Friday, June 17, 2022

March 2022 – Firearm & Ammunition Exports

NSSF tracks and reports monthly U.S. export units for several sporting arms, ammunition, and optics categories from the US International Trade Commission. Below are the results for March 2022 compared to March 2021. Additionally, first quarter (Jan-March) 2022 total units exported in the four sporting arms categories rose 32.4 percent while the two ammunition categories increased 20.8 percent over the same time period.

  • March Handgun exports increased 85.0 percent from 16,066 to 29,723 units. Within the handgun category, Pistol export units increased 92.0 percent from 14,530 to 27,896 units while exported Revolver units rose 18.9 percent from 1,536 to 1,827 units.
    First quarter exports of handgun units rose 25.7 percent from 53,534 to 67,281.
  • March Rifle exports were up 102.3 percent from 14,408 to 29,143 units.
    The First quarter change in exported rifle units showed an increase of 35.5 percent from 43,530 in 2021 to 58,999 units in 2022.
  • March Shotgun category posted a 52.2 percent increase in exported units from 6,274 to 9,549.
    The First quarter shotgun exports rose 52.8 percent in 2022 from 15,043 to 22,991 units.
  • March Muzzleloader category decreased 27.3 percent from 2,235 to 1,624 units exported.
    The number of units of muzzleloaders exported over first quarter 2022 dropped 2.3 percent from 2,508 to 2,450 units.
  • March Other Cartridges (excluding Shotgun cartridges) category increased 13.6 percent from 46.2 million in 2021 to 52.5 million units exported in 2022.
    Exported units of Other Cartridges for First quarter 2022 increased 21.7 percent from 122.5 million to 149.1 million.
  • March Shotgun Cartridges category increased by 0.1 percent rising to 4.0 million units as compared to last year’s 4.0 million.
    The total for Shotgun Cartridge units exported in first quarter 2022 was up 8.0 percent from 8.6 million in 2021 to 9.3 million.
  • Telescopic Sights:
    • March Telescopic Sights for Rifles (HTS code 9013102000, which includes military use) dropped by 5.3 percent from 36,592 units to 34,668.
      The 2022 first quarter total of 111,916 units exported in this category reflected an increase of 18.9 percent as compared to the 94,101 units exported in 2021.
  • Binoculars:
    • March Prism Binoculars [not for use with infrared light] (HTS code 9005100040) increased 56.3 percent from 22,637 units to 35,378.
    • March Binoculars HTS code 9005100080 [Other Binoculars, NESOI] decreased 46.8 percent from 30,258 units to 16,112.
    • First quarter export figures for Binoculars: Prism Binoculars [not for use with infrared light] (HTS code 9005100040) increased 51.0 percent from 58,547 to 88,378 units. Binoculars HTS code 9005100080 [Other Binoculars, NESOI] decreased 20.8 percent from 67,566 to 53,536 units.

Source: US International Trade Commission