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U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes News Release

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


U.S. import prices advanced 0.2 percent for the second consecutive month in September, the U.S. Bureau of 
Labor Statistics reported today. The increase in each of the past two months was led by rising fuel prices. 
The price index for U.S. exports rose 0.3 percent in September after falling the previous six months.  


Imports

All Imports: Import prices rose 0.2 percent in September following a 0.2 percent advance the previous 
month. Those were the first monthly increases for the index since a 0.9 percent rise in February. Higher fuel 
prices were the largest contributor to the September advance in overall import prices, although nonfuel prices 
increased as well. Despite the recent advances, import prices declined 1.0 percent over the past 12 months, 
the second consecutive month of decreasing year-over-year changes. 

Fuel Imports: The price index for import fuel rose 0.6 percent in September, after advancing 1.6 percent in 
August. In September, a 0.8 percent increase in petroleum prices, the largest component of imported fuels, 
more than offset a 6.9 percent drop in natural gas prices. Even with the September increase, fuel prices fell 
0.2 percent over the past 12 months, led by a 0.4 percent drop in petroleum prices. In contrast, natural gas 
prices increased 8.3 percent over the past year.         

All Imports Excluding Fuel: Nonfuel import prices ticked up 0.1 percent in September, the first advance 
since a 0.1 percent rise in February. A 0.6 percent increase in nonfuel industrial supplies and materials prices 
was the largest contributor to the overall advance, while prices for foods, feeds, and beverages rose as well. 
Despite the September increase, the price index for nonfuel imports fell 1.2 percent over the past year.


Table A. Percent change in import and export price indexes, selected categories

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

2012

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

-0.7 -2.4 -0.2 -0.6 -2.1 -0.5

May

-0.6 -1.7 -0.4 -0.5 1.1 -0.7

June

-0.4 (r)-0.7 -0.3 (r)-0.1 0.8 -0.2

July

(r)0.0 (r)1.5 -0.4 (r)-0.2 -0.3 -0.2

August

(r)0.2 (r)1.6 -0.2 -0.5 (r)-4.2 (r)0.0

September

0.2 0.6 0.1 0.3 0.7 0.3

Sept. 2011 to 2012

-0.6 -1.5 -0.4 -0.6 6.4 -1.5

Sept. 2012 to 2013

-1.0 -0.2 -1.2 -1.6 -6.3 -0.9

Footnotes
(r) Revised


Exports

All Exports: Export prices advanced 0.3 percent in September, the largest monthly rise since a 0.7 percent 
increase in February. Higher nonagricultural and agricultural prices each contributed to the September 
increase. Between September 2012 and September 2013, however, export prices fell 1.6 percent, the largest 
year-over-year decline since the index fell 2.1 percent between June 2011 and June 2012.  

Agricultural Exports: The price index for agricultural exports increased 0.7 percent in September after 
declining 4.2 percent and 0.3 percent the previous two months. An 8.7 percent increase in soybean prices 
more than offset a 3.1 percent decline in corn prices and a 4.0 percent drop in the export price index for 
nuts. Prices for agricultural exports fell 6.3 percent for the past 12 months. Falling prices for corn, soybeans, 
and wheat over the past year drove the decline in overall agricultural prices. 

All Exports Excluding Agriculture: Nonagricultural export prices advanced 0.3 percent in September after 
recording no change the previous month. Rising prices for nonagricultural industrial supplies and materials 
and capital goods drove the September increase. Despite rising 0.2 percent over the past three months, 
nonagricultural export prices declined 0.9 percent for the September 2012-13 period. 



                              SELECTED SEPTEMBER HIGHLIGHTS

Import Prices

Imports by Locality of Origin: Prices for imports from China ticked up 0.1 percent in September, after 
recording no change the previous month. Despite the September upturn, import prices from China declined 
1.0 percent over the past 12 months. The price index for imports from the European Union rose 0.4 percent 
in September, the largest monthly advance for the index since a 0.7 percent increase in February. Prices for 
imports from Canada and Mexico also advanced in September, each rising 0.1 percent. In contrast, import 
prices from Japan resumed a downward trend in September after recording no change in August. Prices for 
imports from Japan fell 0.2 percent in September, and the index decreased 2.8 percent over the past year, the 
largest 12 month drop for the index since a 2.9 percent drop between November 2001 and November 2002.

Nonfuel Industrial Supplies and Materials: Nonfuel industrial supplies and materials increased 0.6 percent 
in September following a 0.8 percent drop the previous month. The September turnaround resulted primarily 
from a 1.9 percent advance in unfinished metal prices, after that index fell 1.1 percent in August. Despite 
the September upturn, unfinished metal prices decreased 7.1 percent over the past 12 months.  

Finished Goods: Prices for the major finished goods categories were mostly unchanged in September. 
Prices for consumer goods edged down 0.1 percent, led by lower prices for imported televisions and video 
receivers. The price indexes for capital goods and automotive vehicles each recorded no change in 
September, after declining 0.1 percent the previous month.  

Foods, Feeds, and Beverages: Foods, feeds, and beverages prices advanced 0.5 percent in September 
following a 0.3 percent rise in August. The September increase was driven by a 2.6 percent advance in fish 
and shellfish prices, and a 3.6 percent rise in vegetable prices. 

Transportation Services: Import air passenger fares recorded no change in September, after decreases of 
7.9 percent in August and 3.9 percent in July. In September, a 4.7 percent increase in European fares offset 
lower Asian and Latin American/Caribbean fares. Import air passenger fares advanced 1.1 percent for the 
year ended in September. Prices for import air freight rose 0.6 percent in September and fell 0.6 percent over 
the past year. 

Export Prices

Nonagricultural Industrial Supplies and Materials: Nonagricultural industrial supplies and materials 
prices increased 0.8 percent in September following a 0.3 percent advance the previous month. The 
September rise was the largest monthly increase since a 1.4 percent advance in February, and was led by 
higher metals and fuel prices. 

Finished Goods: Capital goods prices ticked up 0.1 percent in September, while the price indexes for 
consumer goods and automotive vehicles were unchanged. Each of the major finished goods indexes 
recorded declines in August. 

Transportation Services: Export air passenger fares fell 10.3 percent in September, the first monthly 
decline for the index since a 2.6 percent drop in April. The decrease in September drove the index for export 
air passenger fares down 0.1 percent over the past year. Export air freight prices rose 0.8 percent in 
September and 0.4 percent over the past 12 months.  

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

All commodities

100.000 139.1 139.4 -1.0 -0.4 0.0 0.2 0.2

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

73.420 101.9 101.9 -1.4 -0.3 -0.4 -0.2 0.0

All imports excluding petroleum

79.339 114.8 114.8 -1.0 -0.3 -0.6 -0.2 0.0

All imports excluding fuels (Dec. 2001=100)

78.508 118.9 119.0 -1.2 -0.3 -0.4 -0.2 0.1

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

5.088 173.8 174.7 1.8 -1.1 0.6 0.3 0.5

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

3.866 190.8 191.0 -1.7 -1.5 0.6 -0.2 0.1

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

1.222 135.0 137.6 14.6 0.4 0.8 1.6 1.9

Industrial supplies & materials

1

34.400 249.4 250.9 -1.9 -0.8 0.2 0.7 0.6

Industrial supplies & materials excluding petroleum

13.739 157.0 157.3 -3.6 -1.0 -2.9 -1.1 0.2

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

12.908 178.3 179.3 -4.2 -1.0 -1.7 -0.8 0.6

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

7.579 165.8 167.4 -4.3 -1.3 -1.8 -0.7 1.0

Industrial supplies & materials nondurable excluding petroleum

5.329 146.2 145.2 -2.6 -0.6 -4.1 -1.5 -0.7

Fuels & lubricants

10

21.492 340.2 342.3 -0.2 -0.7 1.5 1.6 0.6

Petroleum & petroleum products

100

20.661 380.7 383.9 -0.4 -0.7 2.4 1.9 0.8

Crude

10000

15.922 397.1 397.9 0.5 -0.7 3.0 1.8 0.2

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

101

0.625 103.3 97.6 6.4 -2.4 -19.6 -6.2 -5.5

Gas-natural

10110

0.506 89.7 83.5 8.3 -2.8 -22.1 -7.5 -6.9

Paper & paper base stocks

11

0.565 113.5 113.4 0.7 -0.1 0.3 0.0 -0.1

Materials associated with nondurable supplies & materials

12

4.844 168.4 168.3 -4.4 -0.4 -1.8 -1.1 -0.1

Selected building materials

13

0.994 139.9 141.4 0.1 -3.2 -1.8 -0.8 1.1

Unfinished metals related to durable goods

14

3.419 234.4 238.8 -7.1 -1.8 -2.7 -1.1 1.9

Finished metals related to durable goods

15

1.560 155.6 156.1 -3.4 -0.4 -1.7 0.0 0.3

Nonmetals related to durable goods

16

1.526 113.0 112.7 -1.3 -0.1 0.2 -0.8 -0.3

Capital goods

2

24.067 92.5 92.5 -1.0 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 0.0

Electric generating equipment

20

3.015 119.6 119.6 0.1 0.0 -0.1 0.2 0.0

Nonelectrical machinery

21

19.181 85.2 85.2 -1.4 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 0.0

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

22

1.870 135.8 135.8 1.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

12.150 113.4 113.4 -1.2 -0.2 -0.4 -0.1 0.0

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

24.295 107.4 107.3 0.0 0.0 -0.2 0.0 -0.1

Nondurables, manufactured

40

11.865 116.0 116.1 1.2 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.1

Durables, manufactured

41

11.104 98.5 98.2 -1.4 -0.2 -0.4 0.0 -0.3

Nonmanufactured consumer goods

42

1.327 116.4 116.4 0.8 -0.4 0.0 0.0 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: September 2012 to September 2013
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description End
Use
Relative
import-
ance
Aug.
2013(1)
Index Percent change
Aug.
2013
Sept.
2013
Annual Monthly
Sept.
2012
to
Sept.
2013
May
2013
to
June
2013
June
2013
to
July
2013
July
2013
to
Aug.
2013
Aug.
2013
to
Sept.
2013

All commodities

100.000 132.0 132.4 -1.6 -0.1 -0.2 -0.5 0.3

Agricultural commodities

10.201 214.1 215.5 -6.3 0.8 -0.3 -4.2 0.7

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

81.135 101.7 102.0 -0.6 -0.2 -0.2 -0.4 0.3

Nonagricultural commodities

89.799 126.0 126.4 -0.9 -0.2 -0.2 0.0 0.3

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

9.434 213.3 214.8 -7.3 0.8 -0.4 -4.3 0.7

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

8.767 216.9 218.3 -7.5 1.0 -0.5 -4.7 0.6

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

0.667 182.2 184.3 -4.5 -2.0 0.7 1.4 1.2

Industrial supplies & materials

1

33.878 177.1 178.4 -2.8 -0.5 -0.5 0.2 0.7

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

11.547 170.4 172.8 -5.8 -1.1 -2.2 -0.7 1.4

Industrial supplies & materials, nondurable

22.330 181.5 182.3 -1.2 -0.2 0.4 0.7 0.4

Agricultural industrial supplies & materials

10

1.434 203.8 205.5 2.1 -0.9 1.1 -1.1 0.8

Nonagricultural industrial supplies & materials

32.444 176.2 177.6 -3.0 -0.5 -0.6 0.3 0.8

Fuels & lubricants

11

9.431 258.7 260.4 -4.6 -0.2 0.9 2.3 0.7

Nonagricultural supplies & materials excluding fuels & building materials

12

21.958 165.1 166.5 -3.0 -0.6 -1.3 -0.5 0.8

Selected building materials

13

1.055 124.5 125.3 5.5 0.2 1.1 0.5 0.6

Capital goods

2

35.715 106.5 106.6 0.9 0.1 0.1 -0.1 0.1

Electrical generating equipment

20

3.551 115.7 115.6 1.5 -0.3 0.7 0.3 -0.1

Nonelectrical machinery

21

25.924 95.3 95.4 0.6 0.1 0.1 -0.2 0.1

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

22

6.240 151.8 152.0 1.9 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.1

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

9.017 113.4 113.4 0.4 0.0 0.1 -0.1 0.0

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

11.956 114.6 114.6 -1.8 -0.1 0.0 -0.5 0.0

Nondurables, manufactured

40

5.474 114.1 114.1 -1.0 0.1 0.1 -0.8 0.0

Durables, manufactured

41

5.121 111.7 111.7 -2.8 -0.1 0.2 0.0 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 3. U.S. import price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: September 2012 to September 2013
[December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
Aug.
2013(1)
Index Percent change
Aug.
2013
Sept.
2013
Annual Monthly
Sept.
2012
to
Sept.
2013
May
2013
to
June
2013
June
2013
to
July
2013
July
2013
to
Aug.
2013
Aug.
2013
to
Sept.
2013

Nonmanufactured articles

18.834 169.0 169.8 1.3 -1.0 1.3 1.4 0.5

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

1.816 171.2 171.0 -0.9 -1.7 -0.7 -0.2 -0.1

Crop production

111

1.277 176.5 176.2 -2.8 -2.2 0.0 -0.2 -0.2

Forestry and logging (Dec. 2012=100)

113

0.183 94.0 93.8 - -0.1 -6.6 -4.4 -0.2

Mining

21

17.018 168.5 169.3 1.5 -0.9 1.6 1.6 0.5

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

212

0.315 130.0 129.8 -10.2 -1.1 -1.6 -0.2 -0.2

Manufactured articles

80.694 115.8 116.1 -1.4 -0.3 -0.3 -0.1 0.3

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

10.552 123.7 124.2 0.3 -0.1 0.0 0.0 0.4

Food manufacturing

311

2.895 155.6 157.7 1.7 -0.4 0.5 -0.1 1.3

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.878 113.4 113.9 1.9 -0.3 0.4 -0.2 0.4

Textile mills (Dec. 2011=100)

313

0.388 101.0 101.0 -1.4 -0.3 -0.3 0.0 0.0

Textile product mills

314

0.786 114.7 114.6 -0.9 0.1 -0.7 -0.1 -0.1

Apparel manufacturing

315

3.941 110.2 110.4 -0.6 0.3 -0.2 -0.1 0.2

Leather and allied product manufacturing

316

1.665 121.5 121.5 0.7 0.2 -0.3 0.1 0.0

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

17.823 136.4 136.8 -2.1 -0.3 -0.1 0.2 0.3

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.586 118.8 120.8 0.8 -4.9 -2.5 -0.9 1.7

Paper manufacturing

322

1.040 110.8 110.7 0.2 -0.1 0.4 0.0 -0.1

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

4.241 162.7 165.6 -5.4 -0.2 1.1 2.5 1.8

Chemical manufacturing

325

9.103 133.7 133.4 -0.7 -0.2 -0.6 -0.5 -0.2

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

1.931 125.0 124.3 -2.5 -0.4 0.0 -0.3 -0.6

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.839 129.3 129.5 -0.6 0.2 -0.1 0.1 0.2

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

52.319 107.9 108.0 -1.5 -0.3 -0.4 -0.2 0.1

Primary metal manufacturing

331

3.995 153.9 156.3 -7.8 -1.8 -2.8 -1.1 1.6

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.637 126.8 126.7 -2.7 -0.2 -0.9 -0.1 -0.1

Machinery manufacturing

333

6.615 121.1 121.3 -0.2 -0.1 0.1 -0.2 0.2

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

16.017 80.8 80.6 -2.2 0.0 -0.1 -0.1 -0.2

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

4.025 119.4 119.4 0.7 0.0 -0.1 0.1 0.0

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

12.920 111.5 111.6 -0.3 -0.2 -0.4 0.0 0.1

Furniture and related product manufacturing

337

1.253 113.8 114.0 -0.1 -0.2 0.0 -0.4 0.2

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

4.856 120.9 120.9 0.0 -0.1 -0.1 0.2 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 4. U.S. export price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: September 2012 to September 2013
[December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
Aug.
2013(1)
Index Percent change
Aug.
2013
Sept.
2013
Annual Monthly
Sept.
2012
to
Sept.
2013
May
2013
to
June
2013
June
2013
to
July
2013
July
2013
to
Aug.
2013
Aug.
2013
to
Sept.
2013

Nonmanufactured articles

7.355 158.2 159.9 -11.6 -0.1 -1.8 -6.3 1.1

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

5.392 195.1 198.7 -12.0 0.7 -0.7 -7.6 1.8

Crop production

111

4.964 202.2 205.9 -12.5 1.2 -1.0 -8.1 1.8

Mining

21

1.963 85.8 85.0 -9.8 -2.0 -5.1 -2.5 -0.9

Mining (except oil and gas)

212

1.364 100.5 100.5 -14.3 -0.9 -2.2 -2.5 0.0

Manufactured articles

90.292 120.4 120.7 -0.6 -0.1 0.0 0.1 0.2

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

7.104 151.8 151.6 0.9 0.5 0.3 -0.1 -0.1

Food manufacturing

311

4.989 173.9 173.3 0.8 0.5 0.5 -0.2 -0.3

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.572 126.3 128.2 -0.2 0.1 -0.2 -0.6 1.5

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

26.805 133.8 134.6 -0.8 -0.1 0.5 0.6 0.6

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.432 119.9 121.1 6.0 0.3 2.1 -0.3 1.0

Paper manufacturing

322

1.836 121.6 122.1 2.0 0.4 -0.1 -0.3 0.4

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

7.214 168.5 171.3 -3.5 0.3 2.6 2.9 1.7

Chemical manufacturing

325

14.276 130.1 130.2 -0.9 -0.2 -0.4 -0.3 0.1

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

2.250 120.2 121.0 1.9 -0.4 -0.6 0.3 0.7

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.797 111.9 112.4 0.6 0.0 0.5 0.4 0.4

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

56.384 112.1 112.3 -0.6 -0.2 -0.1 -0.3 0.2

Primary metal manufacturing

331

4.596 147.8 151.7 -10.1 -2.3 -3.2 -1.7 2.6

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.769 130.9 131.2 -0.4 -0.1 -0.6 0.2 0.2

Machinery manufacturing

333

11.786 122.5 122.6 1.4 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.1

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

14.283 88.5 88.4 -0.7 0.1 0.1 -0.3 -0.1

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

3.367 114.8 114.4 1.6 -0.2 0.5 0.3 -0.3

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

14.295 118.0 118.0 1.0 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0

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

337

0.325 107.9 107.6 4.4 0.2 2.1 0.1 -0.3

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

4.963 121.0 121.2 -1.0 0.2 -0.1 -0.6 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 5. U.S. import price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: September 2012 to September 2013
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
Aug.
2013(1)
Index Percent change
Aug.
2013
Sept.
2013
Annual Monthly
Sept.
2012
to
Sept.
2013
May
2013
to
June
2013
June
2013
to
July
2013
July
2013
to
Aug.
2013
Aug.
2013
to
Sept.
2013

Live animals; animal products

I

1.190 184.3 186.5 15.4 1.2 0.8 2.0 1.2

Meat and edible meat offal

02

0.261 226.0 221.3 1.0 0.1 1.5 1.3 -2.1

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.669 138.2 141.7 25.8 2.0 0.3 2.4 2.5

Vegetable products

II

1.565 200.0 201.9 -5.8 -4.1 -1.1 -0.9 1.0

Edible vegetables, roots, and tubers

07

0.365 353.6 372.9 -0.2 -1.6 1.7 0.1 5.5

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

0.421 113.0 113.7 -1.6 -10.0 0.8 1.5 0.6

Coffee, tea, mate and spices

09

0.356 229.5 225.9 -10.6 -1.9 -2.0 -0.6 -1.6

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

III

0.247 115.1 115.5 -9.1 -0.3 -0.3 -0.9 0.3

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages, and tobacco

IV

2.426 158.4 158.6 0.7 -0.7 0.7 0.4 0.1

Sugars and sugar confectionary (Dec. 2012=100)

17

0.192 90.7 89.9 - -3.9 2.8 -3.9 -0.9

Cocoa and cocoa preparations (Dec. 2009=100)

18

0.226 100.0 99.5 17.8 2.7 1.2 9.6 -0.5

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

19

0.239 130.6 130.6 1.4 -0.3 -0.4 0.0 0.0

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

20

0.317 164.8 164.9 -2.8 0.2 0.4 -0.7 0.1

Beverages, spirits, and vinegar

22

0.867 124.2 124.5 2.1 -0.4 0.2 -0.1 0.2

Mineral products

V

21.451 342.9 344.3 -0.3 -0.7 1.6 1.6 0.4

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

27

21.172 339.7 341.2 -0.2 -0.7 1.6 1.6 0.4

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

8.531 148.2 148.0 -1.6 -0.2 -0.8 -0.5 -0.1

Inorganic chemicals

28

0.729 322.3 314.9 -20.7 -1.5 -3.9 -3.3 -2.3

Organic chemicals

29

2.607 134.7 135.7 -2.0 -0.1 -0.4 0.1 0.7

Pharmaceutical products

30

3.427 125.5 125.6 7.4 0.0 0.4 0.0 0.1

Fertilizers (Dec. 2009=100)

31

0.352 110.7 105.5 -22.4 0.1 -7.8 -4.8 -4.7

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

32

0.165 93.9 94.0 -9.2 -0.1 0.3 -0.2 0.1

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

0.471 98.9 98.6 -3.1 -0.8 -1.1 -0.2 -0.3

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

3.175 150.0 149.7 -1.3 -0.2 -0.8 -0.6 -0.2

Plastics and articles thereof

39

1.973 148.0 148.5 3.3 0.1 -0.1 0.1 0.3

Rubber and articles thereof

40

1.202 155.0 153.4 -8.1 -0.7 -1.9 -1.7 -1.0

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

VIII

0.598 125.5 125.5 -0.6 -0.4 0.1 0.0 0.0

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

42

0.566 126.9 126.9 -0.1 -0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0

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

IX

0.620 144.1 146.7 1.0 -4.9 -2.9 -1.5 1.8

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

1.140 113.9 113.9 0.4 0.1 0.4 -0.1 0.0

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

47

0.180 103.5 102.7 2.9 -0.3 -0.3 -0.6 -0.8

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

48

0.759 107.8 107.9 -0.3 0.1 0.7 0.1 0.1

Textile and textile articles

XI

4.964 113.7 113.8 -0.7 0.2 -0.4 0.0 0.1

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted

61

1.939 102.9 103.1 -1.8 0.1 -0.3 -0.2 0.2

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted

62

1.843 118.1 118.2 0.7 0.5 0.0 0.2 0.1

Made-up or worn textile articles

63

0.550 107.9 107.7 -0.7 0.2 -0.6 0.0 -0.2

Headgear, umbrellas, artifical flowers, etc.

XII

1.366 120.8 120.9 0.7 0.2 -0.3 0.0 0.1

Footwear and parts of such articles

64

1.170 119.9 119.9 0.3 0.2 -0.4 0.0 0.0

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

XIII

0.773 132.6 132.6 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.2 0.0

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

68

0.250 126.3 126.3 0.2 0.2 -0.2 0.6 0.0

Ceramic products

69

0.242 140.9 140.9 -0.8 0.1 0.4 -0.1 0.0

Glass and glassware

70

0.281 128.5 128.5 1.1 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0

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

XIV

2.977 179.5 183.4 -8.1 -2.5 -3.3 -0.3 2.2

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

4.915 178.7 179.3 -2.6 -0.2 -1.1 -0.3 0.3

Iron and steel

72

1.138 215.4 214.0 -5.7 -0.6 -0.3 0.2 -0.6

Articles of iron or steel

73

1.477 153.7 153.5 -3.7 -0.7 -0.8 -0.3 -0.1

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.444 320.5 330.2 -5.3 2.3 -5.2 -0.5 3.0

Nickel and articles thereof (Dec. 2009=100)

75

0.126 85.5 87.3 -8.1 -4.5 -4.0 -2.5 2.1

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.666 135.2 135.7 2.2 0.8 -1.0 -0.7 0.4

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

82

0.387 129.2 129.3 0.6 0.1 -0.2 0.0 0.1

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.432 135.4 135.6 -0.9 -0.2 -0.3 0.1 0.1

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

XVI

26.455 84.8 84.7 -1.4 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

13.719 89.6 89.6 -0.7 0.0 0.0 -0.1 0.0

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

85

12.736 80.2 80.0 -2.3 -0.1 -0.4 -0.1 -0.2

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

10.714 115.8 115.8 -0.3 -0.2 -0.3 0.0 0.0

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

9.834 114.5 114.5 -0.6 -0.2 -0.4 0.0 0.0

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

88

0.880 120.2 120.3 1.8 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.1

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

XVIII

3.361 104.0 104.1 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.1

Optical, photographic, measuring and medical instruments

90

3.049 100.9 101.0 -0.5 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.1

Clocks and watches and parts thereof

91

0.253 140.8 141.1 6.7 -0.6 0.9 -0.3 0.2

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

3.471 112.8 113.1 0.6 -0.1 0.0 -0.2 0.3

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

94

1.936 116.6 116.9 0.3 -0.3 0.0 -0.2 0.3

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

1.339 105.1 105.2 0.6 0.1 0.0 -0.1 0.1

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

96

0.196 139.0 139.1 2.5 0.0 0.1 0.4 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: September 2012 to September 2013
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
Aug.
2013(1)
Index Percent change
Aug.
2013
Sept.
2013
Annual Monthly
Sept.
2012
to
Sept.
2013
May
2013
to
June
2013
June
2013
to
July
2013
July
2013
to
Aug.
2013
Aug.
2013
to
Sept.
2013

Live animals; animal products

I

2.071 216.5 217.9 5.1 0.4 1.4 -0.6 0.6

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

02

1.182 166.4 166.1 -0.3 0.8 1.0 -1.5 -0.2

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.381 189.4 192.4 -8.6 -2.9 1.1 2.1 1.6

Vegetable products

II

4.949 246.6 250.1 -13.0 1.4 -1.4 -8.0 1.4

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

1.034 160.2 159.1 15.1 -1.3 -0.5 3.9 -0.7

Cereals

10

1.847 268.9 263.9 -21.4 0.5 -4.7 -8.1 -1.9

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

12

1.566 264.0 281.7 -16.0 4.4 1.8 -13.4 6.7

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

III

0.287 124.8 125.8 -14.5 -3.1 -0.8 -5.0 0.8

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages,and tobacco

IV

3.040 167.4 167.8 0.7 0.7 0.1 0.1 0.2

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

20

0.335 112.7 112.8 0.3 0.0 -0.4 0.1 0.1

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

22

0.610 112.6 112.8 2.6 -0.2 -0.1 -0.2 0.2

Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed

23

0.771 274.0 276.2 -1.9 3.1 2.7 -0.2 0.8

Mineral products

V

9.312 301.0 304.3 -4.9 -0.1 0.9 1.9 1.1

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

26

0.428 87.1 89.4 - -0.7 -2.3 -4.1 2.6

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

27

8.702 299.5 302.6 -4.6 0.0 1.0 2.3 1.0

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

11.503 152.9 152.5 -1.5 -0.4 -0.5 -0.2 -0.3

Inorganic chemicals

28

1.025 182.8 178.9 -3.8 -1.5 -0.2 -1.3 -2.1

Organic chemicals

29

3.275 165.1 166.4 0.3 -0.3 -0.5 1.2 0.8

Pharmaceutical products

30

2.666 120.8 120.5 -3.3 -0.6 -0.2 -0.8 -0.2

Fertilizers (Dec. 2012=100)

31

0.364 91.1 86.5 - -1.1 -0.9 -3.4 -5.0

Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery cosmetic or toilet preparations

33

0.717 135.7 135.7 -0.8 0.0 -0.1 -2.0 0.0

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

34

0.458 120.8 120.9 -1.7 0.1 1.2 -0.1 0.1

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

1.780 154.2 154.3 0.3 0.1 -1.6 0.1 0.1

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

5.287 148.6 149.3 0.2 -0.1 -0.4 -0.5 0.5

Plastics and articles thereof

39

4.293 142.6 143.5 2.2 -0.1 -0.1 0.1 0.6

Rubber and articles thereof

40

0.994 174.7 174.7 -7.7 -0.2 -1.6 -3.0 0.0

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

VIII

0.404 144.6 141.6 7.4 0.0 -0.4 -1.0 -2.1

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

IX

0.597 114.9 115.6 4.8 -0.2 1.1 0.3 0.6

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

2.287 122.0 122.4 6.5 0.7 0.3 -0.9 0.3

Woodpulp and recovered paper

47

0.611 125.7 126.2 12.5 2.4 -1.4 -3.5 0.4

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

48

1.219 120.4 121.0 3.2 -0.1 1.1 0.1 0.5

Printed material

49

0.457 132.0 132.0 8.1 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0

Textile and textile articles

XI

1.863 131.9 132.8 5.1 0.3 0.7 -0.3 0.7

Cotton, including yarns and woven fabrics thereof

52

0.517 146.2 149.4 11.2 -1.5 2.9 -0.9 2.2

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

XIII

0.767 118.3 118.4 0.5 0.0 0.2 -0.1 0.1

Glass and glassware

70

0.392 97.4 97.5 -1.0 0.0 0.0 -0.1 0.1

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

XIV

4.592 241.2 248.4 -11.3 -2.8 -3.7 -1.3 3.0

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

5.289 164.4 164.6 -3.6 0.1 -1.1 0.3 0.1

Iron and steel

72

1.458 183.8 185.0 -7.0 -0.1 -2.1 0.5 0.7

Articles of iron or steel

73

1.334 169.1 168.0 -2.9 -0.4 -0.7 0.5 -0.7

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.592 231.9 234.9 -5.0 2.6 -2.6 0.5 1.3

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.841 121.7 121.4 -2.3 -0.3 -0.7 0.0 -0.2

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

82

0.410 133.2 133.5 1.4 -0.1 0.2 0.2 0.2

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.329 147.2 147.3 0.9 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.1

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

XVI

28.185 97.2 97.2 0.4 0.0 0.2 -0.2 0.0

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

16.865 111.4 111.4 0.8 0.1 -0.1 0.0 0.0

Electrical machinery and equipment and parts and accessories thereof

85

11.320 81.9 81.8 -0.2 -0.1 0.6 -0.4 -0.1

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

12.122 128.2 128.3 1.2 -0.1 0.2 0.0 0.1

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

8.215 113.9 114.0 0.9 0.0 0.3 -0.1 0.1

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

XVIII

5.936 106.9 107.1 0.9 0.1 0.0 -0.2 0.2

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

1.355 110.9 110.5 0.2 -0.2 0.4 0.0 -0.4

Furniture; stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings nesoi;

94

0.739 122.7 121.9 1.6 0.6 0.7 0.1 -0.7

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

0.508 89.3 89.3 -1.8 -1.1 -0.1 -0.2 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 7. U.S. import price indexes and percent changes by locality of origin: September 2012 to September 2013
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Relative
import-
ance
Aug.
2013(1)
Index Percent change
Aug.
2013
Sept.
2013
Annual Monthly
Sept.
2012
to
Sept.
2013
May
2013
to
June
2013
June
2013
to
July
2013
July
2013
to
Aug.
2013
Aug.
2013
to
Sept.
2013

Industrialized Countries(2)

100.000 132.1 132.3 0.8 -0.5 0.2 0.3 0.2

Nonmanufactured articles

12.848 252.6 251.9 12.4 -0.7 2.1 3.4 -0.3

Manufactured articles

86.561 122.6 122.9 -0.7 -0.6 -0.1 -0.2 0.2

Other Countries(3)

100.000 138.4 138.5 -1.6 -0.2 0.0 0.3 0.1

Nonmanufactured articles

22.432 345.6 346.6 -2.6 -1.0 1.1 0.8 0.3

Manufactured articles

77.226 110.0 110.0 -1.2 0.0 -0.3 0.1 0.0

Canada

100.000 154.9 155.1 2.9 -0.5 -0.1 1.4 0.1

Nonmanufactured articles

31.800 242.9 241.9 15.0 -0.7 2.4 3.6 -0.4

Manufactured articles

67.200 135.8 136.2 -1.9 -0.3 -1.2 0.4 0.3

European Union(4)

100.000 135.2 135.7 1.0 -0.1 0.1 -0.1 0.4

Nonmanufactured articles

1.031 355.8 357.6 -5.3 -0.3 2.2 -0.1 0.5

Manufactured articles

98.794 131.6 132.0 1.1 -0.2 0.2 -0.1 0.3

France (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 121.5 121.8 1.6 -0.1 -0.2 -0.1 0.2

Germany (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 115.8 116.2 1.7 -0.1 0.2 -0.1 0.3

United Kingdom (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 127.4 128.0 -4.8 0.0 -0.1 -0.2 0.5

Latin America(5)

100.000 175.3 175.5 -1.6 -0.3 0.4 0.6 0.1

Nonmanufactured articles

32.800 382.4 383.8 0.1 -0.6 1.9 1.8 0.4

Manufactured articles

66.824 130.9 130.8 -2.2 -0.2 -0.2 0.0 -0.1

Mexico (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 144.0 144.1 -1.1 -0.8 0.3 0.3 0.1

Nonmanufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

19.442 205.7 207.5 0.2 -3.5 2.2 2.4 0.9

Manufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

80.259 93.6 93.5 -1.2 -0.2 -0.2 -0.1 -0.1

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

100.000 103.0 103.0 -1.2 0.0 -0.3 -0.1 0.0

China (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 103.6 103.7 -1.0 0.2 -0.1 0.0 0.1

Japan

100.000 100.2 100.0 -2.8 -0.3 -0.4 0.0 -0.2

Asian NICs(7)

100.000 90.8 90.6 -0.4 0.1 -0.3 -0.2 -0.2

ASEAN (Dec. 2003=100)(8)

100.000 104.4 104.7 0.1 0.0 -0.2 -0.1 0.3

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

100.000 267.5 268.1 -1.1 -2.0 0.6 2.5 0.2

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance 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: September 2012 to September 2013
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Relative
import-
ance
Aug.
2013(1)
Index Percent change
Aug.
2013
Sept.
2013
Annual Monthly
Sept.
2012
to
Sept.
2013
May
2013
to
June
2013
June
2013
to
July
2013
July
2013
to
Aug.
2013
Aug.
2013
to
Sept.
2013

Air Freight

Import Air Freight

100.000 171.8 172.8 -0.6 -0.3 0.2 -0.2 0.6

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

21.874 163.2 167.0 5.9 -0.2 0.9 -1.1 2.3

Asia

73.784 151.7 151.9 -2.4 -0.3 0.0 0.1 0.1

Export Air Freight

100.000 146.2 147.3 0.4 -0.9 -0.1 0.0 0.8

Europe (Dec. 2006=100)

35.988 131.8 132.5 0.2 -0.7 -0.2 0.2 0.5

Inbound Air Freight

100.000 160.6 161.5 -1.3 -0.8 0.0 0.0 0.6

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

21.972 147.0 149.6 3.0 -0.4 0.3 -0.8 1.8

Asia

67.322 145.6 146.0 -2.8 -1.0 0.0 0.1 0.3

Outbound Air Freight

100.000 145.6 145.8 -0.7 -1.3 0.0 0.1 0.1

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

27.964 159.9 160.3 -2.4 -0.1 -0.4 0.0 0.3

Asia

52.404 139.1 139.1 0.3 -1.8 0.3 0.2 0.0

Air Passenger Fares

Import Air Passenger Fares

100.000 181.8 181.8 1.1 10.7 -3.9 -7.9 0.0

Europe

42.683 201.9 211.3 10.5 14.6 -8.0 -8.1 4.7

Asia

26.864 156.4 146.3 -4.1 11.4 -3.5 -6.3 -6.5

Latin America/Caribbean

9.871 173.2 162.3 3.5 5.0 1.5 -1.5 -6.3

Export Air Passenger Fares

100.000 209.1 187.6 -0.1 3.2 3.4 3.2 -10.3

Europe

28.622 251.6 225.3 2.3 16.8 1.9 -4.6 -10.5

Asia

32.786 207.4 156.0 -10.4 0.5 -0.8 24.9 -24.8

Latin America/Caribbean

20.730 206.3 191.1 -11.3 4.1 8.2 0.5 -7.4

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 
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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: October 23, 2013
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