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

Exports: Ball-point pens, mechanical pencils

Ball-point pens, mechanical pencils, the No. 487 export by value totaled $23.2 million for the month of December, $316.54 million through December 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$120.87 M
2Canada$87.08 M
3Australia$15.84 M
4France$13 M
5Panama$7.01 M
6Japan$6.65 M
7United Kingdom$5.77 M
8Colombia$5.75 M
9Germany$4.67 M
10Hong Kong$4.44 M
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January – December 2018

Top Ports

Total Trade: $316.54 million

RankPortTotal YTD
1Calexico/Mexicali (East) Border Crossing, Calif. $60,588,459
2Port Laredo $40,715,076
3Low-Valued Imports and Exports $31,621,536
4Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. $24,658,390
5Port of Savannah, Ga. $17,783,571
6Otay Mesa Freeway Border Crossing, Calif. $16,033,098
7Buffalo Peace Bridge, NY $15,492,957
8Los Angeles International Airport $14,411,919
9Port of New York $12,739,075
10Port of Charleston $10,987,007

U.S. exports of Ball-point pens, mechanical pencils decreased 4.94 percent through December to $316.54 million

U.S. exports of Ball-point pens, mechanical pencils decreased 4.94 percent from $332.98 million to $316.54 million in 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 487 through December among the roughly 1,265 export commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 458 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 December of this year the top trade partners were No. 1 Mexico, No. 2 Canada, No. 3 Australia, No. 4 France 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 – December 2018

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Mexico $120,870,435
2Canada $87,077,222
3Australia $15,836,536
4France $12,998,435
5Panama $7,012,106
6Japan $6,654,101
7United Kingdom $5,769,634
8Colombia $5,750,246
9Germany $4,671,063
10Hong Kong $4,437,798

January – December 2018

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1SAN DIEGO, CA $34,917,676
2LAREDO, TX $22,754,906
3LOW VALUE $15,064,456
4DETROIT, MI $9,779,728
5LOS ANGELES, CA $9,530,032
6MIAMI, FL $9,108,806
7SAVANNAH, GA $8,669,626
8NEW YORK CITY, NY $7,400,864
9BUFFALO, NY $6,354,228
10CHARLESTON, SC $5,639,762

Looking at specific airports, seaports and border crossings, the top five through in the year were:

Highlights for the top five ports:

  • Calexico/Mexicali (East) Border Crossing, Calif. fell 19.35 percent compared to last year to $60.59 million.
  • Port Laredo rose 3.76 percent compared to last year to $40.72 million.
  • Low-Valued Imports and Exports rose 6.83 percent compared to last year to $31.62 million.
  • Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. fell 15.89 percent compared to last year to $24.66 million.
  • Port of Savannah, Ga. fell 16.65 percent compared to last year to $17.78 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 $5.98 million, 4.71 percent, (38.19 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. exports to No. 2 Canada decreased $1.24 million, 1.41 percent, (27.51 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 3 Australia increased $1.17 million, 8.01 percent, (5 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 4 France decreased $3.95 million, 23.29 percent, (4.11 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 5 Panama increased $3.13 million, 80.46 percent, (2.22 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 77.02 percent of all these Ball-point pens, mechanical pencils exports from the United States were shipped to the top five markets through December of this year. That is equal to $243.79 million of the $316.54 million total.

All totaled, 55.4 percent of all these Ball-point pens, mechanical pencils exports from the United States were shipped from the top five Ports through December of this year. That is equal to $175.37 million of the $316.54 million total