Finished marble exports trend 2009-2018 – Top five countries

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The world demand of finished marble is constantly rising and the US is the country that imports the largest number of finished marble products globally. Which were the top five suppliers of finished marble in the world during the period 2009-2018?, after studying the statistical results* of the International Trade Centre, the UN Comtrade and the National Statistical Institutes, is presenting the trend of finished marble exports in the top 5 exporting countries from 2009 to 2018.

From 2009 to 2018, the total value of finished marble exports globally increased by 46.58% while the quantity moved up by 19.07%. The top players in the finished marble trade exports based on the total value of exports are in order of rank China, Italy, Turkey, Spain and Egypt. 

As seen at the diagram above, China was by far the largest exporter of finished marble in the world in the period 2009-2018, amounting to $ 1.45 billion in export value only in 2018. Italy was at the second place with $ 1.03 billion just in 2018. From 2009 to 2018, China’s value of finished marble exports went up by 68.28%, Italy’s increased by 40.7% and Turkey’s by 29.44%. Egypt holds a place in the finished marble export trading rank with the impressive 154.55% rise in value of exports between 2009 and 2018. On the contrary, Spain is the only country that had a decrease in value of exports by -2.33%.

China’s most successful year was 2015 with $ 1.90 billion value of finished marble exports. Italy’s record high was in 2017 with $ 1.11 billion, same year as Turkey’s with $ 1.07 billion. Spain had no big fluctuations however the best year was 2013 with $ 267.16 million value of exports while Egypt’s peak was in 2014 with $ 242,83 million, after of which began its downward trend. 

Things are different when it comes for the quantity of finished marble exports. Turkey get on the top, leaving China second, while Egypt’s route had a large deviation upwards.

From 2009 to 2018, Turkey’s quantity of finished marble exports increased by 62.09% and Spain’s by 10.31%. Egypt had the largest rise in quantity of exports by 75.94%, with a large raise in 2014 up to 1.41 million tonnes. China and Italy both declined by -18.77% and -3.67% respectively.

As for unit value, Italy is once again the winner of the game as the country that exports finished marble steadily in the highest price per tonne during the decade. 

As seen at the diagram, Egypt managed to surpass Italy in the race and achieved the highest price per tonne in 2011. From 2009 to 2018, China’s price per tonne of finished marble exports increased by 107.16%, Italy’s by 46.06% and Egypt’s by 44.68%. On the other hand, Turkey’s price per tonne of finished marble exports nosedived by – 201.15% and Spain’s fell by -11.46%. 

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