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U.S. tile consumption for 2011 was 2.04 billion sq. ft. (+1.8% vs. 2010).

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

2011Tile Industry Statistics-1

Imports

In 2011, 1.41 billion sq. ft. (131.0 million sq. m) of ceramic tile arrived in the U.S. This was an increase of 1.1% from 2010, in which 1.39 billion sq. ft. (129.6 million sq. m) of ceramic tile were imported into the U.S., and a 5.8% increase from 2009.

Although imports still comprise the majority of U.S. consumption, import penetration has fallen in each of the last five years and in 2011 was at 69.2%, the lowest it has been since 1998.

Mexico remained the top exporter to the U.S. in 2011 (in sq. ft.) with a 29.9% share. China held the second position, making up 27.8% of imports (in sq. ft.). Italy was in third place with a 17.1% share.

On a dollar basis, Italy continued to hold the top exporter position in 2011, making up 34.3% of U.S. imports. The next two highest shares belonged to China and Mexico, which had 22.6% and 18.0% of the $ value of U.S. imports, respectively.

The $ value/sq. ft. of all tile imports rose from $0.91 in 2010 to $0.94 in 2011.

The top five countries from which tiles were imported in 2011 based on sq. ft. were:

2011Tile Industry Statistics-2

The top five countries from which tiles were imported in 2011 based on total U.S. $ value (including duty, freight, and insurance) were:

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U.S. Shipments:

Domestic shipments were at 672.6 million sq. ft. in 2011, up 3.6% from 2010.

Exports:

U.S. exports in 2011 were at 45.3 million sq. ft., up 7.7% vs. 2010. The vast majority of these exports (in sq. ft.) were to Canada (47.2%), China (19.0%), and Mexico (10.4%).

(Source: U.S. Commerce Dept.)