What was the trend of Portugal’s marble exports in the ten months of 2020?
Portugal’s marble exports are on the rise, according to Eurostat statistics. However, they remain lower compared to the corresponding period of 2019. Between the first ten months of 2019 – 2020, a decrease of -19.91% was recorded in the total value of marble exports and in the total quantity -27.91%. In the Table below we see the changes (%) in the marble exports of Portugal between the first ten months of 2019 – 2020.
Exports improved significantly between May and July, but fell sharply in August. In September, they recovered, surpassing in value and quantity in September 2019. The recovery of exports continued in October, however, they were lower than in October 2019.
Individually, between the ten months of 2019 – 2020, a decrease was recorded in the value of exports of marble blocks and slabs -33.65% and in the quantity -43.03%. In the finished marble products, fall is smaller with -11.78 %% in value, while in the quantity there was an increase of + 20.19%.
The main reason for the decline in marble blocks and slabs exports is the decline in exports to China and India, while in finished marble products, the decline in exports to France, Saudi Arabia and the USA.
*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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