The Jura limestone blocks export market is fairly new and limited in size. Despite initial agreement of some quarries not to export blocks and guarantee that export would be limited to added-valued finished product, some quarries started exporting blocks to countries like China with the sole idea of complementing income. This is seen as an easy source of income, which is always welcomed for companies.
Today most quarries and manufacturers export blocks to a certain extent. It is mostly seen as a complement activity and if there are excess blocks, if does not compromise regular production. The blocks export business therefore varies according to blocks availability and strategic choice of suppliers to keep more or less blocks stock. This is mostly an irregular and occasional business.
The Jura limestone variations that have the most demand in terms of blocks export are the Jura Beige Light and Jura Beige Dark. There is also some interest on Jura Grey in more limited quantities, mostly because the market for grey limestones is not as developed as for beige limestone.
In addition, there is a surprising demand for the vein-cut variations of the Jura limestone (particularly the beige coloured one). This specific limestone is seen as very special and exclusive, attracting many Chinese buyers.
China has been for many years the main destination for blocks of Jura limestone, having an overwhelming control over the blocks export market. Blocks are bought in larger quantities, leaving little room for other less representative markets to access a good selection of blocks.
Other markets for blocks are Italy or India, but with less representation.
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