China exported stone products worth 2.14 billion U.S. dollars in 2005, ranking second in the world after Italy, said Vice President Wang Yuanjiang of the China Chamber of Commerce of Metal Minerals and Chemicals Importers and Exporters in Beijing on Monday.
Wang made the remark at an international fair on stone products.
Figures show in 2005, China exported 9.46 million tons of stone products worth 2.14 billion dollars, up 30 percent and 34 percent year on year, and imported 4.56 million tons of stone products worth 817 million dollars, up 8.66 percent and 9.73 percent.
China's stone product exports include granite and stone tablets, which are mainly from Fujian, Shandong and Guangdong provinces and Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
China imports most of its stone products from India, Turkey, Brazil, Egypt, Spain and Iran.
Xiamen, a port city in east China's Fujian Province, has become China's largest stone product import and export base, contributing more than 60 percent of China's total trade of stone products, said Xiong Yanliang, a trade official of the Xiamen City at the fair.