U.S. Ceramic Consumption Declined 7.3% in 2023

Clemson, SC, April 23, 2024-U.S. ceramic tile consumption in 2023 was 2.85 billion square feet, down 7.3% from the previous year, according to the Tile Council of North America. Revenue in dollars declined 8.1%.

U.S. ceramic tile imports were at 2.00 billion square feet in 2023, an 8.4% decline from the prior year.

Imports comprised 70.2% of 2023 U.S. tile consumption by volume, down from 71.1% in 2022. 

India was the largest exporter by volume to the U.S. with a 20.3% share of U.S. imports, followed by Spain (17.4%) and Mexico (16.7%). Italy remained the largest exporter to the U.S. on a dollar basis (CIF + duty), making up 28.2% of 2023 U.S. imports, followed by Spain with a 25.7% share and Mexico with an 11.3% share.

U.S. shipments (less exports) were 847.3 million square feet in 2023, down 4.7% from the previous year. 

By volume, U.S. shipments’ share of total U.S. consumption in 2023 was 29.8%, up from 28.9% the preceding year. Domestically produced tiles’ share of total U.S. consumption remained higher than the shares of any individual country exporting to the U.S.; the next highest shares of total consumption by volume belonged to India (14.2%), Spain (12.2%), and Mexico (11.8%).

U.S. FOB factory sales of domestic shipments (less exports) in 2023 were $1.50 billion, a 1.7% increase from the prior year. U.S. shipments comprised 36.9% of total U.S. tile consumption by value, up from 33.4% in 2022.

The per unit value of domestic shipments (less exports) in 2023 was $1.77/ square feet, up from $1.66/ square feet in 2022.

U.S. ceramic tile exports in 2023 were 51.0 million square feet, up 0.5% from the previous year and the highest total on record. The vast majority of these exports went to Canada (65.8%) and Mexico (19.7%).

U.S. exports by value in 2023 were $53.3 million, up 1.4% from 2022.