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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 2011

U.S. import prices increased 0.3 percent in July, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today, after 
declining 0.6 percent the previous month. Rising prices for both fuel and nonfuel imports contributed to the 
overall increase. In contrast, U.S. export prices fell 0.4 percent in July, the first decrease since the index 
declined 0.2 percent in July 2010.


Imports 
 	
All Imports: Import prices increased 0.3 percent in July, following a 0.6 percent decline in June. Over the 
past three months, import prices edged down 0.1 percent, after increasing 13.7 percent in the seven months 
prior to May. Import prices rose 14.0 percent for the year ended in July, the largest 12-month advance since 
the index increased 18.1 percent for the year ended in August 2008. Higher prices for both fuel and nonfuel 
imports contributed to the increase over the past 12 months.

Fuel Imports: Fuel prices advanced 0.4 percent in July, following a 2.1 percent decline in June. Rising 
prices for petroleum, which increased 0.6 percent, contributed the most to the July advance. Fuel prices rose 
45.5 percent for the year ended in July, led by a 48.9 percent increase in petroleum prices over the same 
period. In contrast, natural gas prices declined 3.6 percent in July and fell 0.9 percent over the past year. 

All Imports Excluding Fuel: The price index for imports excluding fuel increased 0.2 percent in July, 
following a 0.1 percent decline in June. Higher prices for consumer goods as well as nonfuel industrial 
supplies and materials, up 0.4 percent and 0.7 percent, respectively, were the principal contributors to the 
increase in nonfuel prices. Prices for nonfuel imports increased 5.5 percent over the past 12 months, the 
largest year-over-year rise since a 6.1 percent advance between September 2007 and September 2008. In 
contrast, automotive vehicle prices declined 0.3 percent in July, while prices for capital goods remained 
unchanged.         

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

2010

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

1.7 4.8 0.8 1.5 7.6 0.8

December

1.4 5.6 0.3 0.7 2.0 0.6

2011

January

1.5 4.1 0.7 1.3 3.1 1.0

February

1.7 5.6 0.5 1.3 4.6 1.0

March

3.0 9.7 0.8 1.5 2.2 1.4

April

(r)2.6 7.6 (r)0.8 (r)0.8 (r)-0.5 0.9

May

(r)0.2 (r)-0.6 0.4 (r)0.4 (r)-1.1 (r)0.6

June

(r)-0.6 (r)-2.1 -0.1 0.1 0.7 (r)0.1

July

0.3 0.4 0.2 -0.4 -4.3 0.2

July 2009 to 2010

4.9 14.7 2.8 3.9 2.3 4.1

July 2010 to 2011

14.0 45.5 5.5 9.8 25.9 8.3

Footnotes
(r) Revised


Exports 

All Exports: Export prices declined in July, falling 0.4 percent following a 0.1 percent uptick in June.  The 
drop in July was the first decrease since the index fell 0.2 percent in July 2010. The downturn was led by a 
decline in the price index for agricultural commodities, which was partially offset by an advance in 
nonagricultural prices. Export prices rose 9.8 percent over the past 12 months, down from the 10.1 percent 
change for the year ended in June, which was the largest year-over-year increase in export prices since a 10.2 
percent advance between July 2007 and July 2008.

Agricultural Exports: The price index for agricultural exports fell 4.3 percent in July, the largest decrease 
since a 4.9 percent decline in July 2009. Falling prices for cotton, corn, wheat, and soybeans, down 13.5 
percent, 11.5 percent, 17.9 percent, and 4.4 percent, respectively, all contributed to the overall decline. 
Despite decreasing in three of the last four months, the index advanced 25.9 percent for the year ended in 
July.  

All Exports Excluding Agriculture: Nonagricultural prices rose 0.2 percent in July after a 0.1 percent 
increase in June. Higher consumer goods prices and prices for automotive vehicles each contributed to the 
overall increase in nonagricultural prices in July. Over the past year, the index for nonagricultural prices rose 
8.3 percent, the largest 12-month increase since the index was first published in 1985.   
 				


                                         SELECTED JULY HIGHLIGHTS

Import Prices

Nonfuel Industrial Supplies and Materials: The price index for industrial supplies and materials excluding 
fuels increased 0.7 percent in July following a 0.4 percent decrease in June. Higher prices for fertilizers and 
other chemicals were the largest contributors to the increase. Over the past 12 months, the index rose 16.3 
percent.        

Finished Goods: Finished goods prices were mixed in July. Prices for consumer goods increased 0.4 
percent, automotive vehicle prices fell 0.3 percent, and the price index for capital goods remained 
unchanged. Higher prices for cotton apparel and diamonds, which increased 1.8 percent and 4.2 percent, 
respectively, drove the advance in the price index for consumer goods. Falling prices for transport vehicles, 
down 4.5 percent in July, led the decline in the price index for automotive vehicles.        
 
Foods, Feeds, and Beverages: Foods, feeds, and beverages prices increased 0.5 percent in July following a 
1.7 percent decline in June. The increase was driven by rising prices for fish and shellfish and green coffee, 
which increased 2.0 percent and 2.9 percent, respectively. 

Imports by Locality of Origin: The price index for imports from China advanced 0.4 percent in July 
following a 0.2 percent increase in June. Over the past year, import prices from China have increased 3.5 
percent, the largest 12-month advance since the index rose 4.3 percent for the year ended October 2008.  In 
contrast, import prices from Japan fell 0.3 percent, the largest decline since a 0.6 percent decrease in 
September 2008.  

Transportation Services: Import air passenger fares edged down 0.1 percent in July. A 5.0 percent decline 
in European air fares was partially offset by a 6.1 percent gain in Latin America/Caribbean air fares.  Import 
air freight prices fell 0.2 percent in July.    

Export Prices
 
Nonagricultural Industrial Supplies and Materials: Nonagricultural industrial supplies and materials 
prices fell 0.2 percent in July, following a 0.6 percent downturn in June. A 10.2 percent drop in prices for 
steelmaking materials led to the overall decrease; a 2.3 percent decline in plastic prices was also a 
contributing factor.      
 
Finished Goods: The price indexes for consumer goods and for automotive vehicles both increased in July. 
The 0.6 percent increase in consumer goods was highlighted by rising prices for medicinal, dental, and 
pharmaceutical materials, which increased 0.6 percent. Automotive vehicle prices rose 0.5 percent in July, 
led by a 0.7 percent increase in parts prices. Capital goods prices were unchanged in July.              

Transportation Services: The index for export air passenger fares advanced 8.1 percent in July, driven by 
an 11.3 percent increase in European fares and an 8.8 percent increase in Asian fares. Over the past 12 
months, the index for export air passenger fares rose 8.6 percent. Export air freight prices fell 0.8 percent in 
July after edging down 0.1 percent in June.
		
Import and Export Price Index data for August 2011 are scheduled for release on Tuesday, September 
13, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. (EDT).

Table 1. U.S. import price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: July 2010 to July 2011
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description End
Use
Relative
import-
ance
June
2011(1)
Index Percent change
June
2011
July
2011
Annual Monthly
July
2010
to
July
2011
Mar.
2011
to
Apr.
2011
Apr.
2011
to
May
2011
May
2011
to
June
2011
June
2011
to
July
2011

All commodities

100.000 142.3 142.7 14.0 2.6 0.2 -0.6 0.3

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

67.054 102.9 103.1 - 0.6 0.6 0.1 0.2

All imports excluding petroleum

74.234 116.4 116.6 5.5 0.8 0.5 -0.1 0.2

All imports excluding fuels (Dec. 2001=100)

72.750 120.1 120.4 5.5 0.8 0.4 -0.1 0.2

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

5.696 174.9 175.8 17.8 2.5 -0.7 -1.7 0.5

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

4.447 197.2 197.7 18.9 2.6 -1.0 -2.4 0.3

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

1.249 124.4 126.4 14.3 1.8 0.7 0.5 1.6

Industrial supplies & materials

1

40.340 266.7 267.9 34.2 5.6 0.1 -1.5 0.4

Industrial supplies & materials excluding petroleum

14.575 172.6 172.9 14.9 1.4 1.5 -0.4 0.2

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

13.091 192.9 194.3 16.3 1.6 1.5 -0.4 0.7

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

7.963 184.6 185.3 15.3 1.3 1.7 -1.2 0.4

Industrial supplies & materials nondurable excluding petroleum

5.128 158.4 158.3 14.4 1.6 1.3 0.6 -0.1

Fuels & lubricants

10

27.249 359.8 361.2 45.5 7.6 -0.6 -2.1 0.4

Petroleum & petroleum products

100

25.765 398.9 401.4 48.9 8.0 -0.7 -2.2 0.6

Crude

10000

19.212 408.7 408.3 48.1 9.5 -1.0 -2.4 -0.1

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

101

1.117 133.2 129.4 -0.4 -0.9 2.8 -0.6 -2.9

Gas-natural

10110

0.998 118.2 114.0 -0.9 -1.1 3.1 -0.7 -3.6

Paper & paper base stocks

11

0.639 120.0 121.2 4.0 2.1 0.6 0.4 1.0

Materials associated with nondurable supplies & materials

12

4.556 173.3 175.9 20.5 2.2 1.2 1.0 1.5

Selected building materials

13

1.031 129.2 130.6 3.4 0.4 -0.5 -1.6 1.1

Unfinished metals related to durable goods

14

3.917 296.9 296.0 24.0 1.8 3.1 -2.5 -0.3

Finished metals related to durable goods

15

1.557 161.2 162.1 11.3 1.0 0.9 0.5 0.6

Nonmetals related to durable goods

16

1.391 114.1 115.0 7.0 0.7 0.4 0.7 0.8

Capital goods

2

20.708 92.7 92.7 1.4 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0

Electric generating equipment

20

2.617 116.5 117.3 5.1 0.9 0.2 -0.3 0.7

Nonelectrical machinery

21

16.286 86.5 86.3 0.6 -0.2 0.0 0.2 -0.2

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

22

1.805 126.0 126.0 3.7 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

9.212 113.4 113.1 3.9 1.3 1.0 0.4 -0.3

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

24.043 105.8 106.2 1.9 0.6 0.3 0.2 0.4

Nondurables, manufactured

40

11.799 111.9 112.7 2.7 0.5 0.4 0.6 0.7

Durables, manufactured

41

11.235 99.5 99.4 0.3 0.3 0.4 -0.4 -0.1

Nonmanufactured consumer goods

42

1.008 111.9 114.4 12.3 1.6 0.0 2.2 2.2

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: July 2010 to July 2011
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description End
Use
Relative
import-
ance
June
2011(1)
Index Percent change
June
2011
July
2011
Annual Monthly
July
2010
to
July
2011
Mar.
2011
to
Apr.
2011
Apr.
2011
to
May
2011
May
2011
to
June
2011
June
2011
to
July
2011

All commodities

100.000 134.5 134.0 9.8 0.8 0.4 0.1 -0.4

Agricultural commodities

11.872 217.1 207.8 25.9 -0.5 -1.1 0.7 -4.3

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

80.455 103.4 103.3 - 0.5 0.5 0.2 -0.1

Nonagricultural commodities

88.128 128.6 128.8 8.3 0.9 0.6 0.1 0.2

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

10.593 210.6 203.7 24.2 0.6 -0.4 1.5 -3.3

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

9.884 214.5 206.1 24.1 0.5 -0.8 1.4 -3.9

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

0.709 175.9 186.5 26.3 1.8 5.9 3.3 6.0

Industrial supplies & materials

1

35.156 191.7 190.8 20.2 1.8 0.7 -0.7 -0.5

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

12.413 190.6 189.8 15.2 1.1 0.9 0.4 -0.4

Industrial supplies & materials, nondurable

22.742 193.1 192.2 23.2 2.1 0.6 -1.2 -0.5

Agricultural industrial supplies & materials

10

1.988 234.9 221.2 35.0 -4.9 -2.3 -2.3 -5.8

Nonagricultural industrial supplies & materials

33.168 190.0 189.7 19.5 2.2 0.9 -0.6 -0.2

Fuels & lubricants

11

8.952 282.4 284.8 39.8 3.8 0.1 -1.7 0.8

Nonagricultural supplies & materials excluding fuels & building materials

12

23.360 178.6 177.7 14.5 1.7 1.2 -0.2 -0.5

Selected building materials

13

0.856 116.1 115.8 -1.8 0.3 -0.3 -0.2 -0.3

Capital goods

2

34.277 104.7 104.7 1.3 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.0

Electrical generating equipment

20

3.353 113.6 114.0 5.1 0.4 1.7 0.2 0.4

Nonelectrical machinery

21

23.919 94.3 94.4 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.1

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

22

7.006 145.2 144.8 3.5 0.1 0.3 0.1 -0.3

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

6.640 110.3 110.9 2.2 0.2 0.3 0.1 0.5

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

13.334 116.4 117.1 5.7 0.4 0.5 1.3 0.6

Nondurables, manufactured

40

6.662 114.1 114.6 2.7 0.2 0.4 0.0 0.4

Durables, manufactured

41

5.334 112.8 113.1 3.7 -0.4 -0.9 1.3 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 3. U.S. import price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: July 2010 to July 2011
[December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
June
2011(1)
Index Percent change
June
2011
July
2011
Annual Monthly
July
2010
to
July
2011
Mar.
2011
to
Apr.
2011
Apr.
2011
to
May
2011
May
2011
to
June
2011
June
2011
to
July
2011

Nonmanufactured articles

23.502 176.7 176.3 41.8 8.3 -0.9 -2.6 -0.2

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

2.110 179.6 181.3 23.0 4.1 -3.2 -5.8 0.9

Crop production

111

1.533 185.9 188.2 23.2 5.2 -3.6 -7.0 1.2

Mining

21

21.392 176.0 175.4 44.0 8.8 -0.6 -2.3 -0.3

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

212

0.373 155.0 155.5 10.8 3.8 1.0 -0.1 0.3

Manufactured articles

76.005 117.6 118.1 7.6 0.9 0.4 0.1 0.4

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

10.770 121.9 122.8 11.6 1.3 0.6 1.0 0.7

Food manufacturing

311

3.281 156.6 156.7 21.2 1.7 0.6 1.1 0.1

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.876 110.6 111.7 3.2 0.4 -0.2 0.0 1.0

Textile product mills

314

0.852 116.4 117.7 13.9 1.1 0.7 0.0 1.1

Apparel manufacturing

315

3.954 109.0 110.3 8.6 1.0 0.5 1.6 1.2

Leather and allied product manufacturing

316

1.439 113.1 113.6 5.5 1.7 0.6 0.5 0.4

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

18.752 139.1 141.1 16.2 1.8 0.1 -0.1 1.4

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.630 107.0 108.2 4.6 0.4 -1.0 -2.8 1.1

Paper manufacturing

322

1.161 113.4 114.9 4.7 1.2 0.4 0.7 1.3

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

5.353 178.3 184.9 50.4 3.5 -1.0 -1.2 3.7

Chemical manufacturing

325

9.045 133.6 134.0 6.8 1.2 0.8 0.6 0.3

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

1.703 123.1 125.1 7.9 1.7 0.6 0.2 1.6

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.768 127.6 127.6 4.7 0.7 0.4 0.1 0.0

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

46.483 110.1 110.0 3.6 0.6 0.5 -0.1 -0.1

Primary metal manufacturing

331

4.632 191.5 190.8 21.5 1.4 2.7 -1.8 -0.4

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.444 126.0 126.7 6.8 0.7 0.9 0.6 0.6

Machinery manufacturing

333

5.275 118.2 118.6 4.9 0.4 0.5 -0.1 0.3

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

14.343 83.7 83.3 -3.8 -0.5 -0.2 -0.2 -0.5

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

3.400 115.1 115.6 2.8 0.5 0.2 -0.2 0.4

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

10.291 110.1 109.6 3.5 1.1 0.9 0.5 -0.5

Furniture and related product manufacturing

337

1.178 110.4 110.8 4.5 0.8 0.4 0.2 0.4

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

4.920 121.0 121.7 8.3 1.2 0.3 0.7 0.6

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: July 2010 to July 2011
[December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
June
2011(1)
Index Percent change
June
2011
July
2011
Annual Monthly
July
2010
to
July
2011
Mar.
2011
to
Apr.
2011
Apr.
2011
to
May
2011
May
2011
to
June
2011
June
2011
to
July
2011

Nonmanufactured articles

9.522 184.3 176.1 33.5 -0.6 -0.5 0.2 -4.4

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

7.079 212.6 197.9 40.7 -1.6 -1.8 0.7 -6.9

Crop production

111

6.668 222.0 204.9 42.4 -2.0 -2.0 0.8 -7.7

Mining

21

2.443 123.5 127.0 19.0 2.9 3.2 -1.3 2.8

Mining (except oil and gas)

212

1.590 141.0 149.0 18.5 1.9 1.2 0.3 5.7

Manufactured articles

86.759 120.6 120.8 8.0 0.9 0.6 0.2 0.2

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

7.296 144.3 144.5 13.5 1.1 0.6 0.3 0.1

Food manufacturing

311

5.024 161.1 162.4 13.9 1.2 0.6 0.6 0.8

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.556 118.9 115.3 5.0 0.7 0.3 2.2 -3.0

Apparel manufacturing

315

0.405 113.9 113.9 8.8 0.0 0.6 2.4 0.0

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

26.678 135.5 135.8 15.4 2.1 0.7 -0.6 0.2

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.382 115.2 114.7 -0.5 -2.5 -2.2 -0.8 -0.4

Paper manufacturing

322

1.985 127.4 125.7 2.4 1.6 0.1 0.1 -1.3

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

6.130 174.6 175.0 52.0 4.1 -0.4 -2.1 0.2

Chemical manufacturing

325

15.563 132.1 132.3 10.0 1.8 1.3 -0.4 0.2

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

1.937 111.7 114.9 7.2 0.8 1.3 0.3 2.9

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.681 110.4 110.2 -2.1 0.3 -0.2 0.0 -0.2

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

52.785 112.4 112.6 4.0 0.4 0.4 0.5 0.2

Primary metal manufacturing

331

5.129 179.1 179.4 21.5 2.4 1.9 0.3 0.2

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.454 127.6 128.2 5.7 0.7 0.1 0.0 0.5

Machinery manufacturing

333

10.302 117.2 117.4 2.3 0.3 0.1 0.8 0.2

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

13.614 89.8 89.9 -1.9 -0.4 0.0 -0.1 0.1

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

3.049 112.9 113.1 4.8 0.4 1.6 0.1 0.2

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

12.822 114.2 114.2 2.7 0.2 0.3 0.1 0.0

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

5.121 123.4 124.4 12.2 1.6 1.0 3.9 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: July 2010 to July 2011
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
June
2011(1)
Index Percent change
June
2011
July
2011
Annual Monthly
July
2010
to
July
2011
Mar.
2011
to
Apr.
2011
Apr.
2011
to
May
2011
May
2011
to
June
2011
June
2011
to
July
2011

Live animals; animal products

I

1.317 167.4 169.1 18.2 2.7 -0.2 -1.5 1.0

Meat and edible meat offal

02

0.308 209.8 209.0 16.0 2.7 -1.3 -2.1 -0.4

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.706 126.8 128.0 17.4 2.9 0.7 -0.2 0.9

Vegetable products

II

1.816 210.6 213.3 25.7 5.9 -2.6 -5.3 1.3

Edible vegetables, roots, and tubers

07

0.302 299.8 298.0 -0.9 4.9 -11.3 -18.8 -0.6

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

0.529 124.6 128.7 22.0 -0.5 -0.4 -3.6 3.3

Coffee, tea, mate and spices

09

0.493 291.4 297.3 59.2 21.4 0.1 -3.1 2.0

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

III

0.346 158.8 146.0 41.3 -2.9 1.6 2.0 -8.1

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages, and tobacco

IV

2.558 156.9 158.2 10.8 -0.1 0.5 1.5 0.8

Cocoa and cocoa preparations (Dec. 2009=100)

18

0.214 99.1 99.1 1.5 -7.1 2.0 -2.7 0.0

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

19

0.260 128.8 127.5 2.1 0.6 1.7 0.3 -1.0

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

20

0.369 161.2 161.0 24.9 1.8 0.5 2.6 -0.1

Beverages, spirits, and vinegar

22

0.846 120.4 121.9 3.7 0.4 -0.3 0.0 1.2

Mineral products

V

26.775 360.9 362.4 44.4 7.6 -0.6 -2.0 0.4

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

27

26.431 356.9 358.5 44.9 7.7 -0.7 -2.1 0.4

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

8.665 147.6 148.4 7.1 0.7 0.8 0.4 0.5

Inorganic chemicals

28

1.125 382.9 378.4 37.5 3.1 1.6 0.3 -1.2

Organic chemicals

29

2.789 137.8 138.7 4.2 0.7 1.1 0.2 0.7

Pharmaceutical products

30

3.073 112.4 112.0 -5.1 -0.3 0.1 0.0 -0.4

Fertilizers (Dec. 2009=100)

31

0.278 138.5 150.9 51.8 2.1 1.0 10.4 9.0

Essential oils and resinoids (Dec. 2001=100)

33

0.415 125.3 126.8 10.1 0.6 1.1 -0.3 1.2

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

0.492 108.1 109.3 17.5 0.0 1.2 -0.6 1.1

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

2.889 151.5 152.6 11.2 2.3 0.3 0.3 0.7

Plastics and articles thereof

39

1.783 141.3 141.7 7.6 2.3 0.9 0.3 0.3

Rubber and articles thereof

40

1.106 171.2 173.7 17.6 2.4 -0.6 0.4 1.5

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

VIII

0.524 121.0 122.2 6.5 2.0 0.5 0.7 1.0

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

42

0.480 121.4 122.5 6.7 2.1 0.5 0.8 0.9

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

IX

0.664 129.4 130.8 4.2 0.4 -0.8 -2.4 1.1

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

1.267 116.0 117.6 3.9 1.1 0.4 0.3 1.4

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

48

0.840 108.7 110.4 4.7 0.6 0.1 0.6 1.6

Textile and textile articles

XI

5.085 112.9 114.2 10.3 1.0 0.5 1.2 1.2

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted

61

1.987 106.4 107.6 8.8 0.5 0.6 2.4 1.1

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted

62

1.847 110.6 112.2 9.0 1.7 0.5 0.8 1.4

Made-up or worn textile articles

63

0.636 110.7 111.7 17.1 0.8 0.4 -0.4 0.9

Headgear, umbrellas, artifical flowers, etc.

XII

1.194 112.6 112.9 4.8 1.4 0.4 0.4 0.3

Footwear and parts of such articles

64

1.019 111.7 112.0 4.6 1.4 0.5 0.5 0.3

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

XIII

0.696 128.8 129.1 4.2 0.4 0.3 -0.1 0.2

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

68

0.239 121.6 122.0 3.5 0.6 0.5 0.1 0.3

Ceramic products

69

0.202 141.2 141.3 2.0 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.1

Glass and glassware

70

0.255 122.8 123.0 6.8 0.3 0.5 -0.3 0.2

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

XIV

3.039 198.0 198.4 23.4 3.7 3.6 -0.5 0.2

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

5.105 200.2 200.7 13.2 0.4 1.0 -1.0 0.2

Iron and steel

72

0.959 263.4 264.8 13.4 1.7 1.3 -0.2 0.5

Articles of iron or steel

73

1.530 160.2 160.4 7.0 1.0 0.9 0.7 0.1

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.571 392.5 401.7 30.5 -2.8 -1.4 -3.5 2.3

Nickel and articles thereof (Dec. 2009=100)

75

0.165 133.6 126.5 8.3 -3.8 -2.5 -6.4 -5.3

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.908 156.9 155.8 20.1 1.3 3.1 -1.3 -0.7

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

82

0.312 123.1 123.9 5.2 0.2 0.5 0.1 0.6

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.355 130.4 130.8 3.0 0.5 0.1 0.5 0.3

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

XVI

22.877 85.8 85.8 -0.5 -0.1 0.1 -0.2 0.0

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

11.391 88.9 88.9 1.1 -0.1 0.0 0.2 0.0

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

85

11.486 82.8 82.8 -2.0 -0.1 0.1 -0.6 0.0

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

8.579 114.6 114.2 3.7 1.2 1.1 0.5 -0.3

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

7.632 113.9 113.3 3.8 1.3 1.2 0.6 -0.5

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

88

0.861 115.4 115.5 1.6 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.1

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

XVIII

3.087 105.0 105.1 4.2 0.4 0.2 0.1 0.1

Optical, photographic, measuring and medical instruments

90

2.849 102.6 102.7 4.2 0.4 0.0 0.1 0.1

Clocks and watches and parts thereof

91

0.177 127.8 128.0 5.2 0.7 1.0 0.6 0.2

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

3.435 109.9 110.1 3.4 0.7 0.4 0.4 0.2

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

94

1.686 113.1 113.5 3.7 0.8 0.4 0.3 0.4

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

1.547 103.1 103.3 2.4 0.6 0.2 0.3 0.2

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

96

0.202 132.1 132.1 10.0 0.1 0.2 2.6 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: July 2010 to July 2011
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
June
2011(1)
Index Percent change
June
2011
July
2011
Annual Monthly
July
2010
to
July
2011
Mar.
2011
to
Apr.
2011
Apr.
2011
to
May
2011
May
2011
to
June
2011
June
2011
to
July
2011

Live animals; animal products

I

1.916 194.3 201.6 16.8 3.7 0.4 -2.2 3.8

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

02

1.179 159.2 161.6 11.1 1.8 1.5 -2.0 1.5

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.408 189.6 203.5 32.4 3.0 6.4 2.5 7.3

Vegetable products

II

6.196 256.2 239.6 35.4 0.1 -1.1 2.1 -6.5

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

0.952 131.0 129.9 7.6 -3.7 -2.4 2.2 -0.8

Cereals

10

2.519 319.1 279.0 59.9 1.3 -1.4 3.2 -12.6

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

12

2.176 268.3 258.7 29.9 0.3 -1.3 2.4 -3.6

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

III

0.542 161.3 160.3 48.4 0.7 -1.2 2.5 -0.6

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages,and tobacco

IV

2.651 152.0 150.8 7.3 0.3 0.8 1.2 -0.8

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

20

0.337 107.4 108.5 2.7 0.6 0.4 0.1 1.0

Miscellaneous edible preparations

21

0.432 117.6 117.9 0.1 -0.3 0.1 0.2 0.3

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

22

0.328 105.0 105.2 3.3 0.2 -0.4 0.2 0.2

Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed

23

0.742 234.6 223.7 18.6 -0.3 2.3 3.1 -4.6

Mineral products

V

8.927 335.5 338.9 39.9 4.1 0.3 -1.8 1.0

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

27

8.305 331.2 334.5 43.0 4.3 0.4 -2.0 1.0

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

12.748 153.7 154.6 7.4 1.0 0.9 -0.1 0.6

Inorganic chemicals

28

0.997 195.4 195.4 4.8 1.3 -0.4 -0.5 0.0

Organic chemicals

29

3.328 168.6 167.4 10.3 2.3 1.1 -0.2 -0.7

Pharmaceutical products

30

3.834 125.2 126.0 3.2 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.6

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

32

0.563 127.3 126.8 8.9 0.5 4.1 -0.6 -0.4

Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery cosmetic or toilet preparations

33

0.744 131.2 133.2 8.7 0.0 0.8 1.9 1.5

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

34

0.464 122.8 121.7 3.0 0.8 -0.9 0.3 -0.9

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

1.806 149.7 150.9 5.8 1.0 1.6 0.3 0.8

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

5.241 151.4 152.1 11.4 3.2 2.4 -0.5 0.5

Plastics and articles thereof

39

4.202 142.4 142.0 9.3 2.5 2.6 -1.3 -0.3

Rubber and articles thereof

40

1.039 193.3 200.0 19.9 6.2 2.1 2.8 3.5

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

VIII

0.432 137.2 135.6 12.3 3.3 1.0 -0.7 -1.2

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

IX

0.500 109.3 108.6 -1.9 0.0 -0.5 -0.3 -0.6

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

2.708 128.4 128.3 7.1 0.8 -0.4 0.5 -0.1

Woodpulp and recovered paper

47

0.961 157.0 157.1 17.4 1.4 -1.2 1.8 0.1

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

48

1.269 120.3 119.6 2.7 0.5 0.2 -0.2 -0.6

Printed material

49

0.478 118.1 119.2 2.8 0.1 0.1 -0.1 0.9

Textile and textile articles

XI

2.284 148.7 142.1 22.7 -4.6 -1.8 -3.7 -4.4

Cotton, including yarns and woven fabrics thereof

52

1.014 229.5 204.5 54.5 -9.8 -4.9 -8.5 -10.9

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

XIII

0.672 115.9 115.9 0.3 0.3 0.1 0.0 0.0

Glass and glassware

70

0.377 99.4 99.0 2.0 0.3 0.1 0.0 -0.4

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

XIV

5.349 278.5 280.7 31.9 3.0 3.6 4.2 0.8

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

5.907 187.2 184.0 15.5 0.3 -0.3 0.0 -1.7

Iron and steel

72

1.969 244.2 228.4 20.1 -0.1 -0.8 0.4 -6.5

Articles of iron or steel

73

1.260 171.0 171.6 8.1 1.4 0.5 -0.5 0.4

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.726 278.1 289.8 34.1 -0.2 -3.2 0.7 4.2

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.961 139.1 138.0 17.4 -0.3 1.6 -0.8 -0.8

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

82

0.330 125.7 127.5 2.7 0.0 0.0 0.2 1.4

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.304 135.5 135.7 8.3 0.1 0.1 0.3 0.1

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

XVI

26.128 96.4 96.4 1.0 0.1 0.1 0.4 0.0

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

15.360 108.6 108.5 1.6 0.4 0.1 0.5 -0.1

Electrical machinery and equipment and parts and accessories thereof

85

10.768 83.1 83.2 0.2 -0.5 0.1 0.4 0.1

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

10.549 123.5 123.7 1.9 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.2

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

5.902 109.8 110.4 1.8 0.3 0.2 0.1 0.5

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

XVIII

5.732 105.7 105.8 -0.8 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.1

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

1.380 110.0 109.2 1.1 0.4 0.9 0.0 -0.7

Furniture; stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings nesoi;

94

0.649 119.2 119.5 0.7 -0.6 0.5 0.2 0.3

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

0.605 92.7 91.0 -2.2 0.3 0.3 0.0 -1.8

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 7. U.S. import price indexes and percent changes by locality of origin: July 2010 to July 2011
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Percent
of
U.S.
imports(1)
Index Percent change
June
2011
July
2011
Annual Monthly
July
2010
to
July
2011
Mar.
2011
to
Apr.
2011
Apr.
2011
to
May
2011
May
2011
to
June
2011
June
2011
to
July
2011

Industrialized Countries(2)

39.494 133.8 134.1 7.6 2.4 0.8 -0.8 0.2

Nonmanufactured articles

4.457 252.5 251.4 29.4 10.1 0.9 -4.0 -0.4

Manufactured articles

34.670 124.0 124.4 4.6 1.1 0.8 -0.2 0.3

Other Countries(3)

60.506 141.8 142.6 15.8 2.9 -0.6 -0.1 0.6

Nonmanufactured articles

12.079 367.6 367.1 46.5 8.1 -1.3 -2.0 -0.1

Manufactured articles

48.226 111.3 112.1 6.7 0.7 -0.3 0.7 0.7

Canada

14.271 159.8 159.9 14.4 3.9 1.0 -2.2 0.1

Nonmanufactured articles

3.991 242.2 240.5 27.6 10.2 1.0 -4.6 -0.7

Manufactured articles

10.005 141.8 142.5 8.9 0.9 1.0 -0.9 0.5

European Union(4)

17.186 135.7 136.5 7.1 0.9 0.9 0.4 0.6

Nonmanufactured articles

0.256 367.3 370.5 50.4 8.8 -1.2 6.0 0.9

Manufactured articles

16.854 132.1 132.9 6.3 0.7 1.0 0.2 0.6

France (Dec. 2003=100)

1.995 120.0 120.3 -0.7 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.3

Germany (Dec. 2003=100)

4.510 116.0 116.2 4.9 0.9 0.7 -0.2 0.2

United Kingdom (Dec. 2003=100)

2.795 135.2 135.4 8.5 1.1 0.1 0.8 0.1

Latin America(5)

18.406 182.2 182.7 18.1 3.5 -1.2 -0.8 0.3

Nonmanufactured articles

5.479 394.3 394.6 43.5 8.2 -2.7 -1.9 0.1

Manufactured articles

12.844 136.5 136.9 5.7 0.4 -0.2 0.1 0.3

Mexico (Dec. 2003=100)

11.380 149.1 148.2 9.3 2.8 -1.2 -2.0 -0.6

Nonmanufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

1.900 209.2 209.8 45.8 7.6 -4.7 -3.7 0.3

Manufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

9.437 97.2 96.3 0.1 1.1 0.1 -1.4 -0.9

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

34.852 104.6 104.6 3.5 0.4 0.1 0.5 0.0

China (Dec. 2003=100)

19.595 103.6 104.0 3.5 0.4 0.3 0.2 0.4

Japan

6.198 101.5 101.2 2.6 0.3 0.1 0.0 -0.3

Asian NICs(7)

5.555 92.4 92.3 4.3 1.4 0.4 -0.3 -0.1

ASEAN (Dec. 2003=100)(8)

5.987 104.6 105.3 9.2 -0.2 0.2 0.2 0.7

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

3.795 275.6 277.2 38.1 7.5 0.7 -0.5 0.6

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: July 2010 to July 2011
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Relative
import-
ance
June
2011(1)
Index Percent change
June
2011
July
2011
Annual Monthly
July
2010
to
July
2011
Mar.
2011
to
Apr.
2011
Apr.
2011
to
May
2011
May
2011
to
June
2011
June
2011
to
July
2011

Air Freight

Import Air Freight

100.000 184.9 184.6 14.9 1.2 5.8 -0.1 -0.2

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

24.520 168.9 169.8 35.8 7.2 6.5 -0.6 0.5

Asia

73.516 165.9 165.2 9.6 -0.7 5.7 0.2 -0.4

Export Air Freight

100.000 147.8 146.6 17.7 2.7 3.6 -0.1 -0.8

Europe (Dec. 2006=100)

38.643 133.2 132.5 15.4 2.6 3.7 -0.5 -0.5

Inbound Air Freight

100.000 165.1 164.4 13.4 1.3 3.8 0.0 -0.4

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

24.300 153.0 153.4 29.7 5.4 5.1 -0.5 0.3

Asia

64.251 148.6 148.0 8.7 -0.2 3.9 0.3 -0.4

Outbound Air Freight

100.000 142.3 142.2 16.9 2.3 2.8 -0.8 -0.1

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

36.030 158.6 158.4 12.1 1.9 0.8 -0.6 -0.1

Asia

45.343 134.5 134.8 22.4 3.4 4.1 -1.2 0.2

Air Passenger Fares

Import Air Passenger Fares

100.000 184.0 183.9 6.2 1.2 5.6 6.8 -0.1

Europe

40.856 206.0 195.8 1.0 2.8 8.3 11.4 -5.0

Asia

26.173 159.9 160.9 2.6 -1.3 5.3 11.7 0.6

Latin America/Caribbean

13.665 167.6 177.8 22.3 5.3 -1.2 -1.2 6.1

Export Air Passenger Fares

100.000 186.6 201.8 8.6 1.6 4.4 1.8 8.1

Europe

33.331 242.0 269.3 8.5 9.1 6.7 13.9 11.3

Asia

28.909 163.1 177.4 8.3 -4.4 12.9 -7.4 8.8

Latin America/Caribbean

19.054 183.5 195.4 12.9 2.8 -4.4 0.5 6.5

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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