Current data is through December 2019.

Exports: Ball-point pens, mechanical pencils

Ball-point pens, mechanical pencils, the No. 465 export by value totaled $21.9 million for the month of December, $316.66 million in 2019, and $316.54 million for all of 2018, 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

RankCountry2019
1Mexico$127.21 M
2Canada$89.84 M
3Australia$12.67 M
4Germany$9.14 M
5France$8.25 M
6Czech Republic$6.91 M
7Colombia$5.46 M
8United Kingdom$5.04 M
9Japan$4.33 M
10The Netherlands$4.17 M
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U.S. exports of Ball-point pens, mechanical pencils increased 0.04 percent through December 2019 to $316.66 million

U.S. exports of Ball-point pens, mechanical pencils increased 0.04 percent from $316.54 million to $316.66 million in 2019 when compared to 2018, according to WorldCity analysis of the latest U.S. Census Bureau data.

The category ranked 465 in 2019 among the roughly 1,265 export commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 487 for the last full year with a total value of $316.54 million, a $16.44 million, 4.94 percent decrease from the 2017 total.

Through December of 2019 the top trade partners were No. 1 Mexico, No. 2 Canada, No. 3 Australia, No. 4 Germany and No. 5 France. 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 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..

January – December 2019

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1Mexico $127,212,196
2Canada $89,841,607
3Australia $12,670,723
4Germany $9,136,401
5France $8,249,025
6Czech Republic $6,909,514
7Colombia $5,464,456
8United Kingdom $5,038,099
9Japan $4,327,598
10The Netherlands $4,165,483

January – December 2019

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1San Diego $21,581,486
2Laredo $14,447,751
3Low Value Shipments $10,255,017
4Los Angeles $6,880,277
5Detroit $6,820,221
6Miami $6,181,401
7Atlanta/Savannah $5,426,434
8New York City $4,803,984
9Buffalo $4,313,363
10Charleston $4,040,771

Looking at specific airports, seaports and border crossings, the top five of 2019 were:

Highlights for the top five ports:

  • Calexico/Mexicali (East) Border Crossing, Calif. rose 37.35 percent compared to last year to $83.22 million.
  • Port Laredo fell 18.61 percent compared to last year to $33.14 million.
  • Low-Valued Imports and Exports fell 2.79 percent compared to last year to $30.74 million.
  • Detroit Ambassador Bridge, Mich. rose 1.98 percent compared to last year to $25.15 million.
  • Port of Savannah, Ga. rose 10.72 percent compared to last year to $19.69 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 increased $6.34 million, 5.25 percent, (40.17 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. exports to No. 2 Canada increased $2.76 million, 3.17 percent, (28.37 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 3 Australia decreased $3.17 million, 19.99 percent, (4 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 4 Germany increased $4.47 million, 95.6 percent, (2.89 percent market share).
  • U.S. exports to No. 5 France decreased $4.75 million, 36.54 percent, (2.61 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 78.04 percent of all these Ball-point pens, mechanical pencils exports from the United States were shipped to the top five markets in 2019. That is equal to $247.11 million of the $316.66 million total.

All totaled, 60.61 percent of all these Ball-point pens, mechanical pencils exports from the United States were shipped from the top five Ports in 2019. That is equal to $191.94 million of the $316.66 million total