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U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes News Release

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

U.S. import prices declined 0.6 percent in October, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today, after 
recording no change in September. Decreasing prices for both nonfuel and fuel imports contributed to the 
October drop. Export prices fell 2.1 percent in October, the largest monthly decline since a 2.2 percent 
decrease in December 2008.


Imports
 	
All Imports: Import prices fell for the third time in five months in October, declining 0.6 percent for the 
month. The decrease matched a 0.6 percent decline in June, the largest one-month drop since the index fell 
1.2 percent in June 2010. The price index for overall imports fell 1.4 percent over the past five months, 
primarily driven down over that period by declining fuel prices. Despite the recent decreases, import prices 
advanced 11.0 percent over the past year.   

Fuel Imports: Fuel prices fell 1.3 percent in October, following declines of 0.7 percent in September and 
2.1 percent in August. Approximately 73 percent of the October decrease was attributable to a 1.0 percent 
drop in petroleum prices, and a 10.9 percent decline in natural gas prices was also a contributing factor. 
Despite the recent declines, fuel prices increased 33.8 percent for the year ended in October. Petroleum and 
natural gas prices advanced 36.0 percent and 1.4 percent, respectively, over the past 12 months.   

All Imports Excluding Fuel: The price index for nonfuel imports declined 0.2 percent in October, the first 
monthly decrease in the index since a 0.3 percent drop in July 2010. The October decline followed 0.2 
percent increases in each of the previous three months, and was led by falling prices for nonfuel industrial 
supplies and materials, capital goods, and foods, feeds, and beverages, which more than offset rising prices 
for consumer goods and automotive vehicles. Nonfuel import prices rose 4.9 percent for the year ended in 
October.          

Table A. Percent changes

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

2010

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

2.6 7.6 0.8 0.8 -0.5 0.9

May

0.1 -0.6 0.3 0.4 -1.1 0.5

June

-0.6 -2.3 0.0 0.1 0.8 0.2

July

0.1 0.1 0.2 (r)-0.4 -4.0 (r)0.1

August

(r)-0.4 (r)-2.1 0.2 0.5 (r)1.6 (r)0.4

September

(r)0.0 (r)-0.7 0.2 0.4 (r)1.9 (r)0.2

October

-0.6 -1.3 -0.2 -2.1 -6.5 -1.5

Oct. 2009 to 2010

3.9 9.5 2.5 5.8 16.2 4.8

Oct. 2010 to 2011

11.0 33.8 4.9 6.3 11.5 5.7

Footnotes
(r) Revised


Exports

All Exports: Overall export prices fell 2.1 percent in October, driven lower by falling prices for both 
nonagricultural and agricultural exports. The October decline followed advances of 0.4 percent and 0.5 
percent the two previous months. Despite the October drop, overall export prices increased 6.3 percent over 
the past year. 

Agricultural Exports: Agricultural prices decreased 6.5 percent in October after rising 1.9 percent in 
September and 1.6 percent in August. The October decline was led by 19.0 percent decreases for both 
soybeans and corn. Despite the recent decline, the price index for agricultural exports rose 11.5 percent for 
the year ended in October. Higher prices for corn, meat, wheat, fish, and soybeans all contributed to the 12-
month advance in agricultural prices.    

All Exports Excluding Agriculture: Prices for nonagricultural exports declined 1.5 percent in October, the 
first monthly decrease since a 0.2 percent drop in July 2010, and the largest drop since a 1.9 percent decline 
in December 2008. The October decrease was primarily driven by falling nonagricultural industrial supplies 
and materials prices. The price index for nonagricultural exports increased 5.7 percent over the past 12 
months.   
 				


                                       SELECTED OCTOBER HIGHLIGHTS

Import Prices

Nonfuel Industrial Supplies and Materials: Nonfuel industrial supplies and materials prices fell 1.4 percent 
in October following a 0.6 percent advance in September. The October decrease was mostly led by a 4.1 
percent decline in unfinished metals prices. A 10.0 percent drop in other precious metals prices and a 10.2 
percent decrease in copper prices were the main contributors to the decline in the price index for unfinished 
metals. Despite the October decline, unfinished metals prices rose 16.5 percent over the past year.          

Finished Goods: Finished goods prices were mixed in October. Prices for consumer goods rose 0.7 percent, 
the largest monthly increase since a 1.0 percent advance in October 1992. Automotive prices also rose in 
October, ticking up 0.1 percent. In contrast, prices for capital goods fell 0.3 percent, led by lower computer 
and semiconductor prices, down 1.7 percent and 1.6 percent, respectively.       
 
Foods, Feeds, and Beverages: The price index for foods, feeds, and beverages fell 1.0 percent in October, 
led by a 10.7 percent decline in food oil and oilseeds prices and a 4.4 percent drop in prices for fruit and 
fruit preparations.  

Imports by Locality of Origin: Prices for imports from China advanced 0.4 percent in October and 3.9 
percent over the past 12 months, the largest year-over-year advance for the index since a 4.3 percent increase 
in October 2008. The price index for imports from the European Union also rose 0.4 percent in October. In 
contrast, prices for imports from Canada and Mexico each fell in October, declining 1.4 percent and 0.7 
percent, respectively. Import prices from Japan were unchanged in October.   

Transportation Services: The index for import air passenger fares rose 1.9 percent in October, driven by 2.0 
percent increases for European fares and for Latin American/Caribbean fares.  The October rise was the first 
increase since a 6.8 percent advance in June. Import air freight prices decreased 2.3 percent in October.   

Export Prices
 
Nonagricultural Industrial Supplies and Materials: Nonagricultural industrial supplies and materials 
prices declined 3.7 percent in October, the largest monthly decrease for the index since a 5.8 percent drop in 
December 2008. A 5.6 percent drop in petroleum prices and a 5.8 percent decline in the price index for 
nonferrous metals were the largest contributors to the October decrease.      
  
Finished Goods: Prices for consumer goods fell 0.3 percent in October following a 0.2 percent increase the 
previous month. In contrast, automotive vehicles prices ticked up 0.1 percent in October. The increase was 
driven by higher prices for passenger cars, which advanced 0.9 percent, an increase that was largely offset 
by a 3.4 percent decline in the price index for engines and engine parts. Prices for capital goods recorded no 
change in October.             

Transportation Services: Export air passenger fares fell 2.3 percent in October after a 13.4 percent drop in 
September. The October decrease was led by lower fares from Asia and from the Latin America/Caribbean 
region. Export air freight prices fell 0.8 percent in October.
		
Import and Export Price Index data for November 2011 are scheduled for release on Wednesday, 
December 14, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. (EST).

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

All commodities

100.000 141.9 141.1 11.0 0.1 -0.4 0.0 -0.6

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

67.750 103.7 103.5 - 0.2 0.3 0.3 -0.2

All imports excluding petroleum

74.874 117.1 116.6 4.8 0.1 0.3 0.3 -0.4

All imports excluding fuels (Dec. 2001=100)

73.459 120.9 120.7 4.9 0.2 0.2 0.2 -0.2

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

5.709 174.8 173.0 10.5 0.6 -0.7 0.2 -1.0

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

4.447 196.6 194.1 11.0 0.4 -0.7 0.2 -1.3

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

1.262 125.3 125.2 8.9 1.4 -0.7 0.0 -0.1

Industrial supplies & materials

1

39.934 263.2 259.5 25.6 0.3 -1.1 -0.3 -1.4

Industrial supplies & materials excluding petroleum

14.809 174.8 171.0 11.6 0.0 1.0 0.3 -2.2

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

13.394 196.8 194.0 12.9 0.5 1.0 0.6 -1.4

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

8.200 189.5 184.9 11.7 0.4 1.5 0.7 -2.4

Industrial supplies & materials nondurable excluding petroleum

5.193 157.7 155.0 11.6 -0.5 0.6 -0.4 -1.7

Fuels & lubricants

10

26.539 349.4 344.7 33.8 0.1 -2.1 -0.7 -1.3

Petroleum & petroleum products

100

25.125 387.8 384.0 36.0 0.4 -2.3 -0.6 -1.0

Crude

10000

18.465 391.6 391.3 35.0 -0.7 -3.9 0.3 -0.1

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

101

1.079 128.3 116.0 0.3 -2.7 2.8 -3.8 -9.6

Gas-natural

10110

0.957 113.1 100.8 1.4 -3.4 3.1 -4.2 -10.9

Paper & paper base stocks

11

0.626 117.1 117.2 0.3 0.8 -1.7 -1.0 0.1

Materials associated with nondurable supplies & materials

12

4.648 176.3 176.7 17.4 0.9 0.3 0.7 0.2

Selected building materials

13

1.050 131.2 130.3 4.0 0.9 0.2 0.3 -0.7

Unfinished metals related to durable goods

14

4.041 305.4 293.0 16.5 -0.2 2.3 0.8 -4.1

Finished metals related to durable goods

15

1.606 165.8 162.2 8.1 0.5 1.4 1.0 -2.2

Nonmetals related to durable goods

16

1.423 116.3 116.4 7.9 0.6 0.4 0.7 0.1

Capital goods

2

20.824 93.0 92.7 0.9 0.1 0.1 0.1 -0.3

Electric generating equipment

20

2.677 118.8 119.3 5.8 0.9 0.3 0.2 0.4

Nonelectrical machinery

21

16.332 86.4 86.0 -0.3 -0.1 0.1 0.0 -0.5

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

22

1.815 126.3 126.3 3.8 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.0

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

9.225 113.2 113.3 3.6 -0.3 0.2 0.0 0.1

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

24.307 106.7 107.4 3.6 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.7

Nondurables, manufactured

40

11.925 112.8 114.5 4.6 0.4 0.4 0.2 1.5

Durables, manufactured

41

11.345 100.1 99.9 1.8 -0.1 0.2 0.3 -0.2

Nonmanufactured consumer goods

42

1.038 114.8 115.1 11.1 2.2 -0.3 0.7 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 2. U.S. export price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: October 2010 to October 2011
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description End
Use
Relative
import-
ance
Sept.
2011(1)
Index Percent change
Sept.
2011
Oct.
2011
Annual Monthly
Oct.
2010
to
Oct.
2011
June
2011
to
July
2011
July
2011
to
Aug.
2011
Aug.
2011
to
Sept.
2011
Sept.
2011
to
Oct.
2011

All commodities

100.000 135.3 132.5 6.3 -0.4 0.5 0.4 -2.1

Agricultural commodities

11.744 215.9 201.9 11.5 -4.0 1.6 1.9 -6.5

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

80.308 103.8 102.8 - -0.1 0.3 0.2 -1.0

Nonagricultural commodities

88.256 129.5 127.6 5.7 0.1 0.4 0.2 -1.5

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

10.695 213.8 199.0 11.3 -3.5 2.8 2.4 -6.9

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

9.956 217.3 201.2 10.6 -4.1 3.0 2.5 -7.4

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

0.739 184.4 183.9 20.4 5.2 0.6 -0.2 -0.3

Industrial supplies & materials

1

35.182 192.9 185.9 12.5 -0.3 0.3 0.5 -3.6

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

12.727 196.5 189.5 11.8 -0.5 1.6 2.2 -3.6

Industrial supplies & materials, nondurable

22.455 191.8 184.8 12.9 -0.2 -0.4 -0.4 -3.6

Agricultural industrial supplies & materials

10

1.788 212.4 209.3 15.3 -3.4 -4.9 -1.5 -1.5

Nonagricultural industrial supplies & materials

33.394 192.3 185.2 12.3 -0.1 0.6 0.6 -3.7

Fuels & lubricants

11

8.997 285.4 270.1 23.0 0.7 -0.3 0.2 -5.4

Nonagricultural supplies & materials excluding fuels & building materials

12

23.550 181.1 175.2 9.6 -0.4 1.0 0.8 -3.3

Selected building materials

13

0.847 115.6 115.5 -1.2 -0.4 -0.3 0.3 -0.1

Capital goods

2

34.074 104.6 104.6 1.2 0.0 0.1 -0.1 0.0

Electrical generating equipment

20

3.348 114.1 113.6 3.9 0.4 0.0 0.0 -0.4

Nonelectrical machinery

21

23.774 94.3 94.3 0.2 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0

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

22

6.952 144.9 145.0 3.2 -0.2 0.1 -0.1 0.1

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

6.667 111.4 111.5 2.4 0.5 0.3 0.3 0.1

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

13.382 117.4 117.1 4.1 0.5 0.3 0.2 -0.3

Nondurables, manufactured

40

6.661 114.7 113.7 0.3 0.5 0.2 -0.2 -0.9

Durables, manufactured

41

5.343 113.6 114.0 2.7 0.1 0.2 0.5 0.4

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

Nonmanufactured articles

22.716 170.3 169.2 30.5 -0.7 -3.2 0.2 -0.6

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

2.112 179.2 177.9 13.1 0.9 -2.6 1.5 -0.7

Crop production

111

1.535 185.6 183.1 12.0 1.2 -3.2 2.0 -1.3

Mining

21

20.604 169.1 167.9 32.5 -0.9 -3.3 0.2 -0.7

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

212

0.380 157.3 157.5 13.1 0.3 1.5 -0.3 0.1

Manufactured articles

76.761 118.4 117.9 6.5 0.4 0.5 -0.1 -0.4

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

10.940 123.5 123.2 10.1 0.7 0.6 0.0 -0.2

Food manufacturing

311

3.297 156.9 154.8 14.2 0.1 0.6 -0.4 -1.3

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.888 111.7 111.9 2.6 1.3 -0.4 0.1 0.2

Textile product mills

314

0.870 118.6 118.7 14.1 1.0 0.2 0.7 0.1

Apparel manufacturing

315

4.048 111.3 111.6 9.2 0.9 1.0 0.2 0.3

Leather and allied product manufacturing

316

1.462 114.5 115.3 6.4 1.0 0.1 0.1 0.7

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

18.953 140.2 140.0 14.3 1.4 0.9 -0.9 -0.1

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.646 109.3 107.8 5.2 0.9 0.3 0.7 -1.4

Paper manufacturing

322

1.153 112.3 112.6 2.2 0.7 -0.9 -0.5 0.3

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

5.474 181.8 175.1 39.3 4.6 2.7 -3.7 -3.7

Chemical manufacturing

325

9.078 133.7 136.1 7.7 -0.1 0.3 0.3 1.8

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

1.736 125.1 126.4 9.2 1.1 0.1 0.2 1.0

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.774 128.2 127.4 3.5 0.0 0.2 0.2 -0.6

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

46.868 110.7 110.0 3.0 0.0 0.3 0.3 -0.6

Primary metal manufacturing

331

4.773 196.8 189.5 14.8 -0.3 2.1 1.0 -3.7

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.516 129.3 128.3 6.9 0.6 0.8 1.3 -0.8

Machinery manufacturing

333

5.344 119.4 119.2 4.2 0.3 0.5 0.1 -0.2

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

14.285 83.1 82.6 -3.6 -0.5 -0.1 -0.1 -0.6

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

3.448 116.4 117.3 4.0 0.6 0.2 0.1 0.8

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

10.299 109.8 109.8 3.2 -0.4 0.2 0.0 0.0

Furniture and related product manufacturing

337

1.200 112.1 112.8 5.8 0.5 0.3 0.4 0.6

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

5.003 122.7 122.2 8.0 0.7 0.2 0.5 -0.4

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

Nonmanufactured articles

9.350 181.9 165.4 11.4 -4.0 1.8 1.1 -9.1

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

6.900 208.4 186.4 14.7 -6.3 2.5 2.1 -10.6

Crop production

111

6.455 216.1 191.2 13.7 -7.0 2.4 2.2 -11.5

Mining

21

2.450 124.5 118.3 4.3 2.5 0.2 -1.4 -5.0

Mining (except oil and gas)

212

1.639 146.1 140.1 3.9 5.1 1.3 -2.0 -4.1

Manufactured articles

86.851 121.3 120.1 5.8 0.1 0.2 0.2 -1.0

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

7.342 146.0 144.9 10.5 -0.1 0.4 1.0 -0.8

Food manufacturing

311

5.130 165.3 165.1 12.4 0.6 0.6 1.5 -0.1

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.538 115.7 114.1 -0.7 -2.9 -0.8 1.0 -1.4

Apparel manufacturing

315

0.404 114.2 114.2 8.1 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

26.665 136.1 132.7 9.2 0.3 0.1 -0.1 -2.5

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.379 115.0 114.7 1.1 -0.8 -0.3 1.0 -0.3

Paper manufacturing

322

1.932 124.7 123.7 0.2 -0.5 0.6 -0.8 -0.8

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

6.124 175.4 163.5 28.4 0.2 -0.8 0.6 -6.8

Chemical manufacturing

325

15.563 132.9 130.6 5.8 0.2 0.4 -0.2 -1.7

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

1.986 115.1 116.3 7.6 2.3 0.7 0.1 1.0

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.681 111.0 111.0 -1.8 -0.1 -0.1 0.7 0.0

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

52.844 113.2 112.9 3.9 0.1 0.3 0.4 -0.3

Primary metal manufacturing

331

5.351 187.9 182.6 20.1 0.1 1.6 3.1 -2.8

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.441 127.7 128.2 5.3 0.3 0.1 -0.2 0.4

Machinery manufacturing

333

10.284 117.6 117.7 2.3 0.2 0.1 0.0 0.1

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

13.490 89.5 89.6 -1.6 0.0 0.0 -0.1 0.1

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

3.045 113.3 111.8 2.8 0.2 0.2 0.0 -1.3

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

12.796 114.6 114.6 2.7 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.0

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

5.139 124.5 125.1 11.0 0.3 0.5 0.2 0.5

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


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

Live animals; animal products

I

1.313 166.5 167.0 11.0 1.0 -0.9 -0.7 0.3

Meat and edible meat offal

02

0.308 209.3 208.0 13.0 0.0 2.3 -2.5 -0.6

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.699 125.1 125.0 7.5 1.1 -1.8 -0.6 -0.1

Vegetable products

II

1.848 213.7 209.8 14.9 1.4 -1.4 1.5 -1.8

Edible vegetables, roots, and tubers

07

0.317 314.0 311.6 0.4 -0.6 5.6 -0.2 -0.8

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

0.526 123.5 114.8 -1.2 3.4 0.3 -4.4 -7.0

Coffee, tea, mate and spices

09

0.500 294.7 290.1 45.4 2.0 -9.7 9.8 -1.6

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

III

0.302 138.4 122.7 4.3 -7.8 -0.7 -3.7 -11.3

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages, and tobacco

IV

2.580 157.8 157.8 8.6 0.8 -0.1 -0.1 0.0

Cocoa and cocoa preparations (Dec. 2009=100)

18

0.214 98.7 94.0 0.6 -0.3 0.6 -0.6 -4.8

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

19

0.256 126.7 124.5 -2.8 -0.7 -0.4 -0.6 -1.7

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

20

0.367 159.8 163.3 18.4 0.6 0.9 -1.8 2.2

Beverages, spirits, and vinegar

22

0.860 122.0 122.5 3.2 1.8 -0.7 0.2 0.4

Mineral products

V

26.110 351.0 346.5 33.5 0.2 -2.0 -0.7 -1.3

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

27

25.748 346.8 342.4 33.8 0.2 -2.1 -0.7 -1.3

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

8.710 147.9 150.2 7.1 0.1 0.2 0.3 1.6

Inorganic chemicals

28

1.111 377.1 380.7 24.1 -1.8 -0.4 1.1 1.0

Organic chemicals

29

2.806 138.2 137.2 2.3 0.2 0.7 0.1 -0.7

Pharmaceutical products

30

3.068 111.9 117.4 2.4 -0.3 0.1 0.2 4.9

Fertilizers (Dec. 2009=100)

31

0.311 154.1 152.7 49.0 6.2 1.6 2.8 -0.9

Essential oils and resinoids (Dec. 2001=100)

33

0.420 126.5 127.2 6.2 1.3 -0.3 0.1 0.6

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

0.487 106.8 106.0 10.2 0.9 -1.0 -0.8 -0.7

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

2.926 153.1 153.8 10.8 0.3 0.1 0.5 0.5

Plastics and articles thereof

39

1.801 142.3 142.7 7.9 -0.1 0.2 0.6 0.3

Rubber and articles thereof

40

1.125 173.7 175.1 15.6 1.2 0.0 0.1 0.8

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

VIII

0.530 122.1 122.4 6.3 0.9 0.0 0.1 0.2

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

42

0.485 122.4 122.8 6.7 0.9 0.0 0.1 0.3

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

IX

0.678 131.9 130.2 5.1 0.9 0.2 0.6 -1.3

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

1.256 114.7 115.1 1.1 0.6 -1.0 -0.5 0.3

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

48

0.842 108.8 109.3 2.6 0.6 -0.2 -0.4 0.5

Textile and textile articles

XI

5.216 115.5 115.8 11.0 0.9 1.1 0.3 0.3

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted

61

1.998 106.7 106.8 7.1 0.9 -0.5 0.0 0.1

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted

62

1.946 116.3 116.8 13.0 1.1 3.5 0.3 0.4

Made-up or worn textile articles

63

0.652 113.0 113.0 17.1 1.0 0.0 1.2 0.0

Headgear, umbrellas, artifical flowers, etc.

XII

1.212 113.9 114.7 5.7 0.6 0.3 0.1 0.7

Footwear and parts of such articles

64

1.035 113.1 114.1 5.9 0.8 0.3 0.1 0.9

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

XIII

0.703 129.8 130.2 3.5 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.3

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

68

0.240 122.0 123.8 4.0 0.3 0.3 -0.2 1.5

Ceramic products

69

0.203 141.1 141.1 2.1 0.1 -0.1 0.0 0.0

Glass and glassware

70

0.260 125.1 124.4 4.2 0.6 0.6 0.6 -0.6

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

XIV

3.311 215.2 206.7 24.4 0.2 3.2 5.2 -3.9

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

5.089 199.0 194.7 6.2 0.2 0.6 -1.5 -2.2

Iron and steel

72

0.961 263.0 258.2 14.3 0.4 -0.6 0.0 -1.8

Articles of iron or steel

73

1.545 161.3 161.8 6.1 0.1 0.2 0.5 0.3

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.577 395.6 358.2 1.7 3.2 3.5 -5.7 -9.5

Nickel and articles thereof (Dec. 2009=100)

75

0.157 126.5 117.7 -6.9 -5.4 5.2 -4.8 -7.0

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.874 150.7 147.4 6.1 -0.7 -0.8 -2.5 -2.2

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

82

0.315 124.2 123.6 4.0 0.3 0.0 0.6 -0.5

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.360 131.8 131.9 3.5 0.5 0.5 0.0 0.1

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

XVI

22.932 85.8 85.6 -0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.2

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

11.394 88.7 88.4 -0.1 -0.1 0.1 0.1 -0.3

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

85

11.538 82.9 82.8 -1.0 0.0 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

8.616 114.8 114.7 3.7 -0.3 0.2 0.2 -0.1

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

7.662 114.0 113.9 3.8 -0.3 0.2 0.2 -0.1

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

88

0.867 115.9 115.8 1.8 0.2 0.2 0.0 -0.1

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

XVIII

3.110 105.5 105.0 3.7 0.3 0.0 0.2 -0.5

Optical, photographic, measuring and medical instruments

90

2.869 103.0 102.6 3.6 0.3 0.0 0.1 -0.4

Clocks and watches and parts thereof

91

0.179 129.3 127.7 3.7 0.3 0.2 0.6 -1.2

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

3.475 110.8 111.5 4.2 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.6

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

94

1.712 114.6 115.2 4.8 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.5

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

1.559 103.5 104.4 3.3 0.2 0.1 0.2 0.9

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

96

0.204 133.4 133.2 7.4 0.1 -0.1 0.3 -0.1

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: October 2010 to October 2011
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
Sept.
2011(1)
Index Percent change
Sept.
2011
Oct.
2011
Annual Monthly
Oct.
2010
to
Oct.
2011
June
2011
to
July
2011
July
2011
to
Aug.
2011
Aug.
2011
to
Sept.
2011
Sept.
2011
to
Oct.
2011

Live animals; animal products

I

2.012 205.3 208.4 16.2 2.7 2.5 0.4 1.5

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

02

1.233 167.5 170.5 16.2 1.2 1.4 2.4 1.8

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.425 198.6 197.2 21.8 6.2 0.5 -0.7 -0.7

Vegetable products

II

6.166 256.5 226.9 12.9 -6.6 3.6 3.4 -11.5

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

0.883 122.2 123.4 0.6 -1.3 1.8 -7.5 1.0

Cereals

10

2.553 325.4 274.3 23.2 -12.6 8.0 8.0 -15.7

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

12

2.192 271.9 229.5 6.5 -3.6 2.1 3.1 -15.6

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

III

0.539 161.3 150.0 29.8 -0.6 0.0 0.7 -7.0

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages,and tobacco

IV

2.650 152.8 153.1 6.0 -0.9 0.2 1.3 0.2

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

20

0.341 109.3 110.7 6.3 1.0 0.6 0.1 1.3

Miscellaneous edible preparations

21

0.429 117.6 117.3 -1.4 0.1 0.1 -0.2 -0.3

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

22

0.329 105.7 105.4 0.1 0.4 0.3 0.0 -0.3

Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed

23

0.710 226.0 221.3 8.4 -4.6 -2.1 3.2 -2.1

Mineral products

V

8.933 337.7 316.3 20.6 0.9 -0.4 -0.1 -6.3

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

27

8.356 335.3 314.0 24.0 0.9 -0.4 0.1 -6.4

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

12.777 155.0 153.2 4.8 0.7 0.3 -0.3 -1.2

Inorganic chemicals

28

0.995 195.6 195.6 3.5 0.8 0.2 -0.8 0.0

Organic chemicals

29

3.325 168.9 164.1 7.7 0.1 0.7 -0.6 -2.8

Pharmaceutical products

30

3.846 125.9 124.3 -0.6 0.7 0.0 -0.2 -1.3

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

32

0.561 127.1 127.1 5.6 -0.3 0.2 0.0 0.0

Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery cosmetic or toilet preparations

33

0.759 134.3 133.6 6.6 1.6 0.5 0.3 -0.5

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

34

0.463 122.9 123.2 2.7 -0.9 0.9 0.1 0.2

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

1.824 151.6 151.0 5.4 0.9 -0.5 0.1 -0.4

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

5.282 153.5 150.8 9.0 0.8 0.6 0.0 -1.8

Plastics and articles thereof

39

4.206 143.4 140.5 6.5 0.2 0.4 0.0 -2.0

Rubber and articles thereof

40

1.076 201.3 200.7 19.7 3.2 1.3 -0.4 -0.3

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

VIII

0.417 133.2 130.1 7.3 -1.3 0.2 -2.0 -2.3

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

IX

0.496 109.1 108.8 -0.4 -0.7 -0.1 0.6 -0.3

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

2.660 126.9 124.7 1.4 0.4 0.3 -0.9 -1.7

Woodpulp and recovered paper

47

0.924 152.0 145.9 3.0 1.4 0.4 -2.3 -4.0

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

48

1.256 119.8 119.0 0.6 -0.6 0.4 -0.3 -0.7

Printed material

49

0.480 119.1 119.3 1.6 0.8 0.0 0.0 0.2

Textile and textile articles

XI

2.103 137.7 135.4 8.1 -2.7 -3.4 -1.5 -1.7

Cotton, including yarns and woven fabrics thereof

52

0.836 190.5 182.4 11.5 -6.2 -8.5 -3.3 -4.3

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

XIII

0.671 116.5 116.6 0.4 0.0 -0.1 0.6 0.1

Glass and glassware

70

0.373 99.0 98.9 0.6 -0.4 0.0 0.0 -0.1

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

XIV

5.820 304.8 297.3 32.5 0.7 3.0 5.8 -2.5

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

5.768 183.9 176.1 7.1 -1.7 0.2 -0.2 -4.2

Iron and steel

72

1.876 234.1 223.6 16.4 -6.2 0.5 1.6 -4.5

Articles of iron or steel

73

1.250 170.6 171.4 7.9 0.0 -0.1 0.2 0.5

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.732 281.9 233.9 -5.5 4.2 0.5 -3.3 -17.0

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.930 135.5 129.8 2.3 -0.9 0.0 -1.7 -4.2

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

82

0.332 127.3 128.4 2.4 1.4 0.0 -0.1 0.9

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.303 135.7 135.7 8.8 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0

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

XVI

25.994 96.4 96.4 1.4 0.0 0.1 -0.1 0.0

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

15.267 108.6 108.4 1.9 -0.2 0.1 0.0 -0.2

Electrical machinery and equipment and parts and accessories thereof

85

10.727 83.2 83.2 0.4 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

10.515 123.9 124.2 2.0 0.1 0.2 0.0 0.2

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

5.908 110.6 111.0 2.1 0.5 0.2 0.2 0.4

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

XVIII

5.690 105.5 105.6 -1.2 0.1 0.2 -0.1 0.1

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

1.360 109.1 108.4 0.7 -1.5 0.6 0.0 -0.6

Furniture; stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings nesoi;

94

0.651 120.3 119.0 0.3 0.3 0.8 -0.2 -1.1

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

0.584 90.0 90.0 -2.3 -3.6 0.6 0.1 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 7. U.S. import price indexes and percent changes by locality of origin: October 2010 to October 2011
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Percent
of
U.S.
imports(1)
Index Percent change
Sept.
2011
Oct.
2011
Annual Monthly
Oct.
2010
to
Oct.
2011
June
2011
to
July
2011
July
2011
to
Aug.
2011
Aug.
2011
to
Sept.
2011
Sept.
2011
to
Oct.
2011

Industrialized Countries(2)

39.494 132.8 132.1 6.2 0.2 -0.5 -0.4 -0.5

Nonmanufactured articles

4.457 231.2 227.7 19.8 -0.8 -5.7 -1.9 -1.5

Manufactured articles

34.670 124.8 124.4 4.5 0.4 0.4 -0.2 -0.3

Other Countries(3)

60.506 141.4 140.7 12.2 0.4 -0.5 0.2 -0.5

Nonmanufactured articles

12.079 356.4 354.8 33.3 -0.6 -2.5 0.2 -0.4

Manufactured articles

48.226 112.1 111.6 5.7 0.8 0.4 0.2 -0.4

Canada

14.271 155.2 153.0 8.7 -0.3 -1.4 -1.1 -1.4

Nonmanufactured articles

3.991 220.2 216.1 18.0 -1.4 -6.0 -1.8 -1.9

Manufactured articles

10.005 142.2 140.6 5.6 0.1 1.0 -0.9 -1.1

European Union(4)

17.186 136.6 137.2 6.9 0.6 -0.1 0.1 0.4

Nonmanufactured articles

0.256 368.1 367.8 46.0 3.3 -3.0 0.1 -0.1

Manufactured articles

16.854 133.0 133.6 6.3 0.5 -0.1 0.1 0.5

France (Dec. 2003=100)

1.995 120.2 120.5 -0.7 0.5 -0.2 -0.1 0.2

Germany (Dec. 2003=100)

4.510 116.0 115.7 3.0 0.2 -0.1 0.0 -0.3

United Kingdom (Dec. 2003=100)

2.795 134.5 133.2 5.3 -0.6 -0.2 0.3 -1.0

Latin America(5)

18.406 179.7 177.9 12.5 0.2 -1.2 0.1 -1.0

Nonmanufactured articles

5.479 378.1 376.0 29.5 -0.7 -3.7 1.0 -0.6

Manufactured articles

12.844 136.8 135.2 3.8 0.7 0.4 -0.6 -1.2

Mexico (Dec. 2003=100)

11.380 147.2 146.2 6.2 -0.1 -1.1 0.1 -0.7

Nonmanufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

1.900 202.7 201.2 29.6 1.0 -4.7 0.6 -0.7

Manufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

9.437 96.5 95.9 -0.1 -0.5 0.1 -0.2 -0.6

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

34.852 104.8 104.5 3.2 0.0 0.1 0.1 -0.3

China (Dec. 2003=100)

19.595 104.3 104.7 3.9 0.3 0.1 0.2 0.4

Japan

6.198 101.7 101.7 2.4 -0.1 0.3 0.0 0.0

Asian NICs(7)

5.555 91.8 91.3 4.1 -0.5 0.0 -0.1 -0.5

ASEAN (Dec. 2003=100)(8)

5.987 105.8 105.0 7.6 0.4 0.7 0.2 -0.8

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

3.795 278.2 276.6 32.7 0.3 -0.9 2.2 -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: October 2010 to October 2011
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Relative
import-
ance
Sept.
2011(1)
Index Percent change
Sept.
2011
Oct.
2011
Annual Monthly
Oct.
2010
to
Oct.
2011
June
2011
to
July
2011
July
2011
to
Aug.
2011
Aug.
2011
to
Sept.
2011
Sept.
2011
to
Oct.
2011

Air Freight

Import Air Freight

100.000 185.5 181.2 10.0 -0.2 1.2 -0.3 -2.3

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

25.641 179.8 173.9 28.0 0.5 6.7 -0.4 -3.3

Asia

70.900 162.9 159.5 4.8 -0.5 -0.7 -0.3 -2.1

Export Air Freight

100.000 146.4 145.3 15.0 -0.6 -0.4 0.3 -0.8

Europe (Dec. 2006=100)

38.714 132.2 131.8 14.6 -0.5 -0.5 0.3 -0.3

Inbound Air Freight

100.000 164.2 163.4 9.3 -0.5 0.4 0.0 -0.5

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

25.166 157.6 152.7 20.0 0.3 2.7 0.2 -3.1

Asia

63.657 146.4 147.1 6.7 -0.7 -0.5 -0.1 0.5

Outbound Air Freight

100.000 143.9 143.5 15.4 -0.3 1.3 0.2 -0.3

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

36.017 160.3 160.7 11.8 -0.1 1.8 -0.6 0.2

Asia

45.734 137.2 135.0 19.4 -0.3 1.4 0.9 -1.6

Air Passenger Fares

Import Air Passenger Fares

100.000 174.6 177.9 5.5 -0.1 -3.0 -2.1 1.9

Europe

38.214 182.9 186.5 -0.4 -5.0 -6.6 0.0 2.0

Asia

26.201 151.9 151.4 4.1 0.6 -2.2 -3.4 -0.3

Latin America/Caribbean

14.403 167.6 171.0 14.0 6.1 2.3 -7.9 2.0

Export Air Passenger Fares

100.000 192.6 188.2 11.8 9.8 8.5 -13.4 -2.3

Europe

30.810 230.9 229.4 7.0 10.6 -1.8 -12.1 -0.6

Asia

31.074 180.9 170.9 11.5 8.4 23.4 -17.1 -5.5

Latin America/Caribbean

19.255 191.4 183.9 11.0 8.9 -1.1 -3.1 -3.9

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

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


                                          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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