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

Other Mining And Quarrying May 28, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

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

IndexBox has just published a new report "World: Talc And Steatite - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025". Here is a summary of the report's key findings.

Global talc imports amounted to 5.4M tonnes in 2016, surging by 4% against the previous year figure. The total import volume increased at an average annual rate of +1.9% from 2007 to 2016- the trend pattern remained relatively stable, with only minor fluctuations being observed throughout the analyzed period. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2010, when it surged by 14% y-o-y. Global talc import peaked in 2016, and are likely to see steady growth in the immediate term.

In value terms, talc imports totaled $932M in 2016. The total import value increased at an average annual rate of +2.6% from 2007 to 2016- the trend pattern indicated some noticeable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. Over the period under review, global talc imports reached its maximum level of $994M in 2014- however, from 2015 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Top Talc Importing Countries in the World

1. USA (117.7 million USD)

2. Germany (109.8 million USD)

3. Japan (81.3 million USD)

4. Netherlands (47.2 million USD)

5. Belgium (42.1 million USD)

6. Italy (34.6 million USD)

7. South Korea (34.3 million USD)

8. Pakistan (26.8 million USD)

9. China (22.0 million USD)

10. France (16.0 million USD)

11. Australia (4.7 million USD)

12. India (3.4 million USD)

Talc Imports By Country

China (761K tonnes), and Pakistan (731K tonnes) represented roughly 28% of total imports of talc in 2016. The U.S. (475K tonnes) occupied a 9% share (based on tonnes) of global talc imports, which put it in second place, following Italy (6%), Germany (5%), France (5%), and India (5%). The following importers - Japan (229K tonnes), the Netherlands (213K tonnes), Belgium (160K tonnes), South Korea (157K tonnes), and Australia (151K tonnes) together made up 17% of total imports.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of talc imports, among the main importing countries, was attained by Pakistan (+20.4% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, the largest talc markets worldwide were the U.S. ($118M), Germany ($110M) and Japan ($81M), together comprising 33% of global imports.The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, South Korea, Pakistan, China, France, Australia and India lagged somewhat behind, together accounting for a further 25%.

Pakistan (+39.0% per year) recorded the highest growth rate of talc imports, in terms of the main importing countries, over the last 9 year period, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Talc Import Prices By Country

The average talc import price stood at $174 per tonne in 2016, growing by 2% against the previous year. In general, talc import price continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2008, when import price increased by 11% from the previous year level. Over the period under review, average talc import price reached its maximum level of $200 per tonne in 2014- however, from 2015 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

There were significant differences in the average import prices amongst major importing countries. In 2016, the country with the highest import prices was Germany ($377 per tonne), while India ($14 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of talc import prices was attained by Pakistan (+15.6% 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