Which Country Imports the Most Ceramic Tiles in the World?

Clay Building Materials May 28, 2018
Author: Anna Sergeeva
Market Analyst

In 2016, the amount of ceramic tile imported worldwide amounted to 21M tonnes, standing approx. at the previous year figure. The total import volume increased at an average annual rate of +2.2% from 2007 to 2016; the trend pattern remained consistent, with somewhat noticeable fluctuations being observed over the period under review. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2010, when imports increased by 9% from the previous year level. Over the period under review, global ceramic tile imports reached its maximum volume of 22M tonnes in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

In value terms, ceramic tile imports stood at $4.1B in 2016. Overall, it indicated a noticeable expansion from 2007 to 2016: the total imports value increased at an average annual rate of +2.2% over the last nine years. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticeable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. Based on the result of 2016, ceramic tile imports decreased by -14.8% against its level of 2014. Global ceramic tile import peaked of $4.8B in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Top Ceramic Tile Importing Countries in the World

1. USA (281.8 million USD)

2. France (252.0 million USD)

3. Germany (237.2 million USD)

4. Indonesia (181.2 million USD)

5. Saudi Arabia (117.2 million USD)

6. Philippines (107.5 million USD)

7. Cambodia (60.7 million USD)

8. Italy (35.3 million USD)

9. China (12.8 million USD)

Ceramic Tile Imports By Country

China (8.5M tonnes) represented the largest importer of ceramic tile in the world, resulting at 8.5M tonnes, which was approx. 40% of total imports in 2016. It was distantly followed by Italy (2.3M tonnes), mixed up 11% share of total ceramic tile imports. Indonesia (928K tonnes), Saudi Arabia (511K tonnes), the U.S. (490K tonnes), the Philippines (484K tonnes), Germany (410K tonnes), Cambodia (385K tonnes), and France (343K tonnes) occupied the minor share of total imports.

China experienced a relatively flat trend pattern. At the same time, the Philippines (+49.1%), Cambodia (+35.6%), Saudi Arabia (+32.5%), Indonesia (+29.7%), and Germany (+5.3%) displayed positive paces of growth. Moreover, the Philippines emerged as the fastest growing importer/exporter in the world, with a CAGR of +49.1% from 2007-2016. Italy, and the U.S. experienced a relatively flat trend pattern. By contrast, France (-5.9%) illustrated a downward trend over the same period. While the share of Cambodia (-1.7%), Saudi Arabia (-2.2%), the Philippines (-2.2%), and Indonesia (-3.9%) decreased significantly, the shares of the other countries remained relatively stable throughout the analyzed period.

In value terms, the largest ceramic tile markets worldwide were the U.S. ($282M), France ($252M) and Germany ($237M), with a combined 19% share of global imports.Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, the Philippines, Cambodia, Italy and China lagged somewhat behind, together accounting for a further 13%.

Cambodia (+33.6% per year) experienced the highest growth rate of ceramic tile imports, among the main importing countries, over the last 9 year period, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Ceramic Tile Import Prices By Country

In 2016, the average import price for ceramic tile amounted to $191 per tonne, coming down by -7.7% against the previous year. Overall, ceramic tile import price continues to indicate a mild increase. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2010, when import price increased by 12% year-to-year. Global ceramic tile import peaked of $218 per tonne in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Import prices varied noticeably by country of destination. the country with the highest import prices was France ($735 per tonne), while China ($2 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of ceramic tile import prices was attained by France (+5.5% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

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