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U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes News Release

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                            U.S. IMPORT AND EXPORT PRICE INDEXES - FEBRUARY 2011

U.S. import prices rose 1.4 percent in February, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today,
following a similar 1.3 percent advance in January. The price index for U.S. exports increased 1.2 percent in
February after rising 1.3 percent the previous month. Higher agricultural and nonagricultural export prices
each contributed to the overall advance in February.


Imports


All Imports: Prices for imports rose 1.4 percent in February, continuing a five-month trend of monthly
increases greater than 1.0 percent. Import prices advanced 6.9 percent for the year ended in February, driven
by a 7.0 percent jump for the index over the past five months. The year-over-year rise in February was the
largest 12-month advance since an 8.5 percent increase for the year ended in May 2010. Higher prices for
both fuel and nonfuel import prices contributed to the increase in February and over the past year.

Fuel Imports: Fuel prices increased 4.0 percent in February following a 3.5 percent advance the previous
month. Rising prices for both petroleum and natural gas factored into the February increase, advancing 3.7
percent and 12.1 percent, respectively. Fuel prices rose 18.6 percent over the past 12 months, led by a 20.6
percent jump in petroleum prices. Despite rising 23.4 percent over the past two months, however, natural gas
prices declined 10.9 percent between February 2010 and February 2011.

All Imports Excluding Fuel: Nonfuel import prices advanced 0.3 percent in February after a 0.7 percent
increase in January. Higher prices for nonfuel industrial supplies and materials; foods, feeds, and beverages;
and each of the major finished goods categories all contributed to the rise in nonfuel prices in February. The
price index for nonfuel imports increased 3.6 percent the past year, the largest 12-month advance since a 4.8
percent increase between October 2007 and October 2008. The current 12-month rise was mostly driven by
a 12.9 percent advance for nonfuel industrial supplies and materials prices and a 15.8 percent increase for
foods, feeds, and beverages prices.

Table A. Percent changes
Month IMPORTS EXPORTS
All
imports
Fuel
imports
Nonfuel
imports
All
exports
Agri-
cultural
exports
Non-
agricultural
exports

2010

February

-0.1 -0.7 0.1 -0.3 -4.0 0.1

March

0.4 1.4 0.2 0.7 1.9 0.6

April

1.1 2.6 0.6 1.1 -0.4 1.3

May

-0.8 -5.1 0.4 0.5 1.6 0.3

June

-1.2 -3.8 -0.4 -0.7 0.0 -0.8

July

0.0 1.0 -0.3 -0.2 -0.2 -0.2

August

0.4 1.0 0.3 0.8 4.2 0.5

September

0.0 -1.5 0.3 0.6 2.4 0.4

October

1.1 4.3 0.3 0.8 2.8 0.6

November

(r)1.7 (r)4.8 0.8 1.5 7.6 0.8

December

(r)1.4 (r)5.6 0.3 (r)0.7 (r)1.9 0.6

2011

January

(r)1.3 (r)3.5 (r)0.7 (r)1.3 3.2 (r)1.0

February

1.4 4.0 0.3 1.2 4.4 0.9

Feb. 2009 to 2010

11.3 72.0 1.9 3.4 2.0 3.6

Feb. 2010 to 2011

6.9 18.6 3.6 8.6 33.5 6.2

Footnotes
(r) Revised


Exports


All Exports: Export prices rose 1.2 percent in February following a 1.3 percent advance the previous month.
The index has risen at least 0.6 percent every month since a 0.2 percent decline in July 2010. The price index
for overall exports increased 8.6 percent over the past year, the largest 12-month advance since a 10.2
percent rise for the year ended in July 2008.

Agricultural Exports: Agricultural exports advanced 4.4 percent in February and 33.5 percent over the past
12 months. The price index for agricultural exports is at the highest level since the index was first published
in March 1985, and the year-over-year increase in February was the largest since a 39.7 percent surge for the
July 2007-08 period. Rising cotton prices, up 15.7 percent in February and 153.5 percent over the past year,
had the largest contribution to both the February and 12-month advances for agricultural prices. Prices for
corn, wheat, and soybeans, which rose 7.9 percent, 11.0 percent, and 3.4 percent, respectively, in February,
also continued an upward trend.

All Exports Excluding Agriculture: Nonagricultural prices increased 0.9 percent in February following a
1.0 percent advance the previous month. Rising prices in February for nonagricultural industrial supplies and
materials prices and consumer goods, up 2.6 percent and 0.5 percent, respectively, more than offset a 0.3
percent drop in capital goods prices. The price index for nonagricultural exports increased 6.2 percent for the
year ended in February.


                                        SELECTED FEBRUARY HIGHLIGHTS

Import Prices

Nonfuel Industrial Supplies and Materials: The price index for nonfuel industrial supplies and materials
rose 1.3 percent in February following a 2.1 percent rise the previous month. Higher prices for metals and
chemicals drove the increases in each month. Unfinished metal prices advanced 1.8 percent in February,
while chemical prices rose 1.2 percent.

Finished Goods: Prices for each of the major finished goods categories advanced in February. Consumer
goods prices increased 0.2 percent in February, led by a 0.9 percent increase in the price index for cotton
apparel and household goods. The price index for capital goods also rose 0.2 percent as higher prices for
both computers, peripherals and semiconductors, and capital goods excluding computers contributed to the
advance. Prices for automotive vehicles ticked up 0.1 percent in February after rising 0.3 percent in January.

Foods, Feeds, and Beverages: Foods, feeds, and beverages prices rose 0.8 percent in February following a
2.5 percent increase the previous month. In February, rising prices for meat, food oils, fruit, and coffee, up
7.2 percent, 5.6 percent, 2.9 percent, and 3.9 percent, respectively, more than offset a 6.4 percent drop in
vegetable prices and a 3.9 percent decline in the price index for bakery and confectionery products.

Imports by Locality of Origin: Prices for imports from China continued to rise in February, increasing 0.4
percent for the second consecutive month. Import prices from China have risen 2.0 percent over the past
year, the largest 12-month advance since a 2.8 percent increase for the December 2007-08 period. Prices for
imports from Japan advanced 0.5 percent for the second consecutive month and rose 3.1 percent for the year
ended in February, the largest 12-month increase for the index since a 3.3 percent advance in November
1995.

Transportation Services: Import air passenger fares fell 2.4 percent in February after a similar 2.6 percent
drop the previous month. Lower Asian and European fares contributed to the February decline. Import air
freight prices advanced 1.7 percent in February, following a 1.6 percent decrease in January.

Export Prices

Nonagricultural Industrial Supplies and Materials: Prices for nonagricultural industrial supplies and
materials advanced 2.6 percent in February after a similar 2.5 percent increase the previous month. The rise
was driven by a 3.5 percent advance in fuel prices, a 2.4 percent increase in chemicals prices, and a 15.4
percent jump in steelmaking and ferroalloying material prices.

Finished Goods: Finished goods prices were mixed in February. Capital goods prices fell 0.3 percent, driven
by a 1.5 percent drop in the price index for computers, peripherals, and semiconductors. In contrast,
consumer goods prices rose 0.5 percent in February, while prices for automotive vehicles were unchanged.

Transportation Services: Export air passenger fares fell 6.0 percent in February, the largest monthly decline
since an 8.6 percent drop in September. The February decrease was driven by a 16.8 percent drop in Asian
fares. The price index for export air freight rose 1.5 percent in February and 3.8 percent the previous month.

Import and Export Price Index data for March 2011 are scheduled for release on Tuesday, April 12,
2011 at 8:30 a.m. (EDT).

Table 1. U.S. import price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: February 2010 to February 2011
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description End
Use
Relative
import-
ance
Jan.
2011(1)
Index Percent change
Jan.
2011
Feb.
2011
Annual Monthly
Feb.
2010
to
Feb.
2011
Oct.
2010
to
Nov.
2010
Nov.
2010
to
Dec.
2010
Dec.
2010
to
Jan.
2011
Jan.
2011
to
Feb.
2011

All commodities

100.000 132.7 134.5 6.9 1.7 1.4 1.3 1.4

All imports excluding food and fuels (Dec. 2010=100)

70.225 100.5 100.9 - - - 0.5 0.4

All imports excluding petroleum

77.665 113.6 114.3 3.5 0.8 0.4 0.8 0.6

All imports excluding fuels (Dec. 2001=100)

76.051 117.2 117.6 3.6 0.8 0.3 0.7 0.3

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

5.826 166.9 168.3 15.8 2.6 1.4 2.5 0.8

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

4.537 187.7 189.8 16.4 3.1 1.5 2.6 1.1

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

1.289 119.8 119.6 14.2 0.9 1.3 2.0 -0.2

Industrial supplies & materials

1

37.164 229.2 236.2 16.5 3.8 3.8 3.0 3.1

Industrial supplies & materials excluding petroleum

14.830 163.9 167.4 11.2 2.4 1.6 2.8 2.1

Industrial supplies & materials excluding fuels (Dec. 2001=100)

13.216 181.7 184.1 12.9 2.5 1.1 2.1 1.3

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

8.071 174.5 176.8 12.2 2.7 0.7 2.0 1.3

Industrial supplies & materials nondurable excluding petroleum

5.145 151.2 155.9 9.7 2.0 2.7 3.9 3.1

Fuels & lubricants

10

23.948 295.0 306.9 18.6 4.8 5.6 3.5 4.0

Petroleum & petroleum products

100

22.334 322.6 334.5 20.6 5.0 5.5 3.1 3.7

Crude

10000

16.619 329.8 341.5 21.5 4.3 5.9 3.0 3.5

Fuels, n.e.s.-coals & gas

101

1.234 137.3 152.5 -6.3 1.4 7.2 9.1 11.1

Gas-natural

10110

1.110 122.7 137.5 -10.9 1.9 10.0 10.1 12.1

Paper & paper base stocks

11

0.673 117.7 115.5 8.6 0.5 0.0 0.2 -1.9

Materials associated with nondurable supplies & materials

12

4.537 161.0 163.8 14.6 2.4 1.9 2.5 1.7

Selected building materials

13

1.107 129.4 129.6 3.9 1.0 0.4 1.8 0.2

Unfinished metals related to durable goods

14

3.875 274.0 278.8 19.3 4.5 1.2 3.0 1.8

Finished metals related to durable goods

15

1.586 153.2 155.4 9.9 1.3 0.5 0.3 1.4

Nonmetals related to durable goods

16

1.438 110.0 111.0 4.0 0.6 0.2 1.2 0.9

Capital goods

2

22.037 92.0 92.2 0.5 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.2

Electric generating equipment

20

2.759 114.5 114.6 2.5 0.7 0.1 0.7 0.1

Nonelectrical machinery

21

17.405 86.2 86.3 0.2 -0.1 0.0 0.0 0.1

Transportation equipment excluding motor vehicles (Dec. 2001=100)

22

1.874 122.0 122.9 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.7

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

9.548 109.7 109.8 1.4 0.2 -0.2 0.3 0.1

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

25.424 104.4 104.6 0.3 0.4 0.0 0.3 0.2

Nondurables, manufactured

40

12.474 110.4 110.8 2.1 0.5 0.3 0.1 0.4

Durables, manufactured

41

11.927 98.5 98.4 -1.9 0.4 -0.3 0.3 -0.1

Nonmanufactured consumer goods

42

1.023 106.0 107.3 4.8 0.0 0.1 2.2 1.2

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2009 trade values.

NOTES: Data may be revised in each of the three months after original publication.
Dash = Not available


Table 2. U.S. export price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: February 2010 to February 2011
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description End
Use
Relative
import-
ance
Jan.
2011(1)
Index Percent change
Jan.
2011
Feb.
2011
Annual Monthly
Feb.
2010
to
Feb.
2011
Oct.
2010
to
Nov.
2010
Nov.
2010
to
Dec.
2010
Dec.
2010
to
Jan.
2011
Jan.
2011
to
Feb.
2011

All commodities

100.000 129.1 130.7 8.6 1.5 0.7 1.3 1.2

Agricultural commodities

11.672 204.8 213.8 33.5 7.6 1.9 3.2 4.4

All exports excluding food and fuels (Dec. 2010=100)

81.537 100.7 101.5 - - - 0.7 0.8

Nonagricultural commodities

88.328 123.6 124.7 6.2 0.8 0.6 1.0 0.9

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

10.367 197.8 203.3 26.4 5.9 0.9 3.5 2.8

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

9.666 201.3 208.7 28.1 6.3 0.6 3.4 3.7

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

0.701 166.9 151.8 4.8 0.3 5.1 3.6 -9.0

Industrial supplies & materials

1

33.803 176.9 182.0 19.3 2.5 1.8 2.5 2.9

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

12.140 178.9 183.2 14.6 1.7 1.4 2.3 2.4

Industrial supplies & materials, nondurable

21.662 176.6 182.2 22.4 3.1 2.1 2.6 3.2

Agricultural industrial supplies & materials

10

2.006 227.5 245.4 63.2 13.7 7.9 2.2 7.9

Nonagricultural industrial supplies & materials

31.797 174.8 179.3 17.3 1.9 1.4 2.5 2.6

Fuels & lubricants

11

8.096 245.1 253.6 33.2 3.6 2.8 4.8 3.5

Nonagricultural supplies & materials excluding fuels & building materials

12

22.809 167.4 171.3 13.8 1.6 1.2 1.8 2.3

Selected building materials

13

0.892 116.2 115.6 -0.2 0.3 -0.9 0.0 -0.5

Capital goods

2

35.518 104.1 103.8 0.2 0.3 0.1 0.3 -0.3

Electrical generating equipment

20

3.390 110.2 110.6 0.5 0.5 -0.1 0.5 0.4

Nonelectrical machinery

21

24.879 94.1 93.7 -0.8 0.2 0.1 -0.3 -0.4

Transportation equipment excluding motor vehicles (Dec. 2001=100)

22

7.250 144.1 144.5 4.2 0.1 0.3 2.1 0.3

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

6.848 109.2 109.2 0.5 0.2 0.0 0.1 0.0

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

13.464 112.8 113.4 3.1 0.4 -0.1 0.0 0.5

Nondurables, manufactured

40

6.913 113.6 113.9 1.8 0.7 -0.2 -0.4 0.3

Durables, manufactured

41

5.479 111.2 112.2 4.4 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.9

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2009 trade values.

NOTES: Data may be revised in each of the three months after original publication.
Dash = Not available


Table 3. U.S. import price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: February 2010 to February 2011
[December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
Jan.
2011(1)
Index Percent change
Jan.
2011
Feb.
2011
Annual Monthly
Feb.
2010
to
Feb.
2011
Oct.
2010
to
Nov.
2010
Nov.
2010
to
Dec.
2010
Dec.
2010
to
Jan.
2011
Jan.
2011
to
Feb.
2011

Nonmanufactured articles

21.034 147.5 153.3 19.4 3.9 5.6 3.6 3.9

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

2.182 173.2 176.6 23.8 2.4 3.0 4.3 2.0

Crop production

111

1.561 176.6 177.1 18.1 2.3 2.1 3.4 0.3

Mining

21

18.852 144.7 150.7 18.9 4.2 5.9 3.5 4.1

Mining (except oil and gas) (Dec. 2006=100)

212

0.375 145.2 145.7 12.1 0.8 0.1 3.3 0.3

Manufactured articles

78.470 113.3 114.0 4.1 1.1 0.4 0.8 0.6

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

10.974 115.9 116.6 8.1 1.3 0.8 1.5 0.6

Food manufacturing

311

3.288 146.4 147.6 21.3 3.1 1.6 3.0 0.8

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.934 110.0 110.0 0.6 1.0 0.1 -0.3 0.0

Textile product mills

314

0.844 107.7 108.8 7.7 1.0 1.5 1.0 1.0

Apparel manufacturing

315

4.048 104.1 104.7 3.5 0.4 0.5 1.0 0.6

Leather and allied product manufacturing

316

1.489 109.2 109.8 3.0 0.1 0.1 0.6 0.5

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

18.698 129.4 131.1 8.4 2.5 1.4 1.6 1.3

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.684 108.3 108.7 7.1 1.8 0.5 3.3 0.4

Paper manufacturing

322

1.222 111.3 110.5 7.2 0.5 -0.1 0.6 -0.7

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

4.650 144.5 149.5 16.2 7.1 4.3 2.9 3.5

Chemical manufacturing

325

9.462 130.4 131.5 6.3 1.6 0.9 0.7 0.8

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

1.772 119.5 120.0 5.3 0.3 0.3 2.6 0.4

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.809 125.4 125.5 4.1 0.2 0.2 1.5 0.1

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

48.798 107.8 108.2 1.8 0.6 0.0 0.4 0.4

Primary metal manufacturing

331

4.617 178.1 181.3 18.2 4.1 1.2 2.5 1.8

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.541 122.2 122.3 5.2 0.4 0.7 0.7 0.1

Machinery manufacturing

333

5.529 115.6 116.2 2.7 0.3 0.0 0.8 0.5

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

15.516 84.4 84.5 -4.1 -0.2 -0.5 -0.8 0.1

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

3.608 114.0 114.0 1.0 0.4 0.3 0.4 0.0

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

10.652 106.3 106.5 0.8 0.1 -0.1 -0.1 0.2

Furniture and related product manufacturing

337

1.226 107.1 107.8 1.4 0.1 0.5 -0.1 0.7

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

5.109 117.2 117.2 4.5 0.8 0.3 2.5 0.0

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2009 trade values.

NOTES: Data may be revised in each of the three months after original publication.
Dash = Not available


Table 4. U.S. export price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: February 2010 to February 2011
[December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
Jan.
2011(1)
Index Percent change
Jan.
2011
Feb.
2011
Annual Monthly
Feb.
2010
to
Feb.
2011
Oct.
2010
to
Nov.
2010
Nov.
2010
to
Dec.
2010
Dec.
2010
to
Jan.
2011
Jan.
2011
to
Feb.
2011

Nonmanufactured articles

9.465 175.8 181.1 46.9 10.0 1.2 6.4 3.0

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

6.931 199.8 212.5 55.1 13.4 2.8 5.4 6.4

Crop production

111

6.666 209.0 222.6 58.9 14.4 2.9 5.6 6.5

Mining

21

2.534 122.9 115.4 26.8 2.6 -3.0 9.0 -6.1

Mining (except oil and gas)

212

1.555 132.2 134.1 42.2 1.6 -4.7 1.2 1.4

Manufactured articles

86.908 115.9 116.9 5.6 0.9 0.5 0.7 0.9

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

7.204 136.7 138.1 11.9 1.8 1.3 1.2 1.0

Food manufacturing

311

4.963 152.7 153.3 11.0 2.0 1.5 0.4 0.4

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.556 114.2 114.4 7.2 0.3 -0.3 -0.5 0.2

Apparel manufacturing

315

0.398 107.4 110.4 7.8 -0.5 -0.4 2.6 2.8

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

25.831 125.9 128.8 11.8 1.6 1.0 1.0 2.3

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.391 113.1 118.7 6.3 4.9 -2.4 -2.7 5.0

Paper manufacturing

322

2.018 124.3 125.2 10.9 0.0 -0.6 1.3 0.7

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

5.290 144.6 153.5 36.7 5.0 4.6 3.4 6.2

Chemical manufacturing

325

15.472 126.1 128.0 8.3 1.1 0.5 0.6 1.5

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

1.949 107.8 108.7 1.9 -0.6 0.1 0.2 0.8

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.712 110.7 110.7 -3.4 0.0 -0.4 -1.6 0.0

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

53.873 110.1 110.2 2.3 0.6 0.3 0.5 0.1

Primary metal manufacturing

331

4.923 165.0 167.3 19.5 3.4 1.9 2.9 1.4

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.473 123.4 124.4 2.6 0.2 0.3 0.9 0.8

Machinery manufacturing

333

10.590 115.6 115.7 1.5 0.3 -0.1 0.3 0.1

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

14.378 91.0 90.3 -2.2 0.1 0.2 -0.4 -0.8

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

3.101 110.2 110.4 0.6 0.8 0.1 0.4 0.2

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

13.248 113.2 113.4 2.3 0.1 0.2 1.2 0.2

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

4.853 112.2 113.1 3.7 0.1 0.1 -0.6 0.8

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2009 trade values.

NOTES: Data may be revised in each of the three months after original publication.
Dash = Not available


Table 5. U.S. import price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: February 2010 to February 2011
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
Jan.
2011(1)
Index Percent change
Jan.
2011
Feb.
2011
Annual Monthly
Feb.
2010
to
Feb.
2011
Oct.
2010
to
Nov.
2010
Nov.
2010
to
Dec.
2010
Dec.
2010
to
Jan.
2011
Jan.
2011
to
Feb.
2011

Live animals; animal products

I

1.357 161.0 166.0 25.8 1.5 2.4 2.9 3.1

Meat and edible meat offal

02

0.315 199.9 206.9 23.7 1.1 3.5 3.7 3.5

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.730 122.3 121.4 21.8 1.1 1.6 2.3 -0.7

Vegetable products

II

1.808 195.6 195.2 17.4 2.1 2.0 2.8 -0.2

Edible vegetables, roots, and tubers

07

0.357 330.7 293.0 -1.3 -0.8 5.6 1.7 -11.4

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

0.542 119.1 123.4 15.3 -2.2 0.5 4.2 3.6

Coffee, tea, mate and spices

09

0.409 226.0 233.0 42.9 9.3 0.1 3.5 3.1

Animal or vegetable fats and oils (Dec. 2009=100)

III

0.352 150.6 159.2 60.0 7.0 7.3 11.6 5.7

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages, and tobacco

IV

2.628 150.4 150.4 7.0 2.4 0.3 0.8 0.0

Cocoa and cocoa preparations (Dec. 2009=100)

18

0.228 98.8 103.3 1.1 2.5 0.6 2.6 4.6

Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers' wares (Dec. 2007=100)

19

0.287 132.6 126.7 11.9 7.7 -3.6 -0.2 -4.4

Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts, or other parts of plants

20

0.371 151.0 151.6 15.9 5.5 1.6 2.1 0.4

Beverages, spirits, and vinegar

22

0.904 120.1 119.9 0.8 1.3 0.2 -0.4 -0.2

Mineral products

V

23.520 295.8 307.6 18.0 4.5 5.5 3.4 4.0

Mineral fuels, oils and residuals, bituminous substances and mineral waxes

27

23.193 292.2 304.0 18.0 4.6 5.5 3.4 4.0

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

9.113 144.8 145.8 5.9 1.6 0.8 0.8 0.7

Inorganic chemicals

28

1.075 341.4 349.8 34.8 5.1 1.3 4.5 2.5

Organic chemicals

29

2.951 136.0 136.4 3.6 0.8 1.3 -0.7 0.3

Pharmaceutical products

30

3.390 115.7 115.9 -1.9 0.5 0.2 0.2 0.2

Fertilizers (Dec. 2009=100)

31

0.259 120.3 120.9 18.2 5.0 4.2 7.3 0.5

Essential oils and resinoids (Dec. 2001=100)

33

0.434 122.3 123.0 2.6 3.6 -0.2 -1.2 0.6

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

0.508 104.2 105.6 13.7 2.8 1.5 3.8 1.3

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

2.969 145.3 147.0 10.9 0.9 1.4 2.3 1.2

Plastics and articles thereof

39

1.827 135.1 135.9 6.3 0.6 0.8 0.7 0.6

Rubber and articles thereof

40

1.142 164.9 168.5 18.9 1.3 2.3 5.0 2.2

Raw hides, skins, leather, furskins, travel goods, etc

VIII

0.540 116.3 116.5 2.4 0.1 0.2 0.8 0.2

Articles of leather; travel goods, bags, etc. of various materials

42

0.510 116.5 116.7 1.7 0.2 0.2 0.9 0.2

Wood, wood charcoal, cork, straw, basketware and wickerwork

IX

0.716 130.2 130.9 6.5 1.5 0.4 3.1 0.5

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

1.340 114.5 113.4 5.5 0.4 0.0 0.2 -1.0

Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, paper or paperboard

48

0.887 107.3 107.2 5.2 0.2 0.1 0.5 -0.1

Textile and textile articles

XI

5.176 107.2 108.1 5.1 0.8 0.8 1.2 0.8

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted

61

2.035 101.7 102.6 4.5 0.5 0.4 1.1 0.9

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted

62

1.885 105.4 105.8 2.9 0.5 0.6 0.9 0.4

Made-up or worn textile articles

63

0.626 101.6 102.6 10.9 1.7 2.4 1.1 1.0

Headgear, umbrellas, artifical flowers, etc.

XII

1.246 109.6 110.1 3.1 0.3 0.1 0.6 0.5

Footwear and parts of such articles

64

1.061 108.4 109.1 3.1 0.2 0.1 0.4 0.6

Stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, ceramics, glass etc.

XIII

0.735 126.9 127.0 2.2 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.1

Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, or mica (Dec. 2001=100)

68

0.251 119.3 119.0 1.2 -0.4 0.8 -0.1 -0.3

Ceramic products

69

0.214 139.0 139.2 -0.6 0.1 0.3 0.2 0.1

Glass and glassware

70

0.270 121.4 121.8 5.5 1.0 -0.1 0.7 0.3

Pearls, stones, precious metals, imitation jewelry, and coins

XIV

2.980 181.2 179.3 15.0 3.7 2.3 2.8 -1.0

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

5.217 190.9 194.7 12.0 2.2 0.3 1.6 2.0

Iron and steel

72

0.929 238.0 245.3 16.9 1.6 0.7 2.9 3.1

Articles of iron or steel

73

1.570 153.4 153.8 9.1 0.1 0.1 0.3 0.3

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.626 401.6 417.4 25.5 5.8 2.0 5.7 3.9

Nickel and articles thereof (Dec. 2009=100)

75

0.174 130.8 137.8 28.1 5.9 -4.3 2.2 5.4

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.900 145.1 149.2 9.5 3.9 -0.1 0.7 2.8

Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof

82

0.332 122.4 122.4 3.7 0.3 1.3 1.2 0.0

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.375 128.3 129.2 0.9 0.1 0.2 0.4 0.7

Machinery, electrical equipment, TV image and sound recorders, parts, etc.

XVI

24.474 85.6 85.8 -1.4 0.0 -0.2 -0.2 0.2

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

12.108 88.2 88.4 0.3 0.0 0.0 -0.3 0.2

Electrical machinery and equip, sound and TV recorders & reproducers, parts

85

12.366 83.2 83.2 -3.1 0.0 -0.4 -0.1 0.0

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

8.854 110.3 110.6 0.8 0.1 -0.2 -0.2 0.3

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

7.855 109.3 109.4 0.7 0.1 -0.2 -0.3 0.1

Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (Dec. 2002=100)

88

0.912 114.0 115.5 -0.1 0.1 0.2 0.0 1.3

Optical, photo, measuring, medical & musical instruments; & timepieces

XVIII

3.283 104.2 104.2 2.6 0.3 0.1 2.5 0.0

Optical, photographic, measuring and medical instruments

90

3.033 101.9 102.0 2.8 0.2 0.2 2.5 0.1

Clocks and watches and parts thereof

91

0.185 125.1 125.3 0.5 0.8 0.1 0.7 0.2

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

3.601 107.4 107.7 1.0 0.0 0.2 0.2 0.3

Furniture & stuffed furnishings; lamps & lighting fittings, nesoi; prefab bldgs

94

1.760 110.2 110.5 0.6 0.1 0.4 -0.2 0.3

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

1.633 101.5 101.7 0.7 -0.1 0.0 0.5 0.2

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

96

0.208 127.3 127.3 7.3 0.4 0.3 1.9 0.0

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2009 trade values.

NOTES: Data may be revised in each of the three months after original publication.
Dash = Not available


Table 6. U.S. export price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: February 2010 to February 2011
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
Jan.
2011(1)
Index Percent change
Jan.
2011
Feb.
2011
Annual Monthly
Feb.
2010
to
Feb.
2011
Oct.
2010
to
Nov.
2010
Nov.
2010
to
Dec.
2010
Dec.
2010
to
Jan.
2011
Jan.
2011
to
Feb.
2011

Live animals; animal products

I

1.855 180.5 184.3 15.0 -0.7 0.4 1.0 2.1

Meat & edible meat offal (Dec. 2006=100)

02

1.126 145.8 151.8 17.8 -0.9 -0.3 0.6 4.1

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.414 184.4 166.8 12.9 0.1 7.0 6.3 -9.5

Vegetable products

II

6.030 239.3 249.7 41.9 10.9 1.2 6.1 4.3

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

1.016 134.1 132.6 6.6 3.0 2.0 4.0 -1.1

Cereals

10

2.279 277.1 296.1 66.4 16.4 -1.2 8.2 6.9

Oilseeds and misc. grains, seeds, fruits, plants, straw and fodder

12

2.228 263.6 271.7 43.6 11.9 4.1 5.0 3.1

Animal or vegetable fats and oils (Dec. 2009=100)

III

0.528 150.8 154.6 54.9 8.0 12.3 7.6 2.5

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages,and tobacco

IV

2.673 147.1 148.2 5.8 1.2 0.6 -0.1 0.7

Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (Dec. 2009=100)

20

0.340 103.8 104.8 2.5 -0.7 1.1 -0.7 1.0

Miscellaneous edible preparations

21

0.467 122.0 122.6 2.9 0.2 0.1 2.3 0.5

Beverages, spirits, and vinegar (Dec. 2008=100)

22

0.339 103.9 104.1 -0.2 0.1 -0.7 -0.8 0.2

Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed

23

0.714 216.8 218.5 17.8 6.4 1.3 -1.4 0.8

Mineral products

V

8.068 290.9 300.6 33.2 3.7 2.2 4.6 3.3

Mineral fuels, oils and residuals, bituminous substances and mineral waxes

27

7.430 284.3 294.6 34.4 4.0 2.9 4.9 3.6

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

12.854 148.8 151.0 7.0 1.1 0.3 0.4 1.5

Inorganic chemicals

28

1.047 197.0 196.6 16.1 1.6 0.9 1.7 -0.2

Organic chemicals

29

3.220 156.5 161.8 9.5 0.9 0.6 1.2 3.4

Pharmaceutical products

30

4.011 125.6 125.7 2.7 1.1 -0.4 -0.2 0.1

Tanning or dyeing extracts, dyes, paints, varnish, putty, & inks

32

0.546 118.4 119.1 4.6 1.6 -3.4 0.3 0.6

Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery cosmetic or toilet preparations

33

0.745 126.0 127.1 1.8 0.8 0.0 -0.2 0.9

Soap; lubricants; waxes, polishing or scouring products; candles, pastes

34

0.477 121.0 122.9 5.8 0.8 0.0 0.1 1.6

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

1.816 144.4 145.2 5.8 0.1 0.1 0.6 0.6

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

5.101 141.4 142.8 5.6 0.8 0.6 0.8 1.0

Plastics and articles thereof

39

4.145 134.8 136.4 6.0 0.9 0.7 0.6 1.2

Rubber and articles thereof

40

0.956 170.5 171.5 4.5 0.4 0.2 1.1 0.6

Raw hides, skins, leather, furskins, travel goods, etc.

VIII

0.408 124.4 127.2 12.5 0.7 0.7 1.2 2.3

Wood, wood charcoal, cork, straw, basketware and wickerwork

IX

0.519 108.9 109.8 1.0 1.3 -0.9 -0.6 0.8

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

2.758 125.5 125.7 11.6 0.7 0.0 1.4 0.2

Woodpulp and recovered paper

47

0.952 149.4 149.5 24.9 3.0 0.4 2.0 0.1

Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, paper or paperboard

48

1.308 119.0 119.4 8.9 -0.4 -0.3 1.3 0.3

Printed material

49

0.498 118.0 118.0 1.5 -0.1 0.0 0.6 0.0

Textile and textile articles

XI

2.342 146.3 156.6 43.3 9.7 4.4 2.0 7.0

Cotton, including yarns and woven fabrics thereof

52

1.060 230.2 264.5 132.0 24.9 10.1 2.4 14.9

Stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, ceramics, glass etc. (Dec. 2008=100)

XIII

0.698 115.5 115.6 -1.4 0.3 -0.3 -0.4 0.1

Glass and glassware

70

0.392 99.1 99.2 -0.8 0.4 -0.5 0.9 0.1

Pearls, stones, precious metals, imitation jewelry, and coins

XIV

4.824 240.9 241.9 22.1 3.3 2.1 1.8 0.4

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

5.749 174.8 183.1 15.4 0.6 1.5 4.1 4.7

Iron and steel

72

1.794 213.5 239.7 29.1 -0.7 4.2 7.4 12.3

Articles of iron or steel

73

1.250 162.7 163.4 3.8 0.5 0.1 1.8 0.4

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.757 278.2 284.6 31.9 2.1 2.6 7.4 2.3

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.954 132.6 136.6 10.7 2.1 -0.5 2.9 3.0

Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof

82

0.343 125.4 125.4 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.286 122.2 122.2 -1.1 -0.4 0.5 -2.1 0.0

Machinery, electrical equipment, TV image and sound recorders, parts, etc.

XVI

27.142 96.1 95.8 0.0 0.4 0.1 0.5 -0.3

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

15.880 107.7 107.3 0.7 0.5 0.0 0.7 -0.4

Electrical machinery and equipment and parts and accessories thereof

85

11.262 83.4 83.4 -1.0 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.0

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

10.906 122.6 122.8 1.7 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.2

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

6.100 108.9 109.1 0.8 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.2

Optical, photo, measuring, medical & musical instruments; & timepieces

XVIII

5.999 106.1 105.7 -0.6 0.3 0.1 -1.1 -0.4

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

1.404 107.4 107.6 -0.8 0.0 -0.4 0.2 0.2

Furniture; stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings nesoi;

94

0.672 118.4 118.6 1.2 -0.2 -0.1 0.0 0.2

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

0.622 91.5 91.8 -3.6 0.1 -0.7 -0.1 0.3

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2009 trade values.

NOTES: Data may be revised in each of the three months after original publication.
Dash = Not available


Table 7. U.S. import price indexes and percent changes by locality of origin: February 2010 to February 2011
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Percent
of
U.S.
imports(1)
Index Percent change
Jan.
2011
Feb.
2011
Annual Monthly
Feb.
2010
to
Feb.
2011
Oct.
2010
to
Nov.
2010
Nov.
2010
to
Dec.
2010
Dec.
2010
to
Jan.
2011
Jan.
2011
to
Feb.
2011

Industrialized Countries(2)

39.494 129.2 130.7 4.0 1.8 1.1 0.9 1.2

Nonmanufactured articles

4.457 221.7 231.4 8.1 6.9 7.4 1.6 4.4

Manufactured articles

34.670 121.7 122.5 3.2 1.3 0.2 0.7 0.7

Other Countries(3)

60.506 131.1 132.8 7.8 1.4 1.5 1.5 1.3

Nonmanufactured articles

12.079 301.2 311.4 23.3 3.6 4.8 4.3 3.4

Manufactured articles

48.226 107.5 108.2 3.0 0.8 0.4 0.7 0.7

Canada

14.271 150.7 154.1 7.2 2.6 2.6 1.8 2.3

Nonmanufactured articles

3.991 215.4 225.2 7.9 7.1 7.8 1.9 4.5

Manufactured articles

10.005 137.7 139.2 6.5 1.2 0.6 1.6 1.1

European Union(4)

17.186 130.3 131.0 2.2 0.6 0.0 0.9 0.5

Nonmanufactured articles

0.256 269.6 276.9 11.2 4.2 4.6 -1.8 2.7

Manufactured articles

16.854 127.5 128.2 2.0 0.6 -0.1 0.9 0.5

France (Dec. 2003=100)

1.995 121.6 122.2 0.1 0.3 -0.3 0.2 0.5

Germany (Dec. 2003=100)

4.510 112.7 113.5 0.0 0.4 -0.3 0.3 0.7

United Kingdom (Dec. 2003=100)

2.795 129.8 130.7 4.7 0.6 0.9 1.1 0.7

Latin America(5)

18.406 167.3 169.6 9.0 1.9 1.7 2.0 1.4

Nonmanufactured articles

5.479 324.3 333.7 20.6 3.5 4.8 3.1 2.9

Manufactured articles

12.844 133.8 134.6 3.2 1.1 0.2 1.4 0.6

Mexico (Dec. 2003=100)

11.380 142.1 143.6 5.4 0.7 0.9 1.5 1.1

Nonmanufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

1.900 176.6 180.4 22.8 2.4 5.9 5.0 2.2

Manufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

9.437 96.2 96.9 0.7 0.2 -0.5 0.5 0.7

Pacific Rim (Dec. 2003=100)(6)

34.852 102.4 102.9 2.6 0.1 0.6 0.4 0.5

China (Dec. 2003=100)

19.595 101.8 102.2 2.0 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.4

Japan

6.198 100.3 100.8 3.1 0.2 0.3 0.5 0.5

Asian NICs(7)

5.555 89.1 89.5 2.8 -0.2 1.0 0.8 0.4

ASEAN (Dec. 2003=100)(8)

5.987 102.6 103.6 7.1 0.9 1.9 2.2 1.0

Asia Near East (Dec. 2003=100)(9)

3.795 230.5 236.8 14.5 2.5 4.5 3.2 2.7

Footnotes
(1) Percentage of trade figures are based on 2009 trade values.
(2) Includes Western Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
(3) Includes Eastern Europe, Latin America, OPEC countries, and other countries in Asia, Africa and the Western Hemisphere.
(4) Includes European Union countries.
(5) Includes Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
(6) Includes China, Japan, Australia, Brunei, Indonesia, Macao, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines and Asian Newly Industrialized Countries.
(7) Asian Newly Industrialized Countries. Includes Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.
(8) Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Includes Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
(9) Includes Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

NOTES: Data may be revised in each of the three months after original publication.
Regions are not mutually exclusive.
Dash = Not available


Table 8. U.S. international price indexes and percent changes for selected transportation services: February 2010 to February 2011
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Relative
import-
ance
Jan.
2011(1)
Index Percent change
Jan.
2011
Feb.
2011
Annual Monthly
Feb.
2010
to
Feb.
2011
Oct.
2010
to
Nov.
2010
Nov.
2010
to
Dec.
2010
Dec.
2010
to
Jan.
2011
Jan.
2011
to
Feb.
2011

Air Freight

Import Air Freight

100.000 167.3 170.1 8.9 3.0 0.2 -1.6 1.7

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

22.458 142.0 144.3 5.3 4.6 0.3 -0.4 1.6

Asia

73.930 153.2 155.9 10.2 2.6 0.2 -2.0 1.8

Export Air Freight

100.000 132.8 134.8 9.3 0.7 0.6 3.8 1.5

Europe (Dec. 2006=100)

38.978 120.7 121.8 7.8 0.2 1.7 3.0 0.9

Inbound Air Freight

100.000 153.1 154.8 8.2 2.2 0.5 -0.3 1.1

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

22.740 132.8 134.5 5.6 3.8 0.4 0.2 1.3

Asia

65.460 140.4 142.1 8.5 2.1 0.3 -0.6 1.2

Outbound Air Freight

100.000 129.7 131.9 13.4 0.2 1.2 2.8 1.7

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

37.113 148.9 150.8 12.1 0.3 1.7 1.4 1.3

Asia

44.032 119.1 122.0 14.1 0.2 0.8 4.3 2.4

Air Passenger Fares

Import Air Passenger Fares

100.000 165.4 161.5 13.6 -1.3 2.1 -2.6 -2.4

Europe

39.026 176.9 172.1 16.4 -3.2 -5.8 3.6 -2.7

Asia

25.864 142.1 134.7 9.7 -1.9 9.8 -9.4 -5.2

Latin America/Caribbean

14.295 157.7 158.5 19.8 4.5 9.2 -7.8 0.5

Export Air Passenger Fares

100.000 178.5 167.8 8.3 -3.2 3.7 5.6 -6.0

Europe

26.624 184.9 182.7 -6.2 -13.6 2.2 -2.3 -1.2

Asia

32.645 176.1 146.6 9.2 3.9 -1.1 11.7 -16.8

Latin America/Caribbean

21.492 197.9 178.6 12.0 3.8 9.9 4.7 -9.8

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2009 trade values.

NOTES: Data may be revised in each of the three months after original publication.
Dash = Not available


                                          TECHNICAL NOTE


Import and Export Merchandise and Services Price Indexes -- All indexes use a modified Laspeyres 
formula and are not seasonally adjusted.  Price indexes are reweighted annually, with a two-year lag in 
the weights.  Published series use a base year of 2000=100 where possible.  More detailed index series 
and additional information may be obtained at http://www.bls.gov/mxp, or by calling (202) 691-7101.

Merchandise Goods Classification Systems -- The merchandise price indexes are published using 
three classification systems.  Items are classified by end use according to the Bureau of Economic 
Analysis Classification System, by industry according to the North American Industry Classification 
System (NAICS), and by product category according to the Harmonized System (HS).  While 
classification by end use and product category are self-explanatory, some notes are in order for 
classifying items by industry.  In the NAICS imports and exports tables, items are classified by output 
industry, not input industry.  As an example, NAICS import index 326 (plastics and rubber products 
manufacturing) include outputs such as manufactured plastic rather than inputs such as petroleum.  The 
NAICS classification structure also matches the classification system used by the PPI (Producer Price 
Index) to produce the NAICS primary products indexes.

Import Price Indexes -- Products have been classified by the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United 
States Annotated (TSUSA).  Import prices are based on U.S. dollar prices paid by the U.S. importer.  
The prices are generally either "free on board" (f.o.b.) foreign port or "cost, insurance, and freight" 
(c.i.f.) U.S. port transaction prices, depending on the practices of the individual industry.  The index for 
crude petroleum is calculated from data collected by the U.S. Department of Energy.  

Export Price Indexes -- Products have been classified by the Harmonized Schedule B classification 
system of the U.S. Bureau of the Census.  The prices used are generally either "free alongside ship" 
(f.a.s.) factory or "free on board" (f.o.b.) transaction prices, depending on the practices of the individual 
industry.  Prices used in the grain index, excluding rice, are obtained from the U.S. Department of 
Agriculture.

Services Price Indexes -- Starting in September 2008 the Import Air Passenger Fares Indexes represent 
changes in the average revenue per passenger received by foreign carriers from U.S. residents and are 
calculated from data obtained from an airline consulting service.  These data include tickets sold by 
travel agencies and travel websites.  Tickets sold directly by the airlines are excluded, as are frequent 
flyer tickets generally.  Starting in January 2008 the Export Air Passenger Fares Indexes represent 
changes in the average revenue per passenger received by U.S. carriers from foreign residents and are 
calculated from data collected directly from airlines. These data include frequent flyer tickets and those 
sold by consolidators. Taxes and fees are included in the Import Air Passenger Fares Index and excluded 
from the Export Air Passenger Fares Index. The Air Freight Indexes are calculated from data collected 
directly from airlines. These data exclude mail and passenger baggage. The scope of the service being 
priced is the movement of freight from airport to airport only, and does not include any ground 
transportation or port service. The Air Freight Indexes are presented using two definitions: Balance of 
Payments (which represent transactions between U.S. and foreign residents) and International (which 
represent transactions inbound to and outbound from the U.S.). Fact sheets specifying detailed 
information for each services industry are available at http://www.bls.gov/mxp under "MXP 
Publications."

Import Indexes by Locality of Origin -- Prices used in these indexes are a subset of the data collected 
for the Import Price Indexes.  Beginning with January 2002, the indexes are defined by locality of origin 
using a nomenclature based upon the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).  
Nonmanufactured goods are defined as NAICS 11 and 21 and manufactured goods are defined as 
NAICS 31-33. 
 
Revision Policy -- To reflect the availability of late reports and corrections by respondents, monthly data 
may be revised in each of the three months after original publication.  After three months, no further data 
revisions take place.  So, for example, data released in the January release will be subject to revision in 
the releases for February, March, and April.

Uses of the Data -- The primary use of the indexes is to deflate trade statistics, notably the foreign trade 
sector of the National Income and Product Accounts constructed by the Department of Commerce.  
Other published indexes are useful for general market analysis.  For trade in international services, 
Balance of Payments indexes are used for deflating National Income and Product Accounts, while 
International indexes are more appropriate for market analysis.  Merchandise and services indexes also 
can be used to study U.S. competitiveness and to compute price elasticities, and the merchandise import 
indexes by country or region of origin are useful in terms of trade analysis.

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