Turkish marble exports have shown resilience to the unprecedented conditions created by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Taking into account the proportions of the other major marble exporters, Turkey has managed to drastically reduce the decline in exports. Specifically, according to statistics published by the Turkey Statistical Institute (TURKSTAT), exports of Turkish marble products between 2019 – 2020 recorded a decline in value -7.41% while in quantity -10.11%.
Turkish marble companies have shown high adaptability, durability and fast reflexes. The continuing decline in exports of marble blocks and slabs, mainly to China but also to India, has led companies to boost exports of finished marble products and seek new markets. The results are reflected in the exports of finished marble in 2020, which increased compared to 2019 by + 6.81% in value and + 12.45% in quantity. On the contrary, the exports of marble blocks and slabs decreased in value -22.86% and in quantity -22.31%.
The impetus given to finished marble products exports has diversified the composition of Turkish marble exports. In 2019, the share of finished marble products was 52.07% in value and 35.10% in quantity. For 2020 the share is 60.07% in value and 43.91% in quantity. In marble blocks and slabs respectively, in 2019 the share in value was 47.93% and in quantity 64.9%. In 2020 the share is 39.93% in value and 56.09% in quantity.
In the Table below we see the monthly changes of Turkish marble products exports between 2019 – 2020.
In the Table we see the decline in exports during the first half due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown. However, the rapid increase in exports in the second half, compared to the first, by + 39.56% in value and + 49.49% in quantity, limited the overall decline.
In the main destinations of Turkish marble products between 2019 – 2020 there was a decrease in exports to China by -22.09% in value and -21.56% in quantity, to India -31.21% and quantity -27, 17%. On the contrary, an increase was recorded in exports to the USA. by + 13.91% in value and + 22.34% in quantity, Saudi Arabia by + 11.3% in value and + 17.24%.
*Due to consistent data flow, statistics may alter during the year
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