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Imports Mixed, Exports Down For
The First Nine Months Of 2019


U.S. government trade figures for September 2019 indicated raw
material imports were up in two categories outlined: broom and mop
handles and metal handles, compared to September 2018. For the first
nine months of 2019, raw material imports were down in three categories outlined: hog bristle, brush backs and metal handles, compared to the
first nine months of 2018.

Import totals for September 2019 were down in five of the finished
goods categories outlined: brooms and brushes of vegetable material, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, paintbrushes and upright brooms, compared
to September 2018. During the first nine months of 2019, import totals were up in five categories outlined, compared to the first nine months of 2018: brooms and brushes of vegetable material, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, shaving brushes and upright brooms.


– RAW MATERIAL IMPORTS –


Hog Bristle

The United States imported 19,258 kilograms of hog bristle in September 2019, down 50 percent from 38,586 kilograms imported in September 2018. During the first nine months of 2019, 150,203 kilograms of hog bristle were imported, down
13 percent from 172,765 for the first nine months of 2018.

China sent 150,104 kilograms of hog bristle to the United States during the first nine months of 2019.

The average price per kilogram for September 2019 was $45.52, up 14 percent from the average price per kilogram for September 2018 of $39.91. During the
first nine months of 2019, the average price per kilogram was $37.71, up
5 percent from $35.82 for the first nine months of 2018.

Broom And Mop Handles

The import total of broom and mop handles during September 2019 was
1.8 million, up 20 percent from 1.5 million for September 2018. During the first
nine months of 2019, 14.4 million broom and mop handles were imported,
up 7 percent from 13.5 million for the first nine months of 2018.

During the first nine months of 2019, the United States received 6.8 million broom and mop handles from Honduras, 4.1 million from Brazil and 2.2 million from China.

The average price per handle for September 2019 was 69 cents, down 7 percent from 74 cents for September 2018. During the first nine months of 2019, the average price per handle was 73 cents, up 1 cent from the average price for the first nine months of 2018.

 

Brush Backs

September 2019 imports of brush backs totaled 227,333, down 52 percent from 478,003 for September 2018. During the first nine months of 2019, 3.2 million brush backs were imported, down 22 percent from 4.1 million for 2018.

Sri Lanka shipped 1.2 million brush backs to the United States during the first
nine months 2019.

The average price per brush back was 59 cents during September 2019, up
40 percent from 42 cents for September 2018. During the first nine months of
2019, the average price was 53 cents, up 6 percent from 50 cents for the first
nine months of 2018.

Metal Handles

The import total of metal handles during September 2019 was 1.1 million,
up 31 percent from 839,963 for September 2018. During the first nine months
of 2019, 12.5 million metal handles were imported, down 20 percent from 15.7 million for the first nine months of 2018.

During the first nine months of 2019, Italy sent 5.9 million metal handles to the United States, while China exported 3.1 million and Spain shipped 1.7 million.


The average price per handle for September 2019 was $1.07, down 10 percent from $1.19 for September 2018. During the first nine months of 2019,
the average price per handle was $1.04, up 7 percent from 97 cents for the
first nine months of 2018.


– FINISHED GOODS IMPORTS –


Brooms Of Broom Corn Valued At More Than 96 Cents

The United States imported 471,385 brooms of broom corn valued at more than 96 cents per broom during September 2019, up 6 percent from 446,070 for September 2018. During the first nine months of 2019, 4.6 million brooms were imported, down 6 percent from 4.9 million for the first nine months of 2018.

Mexico sent 4.5 million brooms to the United States during the first nine
months of 2019.

The average price per broom for September 2019 was $2.24, down 3 percent
from $2.32 for September 2018. During the first nine months of 2019, the
average price per broom was $2.33, down 3 percent from $2.40 for the first
nine months of 2018.

 

Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Material

The import total of brooms and brushes of vegetable material during September 2019 was 121,542, down 57 percent from 282,550 brooms and brushes imported during September 2018. For the first nine months of 2019, 2.8 million brooms and brushes were imported, up 33 percent from 2.1 million for the first nine months of 2018.

During the first nine months of 2019, Sri Lanka exported 1.4 million brooms and brushes to the United States.

The average price per unit for September 2019 was $1.51, up 40 percent from the average price for September 2018 of $1.08. During the first nine months of 2019, the average price per unit was 80 cents, down 29 percent from $1.13 for the first nine months of 2018.

Toothbrushes

The United States imported 80.4 million toothbrushes in September 2019,
down 3 percent from 83.2 million imported in September 2018. During the first
nine months of 2019, 855 million toothbrushes were imported, up 3 percent from 827.9 million for the first nine months of 2018.

China sent 676.6 million toothbrushes to the United States during the first nine months of 2019.

The average price per toothbrush for September 2019 was 25 cents, up 1 cent from the average price for September 2018. During the first nine months of 2019, the average price per toothbrush was also 25 cents, up 1 cent from the average price for the first nine months of 2018.

Hairbrushes

September 2019 imports of hairbrushes totaled 3.1 million, down 34 percent
from 4.7 million for September 2018. During the first nine months of 2019,
39.9 million hairbrushes were imported, up 6 percent from 37.5 million for the
first nine months of 2018.

China sent 39.3 million hairbrushes to the United States during the first nine months of 2019.

The average price per hairbrush was 28 cents during September 2019, up 12 percent from 25 cents for September 2018. During the first nine months of 2019, the average price per hairbrush was 24 cents, down 1 cent from the average price for the first nine months of 2018.

Shaving Brushes

The United States imported 8 million shaving brushes in September 2019, up 74 percent from 4.6 million imported in September 2018. During the first nine months of 2019, 42.3 million shaving brushes were imported, up 1 percent from 41.7 million for first nine months of 2018.

China sent 30.6 million shaving brushes to the United States during the first nine months of 2019.

The average price per shaving brush for September 2019 was 8 cents, down 27 percent from 11 cents for September 2018. During the first nine months of 2019, the average price per brush was 13 cents, down 1 cent from the average price for the first nine months of 2018.

Paint Rollers

The import total of paint rollers during September 2019 was 6.7 million, up 16 percent from 5.8 million for September 2018. During the first nine months of 2019, 59.1 million paint rollers were imported, down 14 percent from 68.4 million for the first nine months of 2018.

China sent 47.1 million paint rollers to the United States during the first nine months of 2019.

The average price per paint roller for September 2019 was 50 cents, up 4 percent from 48 cents for September 2018. During the first nine months of 2019, the average price per paint roller was also 50 cents, up 22 percent from 41 cents for the first nine months of 2018.

Paintbrushes

U.S. companies imported 21.1 million paintbrushes during September 2019, down 11 percent from 23.8 million for September 2018. During the first nine months of 2019, 213.7 million paintbrushes were imported, down 10 percent from 236.5 million for the first nine months of 2018.

China shipped 195.7 million paintbrushes to the United States during the
first nine months of 2019.

The average price per paintbrush for September 2019 was 29 cents, up 7 percent from 27 cents for September 2018. During the first nine months of 2019, the average price per paintbrush was also 29 cents, up 1 cent from the average price for the first nine months of 2018.

Upright Brooms

The total import of upright brooms for September 2019 was 1.3 million, down 19 percent from 1.6 million for September 2018. During the first nine months of 2019, 16.4 million upright brooms were imported, up 23 percent from 13.3 million for the first nine months of 2018.

China sent 14.8 million upright brooms to the United States during the
first nine months of 2019.

The average price per broom for September 2019 was $1.70, up 17 percent from $1.45 for September 2018. During the first nine months of 2019, the average price per broom was $1.50, up 9 percent from $1.37 for the first nine months of 2018.



– EXPORTS –

Export totals for September 2019 were down in four categories outlined: brooms and brushes of vegetable material, toothbrushes, artist brushes and paintbrushes, compared to September 2018. For the first nine months of 2019, export totals were also down in four categories outlined, compared to the first nine months of 2018: brooms and brushes of vegetable material, toothbrushes, shaving brushes and artist brushes.


Brooms & Brushes Of Vegetable Materials

The United States exported 5,542 dozen brooms and brushes of vegetable materials during September 2019, down 26 percent from the September 2018 total of 7,505 dozen. For the first nine months of 2019, 59,243 dozen brooms and brushes were exported, down 11 percent from 66,811 dozen for the first nine months of 2018.

The United States sent 25,668 dozen brooms and brushes to Canada during the first nine months of 2019.

The average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $41.23 in September 2019, down 1 percent from $41.56 for September 2018. During the first nine months of 2019, the average price per dozen brooms and brushes was $43.33, up 21 percent from $35.91 per dozen for the first nine months of 2018.

 

Toothbrushes

During September 2019, the United States exported 10.5 million toothbrushes, down 20 percent from 13.1 million for September 2018. During the first nine months of 2019, 119.4 million toothbrushes were exported, down 3 percent from 123.1 million for the first nine months of 2018.

The United States exported 28.9 million toothbrushes to Canada and 17.4 million to Germany during the first nine months of 2019.

The average price per toothbrush for September 2019 was 59 cents, up 23 percent from 48 cents for September 2018. During the first nine months of 2019, the average price per brush was 51 cents, down 4 percent from 53 cents for the first nine months of 2018.

Shaving Brushes

The United States exported 1.7 million shaving brushes during September 2019, up 55 percent from 1.1 million for September 2018. During the first nine months of 2019, 13.1 million shaving brushes were exported, down 7 percent from 14.1 million for the first nine months of 2018.

During the first nine months of 2019, the United States exported 3.6 million shaving brushes to Brazil, 3.4 million to Mexico and 3.2 million to Canada.

The average price per shaving brush for September 2019 was 68 cents, down 55 percent from $1.51 for September 2018. During the first nine months of 2019, the average price per shaving brush was $1.02, down 15 percent from $1.20 for the first nine months of 2018.

Artist Brushes

September 2019 exports of artist brushes totaled 619,990, down 14 percent from 718,690 for September 2018. During the first nine months of 2019, 6.1 million artist brushes were exported, down 24 percent from 8 million for the first nine months of 2018.

Canada received 4 million artist brushes from the United States during the first nine months of 2019.

The average price per artist brush was $4.77 during September 2019, up 18 percent from $4.04 for September 2018. During the first nine months of 2019, the average price per artist brush was $3.92, up 7 percent from $3.68 for the first nine months of 2018.

Paintbrushes

The export total of paintbrushes during September 2019 was 131,444,
down 44 percent from 233,454 for September 2018. During the first nine months
of 2019, 1.9 million paintbrushes were exported, the same as for the first nine months of 2018.

Canada imported 862,937 paintbrushes from the United States during the first
nine months of 2019, while the United Kingdom imported 387,012.

The average price per paintbrush for September 2019 was $9.43, up 75 percent from $5.40 for September 2018. During the first nine months of 2019, the
average price per paintbrush was $6.05, down 9 percent from $6.64 for the first nine months of 2018.

 

September 2019

September 2019 Export Chart

 

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Import/Export Statistics.

 



Industry News


Nexstep Commercial Products Announces
24-Inch Sanitary Floor Squeegees


Nexstep

The features include:

• Sanitary frame eliminates places for bacteria to grow and is easy to sanitize;
• Extremely absorbent black floor blade leaves floors dry;
• Uses standard threaded handles for a secure fit; and,
• Color coded for use segregation.

Nexstep is the exclusive licensee of O-Cedar.
For more information, visit www.ocedarcommercial.com.


 




Milwaukee Dustless Brush/Gordon Brush Receives ISSA's Diamond Anniversary Award

 

Erin E. Busch

Ken Rakusin, left, owner of Milwaukee Dustless Brush and Gordon Brush, and John Garfinkel, former executive director of ISSA.

Milwaukee Dustless Brush/Gordon Brush received ISSA's Diamond Anniversary
Award during the 2019 ISSA Convention, that was held at the Las Vegas
Convention Center November 19-21.

The award was presented to Ken Rakusin, president/CEO of Milwaukee Dustless Brush
and Gordon Brush by John Garfinkel, former executive director of ISSA.

"Ken, on behalf of the entire ISSA, we would like to thank you for your
continuous support over the past 60 years,” said Garfinkel.

"Sixty years is a long time. We are honored to be recognized by ISSA for our
continuous support of the world's leading cleaning industry organization,” said Rakusin. "ISSA has been instrumental in helping us grow our business over these last 60 years by providing current industry information, and the ability to network with other industry professionals and companies in the janitorial industry.”

For more information, visit www.milwaukeedustless.com.


 


13th InterBrush – May 6-8, 2020



May 2020 marks the return of InterBrush, a trade fair and global meeting point for
the brush and broom industry, which will open its doors in Freiburg, Germany,
for the
13th time May 6-8.

 

Around 200 exhibitors from 26 countries will present their products across
some 21,500 m2 of exhibition area, showcasing raw materials, semi-finished products
and machines. At least 7,500 trade visitors from 90 countries are expected to visit
the industry meeting, which is held every four years, bringing in the region of 10,000 additional overnight stays to Freiburg’s hoteliers.

 

Interbrush

Anyone already planning to visit the trade fair wanting reduced-price
entry tickets online can do so securely from their own computer.

 

“Print at home” tickets will be exchanged directly for visitor badges at the entrance to the trade fair. Visitor registration is now open at: www.interbrush.com.

At the beginning of December 2019, about 95 percent of the booth area had already
been booked.


"In 2016, at the end of the 12th trade fair, 98 percent of exhibitors already announced their intention to attend the next InterBrush. Ninety percent of visitors said they would definitely revisit their industry’s top trade fair in 2020, since, in the words of one visitor, 'Even the atmosphere fires your enthusiasm,'" according to a press release.

"And the opportunity to learn about the latest industry developments is not Freiburg’s
only lure. The romantic city itself, located in one of Germany’s most beautiful regions,
with historic buildings and culinary delights, is a great attraction. In fact,
it would be hard to find another place with so many award-winning restaurants and
first-class wineries. The industry platform has steadily developed and grown over the years."

Anyone traveling to Freiburg in May – whether exhibitor or trade visitor –
has access to a special quota of hotel reservations.


 



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