Italy, in one of the most difficult periods in its history, managed to keep marble exports at a high level
Italy, in one of the most difficult periods in its history, managed to maintain exports at a high level thanks to the professionalism and vigor of companies and employees. Proportionately, Italy in 2020 restrained the decline in exports of marble products compared to 2019, recording a decrease in total value by -21.12% and quantity by -29.48%.
In the Table below we see the monthly changes (%) in the exports of marble products of Italy between 2019 2020.
In the first half of 2020, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdowns, led to the rapid decline in exports compared to 2019 by -30.55% in value and -40.86% in quantity. In the second half, despite the new wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, exports improved and recorded a decrease compared to 2019 by -12.04% in value and -18.27% in quantity.
The decline in marble blocks and slabs was greater due to declining exports to major destinations China and India. Specifically, between 2019 – 2020 there was a decrease in value by -34.13% in value and -35.55% in quantity.
In finished marble products the decline was much smaller than in marble blocks and slabs mainly due to the increase in exports to Saudi Arabia and Qatar and the reduction of the decline to the USA. Between 2019 – 2020 a decrease was recorded in value by 15 , 02% in value and 15.18% in quantity.
The month with the lowest exports was April while the month with the highest was October.
* The statistics are derived from the analysis of the Harmonized System (HS) Codes:
25151100: Marble and travertine, crude or roughly trimmed.
25151200: Marble and travertine, merely cut, by sawing or otherwise, into blocks or slabs of a square or rectangular shape.
68022100: 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)
68029100: 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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