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Kaolinitic Clays Market in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Market Overview
The Congolese kaolinitic clays market surged to $ in , with an increase of % against the previous year. This figure reflects the total revenues of producers and importers (excluding logistics costs, retail marketing costs, and retailers' margins, which will be included in the final consumer price). Over the period under review, consumption showed buoyant growth. Democratic Republic of the Congo consumption peaked in and is expected to retain growth in the immediate term.

In value terms, kaolinitic clays production expanded significantly to $ in estimated in export price. In general, production showed prominent growth. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2011 when the production volume increased by % against the previous year. Over the period under review, production hit record highs in and is likely to see steady growth in the immediate term.


Consumption
In , the amount of kaolinitic clays (ball and plastic clays) consumed in Democratic Republic of the Congo stood at tons, therefore, remained relatively stable against the year before. In general, consumption posted a buoyant expansion. Over the period under review, consumption attained the peak volume at tons in 2018; afterwards, it flattened through to .

The revenue of the kaolinitic clays market in Democratic Republic of the Congo amounted to $ in , picking up by % against the previous year. This figure reflects the total revenues of producers and importers (excluding logistics costs, retail marketing costs, and retailers' margins, which will be included in the final consumer price). Overall, consumption enjoyed resilient growth. Democratic Republic of the Congo consumption peaked in and is expected to retain growth in the immediate term.


Market Forecast
Driven by increasing demand for kaolinitic clays in Democratic Republic of the Congo, the market is expected to continue an upward consumption trend over the next eight years. Market performance is forecast to decelerate, expanding with an anticipated CAGR of +% for the period from to , which is projected to bring the market volume to tons by the end of .

In value terms, the market is forecast to increase with an anticipated CAGR of +% for the period from to , which is projected to bring the market value to $ (in nominal prices) by the end of .


Market Structure
Over the period under review, imports of kaolinitic clays in Democratic Republic of the Congo were negligibly small compared to the production volumes. Therefore, the share of imports in the total market was practically nonexistent, both in volume and in value terms. This situation has remained constant over the period under review, which means that domestic producers entirely meet the domestic demand for kaolinitic clays. In , the share of imports in total consumption accounted for % in value terms and % in physical terms. The share of imports remained relatively constant over the period under review. In , the share of imports in total consumption accounted for % in value terms and % in physical terms. The share of imports decreased moderately (less than percentage point) over the period under review.


Trade Balance
Democratic Republic of the Congo remains a net importer of kaolinitic clays; in physical and value terms, imports consistently exceeded exports from 2007 to . In , there was a significant trade deficit of tons, which was equal to $.