Which Country Exports the Most Clay Building Bricks in the World?

Clay Building Materials May 28, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

In 2016, approx. 7.4M tonnes of brick were exported worldwide; moving up by 12% against the previous year level. In general, brick exports continue to indicate a measured contraction. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2011, when it surged by 16% against the previous year level. Global brick export peaked of 9.1M tonnes in 2007; however, from 2008 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

In value terms, brick exports amounted to $1.3B in 2016. Overall, brick exports continue to indicate a measured increase. In that year, global brick exports attained its maximum level of $1.6B. From 2015 to 2016, growth of global brick exports failed to regain its strength.

Top Brick Exporting Countries in the World

1. China (527.1 million USD)

2. Germany (134.5 million USD)

3. Netherlands (127.0 million USD)

4. Belgium (126.5 million USD)

5. Denmark (57.3 million USD)

6. USA (32.4 million USD)

7. Mexico (26.7 million USD)

8. Czech Republic (16.8 million USD)

9. Latvia (10.2 million USD)

10. Belarus (9.8 million USD)

11. Serbia (7.8 million USD)

12. Croatia (6.8 million USD)

Brick Exports By Country

The exports of the three major exporters of brick, namely the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany, represented more than half of total export. It was distantly followed by China (337K tonnes), mixed up 5% share of total brick exports. The following exporters - the U.S. (236K tonnes), Mexico (224K tonnes), Denmark (212K tonnes), Belarus (203K tonnes), Czech Republic (199K tonnes), Serbia (187K tonnes), Croatia (151K tonnes), and Latvia (132K tonnes) together made up 21% of total exports.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of brick exports, among the main exporting countries, was attained by the Netherlands (+15.9% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, China ($527M) remains the largest brick supplier in the world, making up 42% of global exports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by Germany ($135M), with the share of 11% of global exports. It was followed by the Netherlands, with the share of 10%.

In China, brick exports stood at an average annual rate of +28.5% over the period from 2007-2016. The remaining exporting countries recorded the following average annual rates: Germany (-2.8% per year) and the Netherlands (+9.6% per year).

Brick Export Prices By Country

The average brick export price stood at $173 per tonne in 2016, dropping by -30.0% against the previous year. Overall, brick export price continues to indicate a remarkable expansion. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2013, when export increased by 31% from the previous year level. Over the period under review, average brick export price reached its maximum level of $276 per tonne in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

Export prices varied noticeably by country of destination. the country with the highest export prices was China ($1,564 per tonne), while Serbia ($42 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of brick export prices was attained by China (+25.2% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

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Source: World: Clay Building Bricks - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025