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Whether it is for countertops, façades, interior floors or interior walls, Levantina Natural Stone Company provides high quality stone to customers all over the world.
If tariffs on European stone products are scrapped for exports to Mercosur countries, then we could provide our high quality products for a better price. Also, the Brazilian market isn't always easy to navigate, so clearer, harmonised rules would make exporting there much easier.
Carlos Hernández Barrueco,
Director Planning and Logistics, Levantina Natural Stone
- Founded in: 1959
- Headquarters: Novelda, Alicante region, Spain
- Employees: 1150 in Spain
- Annual turnover, 2016: €197 m
Levantina Natural Stone Company exports its products – such as marble, granite, sand and limestone – to 160 countries.
One of Levantina Natural Stone's best-selling products is a cream coloured type of marble, which is cut and produced locally in Alicante, Spain. It is one of the company's many products that have already found their way into the Brazilian market.
With a trade agreement between the EU and Mercosur on the horizon, the company is now looking forward to increasing its business not just in Brazil, but also in the three other Mercosur countries.
How the agreement would help
Opening up Brazil's market
An EU-Mercosur trade deal would scrap customs tariffs on exports of stone products to Mercosur. Currently, EU firms exporting stone to Brazil face a tariff of 6-8 % (and up to 35% in the case of granite exported to Argentina). Getting rid of this would make it easier for Levantina to compete.
Easing export barriers
The agreement aims to simplify Mercosur's rules and procedures for EU exporters, cutting administrative costs for companies like Levantina.