Which Country Exports the Most Clays in the World?

Other Non-Ferrous Metal Ores May 28, 2018
Author: Anna Sergeeva
Market Analyst

Global clay exports amounted to 11M tonnes in 2016, remaining relatively unchanged against the previous year level. In general, clay exports continue to indicate a slight decline. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2010, when export increased by 13% year-to-year. Over the period under review, global clay exports reached its maximum volume of 14M tonnes in 2008; however, from 2009 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

In value terms, clay exports amounted to $1.7B in 2016. Overall, clay exports continue to indicate a mild downturn. Over the period under review, global clay exports reached its maximum level of $2B in 2008; however, from 2009 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Top Clay Exporting Countries in the World

1. USA (541.8 million USD)

2. Belgium (230.9 million USD)

3. United Kingdom (204.0 million USD)

4. Brazil (180.2 million USD)

5. China (110.6 million USD)

6. Czech Republic (64.3 million USD)

7. Germany (60.1 million USD)

8. Ukraine (49.8 million USD)

9. France (47.1 million USD)

10. Bulgaria (23.5 million USD)

11. Spain (21.4 million USD)

12. India (17.4 million USD)

Clay Exports By Country

The U.S. (2.3M tonnes), Brazil (1.7M tonnes), the UK (1.4M tonnes), China (1.3M tonnes), Belgium (1M tonnes), Ukraine (758K tonnes), Czech Republic (554K tonnes), Germany (394K tonnes), India (281K tonnes), France (243K tonnes), Bulgaria (199K tonnes), and Spain (195K tonnes) represented roughly 91% of total exports of clay in 2016.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of clay exports, among the main exporting countries, was attained by India (+22.4% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, the U.S. ($542M) remains the largest clay supplier in the world, making up 32% of global exports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by Belgium ($231M), with the share of 14% of global exports. It was followed by the UK, with the share of 12%.

In the U.S., clay exports plunged by an average annual rate of -1.4% over the period from 2007-2016. In the other countries, the average annual rates were as follows: Belgium (+5.5% per year) and the UK (-6.8% per year).

Clay Export Prices By Country

In 2016, the average export price for clay amounted to $146 per tonne, remaining stable against the previous year level. Overall, clay export price continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2014, an increase of 5% against the previous year level. In that year, average clay export price reached its maximum level of $159 per tonne. From 2015 to 2016, growth of average clay export price failed to regain its strength.

Export prices varied noticeably by country of destination. the country with the highest export prices was the U.S. ($232 per tonne), while India ($62 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of clay export prices was attained by China (+4.1% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

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All data provided in this article covers the following product: HS Code 2507 - Kaolin and other kaolinic clays; whether or not calcined.

Source: World: Clays - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025