Which Country Exports the Most Talc and Steatite in the World?

Other Mining And Quarrying May 28, 2018
Author: Anna Sergeeva
Market Analyst

In 2016, the global talc exports totaled 2.6M tonnes, growing by 13% against the previous year level. The total export volume increased at an average annual rate of +1.0% over the period from 2007 to 2016; the trend pattern remained consistent, with only minor fluctuations in certain years. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2016, when export increased by 13% against the previous year level. In that year, global talc exports attained its maximum volume, and are likely to continue its growth in the immediate term.

In value terms, talc exports stood at $783M in 2016. The total export value increased at an average annual rate of +3.1% over the period from 2007 to 2016; the trend pattern indicated some noticeable fluctuations in certain years. Global talc export peaked of $794M in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Top Talc Exporting Countries in the World

1. China (185.2 million USD)

2. France (80.3 million USD)

3. USA (65.9 million USD)

4. Netherlands (65.6 million USD)

5. Austria (60.9 million USD)

6. Italy (55.9 million USD)

7. India (51.3 million USD)

8. Pakistan (48.6 million USD)

9. Canada (46.1 million USD)

10. Australia (11.8 million USD)

Talc Exports By Country

In 2016, China (761K tonnes) was the key exporter for talc, mixed up 29% of total exports. It was distantly followed by Pakistan (295K tonnes), France (272K tonnes), India (244K tonnes), the U.S. (210K tonnes), the Netherlands (159K tonnes), Italy (150K tonnes), and Austria (130K tonnes), together constituting 55% share of total talc exports. The following exporters - Canada (91K tonnes), and Australia (90K tonnes) held near 7% of total exports, each.

Exports from China increased at an average annual rate of +1.5% from 2007 to 2016. At the same time, Pakistan (+41.1%), India (+5.2%), Canada (+4.7%), and Italy (+1.0%) displayed positive paces of growth. Moreover, Pakistan emerged as the fastest growing importer/exporter in the world, with a CAGR of +41.1% from 2007-2016. France, and the U.S. experienced a relatively flat trend pattern. By contrast, Austria (-1.9%), the Netherlands (-2.5%), and Australia (-3.7%) illustrated a downward trend over the same period. From 2007 to 2016, the share of the Netherlands increased by 2% percentage points, while India (-3.4%), China (-3.7%), and Pakistan (-10.7%) saw their share reduced. The shares of the other countries remained relatively stable throughout the analyzed period.

In value terms, China ($185M) remains the largest talc supplier in the world, making up 24% of global exports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by France ($80M), with the share of 10% of global exports. It was followed by the U.S., with the share of 8%.

From 2007 to 2016, the average annual rate of growth in terms of value of talc exports in China expanded at +7.9%. The remaining exporting countries recorded the following average annual rates: France (+0.3% per year) and the U.S. (+3.2% per year).

Talc Export Prices By Country

In 2016, the average export price for talc amounted to $296 per tonne, shrinking by -3.3% against the previous year. Over the period from 2007 to 2016 it increased at an average annual rate of +2.1%.The growth pace was the most rapid in 2010, when it surged by 15% against the previous year level. Over the period under review, average talc export price attained its maximum level of $319 per tonne in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

There were significant differences in the average export prices amongst major exporting countries. In 2016, the country with the highest export prices was Canada ($505 per tonne), while Australia ($131 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of talc export prices was attained by India (+7.7% 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 2526 - Natural steatite; whether or not roughly trimmed or merely cut, by sawing or otherwise, into blocks or slabs of a rectangular (including square) shape; talc.

Source: World: Talc And Steatite - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025