Comparison of Italian marble, granite, and ceramic exports in the nine months 2021

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Italy’s marble, granite and ceramic exports recorded a different recovery rate in the first nine months of 2021 compared to 2020. Statistics show that marble exports recorded a higher growth rate than granites and ceramics. However, the obstacles posed by the pandemic are preventing exports from returning to pre-Covid levels.

Comparing the second and third quarters of 2021, it becomes apparent that granite exports descended less than marble and ceramics exports. The table below shows the changes in the value of exports of the nine months of 2020 – 2021 and between the second and third quarters of 2021:

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These changes in marble are caused by export fluctuations to China, the top marble blocks and slabs importer and the US, the leading finished marble importer.

Changes in granites adjusted exports to Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. On the other hand, changes in ceramics are due to exports to France, the USA and Germany.

Exports to Germany, Switzerland and Austria are responsible for the changes in granite export numbers, whereas exporting to France, the USA and, Germany is the cause for changes in ceramic export numbers.

During the first nine months of 2021, export values of granite and ceramics were the highest of the last five years, while marble exports matched the 2019 levels.

*The statistics are derived from the analysis of the Tariff Class Codes – Harmonized System (HS) Codes:

Marble Products:

251511: Marble and travertine, crude or roughly trimmed.

251512 Marble and travertine, merely cut, by sawing or otherwise, into blocks or slabs of a square or rectangular shape.

680221: Marble, travertine and alabaster articles thereof, simply cut or sawn, with a flat or even surface (excl. With a completely or partly planed, sand-dressed, coarsely or finely ground or polished surface, tiles, cubes and similar articles of subheading 6802.10, setts, curbstones and flagstones).

680291: Marble, travertine and alabaster, in any form (excl. Tiles, cubes and similar articles of subheading 6802.10, imitation jewelery, clocks, lamps and lighting fittings and parts thereof, buttons, original sculptures and statuary, setts, curbstones and flagstones).

Granite Products:

251611: Granite, crude or roughly trimmed (excluding already with the characteristics of setts, curbstones and flagstones).

251612: Granite, merely cut, by sawing or otherwise, into blocks or slabs of a square or rectangular shape (excluding already with the characteristics of setts, curbstones and flagstones).

680223: Granite and articles thereof, simply cut or sawn, with a flat or even surface (excluding with a completely or partly planed, sand-dressed, coarsely or finely ground or polished surface, tiles, cubes and similar articles of subheading 6802 10 00 , setts, curbstones and flagstones)

680293: Granite, in any form, polished, decorated or otherwise worked (excluding tiles, cubes and similar articles of subheading 6802.10, imitation jewelery, clocks, lamps and lighting fittings and parts thereof, original sculptures and statuary, setts, curbstones and flagstones)

Ceramics:

6907: Unglazed ceramic flags and paving, hearth or wall tiles; unglazed ceramic mosaic cubes and the like, whether or not on a backing (excluding siliceous fossil meals or similar siliceous earths, refractory ceramic goods, tiles specially adapted as table mats, ornamental articles and tiles specifically manufactured for stoves).

*Due to consistent data flow, statistics may alter during the year

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