Turkey’s Marble Blocks and Slabs exports increased in 2017

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Turkey is the largest Marble Blocks & Slabs exporter in the world. In 2017, there was a great increase in exports with lower price per ton.

Stonenews.eu, after studying the statistical results the International Trade Centre and the National Statistical Institutes, is presenting the growth in Turkey’s Marble Blocks & Slabs exports between 2016 and 2017 as well as the shares in value and quantity for 2017.

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Turkey is by far the most powerful country in Marble Blocks & Slabs exports globally. In 2017, there was a record high in exports value while it reached the previous record of 2013. After the decline of the three previous years (2014, 2015, 2016), in 2017 Turkey falls back to increase in value for +28,36% and in quantity for +29,76%, compared with 2016. However, there was a -1,08% decrease in price per ton for second  year in a row.

The exports uprise was due to the great increase of exports to China, which has the monopoly on Turkey’s Marble Blocks & Slabs exports.

The table below shows the ten leading destinations of Turkey’s Marble Blocks & Slabs according to the exports value of 2017.

As shown at the table above, Turkey exported Marble Blocks & Slabs in higher price per ton only to Hong Kong for +21,52%, to Italy for +4,52% and to China for just +0,01%, comparing to 2016. On the contrary, Turkey exported in lower price per ton to India for -21,38%, to Egypt for -12,53%, to Chinese Taipei for -8,68%, to Indonesia  for -4,5%, to Thailand for -3,95%, to Vietnam for -3,16% and to Spain for -1,66%.

In 2017, Turkey exported Marble Blocks & Slabs to 88 countries. 90,06% of the total exports value was under HS Code 251512*, 8,9% under  251511* code and the rest 1,04% under 251520* code.

*Statistic reports on Marble Blocks and Slabs and Finished Marble Products result from the HS Codes below (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)

Source: Stonenews.eu, ITC