Import/Export Data Summary

IMPORT/EXPORT DATA
2005-2015

(all data from the U.S. Department of Commerce/Foreign Trade Division)

 

 Balance of Trade

In every year since IME has been keeping statistics, the commerce of explosives has contributed positively to the U.S. balance of trade.  In 2015, commercial explosives account for a net gain of $334.1 million.  Historically, our biggest trading partner is Mexico, followed by Canada.  In 2015, the value of our exports to these countries exceeded imports by about 103.8%.

EXPORTS

In  2015, the value of Class 1 exports was $646.6 million.  The value of exports to Canada was $123.9 million and the value of exports to Mexico was $196.2 million. Exports to these countries account for 49.5% of all exports worldwide.

Dynamite and Other High Explosives1

Between 2014 and 2015, the value of exports of prepared explosives in cartridges, sticks and other forms suitable for blasting fell from $128.7 million to $103.3 million, the lowest since 2009. 

While the quantity of these exported materials fell 1.5 million kg in 2015 from a 20-year high in 2014, the quantity exports in 2015 was still 1.6 million kg more than exported in 2013.

In terms of our largest trading partners, in all years this decade, more material was exported to Canada than Mexico. In the last year, the value of materials exported to Canada fell 10.6% but the value exported to Mexico rose 25%.

NESOI2

Between 2014 and 2015, the value of exports of prepared explosives NESOI rose from $159.1 to $161.5, the first time the value of these exports have risen since 2010. 

The quantity of these exported materials rose 26.7% from 14.9 million kg in 2014 to 18.5 million kg in 2015. 

In terms of our largest trading partners, in all years of this decade, more material was exported to Canada than Mexico.  In the last year, the value of the materials exported rose 38.2%  to Canada and 4.5% to Mexico. 


Safety Fuses; Detonating Fuse; Percussion Caps

Between 2014 and 2015, the value of exports of safety fuses, detonating fuse and percussion caps rose from $368.1 million to $381.8 million, the highest value in the last 20 years. In the last year, this is a 3.7% increase.   

In terms of our largest trading partners, in all years of this decade, more products were exported to Mexico than Canada.  In the last year, although the quantity of these exported devices to Canada rose 3.2% and to Mexico 6.9%, the value of the devices fell 15.0% and 2.8%, respectively.

IMPORTS

In 2015, the value of Class 1 imports was $312.5 million.  The value of imports to Canada was $82.3 million and the value of imports from Mexico was $74.8 million. Imports from these countries account for 50.3% of all imports worldwide.

Dynamite and Other High Explosives1

Between 2014 and 2015, the value of imports of prepared explosives in cartridges, sticks and other forms suitable for blasting rose from $9.1 million to $10.4 million, the highest since 2011.  In the last year, this is a 7.2% increase worldwide.

In terms of our largest trading partners, more material was imported from Mexico than Canada over the decade.  In the last year, the quantity imported from Mexico and Canada rose 0.7% and 577.5%, and the value of materials imported rose 10.2% and 617.5%, respectively.

NESOI

Between 2014 and 2015, the value of imports of prepared explosives NESOI fell from $61.0 million to $54.0 million, but the quantity rose from 5.0 million kg to 5.7 million kg worldwide, the largest quantity since 2007.  

In terms of our largest trading partners, more material was imported from Canada than Mexico, 1.2 million kg and 500 million kg, respectively.  In the last year, the value of materials imported rose 15% from Canada and fell 95.3% from Mexico.   

Safety Fuses; Detonating Fuse; Percussion Caps

Between 2014 and 2015, the value of imports of safety fuses; detonating fuse; percussion caps fell 6.8% from $266.4 million to $248.2 million.   

In terms of our largest trading partners, the value of items imported from Mexico was $76.4 million and from Canada $65.0 million. In the last year, the value of materials imported from Mexico fell 7.5% but rose 6.3% from Canada.

 1 -- In cartridges, sticks or other forms, suitable for blasting
 2-- Not elsewhere specified or included