China was the center of the coronavirus outbreak and, as it was expected, the country’s trade and construction sector were remarkably affected. Natural stone sector felt the side effects of this downfall at the beginning of this year. But how has the marble products import and export trade changed during the years at the same period?
Stonenews.eu, after collecting, studying and editing the statistical data provided by the General Customs Administration of China, is presenting the country’s first two months marble products import and export value growth between 2017 and 2020, both for blocks and slabs as well as finished marble products.
As seen in the image above, 2018 was the best year for China’s marble trade, either imports or exports, as the two first months of the year recorded the largest positive growth both in marble blocks and slabs and in finished marble products trade value, compared to the two first months period of 2017. In January and February 2019, the downfall in marble blocks and slabs trade value started only to be continued in the same months of 2020, although the decrease was smaller than 2019. As for finished marble products, the first two months of 2019 ended with an increase in import value in contrast with the decline in export value. January and February 2020 showed a downfall in import value but a marginal rise in exports, always compared to the same period of the previous year.
*Due to consistent data flow, statistics may alter during the year