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U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes News Release

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                            U.S. IMPORT AND EXPORT PRICE INDEXES - JULY 2013

Prices for U.S. imports rose 0.2 percent in July, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today, after 
decreasing in each of the previous 4 months. The July upturn was driven by rising fuel prices which more 
than offset lower nonfuel prices. In July, U.S. exports edged down 0.1 percent for the second consecutive 
month.  

Imports

All Imports: Import prices turned up 0.2 percent in July, after declining 1.8 percent over the prior 4 months. 
The July increase was the first advance since import prices rose 0.9 percent in February. The price index for 
overall imports increased 1.0 percent over the past year, the largest 12-month rise since import prices 
advanced 3.5 percent between March 2011 and March 2012.  

Fuel Imports: Fuel prices increased 2.5 percent in July following a 0.8 percent decline in June, a 1.7 percent 
drop in May, and a 2.4 percent decrease in April. The July advance was the first increase in fuel prices since 
the index rose 3.6 percent in February, and was led by a 3.2 percent advance in petroleum prices. In contrast, 
natural gas prices fell 13.6 percent in July. Import fuel prices also rose on a 12-month basis, increasing 8.5 
percent for the year ended in July. A 7.8 percent advance in petroleum prices and a 49.3 percent rise in 
natural gas prices each contributed to the year-over-year increase in fuel prices.             

All Imports Excluding Fuel: In contrast to fuel prices, nonfuel prices continued to decrease in July, 
declining 0.4 percent. The decrease followed a 0.3 percent drop in June and was the fifth consecutive 
monthly decline. In July, falling prices for nonfuel industrial supplies and materials, automotive vehicles, and 
consumer goods more than offset rising prices for capital goods and foods, feeds, and beverages.     

Table A. Import and export price indexes, selected categories
 Percent changes

Month IMPORTS EXPORTS
All
imports
Fuel
imports
Nonfuel
imports
All
exports
Agri-
cultural
exports
Non-
agricultural
exports

2012

July

-0.7 -2.0 -0.4 0.4 6.0 -0.2

August

1.2 6.1 -0.2 0.9 4.8 0.4

September

1.0 3.9 0.2 0.8 1.3 0.7

October

0.3 0.1 0.2 0.1 -1.7 0.3

November

-0.7 -2.2 -0.2 -0.6 0.5 -0.7

December

-0.6 -2.2 -0.1 -0.1 0.1 -0.2

2013

January

0.5 1.9 0.2 0.4 -1.2 0.5

February

0.9 3.6 0.1 0.7 2.0 0.6

March

-0.1 0.0 -0.1 -0.5 -1.8 -0.3

April

(r)-0.7 -2.4 -0.2 (r)-0.6 (r)-2.1 -0.5

May

(r)-0.6 (r)-1.7 (r)-0.4 -0.5 (r)1.0 -0.7

June

(r)-0.4 (r)-0.8 -0.3 -0.1 (r)0.8 -0.2

July

0.2 2.5 -0.4 -0.1 -0.3 0.0

July 2011 to 2012

-3.3 -13.4 0.0 -1.3 3.9 -1.9

July 2012 to 2013

1.0 8.5 -1.0 0.4 3.1 0.0

Footnotes
(r) Revised

Exports

All Exports: U.S. export prices edged down 0.1 percent in July, and continued the downward trend over 
the previous 4 months. In July, the decline was led by lower agricultural prices. Despite the decreases in each 
of the past 5 months, overall export prices rose 0.4 percent for the year ended in July.     

Agricultural Exports: Prices for agricultural exports declined 0.3 percent in July, following increases of 0.8 
percent in June and 1.0 percent in May. The July decline was driven by lower prices for wheat, corn, and 
fruit, down 7.4 percent, 3.3 percent, and 4.6 percent, respectively, which more than offset higher prices for 
soybeans and nuts. Agricultural export prices increased 3.1 percent over the past year.                     

All Exports Excluding Agriculture: The price index for nonagricultural prices recorded no change in July, 
after decreasing 1.6 percent between February and June. In July, falling prices for nonagricultural industrial 
supplies and materials offset rising finished goods prices. Overall nonagricultural export prices also recorded 
no change over the past 12 months following a 1.9 percent decline for the year ended July 2012.       


                                       SELECTED JULY HIGHLIGHTS

Import Prices

Imports by Locality of Origin: Prices for imports from Japan fell 0.5 percent in July following a 0.3 percent 
decrease the previous month. Import prices from Japan declined 2.4 percent over the past 12 months, the 
largest year-over-year decrease for the index since a 2.5 percent decline between December 2001 and 
December 2002. The price index for imports from China edged down 0.1 percent in July after recording no 
change in June. Prices for imports from China declined 1.4 percent over the past year, the largest 12-month 
decrease for the index since a 1.7 percent drop for the year ended in January 2010. Import prices from 
Canada also fell in July, declining 0.1 percent. In contrast, the price indexes for imports from the European 
Union and Mexico both rose in July, increasing 0.2 percent and 0.5 percent, respectively.          

Nonfuel Industrial Supplies and Materials: Prices for nonfuel industrial supplies and materials fell 1.6 
percent in July, after a 1.0 percent decline in June. Falling metal prices, notably for gold and other precious 
metals, drove the declines in each month. In July, declining chemical prices also contributed to the overall 
decrease in nonfuel industrial supplies and materials prices.  

Finished Goods: Finished goods prices were mostly down in July. Automotive vehicles prices fell 0.5 
percent, mostly attributable to falling prices for passenger cars. The July drop in automotive vehicles prices 
paralleled the recent rise in the value of the U.S. dollar compared to the yen, and was the largest drop since a 
1.1 percent decline in December 1992. The price index for consumer goods also fell in July, decreasing 0.2 
percent. In contrast, capital goods prices ticked up 0.1 percent in July.  

Foods, Feeds, and Beverages: Prices for import foods, feeds, and beverages advanced 0.2 percent in July 
following a 1.0 percent decline the previous month. The July increase was led by a 2.8 percent rise in 
vegetable prices. 

Transportation Services: Import air passenger fares fell 3.9 percent in July, after jumping 10.7 percent in 
June. The decrease in July was driven by a downturn in European fares, down 8.0 percent for the month. 
Despite the July decline, import air passenger fares advanced 2.1 percent over the past 12 months. The price 
index for import air freight advanced 0.3 percent in July, while decreasing 2.1 percent over the past year. 


Export Prices

Nonagricultural Industrial Supplies and Materials: Nonagricultural industrial supplies and materials 
prices fell 0.3 percent in July, after decreasing 0.5 percent in June. Both declines were driven by lower prices 
for nonferrous metals, which fell 4.1 percent in July and 2.5 percent in June. 

Finished Goods: Each of the major finished goods areas recorded increases in July. Capital goods prices 
rose 0.3 percent, the largest monthly advance since a 0.3 percent rise in February, while the price indexes for 
consumer goods and automotive vehicles each ticked up 0.1 percent. 

Transportation Services: Export air passenger fares continued to rise in July, advancing 1.5 percent, after 
advances of 2.1 percent in June and 5.2 percent in May. In July, the increase was mostly driven by a 6.2 
percent rise in Latin American/Caribbean fares. Despite the recent advances, export air passenger fares fell 
7.5 percent over the past year. Export air freight prices edged down 0.1 percent in July, while increasing 1.0 
percent over the past 12 months.          

Import and Export Price Index data for August 2013 are scheduled for release on Thursday, 
September 12, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. (EDT).


Table 1. U.S. import price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: July 2012 to July 2013
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description End
Use
Relative
import-
ance
June
2013(1)
Index Percent change
June
2013
July
2013
Annual Monthly
July
2012
to
July
2013
Mar.
2013
to
Apr.
2013
Apr.
2013
to
May
2013
May
2013
to
June
2013
June
2013
to
July
2013

All commodities

100.000 138.8 139.1 1.0 -0.7 -0.6 -0.4 0.2

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

74.067 102.5 102.1 -1.2 -0.2 -0.4 -0.3 -0.4

All imports excluding petroleum

80.173 115.7 115.1 -0.7 0.0 -0.3 -0.3 -0.5

All imports excluding fuels (Dec. 2001=100)

79.117 119.6 119.1 -1.0 -0.2 -0.4 -0.3 -0.4

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

5.050 172.1 172.5 1.5 -0.3 0.4 -1.0 0.2

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

3.858 190.0 190.8 -0.4 -1.0 0.3 -1.6 0.4

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

1.192 131.4 131.1 8.1 2.4 0.9 0.7 -0.2

Industrial supplies & materials

1

34.153 247.1 249.3 3.5 -1.7 -1.5 -0.9 0.9

Industrial supplies & materials excluding petroleum

14.327 163.5 159.7 -2.1 -0.1 -1.1 -1.0 -2.3

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

13.271 182.9 179.9 -4.1 -0.7 -1.3 -1.0 -1.6

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

7.790 170.1 167.1 -4.5 -1.0 -2.2 -1.3 -1.8

Industrial supplies & materials nondurable excluding petroleum

5.481 155.1 150.5 0.9 1.2 0.1 -0.4 -3.0

Fuels & lubricants

10

20.881 329.8 337.9 8.5 -2.4 -1.7 -0.8 2.5

Petroleum & petroleum products

100

19.825 364.5 376.0 7.8 -3.0 -1.8 -0.8 3.2

Crude

10000

15.207 378.4 394.2 10.5 -3.0 -1.0 -0.8 4.2

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

101

0.845 139.5 122.2 39.5 12.5 0.6 -0.6 -12.4

Gas-natural

10110

0.719 127.2 109.9 49.3 15.4 1.3 -0.6 -13.6

Paper & paper base stocks

11

0.565 113.2 113.3 -0.6 0.0 0.5 -0.1 0.1

Materials associated with nondurable supplies & materials

12

4.995 173.2 170.5 -3.7 -0.4 -0.2 -0.5 -1.6

Selected building materials

13

1.020 143.3 140.9 1.5 1.3 -1.7 -3.4 -1.7

Unfinished metals related to durable goods

14

3.563 243.8 237.2 -8.1 -2.1 -3.9 -1.7 -2.7

Finished metals related to durable goods

15

1.590 158.3 155.6 -4.0 -0.6 -0.4 -0.4 -1.7

Nonmetals related to durable goods

16

1.538 113.6 113.9 -0.4 -0.2 -0.4 -0.2 0.3

Capital goods

2

24.152 92.6 92.7 -0.6 -0.2 -0.1 -0.1 0.1

Electric generating equipment

20

3.019 119.5 119.4 0.2 0.2 -0.2 0.0 -0.1

Nonelectrical machinery

21

19.259 85.3 85.4 -0.9 -0.3 -0.1 -0.1 0.1

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

22

1.874 135.7 135.8 1.3 0.1 -0.1 -0.1 0.1

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

12.243 114.0 113.4 -1.0 -0.3 -0.3 -0.2 -0.5

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

24.401 107.6 107.4 -0.1 0.3 -0.3 -0.1 -0.2

Nondurables, manufactured

40

11.894 116.1 116.2 1.1 0.7 -0.6 0.2 0.1

Durables, manufactured

41

11.177 98.9 98.4 -1.2 0.0 -0.1 -0.2 -0.5

Nonmanufactured consumer goods

42

1.330 116.4 116.4 -1.6 0.2 0.3 -0.4 0.0

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2011 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: July 2012 to July 2013
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description End
Use
Relative
import-
ance
June
2013(1)
Index Percent change
June
2013
July
2013
Annual Monthly
July
2012
to
July
2013
Mar.
2013
to
Apr.
2013
Apr.
2013
to
May
2013
May
2013
to
June
2013
June
2013
to
July
2013

All commodities

100.000 132.8 132.7 0.4 -0.6 -0.5 -0.1 -0.1

Agricultural commodities

10.616 224.1 223.4 3.1 -2.1 1.0 0.8 -0.3

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

81.078 102.3 102.1 0.0 -0.1 -0.5 -0.2 -0.2

Nonagricultural commodities

89.385 126.2 126.2 0.0 -0.5 -0.7 -0.2 0.0

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

9.840 223.8 222.8 1.6 -2.3 0.8 0.8 -0.4

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

9.190 228.7 227.5 2.2 -2.4 1.2 1.0 -0.5

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

0.650 178.6 180.0 -5.8 -0.4 -4.4 -1.9 0.8

Industrial supplies & materials

1

33.764 177.5 177.1 -0.3 -1.0 -1.5 -0.6 -0.2

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

11.821 175.5 171.6 -6.0 -0.4 -2.5 -1.1 -2.2

Industrial supplies & materials, nondurable

21.945 179.4 180.9 2.8 -1.3 -1.0 -0.2 0.8

Agricultural industrial supplies & materials

10

1.426 203.9 206.1 9.0 -0.1 0.4 -0.8 1.1

Nonagricultural industrial supplies & materials

32.338 176.7 176.2 -0.7 -1.0 -1.7 -0.5 -0.3

Fuels & lubricants

11

9.083 250.7 255.7 2.3 -2.8 -2.3 -0.2 2.0

Nonagricultural supplies & materials excluding fuels & building materials

12

22.223 168.1 166.0 -2.1 -0.3 -1.5 -0.7 -1.2

Selected building materials

13

1.032 122.5 123.5 4.2 1.2 0.2 0.2 0.8

Capital goods

2

35.467 106.4 106.7 1.0 -0.2 -0.1 0.0 0.3

Electrical generating equipment

20

3.489 114.4 115.4 1.7 0.0 0.0 -0.4 0.9

Nonelectrical machinery

21

25.785 95.4 95.6 0.7 -0.2 -0.1 0.1 0.2

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

22

6.194 151.6 151.7 1.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

8.961 113.4 113.5 0.4 0.0 -0.1 0.0 0.1

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

11.969 115.4 115.5 -0.7 -0.3 -0.2 0.1 0.1

Nondurables, manufactured

40

5.487 115.0 115.2 0.4 -0.5 0.3 0.2 0.2

Durables, manufactured

41

5.080 111.5 111.4 -2.7 0.0 -0.6 -0.1 -0.1

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2011 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: July 2012 to July 2013
[December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
June
2013(1)
Index Percent change
June
2013
July
2013
Annual Monthly
July
2012
to
July
2013
Mar.
2013
to
Apr.
2013
Apr.
2013
to
May
2013
May
2013
to
June
2013
June
2013
to
July
2013

Nonmanufactured articles

18.383 164.6 168.8 10.6 -2.2 -0.7 -1.0 2.6

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

1.842 173.3 171.5 1.4 -1.8 1.3 -1.5 -1.0

Crop production

111

1.282 176.9 176.9 0.7 -3.0 2.0 -2.2 0.0

Forestry and logging (Dec. 2012=100)

113

0.206 105.3 98.3 - -1.7 2.0 -0.1 -6.6

Mining

21

16.541 163.3 168.2 11.6 -2.2 -1.0 -0.9 3.0

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

212

0.323 133.2 130.2 -9.3 -0.4 0.2 -0.4 -2.3

Manufactured articles

81.154 116.2 115.8 -1.2 -0.3 -0.6 -0.3 -0.3

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

10.569 123.5 123.3 -1.0 0.0 0.2 -0.2 -0.2

Food manufacturing

311

2.874 154.1 154.0 -2.7 0.4 0.6 -0.7 -0.1

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.878 113.2 113.7 2.2 -0.2 0.2 -0.3 0.4

Textile mills (Dec. 2011=100)

313

0.391 101.3 100.7 -1.0 -0.1 -0.2 -0.3 -0.6

Textile product mills

314

0.794 115.6 114.6 -1.0 0.1 0.1 0.1 -0.9

Apparel manufacturing

315

3.958 110.4 110.3 -1.4 -0.1 -0.2 0.1 -0.1

Leather and allied product manufacturing

316

1.674 121.9 121.6 1.2 0.2 -0.1 0.3 -0.2

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

17.842 136.2 136.0 -0.4 -0.4 -1.7 -0.4 -0.1

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.608 122.8 119.7 1.9 2.4 -2.9 -5.0 -2.5

Paper manufacturing

322

1.039 110.4 110.8 -0.4 0.0 0.4 -0.1 0.4

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

4.096 156.8 157.7 -2.4 -2.7 -4.3 -0.6 0.6

Chemical manufacturing

325

9.235 135.3 134.6 0.7 0.4 -1.0 -0.1 -0.5

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

1.942 125.4 125.5 -1.5 -0.6 -0.2 -0.4 0.1

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.839 129.0 129.0 -0.8 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

52.743 108.5 108.1 -1.5 -0.4 -0.4 -0.3 -0.4

Primary metal manufacturing

331

4.169 160.3 155.9 -8.7 -2.2 -3.4 -1.7 -2.7

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.667 128.0 126.8 -2.3 -0.2 -0.7 -0.2 -0.9

Machinery manufacturing

333

6.639 121.2 121.5 0.4 -0.4 0.2 -0.2 0.2

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

16.103 81.0 80.9 -1.7 -0.1 -0.1 0.0 -0.1

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

4.038 119.4 119.4 0.8 -0.2 -0.2 0.0 0.0

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

13.003 111.9 111.4 -0.3 -0.3 -0.2 -0.2 -0.4

Furniture and related product manufacturing

337

1.260 114.2 114.2 0.5 0.1 0.0 -0.2 0.0

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

4.864 120.8 120.6 -1.4 0.1 -0.1 -0.1 -0.2

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2011 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: July 2012 to July 2013
[December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
June
2013(1)
Index Percent change
June
2013
July
2013
Annual Monthly
July
2012
to
July
2013
Mar.
2013
to
Apr.
2013
Apr.
2013
to
May
2013
May
2013
to
June
2013
June
2013
to
July
2013

Nonmanufactured articles

7.940 171.9 169.3 -1.0 -2.8 1.6 0.0 -1.5

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

5.834 212.5 211.0 0.6 -3.9 1.9 0.7 -0.7

Crop production

111

5.421 222.3 220.0 0.6 -4.6 2.7 1.2 -1.0

Mining

21

2.106 92.6 89.0 -6.2 0.1 0.9 -1.9 -3.9

Mining (except oil and gas)

212

1.421 105.3 103.2 -13.4 -0.6 -0.3 -0.8 -2.0

Manufactured articles

89.644 120.3 120.5 0.6 -0.5 -0.6 -0.1 0.2

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

7.053 151.6 152.0 3.7 -0.3 -0.5 0.5 0.3

Food manufacturing

311

4.945 173.5 174.1 3.9 -0.5 -0.8 0.5 0.3

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.574 127.6 127.5 4.9 -0.7 -0.1 0.3 -0.1

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

26.350 132.4 133.4 2.0 -1.1 -0.8 -0.1 0.8

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.422 117.8 119.5 5.2 1.0 0.3 0.3 1.4

Paper manufacturing

322

1.833 122.1 122.0 2.2 0.2 0.4 0.4 -0.1

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

6.788 159.6 165.9 4.3 -4.0 -3.0 0.3 3.9

Chemical manufacturing

325

14.281 130.9 130.5 1.0 -0.3 -0.2 -0.3 -0.3

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

2.241 120.5 119.5 1.8 0.9 0.4 -0.6 -0.8

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.785 111.0 111.1 -0.9 0.3 -0.2 0.0 0.1

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

56.241 112.5 112.4 -0.4 -0.2 -0.5 -0.2 -0.1

Primary metal manufacturing

331

4.790 155.0 149.9 -10.8 -1.0 -4.2 -2.4 -3.3

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.764 131.5 130.8 -0.5 0.2 -0.5 -0.1 -0.5

Machinery manufacturing

333

11.675 122.1 122.5 1.7 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.3

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

14.213 88.7 88.8 -0.8 -0.4 -0.2 0.1 0.1

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

3.320 113.9 114.5 2.1 0.3 0.1 -0.2 0.5

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

14.189 117.9 118.0 0.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1

Furniture and related product manufacturing (Dec. 2011=100)

337

0.316 105.6 107.8 4.7 0.3 -0.4 0.2 2.1

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

4.974 122.1 122.2 0.3 0.0 -0.4 0.2 0.1

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2011 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: July 2012 to July 2013
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
June
2013(1)
Index Percent change
June
2013
July
2013
Annual Monthly
July
2012
to
July
2013
Mar.
2013
to
Apr.
2013
Apr.
2013
to
May
2013
May
2013
to
June
2013
June
2013
to
July
2013

Live animals; animal products

I

1.161 179.3 179.4 10.1 1.8 0.3 1.8 0.1

Meat and edible meat offal

02

0.254 219.4 222.2 2.6 1.0 0.0 0.0 1.3

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.654 134.7 133.4 15.2 3.0 1.4 3.1 -1.0

Vegetable products

II

1.601 204.2 201.9 -5.4 -2.1 1.4 -4.2 -1.1

Edible vegetables, roots, and tubers

07

0.360 347.5 353.3 16.8 -12.5 6.8 -1.6 1.7

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

0.412 110.4 111.2 -4.7 5.6 -2.2 -10.0 0.7

Coffee, tea, mate and spices

09

0.366 235.7 230.7 -15.5 -4.2 0.1 -1.9 -2.1

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

III

0.250 116.2 115.7 -9.2 -1.2 -1.0 -0.4 -0.4

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages, and tobacco

IV

2.403 156.5 157.2 0.4 -0.3 0.5 -0.8 0.4

Sugars and sugar confectionary (Dec. 2012=100)

17

0.195 91.9 94.4 - -3.4 -1.8 -3.9 2.7

Cocoa and cocoa preparations (Dec. 2009=100)

18

0.205 90.6 90.8 12.8 -0.8 3.2 2.6 0.2

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

19

0.240 130.7 130.0 1.8 0.0 -0.3 -0.6 -0.5

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

20

0.318 165.0 164.5 -3.6 0.2 2.1 0.1 -0.3

Beverages, spirits, and vinegar

22

0.869 124.1 124.5 2.5 -0.3 0.4 -0.4 0.3

Mineral products

V

20.825 332.2 340.9 8.6 -2.4 -1.6 -0.8 2.6

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

27

20.538 328.8 337.7 8.9 -2.4 -1.6 -0.8 2.7

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

8.659 150.1 149.3 -0.3 0.4 -1.0 -0.3 -0.5

Inorganic chemicals

28

0.790 348.4 339.0 -13.2 -2.1 -1.5 -1.2 -2.7

Organic chemicals

29

2.621 135.1 134.4 -2.7 -1.0 -1.0 -0.2 -0.5

Pharmaceutical products

30

3.423 125.1 125.9 7.7 2.4 -1.0 0.0 0.6

Fertilizers (Dec. 2009=100)

31

0.402 126.2 119.8 -12.0 -1.1 -1.9 0.1 -5.1

Tanning extracts; dye, pigments, varnish, paints & putty (Dec. 2011=100)

32

0.165 93.8 94.1 -9.3 -0.1 0.1 -0.1 0.3

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

0.474 99.3 97.6 -4.5 -1.2 -0.6 -1.7 -1.7

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

3.227 152.1 151.0 -0.1 -0.3 -0.3 -0.2 -0.7

Plastics and articles thereof

39

1.977 148.0 148.0 4.0 0.3 -0.5 0.1 0.0

Rubber and articles thereof

40

1.250 160.8 157.7 -6.4 -1.2 -0.1 -0.6 -1.9

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

VIII

0.599 125.4 125.5 -0.6 0.1 -0.5 -0.4 0.1

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

42

0.567 126.9 126.9 -0.2 0.1 -0.1 -0.4 0.0

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

IX

0.648 150.3 146.0 2.5 2.8 -2.7 -5.1 -2.9

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

1.139 113.6 113.9 0.0 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.3

Pulp wood, waste paper, and paperboard (Dec. 2011=100)

47

0.182 104.4 104.0 0.1 0.7 2.3 -0.3 -0.4

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

48

0.755 107.0 107.6 -0.5 -0.1 -0.2 0.1 0.6

Textile and textile articles

XI

4.990 114.1 113.7 -1.4 -0.2 -0.1 0.2 -0.4

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted

61

1.954 103.5 103.2 -2.9 -0.1 -0.5 0.1 -0.3

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted

62

1.842 117.7 117.7 0.0 -0.1 0.2 0.3 0.0

Made-up or worn textile articles

63

0.554 108.5 107.9 -0.5 0.4 0.1 0.2 -0.6

Headgear, umbrellas, artifical flowers, etc.

XII

1.373 121.3 120.9 1.2 0.2 -0.2 0.2 -0.3

Footwear and parts of such articles

64

1.177 120.5 120.0 1.1 0.2 -0.2 0.2 -0.4

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

XIII

0.771 131.9 131.8 -0.3 -0.2 0.0 0.0 -0.1

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

68

0.249 125.6 125.8 0.1 -0.2 0.2 0.1 0.2

Ceramic products

69

0.241 140.1 140.7 -1.0 0.1 -0.1 -0.1 0.4

Glass and glassware

70

0.281 127.9 126.9 -0.2 -0.3 -0.1 0.0 -0.8

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

XIV

3.095 186.2 179.9 -9.5 -1.2 -3.9 -2.5 -3.4

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

4.999 181.4 179.6 -3.4 -1.3 -0.9 -0.1 -1.0

Iron and steel

72

1.141 215.3 215.3 -8.7 -0.5 -1.0 -0.7 0.0

Articles of iron or steel

73

1.502 155.9 154.8 -3.9 -0.6 -0.1 -0.3 -0.7

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.472 339.8 323.6 -3.3 -4.0 -2.9 2.3 -4.8

Nickel and articles thereof (Dec. 2009=100)

75

0.135 91.4 87.7 -11.1 -4.2 -4.4 -4.5 -4.0

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.679 137.6 136.2 1.0 -1.8 -1.4 0.8 -1.0

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

82

0.389 129.4 129.1 0.7 -0.3 0.1 0.1 -0.2

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.434 135.7 135.3 -0.1 -0.1 0.0 -0.2 -0.3

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

XVI

26.584 85.0 84.9 -0.9 -0.2 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

13.758 89.7 89.8 0.0 -0.2 0.0 0.0 0.1

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

85

12.826 80.6 80.3 -1.8 -0.1 -0.2 -0.1 -0.4

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

10.775 116.2 115.7 -0.3 -0.3 0.0 -0.2 -0.4

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

9.831 115.0 114.4 -0.6 -0.3 0.0 -0.2 -0.5

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

88

0.875 120.0 120.1 1.2 0.0 -0.1 0.0 0.1

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

XVIII

3.359 103.7 104.0 -0.5 0.1 0.0 -0.1 0.3

Optical, photographic, measuring and medical instruments

90

3.048 100.7 100.9 -1.1 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.2

Clocks and watches and parts thereof

91

0.252 139.9 141.3 8.7 -0.9 -0.1 -0.6 1.0

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

3.482 113.0 113.0 0.4 0.0 0.0 -0.1 0.0

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

94

1.944 116.8 116.8 0.3 0.0 0.1 -0.3 0.0

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

1.343 105.2 105.2 0.2 0.0 -0.1 0.1 0.0

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

96

0.195 138.3 138.4 1.2 0.0 -0.1 0.0 0.1

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2011 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: July 2012 to July 2013
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
June
2013(1)
Index Percent change
June
2013
July
2013
Annual Monthly
July
2012
to
July
2013
Mar.
2013
to
Apr.
2013
Apr.
2013
to
May
2013
May
2013
to
June
2013
June
2013
to
July
2013

Live animals; animal products

I

2.042 214.7 217.7 8.4 0.6 -2.5 0.3 1.4

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

02

1.179 167.1 168.6 3.2 -0.2 -1.7 0.7 0.9

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.367 183.4 185.5 -10.3 -0.2 -6.9 -2.9 1.1

Vegetable products

II

5.420 271.7 267.9 -0.1 -4.5 2.6 1.4 -1.4

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

1.001 155.0 154.0 13.2 -3.8 4.8 -1.3 -0.6

Cereals

10

2.111 307.0 292.5 -5.7 -5.1 2.7 0.5 -4.7

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

12

1.778 299.5 305.0 0.0 -5.4 2.4 4.4 1.8

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

III

0.303 132.2 131.1 -9.6 1.7 -0.7 -3.2 -0.8

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages,and tobacco

IV

3.015 167.1 167.1 5.0 -0.1 -0.5 0.7 0.0

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

20

0.334 113.1 112.6 1.1 0.6 -0.2 0.0 -0.4

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

22

0.610 113.2 113.3 3.2 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 0.1

Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed

23

0.749 268.1 275.0 10.9 0.4 -3.0 3.4 2.6

Mineral products

V

8.999 292.7 298.2 1.1 -3.2 -2.1 -0.1 1.9

Ores, slag and ash (Dec. 2012=100)

26

0.454 92.9 91.5 - -1.6 -2.8 -0.5 -1.5

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

27

8.363 289.6 295.7 1.8 -3.4 -2.1 0.0 2.1

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

11.505 153.9 153.3 0.0 -0.1 0.1 -0.4 -0.4

Inorganic chemicals

28

1.035 185.8 185.8 0.6 0.8 1.2 -1.5 0.0

Organic chemicals

29

3.221 163.4 162.6 0.6 -0.8 -1.3 -0.7 -0.5

Pharmaceutical products

30

2.687 122.5 122.6 -1.0 -0.9 0.2 -0.2 0.1

Fertilizers (Dec. 2012=100)

31

0.378 95.2 93.8 - 1.1 -1.9 -1.1 -1.5

Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery cosmetic or toilet preparations

33

0.727 138.5 138.5 1.2 -0.1 -0.1 0.0 0.0

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

34

0.450 119.5 121.0 -1.7 0.3 -0.3 0.1 1.3

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

1.796 156.6 154.1 0.5 0.0 2.4 0.1 -1.6

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

5.297 149.8 149.2 2.5 0.1 -0.2 -0.2 -0.4

Plastics and articles thereof

39

4.263 142.5 142.4 4.5 0.2 -0.3 -0.2 -0.1

Rubber and articles thereof

40

1.034 183.0 179.8 -5.4 -0.1 -0.1 -0.2 -1.7

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

VIII

0.407 146.6 146.0 12.3 1.1 0.4 0.0 -0.4

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

IX

0.585 113.3 114.0 3.6 1.2 -0.1 -0.2 0.6

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

2.286 122.6 123.1 4.7 0.6 0.4 0.6 0.4

Woodpulp and recovered paper

47

0.638 132.1 130.3 4.7 1.5 0.7 2.4 -1.4

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

48

1.198 119.0 120.4 3.2 0.1 0.3 0.0 1.2

Printed material

49

0.450 130.7 132.0 9.0 0.7 0.0 0.0 1.0

Textile and textile articles

XI

1.845 131.4 132.2 6.2 0.2 0.7 0.3 0.6

Cotton, including yarns and woven fabrics thereof

52

0.503 143.3 148.6 14.8 -0.3 0.6 -1.5 3.7

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

XIII

0.761 118.2 118.5 0.6 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.3

Glass and glassware

70

0.390 97.5 97.5 -0.9 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0

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

XIV

4.821 254.8 245.8 -10.6 -1.2 -4.5 -2.5 -3.5

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

5.299 165.7 163.7 -4.7 -0.6 -1.7 0.1 -1.2

Iron and steel

72

1.466 186.4 182.3 -10.2 -1.3 -3.0 -0.2 -2.2

Articles of iron or steel

73

1.324 169.3 168.3 -3.0 0.3 -0.1 -0.4 -0.6

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.600 236.9 230.7 -6.2 -2.2 -5.9 2.6 -2.6

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.839 122.5 121.8 -1.5 -0.7 -0.9 -0.3 -0.6

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

82

0.405 132.7 132.7 0.8 0.8 0.1 -0.1 0.0

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.326 147.2 147.1 0.8 0.0 0.5 0.1 -0.1

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

XVI

27.992 97.2 97.4 0.4 -0.2 -0.2 0.1 0.2

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

16.760 111.4 111.2 0.6 0.0 -0.1 0.1 -0.2

Electrical machinery and equipment and parts and accessories thereof

85

11.232 81.8 82.4 0.1 -0.6 -0.1 0.0 0.7

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

12.022 127.9 128.2 0.9 0.2 -0.1 -0.1 0.2

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

8.148 113.7 114.0 0.7 0.2 -0.2 0.0 0.3

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

XVIII

5.908 107.1 107.2 1.1 -0.1 -0.2 0.1 0.1

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

1.341 110.4 110.9 0.5 0.0 -0.2 -0.3 0.5

Furniture; stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings nesoi;

94

0.727 121.6 122.3 1.9 0.1 -0.2 0.5 0.6

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

0.506 89.6 89.7 -1.6 -0.1 -0.3 -1.1 0.1

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2011 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: July 2012 to July 2013
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Relative
import-
ance
June
2013(1)
Index Percent change
June
2013
July
2013
Annual Monthly
July
2012
to
July
2013
Mar.
2013
to
Apr.
2013
Apr.
2013
to
May
2013
May
2013
to
June
2013
June
2013
to
July
2013

Industrialized Countries(2)

100.000 131.5 131.7 1.8 -0.2 -0.1 -0.5 0.2

Nonmanufactured articles

12.173 238.2 242.5 22.3 3.4 4.7 -1.1 1.8

Manufactured articles

87.249 122.9 122.9 -0.6 -0.6 -0.6 -0.6 0.0

Other Countries(3)

100.000 138.0 138.7 0.7 -1.1 -0.6 -0.3 0.5

Nonmanufactured articles

22.073 339.1 350.4 7.5 -4.1 -2.2 -0.9 3.3

Manufactured articles

77.581 110.2 109.9 -1.3 -0.4 -0.1 -0.1 -0.3

Canada

100.000 152.8 152.6 5.3 0.5 0.6 -0.5 -0.1

Nonmanufactured articles

30.298 228.2 232.3 24.2 3.8 4.7 -1.1 1.8

Manufactured articles

68.723 137.0 135.6 -1.4 -0.7 -1.1 -0.2 -1.0

European Union(4)

100.000 135.2 135.5 0.6 -0.1 -0.2 -0.1 0.2

Nonmanufactured articles

1.010 348.6 357.3 5.3 -3.3 -4.1 -0.3 2.5

Manufactured articles

98.813 131.6 131.8 0.4 -0.1 -0.2 -0.1 0.2

France (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 121.7 121.8 1.3 -0.3 0.1 -0.1 0.1

Germany (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 115.7 115.9 1.2 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 0.2

United Kingdom (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 127.7 127.4 -3.5 -0.7 -0.3 0.0 -0.2

Latin America(5)

100.000 173.5 174.7 1.1 -1.9 -0.9 -0.2 0.7

Nonmanufactured articles

31.967 368.9 379.6 7.5 -3.7 -1.5 -0.5 2.9

Manufactured articles

67.644 131.2 130.8 -1.7 -1.1 -0.5 -0.1 -0.3

Mexico (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 143.1 143.8 0.5 -1.2 -0.1 -0.8 0.5

Nonmanufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

18.690 196.6 203.1 8.3 -4.3 -0.7 -3.4 3.3

Manufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

80.979 93.9 93.8 -1.2 -0.3 0.0 -0.2 -0.1

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

100.000 103.3 103.0 -1.4 -0.1 -0.4 -0.1 -0.3

China (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 103.5 103.4 -1.4 0.0 -0.6 0.0 -0.1

Japan

100.000 100.6 100.1 -2.4 -0.8 -0.4 -0.3 -0.5

Asian NICs(7)

100.000 91.3 90.9 0.1 1.1 0.2 0.1 -0.4

ASEAN (Dec. 2003=100)(8)

100.000 104.7 104.3 -0.5 0.6 0.2 0.0 -0.4

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

100.000 258.6 265.6 3.5 -2.6 -2.4 -2.3 2.7

Footnotes
(1) Relative figures are based on 2011 trade values.
(2) Western Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
(3) Eastern Europe, Latin America, OPEC countries, and other countries in Asia, Africa and the Western Hemisphere.
(4) European Union countries.
(5) Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
(6) China, Japan, Australia, Brunei, Indonesia, Macao, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines and the Asian Newly Industrialized Countries.
(7) Asian Newly Industrialized Countries - Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.
(8) Association of Southeast Asian Nations - Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
(9) 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: July 2012 to July 2013
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Relative
import-
ance
June
2013(1)
Index Percent change
June
2013
July
2013
Annual Monthly
July
2012
to
July
2013
Mar.
2013
to
Apr.
2013
Apr.
2013
to
May
2013
May
2013
to
June
2013
June
2013
to
July
2013

Air Freight

Import Air Freight

100.000 171.8 172.4 -2.1 -1.1 -0.2 -0.3 0.3

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

21.931 163.6 165.0 4.7 -3.9 0.6 -0.2 0.9

Asia

73.691 151.5 151.9 -4.2 -0.4 -0.5 -0.3 0.3

Export Air Freight

100.000 146.3 146.2 1.0 0.3 -1.1 -0.9 -0.1

Europe (Dec. 2006=100)

36.001 131.9 131.6 0.2 0.5 -1.0 -0.7 -0.2

Inbound Air Freight

100.000 160.6 160.7 -0.5 -0.5 -0.6 -0.8 0.1

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

22.092 147.8 148.2 2.5 -2.5 0.1 -0.4 0.3

Asia

67.255 145.5 145.6 -1.5 -0.1 -0.9 -1.0 0.1

Outbound Air Freight

100.000 145.4 145.0 0.1 0.1 -0.9 -1.3 -0.3

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

28.114 160.5 159.9 -1.9 -0.1 -0.2 -0.1 -0.4

Asia

52.204 138.4 138.1 1.2 0.1 -1.3 -1.8 -0.2

Air Passenger Fares

Import Air Passenger Fares

100.000 205.6 197.5 2.1 0.3 2.0 10.7 -3.9

Europe

44.645 238.8 219.8 6.4 1.4 -0.4 14.6 -8.0

Asia

26.267 172.9 166.9 -0.2 1.9 3.2 11.4 -3.5

Latin America/Caribbean

8.726 173.2 175.8 -0.2 0.0 -1.7 5.0 1.5

Export Air Passenger Fares

100.000 193.8 196.7 -7.5 -2.6 5.2 2.1 1.5

Europe

31.681 258.0 262.1 2.1 -4.4 4.5 16.4 1.6

Asia

28.325 166.0 163.9 -11.2 -4.2 8.3 -0.3 -1.3

Latin America/Caribbean

19.565 180.4 191.5 -19.4 -3.5 -4.9 -1.0 6.2

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2011 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.

E-Mail Subscription -- The U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes news release is available through an 
e-mail subscription service at (http://www.bls.gov/bls/list.htm).
 
Additional Information -- More detailed data are available on the Import/Export Price Indexes home 
page at (http://www.bls.gov/mxp).  Flat Files and the FTP server are available for users requiring access 
to either a large volume of time series data or other related documentation. The FTP site can be accessed 
at ftp://ftp.bls.gov.   For technical assistance in using the BLS Internet site, send e-mail to 
(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: August 13, 2013
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