Which countries recorded an increase and decrease in marble exports between the first quarters of 2021 and 2022?
We have chosen to compare exports between the first quarters of 2021 and 2022 of Brazil, China, Greece, India, India, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Turkey because these countries are the largest marble exporters in the world. We did not include Egypt and Iran because recent export statistics are unavailable.
The pandemic and transport problems have affected the marble exports of the eight compared countries differently. The table below depicts the changes (%) in the value and quantity of marble exports between the first quarters of 2021 and 2022.
Brazil, India, and Italy are the only countries that recorded an increase in the value and quantity of exports. In contrast, Greece and Spain are the only countries that recorded a decline in export value and quantity.
Italy’s rise marks the return of marble exports to pre-Coronavirus levels. In the first quarter of 2022, Brazil set a five-year record in export value and quantity, while India also continued its upward trend in recent years.
The decline in unprocessed marble exports to China affected Greece and Spain negatively. On the other hand, China’s fall was due to a decrease in export volume to Vietnam and South Korea, while the rise in value was due to increasing exports to the USA.
For Portugal’s exports, the decline in quantity is due to a decrease in exports of unprocessed marble to China, while the increase in value is due to increasing exports of processed marble to more destinations.
Turkey, the world’s largest marble exporter, increased its exports of processed marble and limited its losses from the fall in exports of rough marble to China.
*Due to consistent data flow, statistics may alter during the year
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