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Imports, Exports Mixed For Eight Months Of 2018

U.S. government trade figures for the first eight months of 2018 indicated raw material imports were down in three categories outlined: hog bristle, broom and mop handles and metal handles, compared to the first eight months of 2017. For August 2018, two categories reported increases: broom and mop handles and brush backs, compared to August 2017.

Import totals for the first eight months of 2018 were up in four finished goods categories outlined: toothbrushes, paint rollers, paintbrushes and upright brooms, compared to the first eight months of 2017. In August 2018, five categories outlined recorded increases: brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents, shaving brushes, paint rollers, paintbrushes and upright brooms, compared to August 2017.



– RAW MATERIAL IMPORTS –


Hog Bristle

The United States imported 19,294 kilograms of hog bristle in August 2018, down 24 percent from 25,425 kilograms imported in August 2017. During the first eight months of 2018, 134,179 kilograms of hog bristle were imported, down 40 percent from 223,304 kilograms imported during the first eight months of 2017.

China sent 132,120 kilograms of hog bristle to the United States during the first eight months of 2018.

The average price per kilogram for August 2018 was $41.10, up 146 percent from the average price per kilogram for August 2017 of $16.70. The average price per kilogram for the first eight months of 2018 was $34.64, up 52 percent from the average price per kilogram of $22.78 for the first eight months of 2017.

Broom And Mop Handles

The import total of broom and mop handles during August 2018 was 1.8 million, up 6 percent from 1.7 million for August 2017. During the first eight months of 2018, 12 million broom and mop handles were imported, down 1 percent from 12.1 million for the first eight months of 2017.

During the first eight months of 2018, the United States received 5.3 million broom and mop handles from Honduras, 3.6 million from Brazil and 2.2 million from China.

The average price per handle for August 2018 was 72 cents, the same as for August 2017. The average price for the first eight months of 2018 was also 72 cents, down 10 percent from 80 cents for the first eight months of 2017.

 

Brush Backs

August 2018 imports of brush backs totaled 407,570, up 45 percent from 280,895 for August 2017. During the first eight months of 2018, 3.6 million brush backs were imported, the same as for the first eight months of 2017.

Sri Lanka shipped 1.6 million brush backs to the United States during the first eight months of 2018, while Canada sent 1.3 million.

The average price per brush back was 55 cents during August 2018, up 4 percent from 53 cents for August 2017. For the first eight months of 2018, the average price per brush back was 51 cents, the same as for the first eight months of 2017.

Metal Handles

The import total of metal handles during August 2018 was 1.5 million, down 6 percent from 1.6 million for August 2017. During the first eight months of 2018, 14.8 million metal handles were imported, down 5 percent from 15.6 million for the first eight months of 2017.

During the first eight months of 2018, Italy exported 6.4 million metal handles to the United States, while China sent 4.7 million and Spain shipped 2.7 million.

The average price per handle for August 2018 was $1.02, the same as for August 2017. The average price for the first eight months of 2018 was 95 cents, up 4 percent from 91 cents for the first eight months of 2017.


– FINISHED GOODS IMPORTS –


Brooms Of Broom Corn Valued At More Than 96 Cents

The United States imported 650,263 brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents per broom during August 2018, up 1 percent from 641,800 for August 2017. During the first eight months of 2018, 4.4 million brooms of broom corn were imported, down 8 percent from 4.8 million for the first eight months of 2017.

Mexico sent nearly all of the brooms to the United States during the first eight months of 2018.

The average price per broom for August 2018 was $2.40, up 5 percent from

$2.29 for August 2017. The average price per broom for the first eight months

of 2018 was $2.41, up 1 percent from the average price for the first eight months

of 2017 of $2.38.

 

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Material

The import total of brooms and brushes of vegetable material during August 2018 was 197,040, down 11 percent from 221,465 brooms and brushes imported during August 2017. During the first eight months of 2018, 1.8 million brooms and brushes were imported, down 10 percent from 2 million for the first eight months of 2017.

Sri Lanka exported 972,603 brooms and brushes to the United States during the first eight months of 2018, while China sent 448,440.

The average price per unit for August 2018 was 91 cents, down 37 percent from $1.44 for August 2017. The average price for the first eight months of 2018 was $1.14, down 24 percent from $1.50 for the first eight months of 2017.

Toothbrushes

The United States imported 89.7 million toothbrushes in August 2018, down 5 percent from 94 million imported in August 2017. During the first eight months of 2018, 744.7 million toothbrushes were imported, up 3 percent from 725.4 million for the first eight months of 2017.

China sent 594.5 million toothbrushes to the United States during the first eight months of 2018.

The average price per toothbrush for August 2018 was 25 cents, up 9 percent from 23 cents for August 2017. The average price for the first eight months of 2018 was 24 cents, up 9 percent from 22 cents for the first eight months of 2017.

 

Hairbrushes

August 2018 imports of hairbrushes totaled 4.9 million, the same as for August 2017. During the first eight months of 2018, 32.9 million hairbrushes were imported, down 2 percent from 33.6 million for the first eight months of 2017.

China sent 32.8 million hairbrushes to the United States during the first eight months of 2018.

The average price per hairbrush was 24 cents during August 2018, down 8 percent from 26 cents for August 2017. For the first eight months of 2018, the average price per hairbrush was 25 cents, the same as for the first eight months of 2017.

Shaving Brushes

The United States imported 7.2 million shaving brushes in August 2018, up 41 percent from 5.1 million imported in August 2017. During the first eight months of 2018, 37 million shaving brushes were imported, down 4 percent from 38.4 million imported during the first eight months of 2017.

China sent 24.6 million shaving brushes to the United States during the first eight months of 2018, while South Korea exported 7.9 million.

The average price per shaving brush for August 2018 was 12 cents, down 14 percent from 14 cents for August 2017. The average price for the first eight months of 2018 was 14 cents, the same as for the first eight months of 2017.

 

Paint Rollers

The import total of paint rollers during August 2018 was 8.6 million, up 26 percent from 6.8 million for August 2017. During the first eight months of 2018, 62.5 million paint rollers were imported, up 32 percent from 47.3 million during the first eight months of 2017.

China sent 51.9 million paint rollers to the United States during the first eight months of 2018.

The average price per paint roller for August 2018 was 37 cents, down 29 percent from 52 cents for August 2017. The average price for the first eight months of 2018 was 40 cents, down 13 percent from 46 cents for the first eight months of 2017.

Paintbrushes

U.S. companies imported 24.1 million paintbrushes during August 2018, up 2 percent from 23.6 million for August 2017. Paintbrush imports for the first eight months of 2018 were 212.7 million, up 20 percent from 177.4 million for the first eight months of 2017.

China shipped 192.3 million paintbrushes to the United States during the first eight months of 2018.

The average price per paintbrush for August 2018 was 32 cents, up 7 percent from 30 cents for August 2017. The average price for the first eight months of 2018 was 28 cents, down 7 percent from 30 cents for the first eight months of 2017.

Upright Brooms

The total import of upright brooms for August 2018 was 1.5 million, up 15 percent from 1.3 million for August 2017. During the first eight months of 2018, 11.7 million upright brooms were imported, up 1 percent from 11.6 for the first eight
months of 2017.

China sent 10.3 million upright brooms to the United States during the first eight months of 2018.

The average price per broom for August 2018 was $1.26, down 14 percent from $1.46 for August 2017. The average price per broom for the first eight months of 2018 was $1.36, up 10 percent from $1.24 for the first eight months of 2017.


– EXPORTS –


Export totals for the first eight months of 2018 were up in three categories outlined: toothbrushes, shaving brushes and artist brushes, compared to the first eight months of 2017.


In August 2018, three categories reported decreases, compared to August 2017: shaving brushes, artist brushes and paintbrushes.


Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Materials

The United States exported 6,842 dozen brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during August 2018, up 65 percent from the August 2017 total of 4,153 dozen. Exports of brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during the first eight months of 2018 were 59,306 dozen, down 7 percent from 63,580 dozen for the first eight months of 2017.

The United States sent 33,614 dozen brooms and brushes to Canada, during the first eight months of 2018.

The average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $33.85 in August 2018, down 44 percent from $60.33 for August 2017. The average price per dozen brooms and brushes for the first eight months of 2018 was $35.20, down 1 percent from $35.62 for the first eight months of 2017.

 

Toothbrushes

During August 2018, the United States exported 13.9 million toothbrushes, up 38 percent from 10.1 million for August 2017. During the first eight months of 2018, 110 million toothbrushes were exported, up 22 percent from 89.9 million exported during the first eight months of 2017.

The United States exported 29.6 million toothbrushes to Canada, 19 million to Germany and 11.5 million to Hong Kong, during the first eight months of 2018.

The average price per toothbrush for August 2018 was 61 cents, up 3 percent from 59 cents for August 2017. The average price per toothbrush for the first eight months of 2018 was 54 cents, down 5 percent from the average price for the first eight months of 2017 of 57 cents.


Shaving Brushes

The United States exported 720,095 shaving brushes during August 2018, down 35 percent from 1.1 million for August 2017. During the first eight months of 2018, 13 million shaving brushes were exported, up 17 percent from 11.1 million for the first eight months of 2017.

During the first eight months of 2018, the United States exported 5.4 million shaving brushes to Brazil, 2.4 million to Mexico and 2.2 million to Canada.

The average price per shaving brush for August 2018 was $2.49, up 87 percent from $1.33 for August 2017. The average price for the first eight months of
2018 was $1.17, up 8 percent from the average price for the first eight months
of 2017 of $1.08.

Artist Brushes

August 2018 exports of artist brushes totaled 848,751, down 8 percent from 918,522 for August 2017. During the first eight months of 2018, 7.3 million

artist brushes were exported, up 12 percent from 6.5 million for the first eight months of 2017.

Canada received 5.1 million artist brushes from the United States during the first eight months of 2018.

The average price per artist brush was $3.75 during August 2018, up 1 percent from the average price for August 2017 of $3.72. For the first eight months of 2018, the average price per artist brush was $3.65, down 3 percent from $3.78 for the first eight months of 2017.

Paintbrushes

The export total of paintbrushes during August 2018 was 231,446, down 27 percent from 316,651 for August 2017. During the first eight months of 2018, 1.6 million paintbrushes were exported, the same as for the first eight months of 2017.

Canada imported 886,808 paintbrushes from the United States during the first eight months of 2018, while the United Kingdom received 311,011.

The average price per paintbrush for August 2018 was $6.34, up 3 percent from $6.18 for August 2017. The average price for the first eight months of 2018 was $6.81, up 3 percent from $6.58 for the first eight months of 2017.

 

August 2018

August 2018 Export Chart

 

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Import/Export Statistics.

 


 


Industry News


Pedex GmbH Named Finalist For German Award


Pedex GmbH, the Wald Michelbach-based Perlon Group, was named a finalist of the Großer Preis des Mittelstandes 2018 (German award for small and medium-sized companies) at a gala dinner September 15, together with 21 other finalists from the four competing regions: Baden Wurtemberg; Bavaria; Hesse and Thuringia.

A press release stated, “On the 24th of May, Oskar-Patzelt-Stiftung, the founder of the Großer Preis des Mittelstandes Award for small and medium-sized companies asked for nominations of excellent medium-sized companies for the competition, (nominations cannot come from the companies themselves). Only one in every 1,000 German companies makes it onto the list of nominees
.

 

Perlon

Pictured representing Perlon during the award ceremony are Matthias Kreye, Perlon COO,
along with Perlon Managing Directors Florian Kisling and Michael Holzmann.



“The prize winners meet 12 regional juries and a final jury. The focus of the jury (made up of representatives from business and education) is on the company as a whole, and its multifaceted role within society. To aid evaluation, the jury asked about the establishment and safeguarding of jobs and apprenticeships, innovation and modernization, as well as involvement in the local area and service and proximity to customers.

“In 2018, more than 7,400 institutions from the 16 counties (12 competing regions) throughout Germany nominated a total of 4,917 small and medium-sized companies as well as banks and local authorities for the competition, from which a short list of 742 companies was selected. No other business award in Germany carries such weight (and has now for more than two decades) as the one the Leipzig-based Oskar-Patzelt-Stiftung has been awarding since 1994. The prize carries no monetary reward. For the businesses involved, it’s simply about honor, public recognition and approval of the company’s performance, without financial incentive.”

Pedex GmbH is part of the Perlon Group. Pedex produces and
distributes products (primarily from the Perlon Pedex range) to customers
all over the world.

For more information, visit www.perlon.com.



 

News From Nexstep

Nexstep Commercial Products Now Offers
MaxiFlip™ Microfiber Wash Mitts


Nexstep said the new MaxiFlip™ Microfiber Wash Mitts offer:

• 10 layers of microfiber for convenience;

• Are color-coded to prevent cross-contamination;

• Cleans with fewer chemicals and traps more dirt than cotton;

• Are useable on any surface; and,

• Can be laundered up to 500 times.
Nexstep

 



 

For First Half Of 2018:
Nexstep Names 4 Top Performers

 

According to a press release, Nexstep Commercial Products’ Phil Mockler, Kerry Waldman, Patrick Liberti, and Michael Ciesinski have all been named Top Performers

for the first half of 2018. Each acquired two new qualifying accounts from January to June.


“Phil Mockler is a representative with TNT Unlimited, who has represented us in
Illinois and Wisconsin since October 2017. Mockler graduated from Western Illinois University in 2008 with a B.A. in communications. He has been a regional sales manager with TNT for three years, and previously spent five years as an inside sales rep for
Tata Steel,” said Nexstep.

“Kerry Waldman and Waldco Sales have represented us since March 2003 in the
New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. Waldman graduated from the State University
of New York at Albany in 1985 with a B.A. in psychology. She founded Waldco Sales in 1988 with her husband, Steve. Waldco has previously been named our Sales Rep
Agency of the Year.

“Patrick Liberti founded Libco Northeast in 1999. Libco has represented Nexstep
since February 2011 in New England and upstate New York. Liberti is a graduate of
the University of Arizona. He began his career as a purchasing agent for a distributor in Rochester, NY, later making the switch to manufacturers’ rep. He has over 25 years
of sales experience.

“Mike Ciesinski has more than 20 years of industry experience, having worked as a distribution sales manager and regional manager for a chemical manufacturer. Ciesinski also managed national accounts in New England. He is a member of MRA, is CIMS-GB certified and a former board member of NESSA. He joined the Libco team this year.”

For more information on Nexstep, (exclusive licensee of O-Cedar)
visit www.ocedarcommercial.com.

 

 



From Shurhold

Deluxe Water Sprite Mop Dries Faster

 

“Shurhold’s Deluxe Water Sprite Mop features a unique, durable material that quickly absorbs more liquid than a traditional leather chamois or towel, making fast work of detailing cars and trucks,” according to a press release.

Sherhold

“The Deluxe Water Sprite Mop has a substantial number of 2 7/8-inch wide strips
of super-absorbent PVA chamois that soak up and retain a huge amount of liquid.
The robust material won't mold or mildew, so it can be stowed without being thoroughly dry. The mop has a rigid construction to help when using it vertically. A rubberized internal guard protects paint, gelcoat, acrylic and other delicate surfaces from being scratched.

“Using the Deluxe Water Sprite Mop is simple. It attaches to any of Shurhold's telescoping or fixed-length aluminum handles. Once thoroughly wetted to soften the chamois, it's wrung by hand. If soiled, it can be washed with auto soap.”

Inventor of the One Handle Does It All system, Shurhold manufactures specialty care items and accessories to clean, polish and detail.

For more information, visit www.shurhold.com/auto.

 




 

Sherhold