What more does Australia import, finished marble, granite products or ceramics?

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On the occasion of the Australian Government’s initiatives to strengthen the construction industry after the pandemic, Stonenews presents the evolution of Australia’s imports of finished marble, granite  products and ceramics between 2011 – 2020.

Australia is a major market that absorbs significant quantities of finished marble, granite and ceramics. The Australian Government’s HomeBuilder program, which grants the construction or renovation of homes, is expected to boost imports of finished marble, granite  products and ceramics. However, the jump in maritime transport costs is a matter of great concern due to the lack of containers, which may halt the dynamic rise in imports.

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What does Australia import more?

Statistics show that in the last decade Australia has increased imports of all three materials, but especially of finished marble products. Specifically, between 2011 – 2020, the value of imports of finished marbles increased by + 36.65%, in granites + 8.45% and in ceramics + 10.17%. In the Chart that follows we see comparatively the course of the value of imports of finished marble, granite and ceramics of Australia between 2011 – 2020.

In the Graph we observe that the ceramics dominate over the finished marbles and granites and the small fluctuations during the decade. An exception is the period between 2018 – 2020 when the US trade war broke out. – China and the COVID-19 pandemic. However, imports of finished marble were less affected and remained marginally stable.

Australia’s main supplier of all three materials is China. However in finished marbles the value of imports from Italy and Turkey is about the same as in China.

 

*The statistics are derived from the analysis of the Tariff Class Codes – Harmonized System (HS) Codes:

6907: Ceramic flags and paving, hearth or wall tiles; ceramic mosaic cubes and the like, whether or not on a backing (excl. of siliceous fossil meals or similar siliceous earths, refractory goods, tiles specially adapted as table mats, ornamental articles and tiles specifically manufactured for stoves).

6908: Glazed ceramic flags and paving, hearth or wall tiles; glazed ceramic mosaic cubes and the like, whether or not on a backing (excl. of siliceous fossil meals or similar siliceous earths, refractory ceramic goods, tiles specially adapted as table mats, ornamental articles and tiles specifically manufactured for stoves).

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).

680223: Granite and 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 00, 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) .

680293: Granite, in any form, polished, decorated or otherwise worked (excl. Tiles, cubes and similar articles of subheading 6802.10, imitation jewelery, clocks, lamps and lighting fittings and parts thereof, original sculptures and statuary, setts, curbstones and flagstones).

*Due to consistent data flow, statistics may alter during the year

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