Import/Export Price Indexes

The International Price Program (IPP) produces Import/Export Price Indexes (MXP) containing data on changes in the prices of nonmilitary goods and services traded between the U.S. and the rest of the world.

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November 14, 2014
The price index for U.S. imports decreased 1.3 percent in October following a 0.6-percent decline in September. The October drop was mostly led by falling fuel prices. U.S. export prices fell 1.0 percent in October, after decreasing 0.4 percent in September.
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MXP Variance Statistics

In order to help users assess the precision of the U.S. import and export price index series, BLS is now providing variance estimates for these figures. These estimates include values from 2011, 2012, and 2013. The plan in the future is to release results on an annual basis in May. Currently, the data are only calculated for the all-import and all-export series. In the future, however, the published variance estimates will also be made available at a more detailed level.

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Import and Export Price Index Discussion Series

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Bureau of Labor Statistics
Postal Square Building
2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20212

10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.

The Import and Export Price Index Discussion Series events are presentations followed by an open discussion of a topic relating to Import and Export prices. The discussion is preceded by tea and coffee at 9:30 a.m., and begins at 10:00 a.m.

Space is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.
To RSVP or suggest future topics, please email: US_BLS_IPP_Outreach_Group@bls.gov.

To view past events, please visit our MXP Events page.

Thursday,
August 21, 2014

The Impact of the Falling Yen on U.S. Import Prices
Presented by David Mead, BLS Senior Economist

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are the U.S. Import and U.S. Export price indexes?
  2. How are the Import/Export Price Indexes used?
  3. What goods and services do the Import/Export Price Indexes measure?
  4. What classification systems are used to aggregate Import/Export price indexes?
  5. How are Import/Export Price Index data obtained?
  6. What prices are used to calculate the Import/Export Price Indexes?
  7. Are adjustments made for changes in the price or quality of a measured item?
  8. How are the Import/Export Price Indexes weighted?
  9. How are the Import/Export Price Indexes constructed?
  10. How are the Import/Export Price Indexes interpreted?
  11. When are Import/Export Price Index data available?
  12. Are there limitations to the Import/Export Price Indexes?
  13. How does the International Price Program handle survey items that are priced in foreign currencies?
  14. How do unit value indexes differ from the Import/Export Price Indexes?
  15. Where can I obtain international price information?
  16. Where can I obtain more information about the Import/Export Price Indexes?

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