Which Country Imports the Most Clay Building Bricks in the World?

Clay Building Materials May 28, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

In 2016, approx. 14M tonnes of brick were imported worldwide; going up by 5% against the previous year figure. Overall, brick imports continue to indicate a mild shrinkage. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2015, when import increased by 9% year-to-year. Over the period under review, global brick imports reached its maximum volume of 16M tonnes in 2007; however, from 2008 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

In value terms, brick imports totaled $1B in 2016. In general, brick imports continue to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. In that year, global brick imports attained its maximum level of $1.3B. From 2015 to 2016, growth of global brick imports stood at a somewhat lower level.

Top Brick Importing Countries in the World

1. United Kingdom (106.2 million USD)

2. Germany (62.0 million USD)

3. Netherlands (31.8 million USD)

4. Russia (30.0 million USD)

5. Belgium (27.0 million USD)

6. Poland (16.8 million USD)

7. Austria (5.3 million USD)

8. Belarus (4.4 million USD)

9. Croatia (3.3 million USD)

10. China (1.7 million USD)

11. Greece (1.6 million USD)

12. Serbia (0.9 million USD)

Brick Imports By Country

In 2016, Germany (1.8M tonnes), the Netherlands (1.7M tonnes), and Belgium (1.2M tonnes) represented the key importers of brick in the world, comprising 33% of total import. It was distantly followed by Serbia (663K tonnes), achieving 5% share of total brick imports. The UK (638K tonnes), Belarus (591K tonnes), Greece (515K tonnes), Croatia (503K tonnes), China (492K tonnes), Austria (357K tonnes), Poland (319K tonnes), and Russia (280K tonnes) followed a long way behind this figure.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of brick imports, among the main importing countries, was attained by the Netherlands (+15.7% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, the UK ($106M), Germany ($62M) and the Netherlands ($32M) appeared as the countries with the highest levels of imports in 2016, together comprising 19% of global imports. These countries were followed by Russia, Belgium, Poland, Austria, Belarus, Croatia, China, Greece and Serbia, which together accounted for a further 9%.

Belarus (+8.4% per year) recorded the highest growth rate of brick imports, among the main importing countries, over the last 9 year period, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Brick Import Prices By Country

In 2016, the average import price for brick amounted to $73 per tonne, descending by -13.1% against the previous year. Overall, it indicated a moderate growth from 2007 to 2016: the import price 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, brick import price decreased by -29.1% against its level of 2014. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2013, when import price increased by 23% against the previous year level. Over the period under review, average brick import price attained its maximum level of $103 per tonne in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

Import prices varied noticeably by country of destination. the country with the highest import prices was the UK ($166 per tonne), while Serbia ($1 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of brick import prices was attained by Belarus (+6.4% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

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Source: World: Clay Building Bricks - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025