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Imports Mixed, Exports Down For First
Nine Months Of 2017

U.S. government trade figures for the first nine months of 2017 indicated raw material imports were up in two categories outlined: hog bristle and broom and mop handles, compared to the first nine months of 2016. For September 2017, three categories reported increases: hog bristle, broom and mop handles, and metal handles, compared to September 2016.

Import totals for the first nine months of 2017 were down in five finished goods categories outlined: brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents, brooms and brushes of vegetable materials, toothbrushes, shaving brushes and paint rollers, compared to the first nine months of 2016. In September 2017, five categories outlined recorded increases: brooms and brushes of vegetable materials, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, paint rollers and paintbrushes, compared to September 2016.



– RAW MATERIAL IMPORTS –


Hog Bristle

The United States imported 91,107 kilograms of hog bristle in September 2017, up significantly from 5,375 kilograms imported in September 2016. During the first nine months of 2017, 314,411 kilograms of hog bristle were imported, up 105 percent from 153,338 kilograms imported during the first nine months of 2016.

China sent 307,272 kilograms to the United States during the first nine months
of 2017.

The average price per kilogram for September 2017 was $11.98, down 64 percent from the average price per kilogram for September 2016 of $33.08. The average price per kilogram for the first nine months of 2017 was $19.65, down 15 percent from the average price per kilogram of $23.19 for the first nine months of 2016.

Broom And Mop Handles

The import total of broom and mop handles during September 2017 was 2 million, up 33 percent from 1.5 million for September 2016. During the first nine months of 2017, 14.1 million broom and mop handles were imported, up 8 percent from 13 million for the first nine months of 2016.

During the first nine months of 2017, the United States received 5.8 million broom and mop handles from Brazil, 4.5 million from Honduras and 2.2 million from China.

The average price per handle for September 2017 was 82 cents, down 1 cent from the average for September 2016. The average price for the first nine months
of 2017 was 80 cents, down 10 percent from 89 cents for the first nine months
of 2016.

 

Brush Backs

September 2017 imports of brush backs totaled 520,814, down 17 percent from 631,164 for September 2016. During the first nine months of 2017, 4.1 million brush backs were imported, down 24 percent from 5.4 million for the first nine months of 2016.

Canada shipped 1.7 million brush backs to the United States during the first nine months of 2017, while Sri Lanka sent 1.6 million.

The average price per brush back was 53 cents during September 2017, up 15 percent from 46 cents for September 2016. For the first nine months of 2017, the average price per brush back was 51 cents, up 11 percent from 46 cents for the first nine months of 2016.

 

Metal Handles

The import total of metal handles during September 2017 was 1.4 million, up 8 percent from 1.3 million for September 2016. During the first nine months of 2017, 17.1 million metal handles were imported, down 7 percent from 18.3 million for the first nine months of 2016.

­­­­­­During the first nine months of 2017, China exported 7.2 million metal handles to the United States, while Spain sent 5.6 million and Italy shipped 3.7 million.

The average price per handle for September 2017 was $1.08, up 2 percent from $1.06 for September 2016. The average price for the first nine months of 2017 was 92 cents, down 2 percent from 94 cents for the first nine months of 2016.


– FINISHED GOODS IMPORTS –


Brooms Of Broom Corn Valued At More Than 96 Cents

The United States imported 452,843 brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents per broom during September 2017, down 26 percent from 615,087 for September 2016. During the first nine months of 2017, 5.3 million brooms of
broom corn were imported, down 9 percent from 5.8 million for the first nine
months of 2016.

Mexico sent nearly all the brooms to the United States during the first nine months of 2017.

The average price per broom for September 2017 was $2.38, down 2 percent from $2.44 for September 2016. The average price per broom for the first nine months of 2017 was also $2.38, down 5 percent from the average price for the first nine months of 2016 of $2.50.

 

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Material

The import total of brooms and brushes of vegetable material during September 2017 was 173,736, up 3 percent from 168,220 brooms and brushes imported during September 2016. During the first nine months of 2017, 2.1 million brooms and brushes were imported, down 25 percent from 2.8 million for the first nine months of 2016.

Sri Lanka exported 1.2 million brooms and brushes to the United States during the first nine months of 2017.

The average price per unit for September 2017 was $1.69, up 63 percent from
the average price for September 2016 of $1.04. The average price for the first
nine months of 2017 was $1.52, up 33 percent from $1.14 for the first nine months of 2016.

Toothbrushes

The United States imported 94.7 million toothbrushes in September 2017, up 13 percent from 84 million imported in September 2016. During the first nine months of 2017, 820.1 million toothbrushes were imported, down less than 1 percent from 821.9 million imported during the first nine months of 2016.

China sent 624.9 million toothbrushes to the United States during the first nine months of 2017.

The average price per toothbrush for September 2017 was 20 cents, down 23 percent from 26 cents for September 2016. The average price for the first nine months of 2017 was 22 cents, the same as for the first nine months of 2016.

 

Hairbrushes

September 2017 imports of hairbrushes totaled 4.4 million, up 2 percent from 4.3 million for September 2016. During the first nine months of 2017, 38 million hairbrushes were imported, up 13 percent from 33.5 million for the first nine
months of 2016.

China sent 37.8 million hairbrushes to the United States during the first nine months of 2017.

The average price per hairbrush was 20 cents during September 2017, down 26 percent from 27 cents for September 2016. For the first nine months of 2017, the average price per hairbrush was 24 cents, down 1 cent from the average price for the first nine months of 2016.

Shaving Brushes

The United States imported 5.3 million shaving brushes in September 2017, down 33 percent from 7.9 million imported in September 2016. During the first nine months of 2017, 43.7 million shaving brushes were imported, down 27 percent from 59.5 million imported during the first nine months of 2016.

China sent 31.3 million shaving brushes to the United States during the first nine months of 2017.

The average price per shaving brush for September 2017 was 15 cents, up 36 percent from the average price for September 2016 of 11 cents. The average price for the first nine months of 2017 was 14 cents, up 1 cent from the average price for the first nine months of 2016.

 

Paint Rollers

The import total of paint rollers during September 2017 was 6.1 million, up 36 percent from 4.5 million for September 2016. During the first nine months of 2017, 53.4 million paint rollers were imported, down less than 1 percent from 53.5 million during the first nine months of 2016.

China sent 44.5 million paint rollers to the United States during the first nine months of 2017, while Cambodia shipped 3.4 million.

The average price per paint roller for September 2017 was 51 cents, down 6 percent from 54 cents for September 2016. The average price for the first nine months of 2017 was 46 cents, down 6 percent from the average price for the first nine months of 2016 of 49 cents.

Paintbrushes

U.S. companies imported 21.4 million paintbrushes during September 2017, up 16 percent from 18.5 million for September 2016. Paintbrush imports for the first nine months of 2017 were 198.8 million, up 4 percent from 190.9 million for the first nine months of 2016.

China shipped 179.7 million paintbrushes to the United States during the first nine months of 2017.

The average price per paintbrush for September 2017 was 30 cents, down 9 percent from 33 cents for September 2016. The average price for the first nine months of 2017 was also 30 cents, down 1 cent from the average price for the first nine months of 2016.

Upright Brooms

The total import of upright brooms for September 2017 was 1.4 million, down 13 percent from 1.6 million for September 2016. During the first nine months of 2017, 13 million upright brooms were imported, up 2 percent from 12.7 million imported during the first nine months of 2016.

China sent 11.4 million upright brooms to the United States during the first nine months of 2017.

The average price per broom for September 2017 was $1.29, up 1 cent from
the average price for September 2016. The average price per broom for the first nine months of 2017 was $1.24, down 9 percent from $1.37 for the first nine months of 2016.


– EXPORTS –


Export totals for the first nine months of 2017 were down in three categories outlined: toothbrushes, shaving brushes and paintbrushes, compared to the first nine months of 2016.

In September 2017, three categories reported decreases, compared to September 2016: broom and brushes of vegetable materials, artist brushes and paintbrushes.


Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Materials

The United States exported 8,058 dozen brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during September 2017, down 2 percent from the September 2016 total of 8,230 dozen. Exports of brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during the first nine months of 2017 were 71,638 dozen, up 38 percent from 51,957 dozen for the first nine months of 2016.

The United States sent 31,529 dozen brooms and brushes to Canada and 12,806 dozen to Mexico, during the first nine months of 2017.

The average price per dozen of brooms and brushes was $38.35 in September 2017, up 13 percent from $33.97 for September 2016. The average price per dozen brooms and brushes for the first nine months of 2017 was $35.92, down 25 percent from $47.95 for the first nine months of 2016.

 

Toothbrushes

During September 2017, the United States exported 12.9 million toothbrushes, up 9 percent from 11.8 million for September 2016. During the first nine months of 2017, 102.8 million toothbrushes were exported, down 26 percent from 138.4 million exported during the first nine months of 2016.

The United States exported 27.8 million toothbrushes to Canada, 26.7 million to Germany and 15.1 million to Mexico, during the first nine months of 2017.

The average price per toothbrush for September 2017 was 46 cents, down 15 percent from 54 cents for September 2016. The average price per toothbrush for the first nine months of 2017 was 56 cents, up 24 percent from 45 cents for the first nine months of 2016.


Shaving Brushes

The United States exported 1.3 million shaving brushes during September 2017, up 70 percent from 762,528 for September 2016. During the first nine months of 2017, 12.4 million shaving brushes were exported, down 5 percent from 13 million for the first nine months of 2016.

During the first nine months of 2017, the United States exported 6.1 million shaving brushes to Brazil, 2.8 million to Canada and 1.2 million to Mexico.

The average price per shaving brush for September 2017 was $1.21, down 29 percent from $1.71 for September 2016. The average price for the first nine months of 2017 was $1.10, down 6 percent from $1.17 for the first nine months of 2016.

Artist Brushes

September 2017 exports of artist brushes totaled 850,709, down 9 percent from 937,146 for September 2016. During the first nine months of 2017, 7.3 million
artist brushes were exported, up 4 percent from 7 million for the first nine months
of 2016.

Canada received 5.1 million artist brushes from the United States during the first nine months of 2017.

The average price per artist brush was $3.67 during September 2017, down 26 percent from the average price for September 2016 of $4.97. For the first nine months of 2017, the average price per artist brush was $3.77, down 10 percent from $4.17 for the first nine months of 2016.

Paintbrushes

The export total of paintbrushes during September 2017 was 147,446, down 49 percent from 291,392 for September 2016. During the first nine months of 2017, 1.8 million paintbrushes were exported, down 28 percent from 2.5 million for the first nine months of 2016.

Canada imported 720,459 paintbrushes from the United States during the first nine months of 2017, while the United Kingdom received 509,777.

The average price per paintbrush for September 2017 was $9.12, up 70 percent from $5.35 for September 2016. The average price for the first nine months of 2017 was $6.79, up 26 percent from $5.41 for the first nine months of 2016.

 

September 2017

Sept 2017 Export Chart

 

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