Which Country Imports the Most Fiber-Cement Articles in the World?

Non-Metallic Mineral Products May 28, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

Global fiber cement imports totaled 5M tonnes in 2016, approximately reflecting the previous year level. In general, fiber cement imports continue to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2014, when imports increased by 4% year-to-year. Over the period under review, global fiber cement imports reached its maximum volume in 2016, and are expected to retain its growth in the immediate term.

In value terms, fiber cement imports totaled $1.1B in 2016. The total import value increased at an average annual rate of +1.9% over the period from 2007 to 2016; the trend pattern remained relatively stable, with only minor fluctuations in certain years. Over the period under review, global fiber cement imports attained its maximum level of $1.2B in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

Top Fiber Cement Importing Countries in the World

1. USA (112.6 million USD)

2. United Kingdom (98.3 million USD)

3. Canada (92.8 million USD)

4. Philippines (37.0 million USD)

5. Belgium (30.6 million USD)

6. Malaysia (9.4 million USD)

7. India (7.3 million USD)

8. Russia (7.1 million USD)

9. China (6.1 million USD)

10. Italy (4.7 million USD)

11. Czech Republic (4.2 million USD)

12. Thailand (1.1 million USD)

Fiber Cement Imports By Country

Thailand (614K tonnes), and Russia (508K tonnes) represented roughly 23% of total imports of fiber cement in 2016. It was followed by Malaysia (277K tonnes), mixed up 6% share of total fiber cement imports. The following importers - China (205K tonnes), the U.S. (180K tonnes), Belgium (179K tonnes), the UK (178K tonnes), the Philippines (175K tonnes), India (148K tonnes), Czech Republic (143K tonnes), Italy (119K tonnes), and Canada (113K tonnes) together made up 29% of total imports.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of fiber cement imports, among the main importing countries, was attained by the Philippines (+18.8% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, the U.S. ($113M), the UK ($98M) and Canada ($93M) constituted the countries with the highest levels of imports in 2016, with a combined 28% share of global imports. These countries were followed by the Philippines, Belgium, Malaysia, India, Russia, China, Italy, Czech Republic and Thailand, which together accounted for a further 10%.

The Philippines (+36.7% per year) recorded the highest growth rate of fiber cement imports, among the main importing countries, over the last 9 years, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Fiber Cement Import Prices By Country

In 2016, the average import price for fiber cement amounted to $217 per tonne, going up by 3% against the previous year. Over the period from 2007 to 2016 it increased at an average annual rate of +1.4%.The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2011, when import increased by 13% year-to-year. Over the period under review, average fiber cement import price attained its maximum level of $236 per tonne in 2014; however, from 2015 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 Canada ($824 per tonne), while Thailand ($2 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of fiber cement import prices was attained by India (+28.9% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

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Source: World: Articles Of Asbestos-Cement, Cellulose Fiber-Cement Or The Like - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025