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Ceramic tile shipments of the United States 2009-2019

This statistic displays the number of shipments (including exports) of the United States of ceramic tiles in thousands of square feet from 2009 to 2019. In 2019, the U.S. shipments of ceramic tile amounted to some 895 million square feet. The residential new homes market is closely linked to ceramic tile sales.

Ceramic tile shipments

Ceramics are manufactured through the heating and cooling process of an inorganic, nonmetallic solid. This material originated over 37,000 years ago, often used as pottery or for decorative objects. Certain industrial waste materials such as sludge from crushing gneiss or from cutting and polishing varvite can be used in the manufacturing of ceramic tiles, instead of raw materials. Using waste to fabricate new materials can provide a new economic opportunity for the ceramic industry.

The number of ceramic tile shipments in the United States has increased over the last years from 571 million square feet in 2009 to 940 million square feet in 2018. However, the value of ceramic wall and floor tile shipments is expected to decrease from 901 million U.S. dollars in 2009 to 583 million U.S. dollars in 2018. An increase in demand for ceramic tiles is often tightly linked to increases in construction activities and construction of new homes.

The United States imports a large majority of its ceramic tiles from Italy and China and in 2017, the total value of imported tiles reached 747 million U.S. dollars and 589 million U.S. dollars, respectively. By quantity, however, the U.S. imported more ceramic tiles from China, at 546 million square feet during this time, compared to 348 million square feet of ceramic tiles from Italy. Demand has significantly increased in Asia Pacific, however, where new infrastructure is fueling the market, which may change the United States' ceramic tile import dynamics.

Ceramic tile shipments of the United States from 2009 to 2019 (in thousand square feet)*

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Release date

April 2020


United States

Survey time period

2009 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* Including exports.

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