary, in the exports of finished granite products it is the lowest.
As for China’s main suppliers of marble blocks and slabs, between first and second trimester, imports from Turkey, Italy, Iran and Egypt increased, while a small decline was recorded from Greece.
Imports, mainly from India but also from Brazil, recorded a large increase in the granite blocks and slabs between first and second trimester.
*The statistics are derived from the analysis of the Tariff Class Codes – Harmonized System (HS) Codes:
25151100: Marble & travertine, crude or roughly trimmed.
25151200: Marble & travertine, merely cut into a square / rectangular blocks / slabs.
25181000: Dolomite, not calcined / sintered.
25161100: Granite, crude or roughly trimmed.
25161200: Granite, merely cut into a square / rectangular blocks / slabs.
*Due to consistent data flow, statistics may alter during the year
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