U.S. Hard-Surface Imports

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Travertine

Volume

TOTAL
65,573 metric tons (-15.9%)

Sector Lead
er
Turkey
, 39,428 metric tons (-33.9%)

The downward slide continued for travertine, as shipments still lag behind 2018. Only China showed any third-quarter improvement, but there's a catch ....

Value

TOTAL
$29,342,923 (-16.7%)

Sector Leader
Turkey, $17,286,698 (-21.2%)

China's third-quarter surge in travertine volume this year didn't translate into a big increase in value declared at U.S. ports. In fact, while July-September travertine shipments rose nearly 515% from 2018, total value declined 26.1%.

Other Calcareous

Volume

TOTAL
32,684 metric tons (-23.4%)

Sector Leader
Canada, 5,510 metric tons (-38.1%)

Value

TOTAL
$31,574,497 (-16.6%)

Sector Lea
der
Italy, $6,400,606
(-23.8%)

Other Stone

Volume

TOTAL
112,657 metric tons (-16.4%)

Sector Leader
India, 35,633 metric tons (-17.7%)

Value

TOTAL
$93,693,812 (-14.6%)

Sector Lead
er
Brazil,
$42,801,698 (13.8%)

An unusually bad February created a hangover with Brazil's U.S. exports that lasted through June. The only big gainer in first-half 2019 is Canada, up 19.2% from last year.