Against the unprecedented crisis due to the pandemic and the difficulties that have arisen from the lack of containers, the Greek marble industries managed to cope by showing resilience and adaptability to the new conditions. After the first six “difficult” months of 2020, exports recovered, recording a continuous increase.
2021 started with an increase mainly due to the increase in exports of marble blocks and slabs. The table below shows the changes (%) in the value and quantity of marble exports of Greece between the first trimesters of 2020 – 2021 and the last trimester of 2020 and the first three months of 2021.
Given that in the export of marble blocks and slabs almost exclusively destination is China and in the finished marble products is the USA. The rise and fall we see in the table is due to the increase and decrease of exports to the two specific countries. However, it should be noted that the last trimester of 2020 was the three months with the highest exports, so the decline compared to the first trimester of 2021 was expected.
Focusing on the processed decline, exports fell between the first trimesters of 2020-2021 and the last three months of 2020 and the first trimester of 2021, to the United Arab Emirates, which is the second major destination after the USA in exports to Saudi Arabia.
In the first trimester of 2021, Greece exported marble products with a total value of approximately 74 million euros to 93 countries.
*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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