Finished marble, granite, and ceramics imports of United Kingdom after Brexit

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On June 23, 2016, British people decided via referendum the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. As a result, since 2017, the UK’s finished marble, granite, and ceramics imports from countries inside and outside of the EU recorded a different trend.

Specifically, between the nine months of 2017 – 2021 the total value of the imports of finished granite decreased by -4.43%, and that of marble imports decreased by -9.03%. On the contrary, ceramics imports showed a rapid increase of +160.69%. At the same time, the imports of finished granite from the 27 EU member states showed a decrease of -48.65%. Meanwhile, the imports of marble increased by +36.31% and of ceramics by + 42.13%.

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The UK’s EU withdrawal agreement entered into force on December 31, 2020. Between the first, second and third quarters of 2021, there is a gradual decline in the shares of the EU member states in the UK’s total imports:

The UK imports from countries inside and outside of the EU record a different trend during the first nine months of 2021.

During the first nine months of 2021, the UK’s principal ceramics supplier countries are Spain, Turkey, India, and Italy. The UK’s finished granite suppliers are China and India. Finally, the UK’s finished marble suppliers are Turkey, China, Italy, and Egypt.

 

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

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 jewellery, clocks, lamps and lighting fittings and parts thereof, buttons, original sculptures and statuary, 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 jewellery, clocks, lamps and lighting fittings and parts thereof, original sculptures and statuary, setts, curbstones and flagstones).

6907: Ceramic flags and paving, hearth or wall tiles; ceramic mosaic cubes and the like, whether or not on a backing (excl. of siliceous fossil meals or similar siliceous earths, refractory 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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