Which Country Imports the Most Clay Tiles and Roofing in the World?

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

In 2016, the amount of roofing imported worldwide totaled 4M tonnes, surging by 6% against the previous year figure. Overall, roofing imports continue to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2016, when import increased by 6% year-to-year. Global roofing import peaked of 4.1M tonnes in 2008; however, from 2009 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

In value terms, roofing imports amounted to $688M in 2016. In general, roofing imports continue to indicate a mild downturn. Global roofing import peaked of $878M in 2008; however, from 2009 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Top Roofing Importing Countries in the World

1. Poland (54.3 million USD)

2. Netherlands (43.2 million USD)

3. United Kingdom (41.0 million USD)

4. Belgium (40.4 million USD)

5. Romania (23.4 million USD)

6. Bulgaria (15.2 million USD)

7. Bosnia and Herzegovina (15.0 million USD)

8. Hungary (4.2 million USD)

9. Serbia (3.7 million USD)

10. China (3.1 million USD)

11. Portugal (2.7 million USD)

12. Colombia (0.2 million USD)

Roofing Imports By Country

In 2016, Serbia (240K tonnes), Poland (235K tonnes), Hungary (223K tonnes), Portugal (200K tonnes), Belgium (161K tonnes), Colombia (154K tonnes), the Netherlands (142K tonnes), Romania (123K tonnes), Bosnia and Herzegovina (118K tonnes), Bulgaria (115K tonnes), China (110K tonnes), and the UK (107K tonnes) were the key importers of roofing in the world, achieving 48% of total import.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of roofing imports, among the main importing countries, was attained by the UK (+10.3% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, the largest roofing markets worldwide were Poland ($54M), the Netherlands ($43M) and the UK ($41M), with a combined 20% share of global imports.Belgium, Romania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Serbia, China, Portugal and Colombia lagged somewhat behind, together accounting for a further 16%.

Serbia (+22.3% per year) experienced the highest rates of growth with regard to the roofing imports, among the main importing countries, over the last 9 year period, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Roofing Import Prices By Country

In 2016, the average import price for roofing amounted to $171 per tonne, falling by -3.4% against the previous year. Overall, roofing import price continues to indicate a slight decrease. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2011, when import increased by 11% against the previous year level. Global roofing import peaked of $212 per tonne in 2008; however, from 2009 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

There were significant differences in the average import prices amongst major importing countries. In 2016, the country with the highest import prices was the UK ($382 per tonne), while Colombia ($1 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of roofing import prices was attained by Serbia (+20.4% 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 6905 - Roofing tiles, chimney-pots, cowls, chimney liners, architectural ornaments and other ceramic constructional goods.

Source: World: Clay Tiles And Roofing - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025