Germany’s finished marble and granite imports in 2018

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Germany is one of the biggest markets worldwide. Let’s find out what was the trend of finished marble and granite imports in 2018.

after studying the statistical results* of the International Trade Centre, the UN Comtrade and the National Statistical Institutes, is presenting Germany’s finished marble and granite imports in 2018 and the corresponding changes from 2017.

According to statistics, Germany is one of the top 5 largest importers of natural stones in the world and mostly of finished granite.  Finished marble imports are lower and have several fluctuations in recent years.

In 2018, there was a decrease in the quantity of imports of both finished granite and marble. In the following table we can see the finished marble and granite imports in 2018 and the corresponding changes from 2017.

As we can see in the table, the German market is dominated by finished granite while finished marble is significantly lower. Imports of finished granite had an increase in price per tonne in both HS codes while the ones of finished marble only in HS Code 680221.

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

**The statistics are derived by the HS Codes below (Harmonized System Codes):

680221: Marble, travertine and alabaster 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, setts, curbstones and flagstones).

680291: Marble, travertine and alabaster, in any form (excluding 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).

Source: Stonenews.eu, ITC, UN Comtrade