The problems caused by the pandemic affect the return of Greek marble exports to pre-coronavirus levels. The analysis of the statistical data between the nine months of 2017 – 2021 shows the total value of marble exports of Greece reached the levels of 2017. Individually, the exports of marble blocks and slabs were the lowest of the last five years while, on the contrary, those of finished marble were the highest.
Between the nine months of 2020 – 2021 there was an increase in value and quantity. On the contrary, between the second and third trimester of 2021 there was a decline:
The changes we see in the table above are due to the fluctuations in exports towards the main destinations: China, USA, United Arab Emirates.
Focusing on China, which absorbs most of the exports, the problems in transportation, plant closures due to electricity shortages, and the real estate market seem to have negatively affected Greece’s exports. Specifically, except for 2020, finished marble blocks and slabs exports to China in the first nine months of 2021 are the lowest in value and quantity, while the average price per ton is lower than in 2018 and 2019.
*The statistics are derived from the analysis of the Tariff Class Codes – Harmonized System (HS) Codes:
251511: Marble and travertine, crude or roughly trimmed.
251512 Marble and travertine, merely cut, by sawing or otherwise, into blocks or slabs of a square or rectangular shape.
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).
*Due to consistent data flow, statistics may alter during the year
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