Ceramic consumption rises in Q3

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Anderson, S.C—U.S. ceramic tile consumption rose 15.3% by volume in the third quarter 2021 year to date, compared to the same timeframe in 2020, according to the Ceramic Tile Market Update released by the Tile Council of North America (TCNA).

U.S. Tile Consumption Overview:

The following table shows U.S. tile shipments, imports, exports and total consumption in thousands of square feet.

Year U.S. Shipments (incl. Exports) Imports Exports Total Consumption* % Change in Consumption vs. Previous Year
Q1 2021 225,283 532,542 9,772 748,054 17.8**
2020 902,290 1,966,443 31,009 2,837,724 -3.5
2019 895,332 2,077,038 31,782 2,940,588 -5.4
2018 940,300 2,196,935 29,746 3,107,489 1.5
2017 990,972 2,099,307 28,492 3,061,787 5.7

 

Imports:

The U.S. imported 1.68 billon square feet of ceramic tile 3Q 2021 YTD, up 21.5% from 3Q 2020 YTD.

Imports made up 71.6% of U.S. tile consumption by volume through 3Q 2021, up from 69.4% in 2020.

Spain remained the largest exporter to the U.S. by volume through 3Q 2021 with a 21.9% share of U.S. imports, followed by Italy (17.6% share of imports) and Mexico (16.7%).

The five countries from which the most tiles were imported through 3Q 2021, based on volume were:

Country Sq. Ft. 3Q 2021 YTD Sq. Ft. 3Q 2020 YTD % Change
Spain 367,682,855 285,501,669 28.8%
Italy 295,079,537 237,523,788 24.2%
Mexico 279,766,808 242,830,375 15.2%
Turkey 215,043,663 181,269,569 18.6%
Brazil 169,791,118 167,240,028 1.5%
All Countries 1,677,938,612 1,381,193,877 21.5%
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By dollar value (CIF + duty) Italy remained the largest exporter to the U.S. (3Q 2021 YTD), comprising 32.1% of U.S. imports, followed by Spain (25.0%) and Mexico (10.2%).

The five countries from which the most tiles were imported 3Q 2021 YTD, based on total U.S. dollar value (CIF + duty) were:

Country Sq. Ft. 3Q 2021 YTD Sq. Ft. 3Q 2020 YTD % Change
Italy 594,976,419 457,640,278 30.0%
Spain 463,180,221 326,988,147 41.7
Mexico 188,484,861 161,266,282 16.9%
Turkey 160,860,267 136,020,557 18.3%
India 125,312,563 82,006,418 52.8%
All Countries 1,885,774,914 1,415,438,656 31.1%

 

The average values of tile (including CIF + duty) from the five countries from which the most tiles were imported by volume 3Q 2021 YTD were:

Country Sq. Ft. 3Q 2021 YTD $ Val 3Q 2021 YTD Val/Sq. Ft. 3Q 2021 YTD Val/Sq. Ft. 3Q 2020 YTD
Spain 367,682,855 463,180,221 $1.26 $1.15
Italy 295,079,537 594,976,419 $2.02 $1.93
Mexico 279,043,663 160,860,267 $0.75 $0.75
Brazil 169,791,118 117,102,821 $0.69 $0.65
Turkey 215, 043,663 160,860,267 $0.75 $0.75
All Countries 1,677,938,612 1,855,774,914 $1.11 $1.02

 

U.S. Shipments:

U.S. shipments (less exports) 3Q 2021 YTD were 665.2 million square feet, up 2.2% vs. 3Q 2020 YTD.

In dollar value, 3Q 2021 YTD U.S. FOB factory sales were $1,026,598,210, up 5.6% vs. 3Q 2020 YTD.

The dollar value/square feet of U.S. shipments (less exports) 3Q 2021 YTD was $1.54, up from $1.49 (3Q 2020 YTD).

U.S. Exports:

U.S. ceramic tile exports 3Q 2021 YTD were 28.0 million square feet, up 19.2% vs. 3Q 2020 YTD.

The largest recipients of U.S. exports by volume were Canada (71.3%) and Mexico (14.6%).

Housing Market Highlights:

New Home Starts:

November 2021 new home starts were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,679,000 units, an 11.8% increase from the previous month and an 8.3% increase from Nov. 2020

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New Single Family Home Sales

Oct. 2021 new one-family home sales were at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 745,000 units, a 0.4% increase from Sept. 2021 but a 23.1% decrease from Oct. 2020.