U.S. Hard-Surface Imports

Travertine

Volume

TOTAL
68,940 metric tons (-5.1%)

Sector Leader
Turkey, 53,752 metric tons (2.8%)

This is a sector where trying to find a bright side ignores the obvious. Turkey accounts for 78% of all U.S. travertine import tonnage in this year's first quarter, but its growth comes as other countries pare back.

Value

TOTAL
$32,687,777 (-16.9%)

Sector Leader
Turkey, $20,894,561 (-14.1%)

Turkey dominates travertine, and its shipment values continue to fall on a monthly basis. Will other countries be able to afford to compete in the U.S. market?

Other Calcareous

Volume

TOTAL
30,117 metric tons (-17.2%)

Sector Leader
Turkey, 7,845 metric tons (-3.4%)

China's 5,880 metric tons in this year's first quarter represents a 25.6% decline, although it's not the biggest drop among sector leaders. Canada went from 3,629 metric tons in first-quarter 2018 to 1,301 metric tons this year -- a fall of 64.1%.

Value

TOTAL
$30,118,951 (-6.4%)

Sector Leader
Italy, $6,741,730 (11%)

Italy shows a nice gain, but it rises to the top as China's first-quarter shipment value plummets 41.3% from the same time in 2018. Portugal and Turkey also show year-to-year declines.

Other Stone

Volume

TOTAL
91,446 metric tons (-5.4%)

Sector Leader
India, 35,153 metric tons (+1.8%)

India moves ahead, due mainly to lower shipments in February by Brazil. China's tonnage dropped every month this year from January through March.

Value

TOTAL
$79,629,113 (+0.5%)

Sector Leader
Brazil, $33,608,800 (+2.9%)

A lousy February in volume didn't stop Brazil from showing a year-to-year gain in value for the first quarter. Border neighbors Canada and Mexico both showed 10%-plus declines from first-quarter 2018.