Portugal’s marble exports recorded a significant increase in 2021 compared to 2020, reaching pre-pandemic levels. During the last few years, Portugal’s marble exports have been steadily rising, mainly due to increasing exports to China.
The massive investments by Chinese companies in Portugal since 2010 have strengthened the trade links between the two countries, which marble exports also reflect. More specifically, between 2017 and 2021, marble exports to China recorded an increase in value of +321.82% and quantity of +224.48%.
Reaching 2021, the table below shows the changes (%) in the value and quantity of Portugal’s total marble exports between 2020 and 2021:
The increase in total exports is driven by exports of marble blocks and slabs increasing. Processed marble exports remained almost stable. Besides China, exports to the US and India showed a slight increase. In conclusion, the rapid decline in exports to Saudi Arabia in recent years is noteworthy as it continued in 2021.
*The statistics are derived from the analysis of the 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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