Which Country Exports the Most Quicklime, Slaked Lime and Hydraulic Lime in the World?

Cement, Lime And Plaster May 28, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

In 2016, the global lime exports totaled 7.8M tonnes, jumping by 2% against the previous year figure. The total export volume increased at an average annual rate of +1.8% from 2007 to 2016; the trend pattern remained relatively stable, with only minor fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2011, when exports increased by 13% against the previous year level. Global lime export peaked in 2016, and are likely to see steady growth in the immediate term.

In value terms, lime exports totaled $878M in 2016. The total export value increased at an average annual rate of +2.5% over the period from 2007 to 2016; the trend pattern indicated some noticeable fluctuations over the period under review. Global lime export peaked of $1.1B in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

Top Lime Exporting Countries in the World

1. France (92.5 million USD)

2. Germany (88.3 million USD)

3. Belgium (78.4 million USD)

4. Viet Nam (65.1 million USD)

5. USA (53.5 million USD)

6. Canada (48.4 million USD)

7. Argentina (36.8 million USD)

8. Malaysia (33.0 million USD)

9. Thailand (22.1 million USD)

10. Czech Republic (19.8 million USD)

11. Slovakia (14.0 million USD)

12. Oman (6.9 million USD)

Lime Exports By Country

In 2016, Germany (811K tonnes), France (711K tonnes), Belgium (636K tonnes), Viet Nam (627K tonnes), the U.S. (440K tonnes), Argentina (367K tonnes), Oman (359K tonnes), Canada (313K tonnes), Malaysia (278K tonnes), Czech Republic (242K tonnes), Thailand (237K tonnes), and Slovakia (222K tonnes) were the key exporters of lime in the world, creating 67% of total export.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of lime exports, among the main exporting countries, was attained by Oman (+31.0% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, the largest lime markets worldwide were France ($93M), Germany ($88M) and Belgium ($78M), with a combined 30% share of global exports. These countries were followed by Viet Nam, the U.S., Canada, Argentina, Malaysia, Thailand, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Oman, which together accounted for a further 34%.

Viet Nam (+27.3% per year) experienced the highest growth rate of lime exports, among the main exporting countries, over the last 9 year period, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Lime Export Prices By Country

The average lime export price stood at $112 per tonne in 2016, dropping by -10.4% against the previous year. In general, lime export price continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2011, an increase of 9% against the previous year level. Global lime export peaked of $140 per tonne in 2013; however, from 2014 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

Export prices varied noticeably by country of destination. the country with the highest export prices was Canada ($155 per tonne), while Oman ($19 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of lime export prices was attained by Argentina (+4.7% 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 2522 - Quicklime, slaked lime and hydraulic lime; other than calcium oxide and hydroxide of heading no. 2825.

Source: World: Quicklime, Slaked Lime And Hydraulic Lime - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025