The import pattern of China’s marble blocks and slabs imports has a decisive impact on the total exports of its five primary suppliers, Turkey, Greece, Iran, Italy, and Egypt.
As expected, the first nine months of 2021 ended with an increase in China’s imports from all five countries. The table below shows the changes (%) between the nine months of 2020 – 2021:
The table below shows that China’s imports from Iran showed the highest increase, while imports from Egypt recorded the lowest. It’s important to note that the average price per tonne of marble block and slab in the two countries is the lowest and has been falling while the average cost in others has been rising.
Turkey was, and remains, China’s primary supplier of rough marbles leaving the other countries following at a distance. The graph below shows China’s import value, by country, in the first nine months of 2021:
In the number of imports in nine months of 2021, there are differences in the ranking compared to the value:
The average price per tonne of Italian and Greek marble blocks and slabs is higher:
*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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