Brick Market - Belgium Became the Largest Exporter of Clay Building Bricks in the World, with $133M in 2014

Clay Building Materials July 20, 2015
Author: Olga Minchina
Account Manager

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Belgium has seized control on the brick market. In 2014, Belgium exported 939 thousand tonnes of clay building bricks totaling 133 million USD, 20% over the previous year. Its primary trading partner was the United Kingdom, where it supplied 44.2% of its total clay building brick exports in value terms, accounting for 46.1% of the United Kingdom's total imports.

From 2007 to 2014, Belgium was a net exporter of clay building bricks. Over this period, exports consistently exceeded imports in value terms. However, in physical terms, the difference was less pronounced.

China and Germany were among the other main global suppliers of clay building bricks in 2014. China was the fastest growing exporter from 2007 to 2014 (+31.1% per year). With this surge, China was able to significantly strengthen its position in the global export structure.

In 2014, Belgium's top 5 trading partners were the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, France and the Russian Federation, with a combined 87.0% share of Belgium's clay building brick exports. The share of the United Kingdom jumped +15.2 percentage points, while the share of the Netherlands fell sharply (-13.4 percentage points).

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Source: World: Clay Building Bricks - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2020