Imports of marble, granite and ceramics of France in the first three months of 2021

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What did France import the most in the first three months of 2021, marble, granite or ceramics?

France is the second largest importer of ceramics in the world. On the contrary, imports of marble and granite are at lower levels. Statistics show that the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns negatively affected French marble, granite and ceramic imports.

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Specifically, between 2019 – 2020 there was a decrease in the value of imports of ceramics by -3.23%, of marbles -3.02% while in granites was recorded a marginal decrease of -12.9%. However, between the 1st trimester of 2020 – 2021 and the 4th trimester of 2020 – 1st trimester imports of all three materials recovered.

In the table below we see the changes (%) in the value of exports between the first three months of 2020 – 2021, the 4th trimester of 2020 and the 1st trimester of 2021 of imports of marble, granite and ceramics of France.

The rise of marble between the first three months of 2020 – 2021 is due to the increase of imports mainly from Turkey. The increase in granites is due to the increase in imports from India and China. The rise in ceramics is due to increased imports from Italy, Spain and Portugal.

Between the 4th trimester of 2020 and the 1st trimester of 2021, the increase in imports in all three materials is due to the increase in imports from the  already mentioned supplier countries.

France’s marble imports in the first three months of 2021 exceeded 29 million Euros, granite 25 million Euros and ceramics 268 million Euros.

 

*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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