Mexico’s marble imports in 2017

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Mexico has increased marble imports during the last years, especially finished marble, at a particularly high rate. At the same time, the country exports significant quantity of marble mainly to the US and Canada, because of the NAFTA agreement.

Stonenews.eu, after studying the statistic reports of the International Trade Centre and the National Statistical Institutes, is presenting Mexico’s marble imports in 2017.

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Marble Blocks and Slabs

Mexico’s marble blocks and slabs imports have been, over time, at low levels. In 2017, the value, quantity and price per tonne dropped, compared to 2016.

At the table below we can see in brief the top 8 countries exporting marble blocks and slabs to Mexico in 2017, according to import value.

As shown at the table above, Mexico’s main supplier of marble blocks and slabs imports is U.S.A., with a share of 71.26% of the total value of imports, followed by Italy with a share of 7.77% and Spain with 7.06%.

In 2017, Mexico imported marble blocks and slabs mainly of HS Code 251520*, much less of Code 251512* and least of Code 251511*.

Finished marble products

Mexico’s finished marble products imports are constantly rising during the last years. Typically, between 2008 and 2017 the value of imports were raised by +75%, the quantity by +23% and price per tonne by +40%. In 2017, compared with 2016, the import value was reduced by -6.96% and the quantity by -10.67%. The disproportionate decline between value and quantity led to a price per tonne increase of 4.15%.

At the table below we can see in brief the top 10 countries exporting finished marble products to Mexico in 2017, according to import value.

As shown at the table, Mexico’s main supplier of finished marble products is Italy, with a share of 38.61% of total import value, followed by Spain with a share of 21.33%.

Greece is the third largest supplier of finished marble products to Mexico with a share of 14.67%. Mexico’s imports from Greece have increased rapidly during the last years. Between 2008 and 2017 the import value rose by +580% and the quantity by +647%. However, the disproportionate increase in value and quantity of imports led to a fall in price per tonne by -9.2%. In 2017, compared with 2016, the value of imports decreased by -14.75% and the quantity by -16.94%. The disproportionate reduction in value and quantity led to a price per tonne increase of +2.64% per tonne.

In 2017, Mexico imported finished marble products mainly of HS Code 680291* and less of Code 680221*.

*Τhe statistics are derived from the following HS Codes  (Harmonized System 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

251520 Ecaussine and other calcareous monumental or building stone of an apparent specific gravity of >= 2,5, and alabaster, whether or not roughly trimmed or merely cut, by sawing or otherwise, into blocks or slabs of a square or rectangular shape (excluding in the form of granules, chippings or powder, and marble and travertine)

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)

Source: Stonenews.eu, ITC