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U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes News Release


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                           U.S. IMPORT AND EXPORT PRICE INDEXES - APRIL 2010

U.S. import prices advanced 0.9 percent in April, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today, 
following a 0.5 percent increase the previous month. Higher prices for fuel and nonfuel imports contributed 
to the overall advance. Prices for U.S. exports also increased in April, rising 1.2 percent after a 0.7 percent 
advance in March.


Imports 	

All Imports: The price index for U.S. imports increased 0.9 percent in April, continuing the upward trend of 
the past year. The April advance followed a 0.5 percent rise in March and approximately 55 percent of the 
increase was attributable to higher fuel prices. Import prices rose 11.1 percent over the past 12 months, 
similar to the 11.3 to 11.4 percent year-over-year increases recorded in each of the three previous months.

Fuel Imports: Fuel prices also continued to trend up in April, rising 2.3 percent after increasing 1.7 percent 
in March. The price index for import fuel jumped 54.3 percent for the year ended in April, partially reversing 
the 50.8 percent drop recorded for the April 2008-09 period. Both the April increase and the rise over the 
past 12 months were driven by higher petroleum prices which rose 3.3 percent in April and 58.7 percent over 
the past year. A 15.1 percent decline in natural gas prices, which followed a 14.2 percent decrease in March, 
partially offset the higher petroleum prices in April. Despite the downward movement of the past two 
months, natural gas prices advanced 15.0 percent over the past 12 months.

All Imports Excluding Fuel: Nonfuel import prices also contributed to the overall increase in import prices 
in April, rising 0.5 percent. The increase was driven by a 2.6 percent advance in nonfuel industrial supplies 
and materials prices, although higher prices for food and finished goods also contributed to the overall 
advance. The price index for nonfuel prices has not recorded a monthly decline since July 2009 and rose 3.2 
percent for the year ended in April after falling 3.8 percent for the April 2008-09 period.


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

2009

April

1.1 7.5 0.1 0.5 3.7 0.2

May

1.7 9.8 0.2 0.4 3.6 0.3

June

2.7 16.0 0.2 1.0 4.2 0.6

July

-0.6 -2.6 -0.2 -0.3 -4.9 0.1

August

1.5 7.0 0.4 0.6 0.2 0.7

September

0.2 -1.3 0.4 -0.2 -2.9 0.1

October

0.8 3.0 0.4 0.0 -0.7 0.1

November

1.5 6.3 0.3 0.8 3.9 0.5

December

0.2 -0.2 0.4 0.7 1.8 0.6

2010

January

1.2 4.4 0.4 (r)0.8 1.3 (r)0.7

February

(r)-0.1 (r)-0.7 0.1 (r)-0.3 (r)-3.9 (r)0.1

March

(r)0.5 (r)1.7 0.2 0.7 (r)1.9 (r)0.7

April

0.9 2.3 0.5 1.2 -0.7 1.4

Apr. 2008 to 2009

-16.4 -50.8 -3.8 -6.7 -17.5 -5.4

Apr. 2009 to 2010

11.1 54.3 3.2 5.7 3.2 6.0

Footnotes
(r) Revised



Exports 

All Exports: Export prices increased 1.2 percent in April after rising 0.7 percent the previous month. The 
April advance was led by higher nonagricultural prices and was the largest monthly increase since a 1.5 
percent rise in July 2008. The price index for U.S. exports rose 5.7 percent for the April 2009-10 period, the 
largest 12-month increase since a 7.0 percent advance between September 2007 and September 2008. 

Agricultural Exports: Agricultural prices fell 0.7 percent in April following a 1.9 percent increase in March 
and a 3.9 percent decrease in February. In April, lower corn and wheat prices more than offset higher prices 
for fruits and nuts. Despite declining in two of the past three months, agricultural prices advanced 3.2 
percent over the past year, driven by rising prices for cotton, nuts, fruit and meat. 

All Exports Excluding Agriculture: Prices for nonagricultural exports rose 1.4 percent in April, the largest 
one-month jump for the index since monthly publication began in December 1988. Higher prices for 
industrial supplies and materials as well as an overall rise in finished goods prices each contributed to the 
advance. Nonagricultural export prices increased 6.0 percent for the year ended in April, following a 5.4 
percent decline for the April 2008-09 period. 

 


                                        SELECTED APRIL HIGHLIGHTS

Import Prices

Nonfuel Industrial Supplies and Materials: Nonfuel industrial supplies and materials rose 2.6 percent in 
April, the largest one-month increase since a 3.2 percent advance in April 2008. The increase was driven by a 
6.0 percent jump in unfinished metals prices.  Higher prices for iron and steel mill products, steelmaking 
materials, copper, and precious metals all contributed to the increase in metals prices. 

Finished Goods: Finished goods prices were up overall in April, led by a 0.1 percent uptick in the price 
index for capital goods and a 0.2 percent rise in prices for automotive vehicles. The increases were the first 
monthly advances for capital goods prices and automotive vehicle prices since April 2009 and November 
2009, respectively. Consumer goods prices were unchanged in April. 
 
Foods, Feeds, and Beverages: Foods, feeds, and beverages prices increased 1.2 percent in April after a 1.5 
percent advance the previous month. Higher prices for meat, fish, coffee, and fruit, up 4.8 percent, 2.3 
percent, 7.6 percent, and 2.6 percent, respectively, more than offset a 2.7 percent decline in vegetable prices.   

Imports by Locality of Origin: Import prices from China rose 0.2 percent in April, the first monthly 
advance for the index since December. The price indexes for imports from Mexico, the European Union, and 
Canada also advanced in April, rising 1.2 percent, 0.2 percent, and 0.1 percent, respectively.

Transportation Services: Import air passenger fares increased 4.2 percent in April after advancing 5.3 
percent in March. Higher European, Asian, and Latin American/Caribbean fares all contributed to the overall 
increase. The price index for import air freight ticked up 0.1 percent in April. 


Export Prices
 
Nonagricultural Industrial Supplies and Materials: The price index for nonagricultural industrial supplies 
and materials increased 3.4 percent in April. The widespread increase was led by a 5.1 percent advance in 
fuel prices, a 3.1 percent rise in chemicals prices, a 12.7 percent increase in steelmaking material prices, and a 
2.7 percent advance in nonferrous metal prices.
 
Finished Goods: Finished goods prices increased overall in April, led by a second consecutive 0.4 percent 
increase in capital goods prices and a 0.9 percent advance in consumer goods prices. The increase in capital 
goods prices was the largest since April 2009 and was primarily led by a 5.3 percent increase in the price 
index for computer peripherals, accessories, and parts. The rise in consumer goods prices was the largest 
monthly advance for the index since January 1992. In contrast, automotive vehicles prices edged down 0.1 
percent for the month.  

Transportation Services: Export air passenger fares rose 2.4 percent in April following a 1.7 percent 
advance the previous month. Higher Latin American/Caribbean fares and European fares more than offset 
lower Asian fares. Export air freight prices declined 0.2 percent in April after rising 0.5 percent in each of 
the previous two months.
		
Import and Export Price Index data for May 2010 are scheduled for release on Tuesday, June 15, 
2010 at 8:30 a.m. (EDT).

Table 1. U.S. import price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: April 2009 to April 2010
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description End
Use
Relative
import-
ance
Mar.
2010(1)
Index Percent change
Mar.
2010
Apr.
2010
Annual Monthly
Apr.
2009
to
Apr.
2010
Dec.
2009
to
Jan.
2010
Jan.
2010
to
Feb.
2010
Feb.
2010
to
Mar.
2010
Mar.
2010
to
Apr.
2010

All commodities

100.000 126.4 127.5 11.1 1.2 -0.1 0.5 0.9

All imports excluding petroleum

80.226 110.3 110.6 3.3 0.5 0.1 -0.1 0.3

All imports excluding fuels (Dec. 2001=100)

78.594 113.7 114.3 3.2 0.4 0.1 0.2 0.5

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

4.732 147.4 149.1 7.3 1.3 -0.3 1.5 1.2

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

3.693 165.8 167.6 8.6 1.9 -0.5 1.7 1.1

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

1.039 105.6 107.2 3.0 -0.7 0.5 0.9 1.5

Industrial supplies & materials

1

35.424 205.2 210.1 36.2 3.3 0.0 1.2 2.4

Industrial supplies & materials excluding petroleum

15.649 149.5 151.2 16.0 2.6 1.1 -0.7 1.1

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

14.017 163.9 168.1 16.4 1.6 1.1 0.6 2.6

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

8.827 158.3 164.0 22.6 1.8 1.5 0.4 3.6

Industrial supplies & materials nondurable excluding petroleum

5.190 139.0 136.3 7.9 3.8 0.4 -2.2 -1.9

Fuels & lubricants

10

21.407 263.1 269.1 54.3 4.4 -0.7 1.7 2.3

Petroleum & petroleum products

100

19.775 285.0 294.4 58.7 3.8 -0.8 2.7 3.3

Crude

10000

14.634 291.8 301.4 59.6 3.0 -0.8 3.9 3.3

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

101

1.388 144.4 127.6 13.4 12.6 0.4 -11.3 -11.6

Gas-natural

10110

1.067 132.4 112.4 15.0 17.7 0.5 -14.2 -15.1

Paper & paper base stocks

11

0.685 107.5 109.2 4.4 1.2 2.0 1.0 1.6

Materials associated with nondurable supplies & materials

12

4.581 143.9 144.8 7.0 1.4 0.2 0.7 0.6

Selected building materials

13

1.360 127.3 129.9 12.8 1.3 1.7 2.2 2.0

Unfinished metals related to durable goods

14

4.055 233.4 247.3 44.5 2.8 2.6 -0.1 6.0

Finished metals related to durable goods

15

1.787 142.2 145.7 10.0 0.9 -0.2 0.6 2.5

Nonmetals related to durable goods

16

1.549 107.1 107.3 2.9 0.6 0.7 0.4 0.2

Capital goods

2

23.157 91.4 91.5 -0.4 0.0 -0.2 -0.3 0.1

Electric generating equipment

20

2.929 111.1 111.5 2.2 0.4 0.1 -0.6 0.4

Nonelectrical machinery

21

18.230 85.9 85.9 -1.0 -0.2 -0.1 -0.2 0.0

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

22

1.998 121.5 121.5 0.2 0.2 -0.2 -0.9 0.0

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

12.027 108.2 108.4 0.6 -0.4 0.0 -0.2 0.2

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

24.661 104.5 104.5 0.4 0.1 -0.1 0.2 0.0

Nondurables, manufactured

40

11.483 109.0 109.0 0.6 0.6 -0.1 0.6 0.0

Durables, manufactured

41

11.964 100.2 100.2 0.2 -0.3 -0.2 -0.1 0.0

Nonmanufactured consumer goods

42

1.213 102.5 102.0 -0.7 0.0 0.3 0.1 -0.5

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2008 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: April 2009 to April 2010
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description End
Use
Relative
import-
ance
Mar.
2010(1)
Index Percent change
Mar.
2010
Apr.
2010
Annual Monthly
Apr.
2009
to
Apr.
2010
Dec.
2009
to
Jan.
2010
Jan.
2010
to
Feb.
2010
Feb.
2010
to
Mar.
2010
Mar.
2010
to
Apr.
2010

All commodities

100.000 121.2 122.7 5.7 0.8 -0.3 0.7 1.2

Agricultural commodities

8.812 163.4 162.3 3.2 1.3 -3.9 1.9 -0.7

Nonagricultural commodities

91.187 118.2 119.9 6.0 0.7 0.1 0.7 1.4

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

7.987 163.5 162.2 -0.4 1.5 -3.9 1.6 -0.8

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

7.406 165.8 164.1 -0.5 1.6 -4.4 1.7 -1.0

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

0.581 145.8 147.8 1.7 0.0 2.8 0.7 1.4

Industrial supplies & materials

1

30.911 155.1 160.2 17.0 1.8 -0.3 1.8 3.3

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

12.102 160.4 165.5 16.4 1.3 0.1 0.4 3.2

Industrial supplies & materials, nondurable

18.809 152.7 157.8 17.4 2.2 -0.5 2.7 3.3

Agricultural industrial supplies & materials

10

1.406 155.9 157.4 27.3 -0.3 -1.1 3.7 1.0

Nonagricultural industrial supplies & materials

29.505 155.3 160.6 16.5 1.9 -0.2 1.6 3.4

Fuels & lubricants

11

5.628 196.3 206.3 31.5 5.5 -4.8 3.1 5.1

Nonagricultural supplies & materials excluding fuels & building materials

12

22.860 152.3 157.0 14.5 1.1 0.9 1.3 3.1

Selected building materials

13

1.017 116.0 117.8 3.8 1.1 1.0 0.1 1.6

Capital goods

2

38.860 104.0 104.4 1.6 0.3 0.0 0.4 0.4

Electrical generating equipment

20

3.627 109.8 109.9 2.9 0.5 0.1 -0.2 0.1

Nonelectrical machinery

21

28.410 94.9 95.4 1.2 0.0 0.1 0.3 0.5

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

22

6.824 139.1 139.8 2.5 1.5 0.1 0.3 0.5

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

9.262 108.6 108.5 0.4 0.3 0.2 -0.1 -0.1

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

12.979 110.1 111.1 3.3 0.1 0.5 0.1 0.9

Nondurables, manufactured

40

5.971 111.9 112.5 4.9 0.8 0.9 0.0 0.5

Durables, manufactured

41

5.682 107.4 108.4 0.7 -1.3 -0.3 -0.1 0.9

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2008 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: April 2009 to April 2010
[December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
Mar.
2010(1)
Index Percent change
Mar.
2010
Apr.
2010
Annual Monthly
Apr.
2009
to
Apr.
2010
Dec.
2009
to
Jan.
2010
Jan.
2010
to
Feb.
2010
Feb.
2010
to
Mar.
2010
Mar.
2010
to
Apr.
2010

Nonmanufactured articles

18.611 131.3 133.7 48.2 4.3 -0.6 2.3 1.8

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

1.794 147.3 149.9 9.2 4.4 -0.6 3.2 1.8

Crop production

111

1.278 153.6 154.8 4.8 4.5 -1.4 2.5 0.8

Mining

21

16.817 129.5 131.8 54.3 4.3 -0.6 2.2 1.8

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

212

0.519 131.9 133.8 3.6 -0.4 1.2 1.5 1.4

Manufactured articles

80.876 109.6 110.4 4.9 0.6 0.0 0.1 0.7

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

10.063 108.2 108.5 2.1 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.3

Food manufacturing

311

2.517 122.9 124.5 9.4 0.6 -0.2 1.0 1.3

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.919 109.3 109.2 2.1 0.0 0.5 0.0 -0.1

Textile product mills

314

0.769 100.5 100.7 1.9 0.7 0.0 -0.5 0.2

Apparel manufacturing

315

3.952 101.5 101.5 -1.0 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0

Leather and allied product manufacturing

316

1.505 106.4 106.3 -1.2 -0.2 -0.3 -0.1 -0.1

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

17.961 121.6 123.3 14.0 2.1 0.1 0.6 1.4

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.828 105.3 108.3 21.5 2.4 2.8 4.1 2.8

Paper manufacturing

322

1.195 103.7 104.9 1.2 0.6 1.5 0.6 1.2

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

4.125 128.1 133.8 54.0 5.1 -0.7 -0.5 4.4

Chemical manufacturing

325

8.930 125.0 125.4 5.7 1.3 0.0 1.1 0.3

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

1.788 114.1 113.7 0.7 0.8 -0.2 0.1 -0.4

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.990 120.5 120.8 1.4 0.8 0.2 -0.1 0.2

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

52.852 106.1 106.7 2.6 0.0 0.0 -0.2 0.6

Primary metal manufacturing

331

4.724 153.8 162.0 35.5 2.7 2.3 0.3 5.3

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.678 116.6 117.3 0.9 -0.1 0.0 0.3 0.6

Machinery manufacturing

333

6.773 113.3 113.2 1.9 0.1 -0.2 0.2 -0.1

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

15.123 87.8 87.7 -1.5 -0.5 -0.1 -0.3 -0.1

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

3.808 112.3 112.7 0.4 0.2 -0.2 -0.5 0.4

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

13.290 105.5 105.7 0.8 -0.2 -0.1 -0.3 0.2

Furniture and related product manufacturing

337

1.321 105.7 105.8 -4.0 -0.8 -0.7 -0.6 0.1

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

5.135 112.2 112.2 1.5 -0.4 0.0 0.1 0.0

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2008 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: April 2009 to April 2010
[December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
Mar.
2010(1)
Index Percent change
Mar.
2010
Apr.
2010
Annual Monthly
Apr.
2009
to
Apr.
2010
Dec.
2009
to
Jan.
2010
Jan.
2010
to
Feb.
2010
Feb.
2010
to
Mar.
2010
Mar.
2010
to
Apr.
2010

Nonmanufactured articles

6.500 125.8 126.6 6.6 3.2 -5.7 2.0 0.6

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

4.641 141.9 140.7 1.7 3.0 -7.4 3.6 -0.8

Crop production

111

4.283 145.6 144.0 1.1 2.8 -8.0 3.9 -1.1

Mining

21

1.859 89.5 93.6 24.1 3.5 -1.6 -1.6 4.6

Mining (except oil and gas)

212

1.401 98.8 104.9 18.5 3.3 -2.4 4.8 6.2

Manufactured articles

90.700 111.4 112.7 5.0 0.5 0.1 0.6 1.2

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

6.634 124.0 124.7 6.9 0.7 0.2 0.4 0.6

Food manufacturing

311

4.493 138.9 139.3 7.4 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.3

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.525 105.8 104.8 -0.6 0.1 -1.0 -0.8 -0.9

Apparel manufacturing

315

0.377 102.9 102.9 0.6 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.0

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

23.740 117.3 120.4 12.1 1.8 -0.2 2.0 2.6

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.448 111.8 115.0 8.5 0.8 1.8 -0.1 2.9

Paper manufacturing

322

1.922 113.4 115.4 3.5 0.6 -0.2 0.4 1.8

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

3.623 120.1 127.7 41.3 7.3 -7.6 6.9 6.3

Chemical manufacturing

325

14.824 119.8 122.7 11.7 1.0 1.6 1.5 2.4

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

2.068 106.4 106.0 -2.4 -0.7 0.0 -0.3 -0.4

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.855 114.3 114.6 1.3 2.5 -0.2 -0.2 0.3

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

60.326 107.9 108.6 2.4 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.6

Primary metal manufacturing

331

4.811 139.3 143.1 19.6 1.2 0.3 -0.5 2.7

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.775 120.6 121.6 0.3 -0.7 0.2 -0.5 0.8

Machinery manufacturing

333

12.764 114.7 115.1 3.0 0.7 0.4 0.5 0.3

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

15.766 92.5 93.2 -0.4 -0.4 -0.3 0.2 0.8

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

3.498 109.6 109.9 3.0 0.6 0.2 -0.2 0.3

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

15.327 110.9 111.1 1.1 0.5 0.2 0.1 0.2

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

5.022 109.1 110.4 1.3 -1.4 0.0 0.0 1.2

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2008 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: April 2009 to April 2010
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
Mar.
2010(1)
Index Percent change
Mar.
2010
Apr.
2010
Annual Monthly
Apr.
2009
to
Apr.
2010
Dec.
2009
to
Jan.
2010
Jan.
2010
to
Feb.
2010
Feb.
2010
to
Mar.
2010
Mar.
2010
to
Apr.
2010

Live animals; animal products

I

1.065 136.2 140.5 11.3 -0.4 0.3 3.2 3.2

Meat and edible meat offal

02

0.247 174.2 179.3 24.3 1.4 3.3 4.2 2.9

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.547 101.5 104.3 5.0 -0.8 0.2 1.8 2.8

Vegetable products

II

1.494 170.3 172.5 3.7 3.6 -0.9 2.5 1.3

Edible vegetables, roots, and tubers

07

0.441 341.4 328.9 -2.2 6.3 -2.7 14.9 -3.7

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

0.403 106.3 112.2 11.0 7.4 0.2 -0.7 5.6

Coffee, tea, mate and spices

09

0.273 160.9 172.7 17.6 -1.2 -1.3 -1.3 7.3

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

III

0.212 103.8 104.4 - 2.4 -2.8 4.3 0.6

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages, and tobacco

IV

2.273 140.1 140.3 5.0 1.0 0.0 -0.4 0.1

Cocoa and cocoa preparations (Dec. 2009=100)

18

0.208 100.0 100.2 - 3.2 -1.0 -2.2 0.2

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

19

0.237 112.4 114.5 8.3 2.0 -1.3 -0.7 1.9

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

20

0.288 130.5 129.7 4.4 3.0 0.2 -0.2 -0.6

Beverages, spirits, and vinegar

22

0.906 118.8 118.7 2.6 -0.3 0.4 -0.1 -0.1

Mineral products

V

21.373 264.9 270.8 52.3 4.4 -0.7 1.7 2.2

Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plaster materials, lime & cement (Dec. 2009=100)

25

0.186 100.5 102.2 - 1.0 -0.7 0.2 1.7

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

27

20.970 261.8 267.7 53.6 4.4 -0.7 1.6 2.3

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

8.277 139.3 139.4 7.7 1.4 0.4 1.2 0.1

Inorganic chemicals

28

0.957 275.6 268.9 36.9 -1.1 5.0 6.2 -2.4

Organic chemicals

29

2.749 133.3 134.0 9.5 1.5 0.0 1.3 0.5

Pharmaceutical products

30

2.825 117.8 117.7 4.2 1.5 0.0 -0.3 -0.1

Fertilizers (Dec. 2009=100)

31

0.323 105.0 106.0 - 7.5 -4.8 2.6 1.0

Tanning & dyeing extracts; dye & pigments; varnish & paints; putty

32

0.173 113.3 113.3 8.9 2.5 2.0 -0.5 0.0

Essential oils and resinoids (Dec. 2001=100)

33

0.406 118.9 120.4 2.6 0.5 -0.7 -0.9 1.3

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

0.496 93.3 94.2 3.5 1.1 1.5 0.4 1.0

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

2.938 133.7 134.5 5.3 1.2 0.7 0.8 0.6

Plastics and articles thereof

39

1.830 128.0 128.8 2.2 0.6 0.5 0.1 0.6

Rubber and articles thereof

40

1.108 144.7 145.6 11.2 2.0 1.1 2.1 0.6

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

VIII

0.588 113.9 113.6 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.2 -0.3

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

42

0.552 114.8 114.5 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.1 -0.3

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

IX

0.850 127.3 131.4 20.3 2.2 2.9 3.8 3.2

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

1.339 107.9 108.7 -0.6 0.1 1.0 0.4 0.7

Pulp wood, waste paper, and paperboard (Dec. 2009=100)

47

0.197 111.2 115.0 - 3.2 5.0 2.6 3.4

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

48

0.876 102.0 102.4 -6.7 -0.5 0.5 0.1 0.4

Printed matter

49

0.266 120.2 120.0 0.3 -0.1 0.1 -0.3 -0.2

Textile and textile articles

XI

4.954 102.9 103.1 0.3 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.2

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted

61

1.900 98.2 98.4 -1.4 0.6 0.1 -0.1 0.2

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted

62

1.873 103.4 103.4 -0.4 0.1 0.0 0.6 0.0

Made-up or worn textile articles

63

0.524 92.3 92.3 2.1 0.8 -0.1 -0.2 0.0

Headgear, umbrellas, artifical flowers, etc.

XII

1.208 106.6 106.5 -1.4 -0.3 -0.3 -0.2 -0.1

Footwear and parts of such articles

64

1.025 105.5 105.4 -1.9 -0.2 -0.4 -0.2 -0.1

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

XIII

0.884 124.3 124.3 0.2 0.0 -0.1 -0.1 0.0

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

68

0.315 118.0 118.0 0.0 0.3 -0.1 0.2 0.0

Ceramic products

69

0.278 139.9 139.9 3.1 0.0 0.1 -0.1 0.0

Glass and glassware

70

0.292 115.0 115.0 -2.5 -0.3 -0.2 -0.3 0.0

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

XIV

2.696 154.9 158.0 16.5 -0.2 0.3 -0.6 2.0

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

5.914 174.8 182.1 21.3 2.2 1.9 0.6 4.2

Iron and steel

72

1.344 220.7 234.8 28.0 2.4 4.2 5.1 6.4

Articles of iron or steel

73

1.775 143.1 145.0 0.0 0.5 0.3 1.5 1.3

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.671 324.2 348.3 75.4 3.8 1.2 -2.5 7.4

Nickel and articles thereof (Dec. 2009=100)

75

0.170 111.2 130.4 - -0.8 8.5 3.3 17.3

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.812 133.1 139.6 38.6 6.0 2.2 -2.3 4.9

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

82

0.363 117.8 118.0 0.1 0.4 -0.1 -0.2 0.2

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.411 127.2 127.2 -2.3 0.0 0.5 -0.7 0.0

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

XVI

25.498 86.8 86.9 0.3 -0.1 -0.1 -0.2 0.1

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

12.815 88.1 88.2 0.7 -0.1 -0.2 0.0 0.1

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

85

12.683 85.5 85.5 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 -0.5 0.0

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

11.253 109.5 109.7 0.4 -0.4 -0.1 -0.3 0.2

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

10.159 108.5 108.8 0.5 -0.4 -0.1 -0.2 0.3

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

88

1.001 113.8 113.9 -1.5 0.2 0.0 -1.6 0.1

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

XVIII

3.267 101.3 101.3 -0.2 -1.0 0.2 -0.3 0.0

Optical, photographic, measuring and medical instruments

90

2.960 99.0 99.0 -0.4 -1.0 0.1 -0.2 0.0

Clocks and watches and parts thereof

91

0.228 122.3 122.4 -0.2 -0.2 0.0 -1.9 0.1

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

3.853 106.4 106.3 -1.5 -0.2 -0.2 -0.2 -0.1

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

94

1.959 109.3 109.3 -3.2 -0.6 -0.4 -0.5 0.0

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

1.694 101.2 100.7 0.1 0.2 -0.1 0.2 -0.5

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

96

0.200 118.7 118.7 2.7 1.6 -0.2 0.1 0.0

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2008 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: April 2009 to April 2010
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
Mar.
2010(1)
Index Percent change
Mar.
2010
Apr.
2010
Annual Monthly
Apr.
2009
to
Apr.
2010
Dec.
2009
to
Jan.
2010
Jan.
2010
to
Feb.
2010
Feb.
2010
to
Mar.
2010
Mar.
2010
to
Apr.
2010

Live animals; animal products

I

1.692 163.5 164.1 5.1 1.6 3.0 1.7 0.4

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

02

0.953 133.1 133.4 8.4 0.8 4.3 2.8 0.2

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.319 150.1 152.9 3.4 2.5 4.7 1.6 1.9

Vegetable products

II

4.268 181.2 177.3 -5.0 2.8 -8.4 3.0 -2.2

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

0.763 124.9 133.3 31.7 11.8 -1.0 0.4 6.7

Cereals

10

1.686 183.3 170.9 -15.7 1.9 -9.7 3.0 -6.8

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

12

1.306 195.3 192.6 -4.0 0.0 -9.7 3.2 -1.4

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

III

0.297 102.8 108.5 - 2.7 -2.7 2.9 5.5

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages,and tobacco

IV

2.469 138.8 138.1 1.5 0.1 -1.1 -1.1 -0.5

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

20

0.342 102.5 103.4 - 0.9 1.3 0.3 0.9

Miscellaneous edible preparations

21

0.416 119.0 119.1 0.4 0.3 0.0 -0.2 0.1

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

22

0.340 104.8 104.9 5.1 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.1

Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed

23

0.554 177.2 172.2 -8.6 -0.8 -5.0 -5.3 -2.8

Mineral products

V

5.542 232.2 245.1 35.1 5.8 -5.0 2.9 5.6

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

27

4.919 226.2 238.7 37.3 6.0 -5.4 3.2 5.5

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

12.073 143.2 146.3 8.8 0.9 1.7 1.3 2.2

Inorganic chemicals

28

1.001 170.3 174.1 -9.9 -1.1 0.8 0.6 2.2

Organic chemicals

29

3.062 150.6 157.8 17.6 0.9 1.2 1.8 4.8

Pharmaceutical products

30

2.994 122.7 123.9 8.2 2.7 1.5 0.2 1.0

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

32

0.537 113.9 116.2 3.8 -1.8 1.1 0.0 2.0

Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery cosmetic or toilet preparations

33

0.721 123.3 124.0 1.8 -2.2 0.6 -1.3 0.6

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

34

0.429 115.3 116.5 2.6 -1.4 0.3 -0.8 1.0

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

2.068 139.4 140.8 8.4 1.8 0.7 1.5 1.0

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

5.055 135.4 138.7 7.5 -0.7 0.8 0.8 2.4

Plastics and articles thereof

39

4.091 128.8 132.8 7.4 -1.6 1.3 0.9 3.1

Rubber and articles thereof

40

0.964 165.1 164.9 8.6 2.9 -0.8 0.5 -0.1

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

VIII

0.370 117.0 120.7 55.7 2.3 3.9 3.4 3.2

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

IX

0.557 108.2 110.1 6.3 2.2 1.6 -0.6 1.8

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

2.461 114.0 115.5 8.7 1.6 0.3 1.2 1.3

Woodpulp and recovered paper

47

0.674 124.2 126.5 41.2 6.0 2.0 3.8 1.9

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

48

1.281 110.2 111.8 -0.6 0.4 -0.5 0.5 1.5

Printed material

49

0.506 116.1 116.6 1.9 -0.2 0.1 -0.1 0.4

Textile and textile articles

XI

1.990 112.4 114.2 13.0 0.4 -0.3 2.8 1.6

Cotton, including yarns and woven fabrics thereof

52

0.645 123.8 127.9 43.5 0.4 -0.7 8.6 3.3

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

XIII

0.808 117.1 117.4 1.5 2.6 -0.3 -0.1 0.3

Glass and glassware

70

0.432 99.7 99.7 -0.4 2.5 -0.1 -0.2 0.0

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

XIV

4.754 197.7 203.4 20.8 0.4 0.1 -0.2 2.9

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

5.913 160.8 167.2 18.2 2.5 0.6 1.3 4.0

Iron and steel

72

1.744 190.2 206.4 32.2 4.6 2.8 2.4 8.5

Articles of iron or steel

73

1.515 156.7 158.2 -3.5 -0.3 0.3 -0.4 1.0

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.596 230.1 241.0 71.7 4.9 -3.7 6.6 4.7

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.899 123.2 128.8 36.9 6.3 0.0 -0.2 4.5

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

82

0.416 124.2 124.2 1.9 0.1 0.2 0.0 0.0

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.318 124.4 124.5 2.0 0.1 0.9 0.7 0.1

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

XVI

30.702 96.2 96.5 1.3 0.4 0.0 0.3 0.3

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

18.005 107.3 108.2 2.9 0.4 0.2 0.7 0.8

Electrical machinery and equipment and parts and accessories thereof

85

12.697 84.1 83.9 -1.1 0.4 -0.2 -0.1 -0.2

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

13.377 121.0 121.4 1.3 0.4 0.2 0.2 0.3

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

8.613 108.2 108.4 0.8 0.2 0.2 0.0 0.2

Ships, boats and floating structures (Dec. 2009=100)

89

0.295 100.1 100.1 - 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0

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

XVIII

5.988 106.1 105.9 -0.7 -1.9 -0.1 -0.2 -0.2

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

1.534 107.9 108.1 1.2 0.8 -0.1 -0.6 0.2

Furniture; stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings nesoi;

94

0.762 118.1 118.6 1.9 -0.2 0.0 0.6 0.4

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

0.657 93.2 93.2 0.3 2.0 0.0 -2.1 0.0

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2008 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: April 2009 to April 2010
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Percent
of
U.S.
imports(1)
Index Percent change
Mar.
2010
Apr.
2010
Annual Monthly
Apr.
2009
to
Apr.
2010
Dec.
2009
to
Jan.
2010
Jan.
2010
to
Feb.
2010
Feb.
2010
to
Mar.
2010
Mar.
2010
to
Apr.
2010

Industrialized Countries(2)

41.082 125.7 126.1 7.9 1.3 0.3 -0.2 0.3

Nonmanufactured articles

5.687 210.2 206.7 40.9 5.5 2.1 -1.8 -1.7

Manufactured articles

34.943 118.9 119.6 4.8 0.8 0.0 0.1 0.6

Other Countries(3)

58.918 124.3 125.7 11.9 1.3 -0.4 0.9 1.1

Nonmanufactured articles

15.714 260.6 268.7 47.7 3.6 -1.6 3.2 3.1

Manufactured articles

43.010 105.2 105.7 3.7 0.5 0.0 0.2 0.5

Canada

15.923 143.3 143.4 16.1 3.6 0.8 -0.4 0.1

Nonmanufactured articles

5.257 205.2 201.3 43.4 6.1 2.2 -1.7 -1.9

Manufactured articles

10.335 131.0 132.0 8.7 2.6 0.3 0.0 0.8

European Union(4)

16.799 128.1 128.4 3.7 0.2 0.0 0.3 0.2

Nonmanufactured articles

0.211 248.9 254.0 26.9 -1.2 0.7 0.0 2.0

Manufactured articles

16.491 125.6 125.9 3.5 0.2 0.0 0.3 0.2

France (Dec. 2003=100)

1.948 121.1 121.2 1.2 0.0 -2.0 -0.4 0.1

Germany (Dec. 2003=100)

4.572 112.8 112.8 4.2 0.8 -0.5 -0.6 0.0

United Kingdom (Dec. 2003=100)

2.566 125.5 125.5 5.8 0.2 -0.2 0.6 0.0

Latin America(5)

17.999 158.0 160.7 17.7 2.2 -0.8 1.2 1.7

Nonmanufactured articles

6.186 287.6 295.9 41.0 4.3 -2.2 2.9 2.9

Manufactured articles

11.730 130.8 132.3 8.2 1.0 -0.2 0.3 1.1

Mexico (Dec. 2003=100)

10.275 138.0 139.6 9.2 1.7 -1.1 1.2 1.2

Nonmanufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

2.141 154.4 159.8 41.4 5.9 -4.2 5.1 3.5

Manufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

8.085 96.5 96.9 1.3 0.4 -0.3 0.3 0.4

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

31.500 100.2 100.5 1.4 0.1 -0.1 -0.1 0.3

China (Dec. 2003=100)

16.449 100.1 100.3 -0.1 -0.3 -0.1 -0.1 0.2

Japan

6.678 98.1 97.8 1.7 0.1 -0.1 0.3 -0.3

Asian NICs(7)

5.003 87.0 87.2 2.7 0.9 -0.2 -0.1 0.2

ASEAN (Dec. 2003=100)(8)

5.274 95.7 96.2 0.7 -0.5 -0.1 -1.0 0.5

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

5.380 206.6 211.6 31.1 2.3 1.4 0.0 2.4

Footnotes
(1) Percentage of trade figures are based on 2008 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: April 2009 to April 2010
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Relative
import-
ance
Mar.
2010(1)
Index Percent change
Mar.
2010
Apr.
2010
Annual Monthly
Apr.
2009
to
Apr.
2010
Dec.
2009
to
Jan.
2010
Jan.
2010
to
Feb.
2010
Feb.
2010
to
Mar.
2010
Mar.
2010
to
Apr.
2010

Air Freight

Import Air Freight

100.000 156.6 156.8 19.6 -4.4 -0.3 0.3 0.1

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

21.540 132.0 132.0 8.5 -1.6 -1.0 -3.6 0.0

Asia

71.441 144.0 144.3 23.7 -5.6 -0.6 1.8 0.2

Export Air Freight

100.000 124.3 124.0 1.2 0.2 0.5 0.5 -0.2

Europe (Dec. 2006=100)

38.591 114.7 114.5 1.1 0.0 0.2 1.1 -0.2

Inbound Air Freight

100.000 143.6 143.4 14.3 -2.2 -0.6 0.3 -0.1

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

22.797 123.6 123.1 4.3 -0.5 -1.1 -3.0 -0.4

Asia

66.771 132.2 132.2 19.5 -3.1 -0.6 0.9 0.0

Outbound Air Freight

100.000 117.8 118.1 2.3 0.8 0.9 1.1 0.3

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

40.956 135.5 137.2 2.3 1.7 0.6 0.5 1.3

Asia

42.564 108.6 107.8 4.0 0.7 1.3 1.3 -0.7

Air Passenger Fares

Import Air Passenger Fares

100.000 149.8 156.1 17.3 -3.2 -3.5 5.3 4.2

Europe

42.354 162.6 171.0 28.7 -1.6 -3.6 9.9 5.2

Asia

27.272 126.4 130.9 6.6 -5.3 -7.6 2.9 3.6

Latin America/Caribbean

13.024 135.9 145.8 20.9 -10.8 1.1 2.7 7.3

Export Air Passenger Fares

100.000 160.1 164.0 20.4 1.0 -0.2 1.7 2.4

Europe

33.479 199.8 204.5 32.7 -0.6 5.8 1.4 2.4

Asia

30.990 147.7 146.6 24.7 6.0 3.6 5.7 -0.7

Latin America/Caribbean

21.378 161.8 168.4 10.7 2.7 -9.6 1.4 4.1

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2008 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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(labstat.helpdesk@bls.gov).  For Import/Export Price Index data requests, send e-mail to 
(mxpinfo@bls.gov). 

Information from this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request.  
Voice phone: 202-691-5200; Federal Relay Service: 1-800-877-8339.

Last Modified Date: May 13, 2010
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