Germany’s imports of processed marble, granite, and ceramics in 2021

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In 2021, a five-year high was registered in Germany’s processed marble, granite, and ceramics imports. Specifically, the record was observed in the value and quantity of the processed marble and ceramics imports, while in processed granite, the record was seen only in its value.

The statistical data of the last five years show that the pandemic left imports unaffected, keeping Germany in fourth place among the biggest importers of processed marble in the world and fifth place among the world’s ceramics importers. Despite the increase, imports of processed marble remain low compared to granite and ceramics.

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Below are the changes (%) in Germany’s imports of processed marbles, granites and ceramics between 2019 – 2021:

The table shows the upward trend of Germany’s imports since the pandemic outbreak. Also, there is a considerable increase in processed marble quantity due to increasing imports from Turkey and Italy.

In the case of imports of processed granite, the rise is due to the increase in imports from Turkey, which has taken a large share from China, Germany’s leading supplier. Based on statistics, German importers are likely to turn to Turkey to meet their needs because of transport problems and increased costs. Characteristically, between 2020 and 2021, the number of imports from Turkey increased by +306%, while those from China decreased by -40.47%. An increase was also noted in the quantity of imports from India by +34.26%.

In ceramic imports, the increase was due to increasing imports from its primary suppliers, Italy, Turkey, Poland, and Spain.

 

*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 jewelery, 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 jewelery, 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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