Anderson, SC – Although last year was difficult for the US ceramic tile market due to the COVID-19 health crisis, 2021 has gotten off to a great start, according to the Tile Council of North America (TCNA).
Overview of US tile consumption
By the first quarter of 2021, total U.S. ceramic tile consumption was up 17.8% in volume from the first quarter of 2020. If the current pace continues through the year, U.S. consumption could reach an all-time high of 3.34 billion square feet.
The following table shows US tile shipments, imports, exports, and total consumption in thousands of square feet.
|Year||US shipments (incl. exports)||Input||export||Total use*||% change in consumption compared to last year|
|1st quarter 2021||225.283||532.542||9.772||748,054||17.8**|
The chart below shows total U.S. ceramic tile consumption (in square feet) over the past several years and an estimated total for 2021 based on current consumption.
In the first quarter of 2021, the US imported 532.5 million square feet of ceramic tile, up 26% from the first quarter of 2020.
In the first quarter of 2021, imports accounted for 71.2% of US tile consumption, up from 69.3% in the previous year.
Spain, which had replaced China as the largest exporter to the US by volume last year, held the top spot in the first quarter of 2021 with a 20% share of US imports, down slightly from its 20.7 share. % last year.
Mexico was the second largest exporter to the US by volume, accounting for 18.1% of imports through the first quarter, the highest share since 2017.
Italy was in third place with an import share of 14%, from 16.6% last year, and the lowest level ever.
The five countries from which the most tiles were imported in Q1 2021, by volume, were:
|country||sq. foot 1st quarter 2021||sq. foot 1st quarter 2020||% Change|
However, on a dollar basis (CIF plus duties), Italy remained the largest exporter to the US in the first quarter of 2021, accounting for 27.4% of US imports, followed by Spain (23.1%) and Mexico (11. 6%).
The five countries from which the most tiles were imported based on the total US dollar value (CIF plus excise tax) in the first quarter of 2021 were:
|country||$ Fall Q1 2021||$ Fall Q1 2020||% Change|
The average values of tiles (including CIF plus excise duty) from the five countries from which the most tiles were imported by volume in the first quarter of 2021 were:
1st quarter 2021
1st quarter 2021
|Val/Sq. foot 1st quarter 2021||Val/Sq. foot 1st quarter 2020|
US shipments (less exports) in the first quarter of 2021 were 215.5 million square feet 1.5% more than in the first quarter of 2020.
With 28.8% of all tiles consumed in the US by volume, domestically produced tile was way ahead of all individual countries that exported tiles to the US. In fact, the market share of domestically made tiles was more than double that of Spain, the largest exporter the US, which accounted for 14.2% by volume of all tiles consumed in the US.
In dollar terms, US FOB factory sales of domestic shipments were $326.1 million in the first quarter of 2021, up 1.3% from the first quarter of 2020. Domestically produced tiles represented 37.7% of total US consumption in dollar value.
The dollar value per square foot of domestic shipments in the first quarter of 2021 was $1.51, down from $1.52 in the first quarter of 2020.
US ceramic tile exports in the first quarter of 2021 were 9.8 million square feet up from 11.4% from the first quarter of 2020. The vast majority of US exports in square feet went to Canada ( 69.9%) and Mexico (16.3%).
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