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Current year-to-date ( YTD ) data is through October 2018.

Exports: Ball-point pens, mechanical pencils

Ball-point pens, mechanical pencils, the No. 481 export by value totaled $30.09 million for the month of October, $270.43 million through October of 2018, and $332.98 million for all of 2017, the latest annual data available, according to U.S. Census Bureau data analyzed by WorldCity. Need more details? Read more

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Top Markets

RankCountryYTD
1Mexico$104.22 M
2Canada$73.9 M
3France$12.3 M
4Australia$12.28 M
5Panama$6.65 M
6Japan$6.06 M
7United Kingdom$5.27 M
8Colombia$5.11 M
9Hong Kong$3.78 M
10Germany$3.63 M
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January – October 2018

Top Ports

Total Trade: $270.43 million

RankPortTotal YTD
1Calexico/Mexicali (East) Border Crossing, Calif. $50,356,486
2Port Laredo $35,750,320
3Low-Valued Imports and Exports $26,211,462
4Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. $21,744,773
5Port of Savannah, Ga. $15,282,027
6Otay Mesa Freeway Border Crossing, Calif. $15,052,464
7Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY $13,262,746
8Los Angeles International Airport $11,802,576
9Port of New York $11,377,593
10Port of Charleston $9,185,927

U.S. exports of Ball-point pens, mechanical pencils decreased 5.47 percent through October to $270.43 million

U.S. exports of Ball-point pens, mechanical pencils decreased 5.47 percent from $286.09 million to $270.43 million through the first 10 months of 2018 when compared to the same period the previous year, according to WorldCity analysis of the latest U.S. Census Bureau data.

The category ranked 481 through October among the roughly 1,265 export commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 449 for the last full year with a total value of $332.98 million, a $23.12 million, 7.46 percent increase from the 2016 total.

Through October of this year the top trade partners were No. 1 Mexico, No. 2 Canada, No. 3 France, No. 4 Australia and No. 5 Panama. The leading gateways were No. 1 Calexico/Mexicali (East) Border Crossing, Calif., No. 2 Port Laredo, No. 3 Low-Valued Imports and Exports, No. 4 Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. and No. 5 Port of Savannah, Ga..

In the last previous full year, the top trade partners were No. 1 Mexico, No. 2 Canada, No. 3 France, No. 4 Australia and No. 5 Japan. The leading gateways were No. 1 Calexico/Mexicali (East) Border Crossing, Calif., No. 2 Port Laredo, No. 3 Low-Valued Imports and Exports, No. 4 Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. and No. 5 Port of Savannah, Ga..

January – October 2018

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Mexico $104,218,618
2Canada $73,901,779
3France $12,299,581
4Australia $12,276,531
5Panama $6,645,198
6Japan $6,063,606
7United Kingdom $5,272,988
8Colombia $5,113,147
9Hong Kong $3,778,088
10Germany $3,630,386

January – October 2018

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1San Diego $10,300,238
2Laredo $9,404,708
3Low Value Shipments $4,844,943
4Detroit $3,586,340
5Los Angeles $3,086,267
6Miami $3,003,437
7Atlanta/Savannah $2,904,373
8New York City $2,424,403
9Charleston $2,239,691
10Buffalo $2,083,152

Looking at specific airports, seaports and border crossings, the top five through through the first 10 months of the year were:

Highlights for the top five ports:

  • Calexico/Mexicali (East) Border Crossing, Calif. fell 27.18 percent compared to last year to $50.36 million.
  • Port Laredo rose 2.52 percent compared to last year to $35.75 million.
  • Low-Valued Imports and Exports rose 8.91 percent compared to last year to $26.21 million.
  • Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. fell 14.03 percent compared to last year to $21.74 million.
  • Port of Savannah, Ga. fell 8.05 percent compared to last year to $15.28 million.

There are several hundred airports, seaports and border crossings that handle international trade; they are, in turn, part of the roughly four dozen U.S. Customs districts.

Highlights for the top five foreign markets:

  • U.S. exports to No. 1 Mexico decreased $10.29 million, 8.98 percent, (38.54 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. exports to No. 2 Canada decreased $1.17 million, 1.55 percent, (27.33 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 3 France decreased $1.07 million, 8.03 percent, (4.55 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 4 Australia increased $787,901, 6.86 percent, (4.54 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 5 Panama increased $3.24 million, 94.97 percent, (2.46 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 77.41 percent of all these Ball-point pens, mechanical pencils exports from the United States were shipped to the top five markets through October of this year. That is equal to $209.34 million of the $270.43 million total.

All totaled, 55.23 percent of all these Ball-point pens, mechanical pencils exports from the United States were shipped from the top five Ports through October of this year. That is equal to $149.35 million of the $270.43 million total