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Imports, Exports Down For The First Two Months Of 2020, Compared To The First Two Months Of 2019


U.S. government trade figures for February 2020 indicated raw material imports were down in all four categories outlined: hog bristle, broom and mop handles, brush backs and metal handles, compared to February 2019. For the first two months of 2020, raw material imports were also down in all four categories outlined, compared to the first two months of 2019.

Import totals for February 2020 were down in six of the finished goods categories outlined: brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents, brooms and brushes of vegetable material, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, paint rollers and paintbrushes, compared to February 2019. During the first two months of 2020, import totals were down in seven categories outlined, compared to the first two months of 2019: brooms of broom corn valued
at more than 96 cents, brooms and brushes of vegetable material, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, paint rollers, paintbrushes and upright brooms.


– RAW MATERIAL IMPORTS –


Hog Bristle

The United States imported 7,758 kilograms of hog bristle in February 2020,
down 77 percent from 33,109 kilograms imported in February 2019. During the
first two months of 2020, 29,844 kilograms of hog bristle were imported, down
40 percent from 49,370 kilograms for the first two months of 2019.

 

China sent all of hog bristle to the United States during the first two
months of 2020.

The average price per kilogram for February 2020 was $36.33, down 12
percent from the average price per kilogram for February 2019 of $41.29.
During the first two months of 2020, the average price per kilogram was $36.33, down 12 percent from $41.29 for the first two months of 2019.


Broom And Mop Handles

The import total of broom and mop handles during February 2020 was
1.2 million, down 14 percent from 1.4 million for February 2019. During the
first two months of 2020, 2.3 million broom and mop handles were imported,
down 26 percent from 3.1 million for the first two months of 2019.

During the first two months of 2020, the United States received 831,566 broom and mop handles from Honduras, 655,400 from Brazil and 644,556 from China.

The average price per handle for February 2020 was 69 cents, down
4 percent from 72 cents for February 2019. During the first two months of 2020,
the average price per handle was 71 cents, up 6 percent from 67 cents for the
first two months of 2019.


Brush Backs

February 2020 imports of brush backs totaled 307,977, down 30 percent
from 442,712 for February 2019. During the first two months of 2020, 581,860 brush backs were imported, down 36 percent from 910,816 for the first two
months of 2019.

Indonesia sent 227,404 brush backs to the United States during the first two months of 2020, while Sri Lanka shipped 183,475 and Canada exported 170,981.

The average price per brush back was 61 cents during February 2020,
up 9 percent from 56 cents for February 2019. During the first two months of
2020, the average price was 51 cents, down 4 percent from 53 cents for the first two months of 2019.


Metal Handles

The import total of metal handles during February 2020 was 1.1 million,
down 8 percent from 1.2 million for February 2019. During the first two months
of 2020, 2.5 million metal handles were imported, down 14 percent from
2.9 million for the first two months of 2019.

During the first two months of 2020, Italy sent 844,755 metal handles to the United States, while China exported 771,517 and Spain shipped 551,040.

The average price per handle for February 2020 was $1.04, down 15 percent from $1.22 for February 2019. During the first two months of 2020, the average price per handle was $1.02, down 14 percent from $1.18 for the first two
months of 2019.



– FINISHED GOODS IMPORTS –


Brooms Of Broom Corn Valued At More Than 96 Cents

The United States imported 389,290 brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents per broom during February 2020, down 19 percent from 480,125 for February 2019. During the first two months of 2020, 834,609 brooms were imported, down 24 percent from 1.1 million for the first two months of 2019.

Mexico sent all the brooms to the United States during the first two
months of 2020.

The average price per broom for February 2020 was $2.36, down 2 percent from $2.42 for February 2019. During the first two months of 2020, the average price per broom was $2.33, down 1 percent from $2.35 for the first two months of 2019.

 

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Material

The import total of brooms and brushes of vegetable material during February 2020 was 235,371, down 29 percent from 333,630 brooms and brushes
imported during February 2019. For the first two months of 2020, 345,134
brooms and brushes were imported, down 63 percent from 934,732 for the
first two months of 2019.

During the first two months of 2020, China exported 145,965 brooms and
brushes to the United States.

The average price per unit for February 2020 was 91 cents, up 1 cent from
the average price for February 2019. During the first two months of 2020, the average price per unit was $1.08, up 96 percent from 55 cents for the first two months of 2019.


Toothbrushes

The United States imported 77 million toothbrushes in February 2020, down
24 percent from 100.7 million imported in February 2019. During the first two months of 2020, 177.8 million toothbrushes were imported, down 19 percent
from 218.2 million for the first two months of 2019.

China sent 133.2 million toothbrushes to the United States during the first
two months of 2020.

The average price per toothbrush for February 2020 was 26 cents, the same
as the average price for February 2019. During the first two months of 2020,
the average price per toothbrush was  24 cents, down 1 cent from the average price for the first two months of 2019.


Hairbrushes

February 2020 imports of hairbrushes totaled 4.1 million, down 2 percent from
4.2 million for February 2019. During the first two months of 2020, 8.2 million hairbrushes were imported, down 20 percent from 10.3 million for the first two months of 2019.

China sent 8 million hairbrushes to the United States during the first two
months of 2020.

The average price per hairbrush was 27 cents during February 2020, up 8
percent from 25 cents for February 2019. During the first two months of 2020,
the average price per hairbrush was 25 cents, up 1 cent from the average price
for the first two months of 2019.


Shaving Brushes

The United States imported 10 million shaving brushes in February 2020,
up 213 percent from 3.2 million imported in February 2019. During the first two months of 2020, 16.4 million shaving brushes were imported, up 31 percent from 12.5 million for first two months of 2019.

China sent 11.9 million shaving brushes to the United States during the first two months of 2020.

The average price per shaving brush for February 2020 was 6 cents, down 68 percent from 19 cents for February 2019. During the first two months of 2020, the average price per brush was 8 cents, down 20 percent from 10 cents for the first two months of 2019.


Paint Rollers

The import total of paint rollers during February 2020 was 5.5 million, down 4 percent from 5.7 million for February 2019. During the first two months of 2020, 12.1 million paint rollers were imported, down 2 percent from 12.4 million for the first two months of 2019.

China sent 10.1 million paint rollers to the United States during the first two months of 2020.

The average price per paint roller for February 2020 was 43 cents, down 22 percent from 55 cents for February 2019. During the first two months of 2020, the average price per paint roller was 45 cents, down 12 percent from 51 cents for the first two months of 2019.


Paintbrushes

U.S. companies imported 15.5 million paintbrushes during February 2020, down 33 percent from 23.3 million for February 2019. During the first two months of 2020, 38.5 million paintbrushes were imported, down 23 percent from 49.9 million for the first two months of 2019.

 

China shipped 36 million paintbrushes to the United States during the first two months of 2020.

 

The average price per paintbrush for February 2020 was 34 cents, up 36 percent from 25 cents for February 2019. During the first two months of 2020, the average price per paintbrush was 31 cents, up 11 percent from 28 cents for the first two months of 2019.


Upright Brooms

The total import of upright brooms for February 2020 was 1.9 million, up 6 percent from 1.8 million for February 2019. During the first two months of 2020, 4 million upright brooms were imported, down 2 percent from 4.1 million for the first two months of 2019.

 

China sent 3.7 million upright brooms to the United States during the first two months of 2020.

 

The average price per broom for February 2020 was $1.12, down 24 percent from $1.47 for February 2019. During the first two months of 2020, the average price per broom was $1.21, down 28 percent from $1.68 for the first two months of 2019.

– EXPORTS –

Export totals for February 2020 were down in four categories outlined: brooms and brushes of vegetable material, shaving brushes, artist brushes and paintbrushes, compared to February 2019. For the first two months of 2020, export totals were down in three categories outlined, compared to the first two months of 2019: brooms and brushes of vegetable material, toothbrushes and paintbrushes.


Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Materials

The United States exported 6,881 dozen brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during February 2020, down 35 percent from 10,659 dozen for February 2019. For the first two months of 2020, 12,171 dozen brooms and brushes were exported, down 30 percent from 17,350 dozen for the first two months of 2019.

 

The United States sent 4,953 dozen brooms and brushes to Canada during the first two months of 2020.

 

The average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $41.78 in February 2020, up 33 percent from $31.45 for February 2019. During the first two months of 2020, the average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $42.23, up 31 percent from $32.30 per dozen for the first two months of 2019.

 

Toothbrushes

During February 2020, the United States exported 11.8 million toothbrushes,

up 5 percent from 11.2 million for February 2019. During the first two months of 2020, 26.3 million toothbrushes were exported, down 3 percent from 27 million for the first two months of 2019.

 

The United States exported 9.1 million toothbrushes to Canada   during the first two months of 2020.

 

The average price per toothbrush for February 2020 was 73 cents, up 40 percent from 52 cents for February 2019. During the first two months of 2020, the average price per brush was 70 cents, also up 40 percent from 50 cents for the first two months of 2019.


Shaving Brushes

The United States exported 1.3 million shaving brushes during February 2020, down 24 percent from 1.7 million for February 2019. During the first two months of 2020, 3 million shaving brushes were exported, up 20 percent from 2.5 million for the first two months of 2019.

 

During the first two months of 2020, the United States exported 1.8 million shaving brushes to Mexico and 514,776 to Canada.

 

The average price per shaving brush for February 2020 was $1.11, up 14 percent from 97 cents for February 2019. During the first two months of 2020, the average price per shaving brush was 97 cents, down 17 percent from $1.17 for the first two months of 2019.


Artist Brushes

February 2020 exports of artist brushes totaled 563,426, down 2 percent

from 574,590 for February 2019. During the first two months of 2020,

1.3 million artist brushes were exported, up 8 percent from 1.2 million for the

first two months of 2019.

 

Canada received 933,147 artist brushes from the United States during the first two months of 2020.

 

The average price per artist brush was $3.17 during February 2020, down 24 percent from $4.19 for February 2019. During the first two months of 2020, the average price per artist brush was $3.93, up 3 percent from $3.81 for the first two months of 2019.


Paintbrushes

The export total of paintbrushes during February 2020 was 188,117, down 39 percent from 307,185 for February 2019. During the first two months of 2020, 287,973 paintbrushes were exported, down 29 percent from 404,714 for the first two months of 2019.

 

Canada imported 102,873 paintbrushes from the United States during the first two months of 2020.

 

The average price per paintbrush for February 2020 was $7.50, up

51 percent from $4.97 for February 2019. During the first two months of 2020,

the average price per paintbrush was $7.70, up 28 percent from $6 for the first two months of 2019.

 

February 2020

January 2020 Export Chart

 

Click here for the entire February 2020
Import/Export Statistics.

 



 


InterBrush

The American Brush Manufacturers Association (ABMA) hosted its latest weekly video networking session on May 7. The sessions are designed to help the ABMA community share experiences and information as it pertains to operating businesses during the current COVID-19 pandemic. That includes how to make best use of the U.S. government’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) under the CARES Act.

 

Information shared during the May 7 session included:

• An update on continuing efforts to have the U.S. Congress allow for PPP expense deductibility. According to an ABMA release on May 1, “The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has deemed that Internal Revenue Code 265 does apply to PPP loan funds that are forgiven. Therefore, whatever amount is forgiven is ‘non-taxable’ income, but all expenses paid by those funds are deemed ‘non-deductible’ for tax purposes.

 

“In Notice 2020-32, released on May 1, the IRS clarified that Section 265 does in fact apply to PPP loans, and prevents taxpayers from deducting expenses that lead to forgiveness under the CARES Act.”

 

ABMA has sent, to its membership, an online request directed at Congress asking for PPP expense deductibility. Wordage in that request includes: “IRS Notice 2020-32 limits the tax benefits of receiving PPP funds, and may create in incentive for employers to lay off employees and use the PPP funding simply as a short term low interest loan to conserve cash for their businesses. I urge you (members of Congress) to move immediately to change the PPP regulations to allow PPP expenses to be deductible. Please carefully consider the impact any decisions or actions regarding this issue will have in the immediate future for employee retention.”

 

ABMA Executive Director David Parr said, during the video networking session, that he also contacted the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) to seek its support for PPP expense deductibility.

 

“They (NAM) have agreed (to support the issue), and sent a letter that includes (the endorsement) of over 100 companies, asking Congress to take a look at restoring deductibility,” Parr said.

 

• Discussion also took place on the continuing, and perhaps evolving, interpretation of PPP loan forgiveness by the U.S. government for participating companies. It was agreed, during the video networking session, that representatives of companies receiving PPP loans should seek further information from their accountants and banks concerning the forgiveness aspect of such “loans.”

 

• Another topic centered on a tax law change which may provide a one-time benefit to companies that go from an accrual to a cash basis accounting method. Company representatives were again advised to contact their accountants to see if such a move would benefit their specific businesses in 2020.

 

• Participants of the video networking session also discussed government workshare programs. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), workshare programs are available in many states and let businesses temporarily reduce the hours of their employees, rather than laying them off, during economic downturns. Technically referred to as “short time compensation,” the goal of worksharing programs is to reduce unemployment. Worksharing should not be confused with job sharing, which allows two part-time employees to share one full-time job. Instead, worksharing allows a full-time worker’s hours to be reduced, in lieu of laying off that worker.

 

Under approved workshare programs, employees qualify for a percentage of unemployment benefits, equal to the percentage by which their hours have been reduced, according to NCSL. For example, an employee whose hours are cut by 10 percent could qualify for 10 percent of a state’s established weekly unemployment benefit amount. While that does not fully replace lost wages, the amount supplements a worker’s income until he/she is recalled to full-time work.

 

The CARES Act allows employees who are collecting unemployment benefits (whether full or partial) to receive an additional $600 per week, at least through July 31, 2020. Workshare may be a good way for companies to best manage a reduction in their workforces, while still helping fully or partially laid-off employees.

 

• Discussion took place as well on how different states are responding to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic — with some allowing more types of businesses to reopen while others are planning for a prolonged lockdown.

 

Visit www.abma.org for the date and time of the next ABMA video networking session.


 


Obituary



Daniel Pecora

President Of Erie Brush

Nexstep

Daniel Pecora


Daniel Pecora was born October 23, 1944 in Milwaukee, WI. He died
Sunday, April 26, 2020. He was the longtime president of Erie Brush, Chicago, IL.

He was married to his wife, Patricia, and is the father of Laura Moses and Robert (Terri) Pecora. He is the grandfather of Danielle (Dan) Robinson; Ian, Jessica and Michael Moses; Jacob and Ethan Pecora; Fiona and Colin McNamee; and, he is the great grandfather of Brave Robinson.

 

Private services were held with interment at St. Michael the Archangel
Cemetery in Palatine, IL.

Memorials may be made to donor’s choice.

 

Industry News

 


 



The Perlon® Group Provides Support To Fire
Service In Darmstadt-Dieburg (Germany) With
KN 95 Protective Masks

 

Shurhold


Through its global network, the Perlon®-Group is supporting the procurement measures
of the volunteer fire service in the Darmstadt-Dieburg (Germany) district by donating
2,400 KN 95 protective masks. This protective equipment has been put to good use by
the force covering 23 towns and communities in the area.

“The masks offer protection for fire brigade personnel, ensure that the firemen and
women can carry out duties safely and that they also protect the inhabitants of the district
as well as others in the area who may be involved in a rescue from a potential
contamination of the Coronavirus,” said the company.

“The Perlon®-Group is aware of its responsibility to our society and would like to set a
good example.”

The picture shows Perlon®-Group CEO Florian Kisling (who has been the voluntary community fire inspector for Münster in the Darmstadt-Dieburg district for many years) handing over the masks to the Darmstadt-Dieburg deputy district fire inspector Matthias Maurer-Hardt.


Perlon® is a worldwide manufacturer of synthetic filaments, and with the help of around
840 employees, generates a turnover of over 140 million euros. The company
manufactures filaments for applications in the paper machine clothing industry (PMC),
the brush industry, for technical textiles as well as filaments for cosmetic and dental applications from its sites in Germany, the USA and China.


For more information, visit www.perlon.com.




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