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

Imports: Ball-point pens, mechanical pencils

Ball-point pens, mechanical pencils, the No. 330 import by value totaled $74.64 million for the month of December, $1.08 billion through December 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$453.92 M
2Japan$279.18 M
3Mexico$109.01 M
4Germany$50.53 M
5India$40.98 M
6France$26.33 M
7South Korea$25.56 M
8Taiwan$24.24 M
9Vietnam$19.45 M
10Italy$15.54 M
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January – December 2018

Top Ports

Total Trade: $1.08 billion

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port of Los Angeles $197,916,695
2Port of Jacksonville, Fla. $133,684,690
3Port of Newark $105,080,158
4Nashville International Airport, Tenn. $104,922,612
5Port of Long Beach $82,804,621
6Port Laredo $55,976,755
7Otay Mesa Freeway Border Crossing, Calif. $46,802,729
8Port of Savannah, Ga. $46,354,725
9Port of Charleston $37,275,650
10Chicago O’Hare International Airport $24,416,680

U.S. imports of Ball-point pens, mechanical pencils decreased 2.96 percent through December to $1.08 billion

U.S. imports of Ball-point pens, mechanical pencils decreased 2.96 percent from $1.11 billion to $1.08 billion 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 330 through December among the roughly 1,265 import commodity groupings as classified by Census. It ranked No. 295 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 December 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 Port of Newark, No. 4 Nashville International Airport, Tenn. 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 – December 2018

Top Countries

RankCountryTotal YTD
1China $453,919,810
2Japan $279,181,338
3Mexico $109,010,070
4Germany $50,526,538
5India $40,983,138
6France $26,332,323
7South Korea $25,561,588
8Taiwan $24,241,760
9Vietnam $19,452,970
10Italy $15,535,661

January – December 2018

Top Districts

RankDistrictTotal YTD
1Los Angeles $42,436,539
2Jacksonville/Tampa $35,461,271
3New Orleans $33,187,573
4New York City $24,511,735
5Laredo $15,826,392
6San Diego $14,726,840
7Atlanta/Savannah $12,560,065
8Chicago $8,269,559
9Boston $7,194,369
10Charleston $6,044,919

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

Highlights for the top five ports:

  • Port of Los Angeles fell 6.26 percent compared to last year to $197.92 million.
  • Port of Jacksonville, Fla. fell 0.53 percent compared to last year to $133.68 million.
  • Port of Newark rose 0.93 percent compared to last year to $105.08 million.
  • Nashville International Airport, Tenn. fell 14.89 percent compared to last year to $104.92 million.
  • Port of Long Beach fell 8.03 percent compared to last year to $82.8 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 $16.29 million, 3.72 percent, (42.17 percent of all shipments).
  • U.S. imports from No. 2 Japan decreased $19.59 million, 6.56 percent, (25.94 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 3 Mexico increased $7.23 million, 7.1 percent, (10.13 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 4 Germany decreased $9.5 million, 15.82 percent, (4.69 percent market share).
  • U.S. imports from No. 5 India increased $4.21 million, 11.45 percent, (3.81 percent of all shipments).

All totaled, 86.74 percent of all these Ball-point pens, mechanical pencils imports to the United States were shipped from the top five markets through December of this year. That is equal to $933.62 million of the $1.08 billion total.

All totaled, 58.01 percent of all these Ball-point pens, mechanical pencils imports to the United States were shipped to the top five Ports through December of this year. That is equal to $624.41 million of the $1.08 billion total