With Steep Tariffs on Chinese Engineered Stone, Countertop Producers & Fabricators Look Elsewhere for Low-Cost Supply

With Steep Tariffs on Chinese Engineered Stone, Countertop Producers & Fabricators Look Elsewhere for Low-Cost Supply

May 27, 2022 by PR Newswire

Key Facts

  • Although US-based production of engineered stone continues to expand, the vast majority of the quartz slab supply in the US is imported from countries like Canada, India, Israel, Spain, Turkey, and Vietnam.
  • Prior to 2019, China was by far the leading source of quartz slab imports to the US, as suppliers were able to provide materials at a price level much lower than domestic producers, as well as being able to supply the market with a wide variety of colors that were not able to be made using the Breton process.
  • In 2019, tariffs were also imposed on quartz slabs from India and Turkey, as firms from these countries were ruled to have dumped product into the US countertop market.
  • The rapid increase in low-cost slabs from foreign markets – particularly China, India, Turkey, and Vietnam – have made engineered stone countertops more affordable for middle-class homeowners: * As prices for engineered stone decreased as color availability expanded, consumers became much more willing to purchase higher cost countertops and grew to strongly prefer the aesthetics and quality of engineered stone.

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