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

Imports: Ball-point pens, mechanical pencils

Ball-point pens, mechanical pencils, the No. 325 import by value totaled $86.17 million for the month of October, $914.17 million through October of 2018, and $1.11 billion 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 Sources

RankCountryYTD
1China$386.18 M
2Japan$233.62 M
3Mexico$94.84 M
4Germany$43.83 M
5India$36.89 M
6France$21.98 M
7South Korea$21.45 M
8Taiwan$20.26 M
9Vietnam$15.47 M
10Italy$13.3 M
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January – October 2018

Top Ports

Total Trade: $914.17 million

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port of Los Angeles $166,871,563
2Port of Jacksonville, Fla. $108,791,248
3Nashville International Airport, Tenn. $91,462,762
4Port of Newark $90,655,958
5Port of Long Beach $71,417,889
6Port Laredo $48,527,549
7Otay Mesa Freeway Border Crossing, Calif. $40,471,080
8Port of Savannah, Ga. $38,293,964
9Port of Charleston $31,736,709
10Port of Boston $21,415,483

U.S. imports of Ball-point pens, mechanical pencils decreased 3.83 percent through October to $914.17 million

U.S. imports of Ball-point pens, mechanical pencils decreased 3.83 percent from $950.57 million to $914.17 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 325 through October among the roughly 1,265 import commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 287 for the last full year with a total value of $1.11 billion, a $45.7 million, 3.96 percent decreased from the 2016 total.

Through October of this year the leading sources were No. 1 China, No. 2 Japan, No. 3 Mexico, No. 4 Germany and No. 5 India. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port of Los Angeles, No. 2 Port of Jacksonville, Fla., No. 3 Nashville International Airport, Tenn., No. 4 Port of Newark and No. 5 Port of Long Beach.

In the last previous full year, theleading sources were No. 1 China, No. 2 Japan, No. 3 Mexico, No. 4 Germany and No. 5 South Korea. The leading gateways were No. 1 Port of Los Angeles, No. 2 Port of Jacksonville, Fla., No. 3 Nashville International Airport, Tenn., No. 4 Port of Newark and No. 5 Port of Long Beach.

January – October 2018

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1China $386,176,526
2Japan $233,619,589
3Mexico $94,837,521
4Germany $43,828,362
5India $36,885,984
6France $21,979,163
7South Korea $21,449,971
8Taiwan $20,256,111
9Vietnam $15,474,256
10Italy $13,298,850

January – October 2018

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1Los Angeles $28,311,144
2New Orleans $24,038,404
3Jacksonville/Tampa $22,852,512
4New York City $16,658,579
5San Diego $11,615,725
6Laredo $10,810,905
7Atlanta/Savannah $7,958,826
8Chicago $5,960,819
9Boston $4,983,012
10Dallas $3,711,835

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:

  • Port of Los Angeles fell 4.32 percent compared to last year to $166.87 million.
  • Port of Jacksonville, Fla. fell 2.78 percent compared to last year to $108.79 million.
  • Nashville International Airport, Tenn. fell 18.31 percent compared to last year to $91.46 million.
  • Port of Newark rose 1.06 percent compared to last year to $90.66 million.
  • Port of Long Beach fell 5.55 percent compared to last year to $71.42 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. imports from No. 1 China increased $13.62 million, 3.66 percent, (42.24 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. imports from No. 2 Japan decreased $23.38 million, 9.1 percent, (25.56 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 3 Mexico increased $4.95 million, 5.51 percent, (10.37 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 4 Germany decreased $5.03 million, 10.3 percent, (4.79 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 5 India increased $3.16 million, 9.36 percent, (4.03 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 87 percent of all these Ball-point pens, mechanical pencils imports to the United States were shipped from the top five markets through October of this year. That is equal to $795.35 million of the $914.17 million total.

All totaled, 57.89 percent of all these Ball-point pens, mechanical pencils imports to the United States were shipped to the top five Ports through October of this year. That is equal to $529.2 million of the $914.17 million total