The Brazilian ornamental stone sector registered the best accumulated partial result, between January and November, of the last six years. The evolution of exports was 36.20% when compared to the same period last year. Until the penultimate month of this year, November, the sector had revenues of US$1.22 billion with exports of 2,213,000 tons.
The data were released by Centrorochas (Brazilian Center for Ornamental Stones Exporters). The entity executes, in partnership with ApexBrasil (Brazilian Agency for the Promotion of Exports and Investments), the sectoral project It’s Natural – Brazilian Natural Stone, which aims to stimulate and increase exports of Brazilian ornamental stones. The expectation for the segment is to close the billing of 2021, surpassing 1.31 billion dollars, resulting in the best result in the history of the sector.
Considering only the penultimate month of the year, national sector exports reached US$138.24 million, up 37.86% over the same period in 2020, showing that the Brazilian productive arrangement continues with resilience, dynamism and optimism for the closing of the year. “The milder scenario of the pandemic, added to the development of actions in the sectoral project and the heating up of the global civil construction sector, were essential for this leap throughout the year. If it weren’t for all the problems faced due to the international logistics crisis with the lack of containers, the numbers would be much better”, said the president of Centrorochas, Tales Machado.
Major exporting states
Espírito Santo, Minas Gerais and Ceará were the three states that most exported ornamental stones throughout the year, compared to the same period last year. First in the ranking, the state of Espírito Santo evolved 37.13% in value, exporting 1.01 billion dollars; Minas reached revenues of US$121.4 million, up 14.7%. Ceará, third in the national ranking, accumulated a total of 36.1 million dollars, registering growth of 55%.
Despite being in the top three for several months, the three states have different characteristics, like the main consumer markets. To give you an idea, analyzing only exports in November this year, Espírito Santo sent materials essentially to the United States (69.1%) and China (8.6%); Minas Gerais exported mainly to China (34.7%) and the United States (19.4%); while Ceará sold its production to the United States (61.4%) and Italy (33.1%).
About It’s Natural – Brazilian Natural Stone
It’s Natural – Brazilian Natural Stone is an export incentive program developed by the Brazilian Center for Ornamental Stones Exporters (Centrorochas) in partnership with the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (ApexBrasil). This program aims to stimulate and increase exports of Brazilian ornamental stones, through a set of strategic internationalization actions with promotion actions, strengthening the image and development of the sector in the world market.
The Centro Brasileiro dos Exportadores de Pedras Ornamentais acts directly in the procedures related to the presence of Brazilian businessmen abroad combined with commercial and operational activities related to the development and evolution of Brazilian companies.
ApexBrasil acts to promote Brazilian products and services abroad and attract foreign investment to strategic sectors of the Brazilian economy. To achieve these goals, the Agency carries out diversified trade promotion actions aimed at promoting exports and valuing Brazilian products and services abroad, such as prospective and trade missions, business roundtables, support for the participation of Brazilian companies in major international fairs, visits of foreign buyers and opinion makers to get to know the Brazilian production structure, among other business platforms that also aim to strengthen the Brazil brand.