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U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes News Release

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			      U.S. IMPORT AND EXPORT PRICE INDEXES - AUGUST 2014

Prices for U.S. imports decreased 0.9 percent in August following a 0.3-percent decline in July, the U.S. 
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Both the August and July drops in overall import prices were 
driven by lower fuel prices. U.S. export prices declined 0.5 percent in August, after ticking up 0.1 percent 
the previous month.

Imports

All Imports: Prices for overall imports declined 0.9 percent in August, the largest monthly drop in import 
prices since a 0.9-percent decrease in November 2013; those were the largest declines since a 2.3-percent 
drop in June 2012. The August 2014 decrease resulted from lower fuel prices which more than offset a 0.1-
percent increase in nonfuel prices. The price index for overall imports fell 0.4 percent for the year ended in 
August, the first 12-month decline since a 0.4-percent decrease in April.       

Fuel Imports: Import fuel prices fell 4.6 percent in August following a 1.7-percent decline in July. The 
August drop in fuel prices was the largest 1-month decrease for the index since an 8.5-percent decline in 
June 2012. Both petroleum and natural gas prices contributed to the decrease in August fuel prices, 
declining 4.4 percent and 11.6 percent, respectively. Prices for imported fuel decreased 4.5 percent over the 
past year, after rising 4.1 percent between August 2012 and August 2013. The 12-month decrease for fuel 
prices in August was led by a 5.3-percent drop in petroleum prices which more than offset a 35.4-percent 
jump in natural gas prices.   

All Imports Excluding Fuel: The 0.1-percent advance in nonfuel prices in August was the first monthly 
uptick in the price index for nonfuel imports since a 0.3-percent rise in March. Higher prices for foods, 
feeds, and beverages; nonfuel industrial supplies and materials; and automotive vehicles all contributed to 
the August increase. The price index for nonfuel imports rose 0.7 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

2013

August

0.4 2.6 -0.2 -0.5 -4.2 0.0

September

0.3 1.0 0.1 0.4 0.6 0.3

October

-0.6 -3.3 0.1 -0.6 -1.3 -0.5

November

-0.9 -4.2 0.0 0.2 -0.2 0.1

December

0.1 0.7 -0.1 0.4 0.3 0.4

2014

January

0.4 0.8 0.3 0.3 0.0 0.4

February

1.1 5.9 0.0 0.8 1.4 0.6

March

0.5 1.0 0.3 0.9 2.8 0.7

April

-0.6 -2.6 0.0 -1.0 1.5 -1.2

May

0.3 (r)1.2 0.0 0.1 0.3 (r)0.0

June

(r)0.2 (r)1.5 -0.1 (r)-0.5 -1.7 -0.3

July

(r)-0.3 (r)-1.7 0.0 (r)0.1 (r)-2.0 0.3

August

-0.9 -4.6 0.1 -0.5 -2.8 -0.3

Aug. 2012 to 2013

0.0 4.1 -1.0 -1.1 -5.6 -0.6

Aug. 2013 to 2014

-0.4 -4.5 0.7 0.4 -1.3 0.5

Footnotes
(r) Revised

Exports

All Exports: Export prices declined 0.5 percent in August following a 0.1-percent uptick in July and a 0.5-
percent drop in June. In August, both agricultural and nonagricultural prices contributed to the decrease. 
Despite declines in August and June, export prices advanced 0.4 percent over the past 12 months as rising 
nonagricultural prices more than offset lower prices for agricultural exports.           

Agricultural Exports: Prices for agricultural exports fell 2.8 percent in August, after recording declines of 
2.0 percent and 1.7 percent in July and June. The August decrease was the largest monthly drop since the 
index fell 4.2 percent in August 2013. Declining prices for soybeans, fruit and corn were major contributors 
to the recent drop in agricultural prices; soybean prices fell 8.6 percent in August while the price indexes for 
fruit and corn decreased 5.4 percent and 6.5 percent, respectively. The decline in agricultural prices over the 
past 3 months drove the index down 1.3 percent for the year ended in August.                             

All Exports Excluding Agriculture: The price index for nonagricultural exports decreased 0.3 percent in 
August following a 0.3-percent rise the previous month. In August, lower prices for nonagricultural 
industrial supplies and materials and automotive vehicles more than offset higher capital goods prices. 
Despite the August decrease, nonagricultural export prices increased 0.5 percent over the past 12 months.  

					  SELECTED AUGUST HIGHLIGHTS

Import Prices

Imports by Locality of Origin: The price index for imports from China edged down 0.1 percent in August, 
after decreasing 0.2 percent the previous month. The August decline was driven by the second consecutive 
0.3-percent monthly drop in the price index for computers and other electronic equipment. Despite the 
recent decreases, import prices from China increased 0.2 percent for the year ended in August. Import prices 
from Canada and Mexico also fell in August, decreasing 1.6 percent and 0.3 percent, respectively. Both 
indexes were led by lower fuel prices. In contrast, prices for imports from the European Union ticked up 0.1 
percent for the third consecutive month in August. The price index for imports from Japan was unchanged 
in August.       

Nonfuel Industrial Supplies and Materials: The price index for nonfuel industrial supplies and materials 
ticked up 0.1 percent in August, after rising 0.5 percent in July. The August increase was led by a 0.3-
percent advance in chemical prices.       

Finished Goods: Prices for each of the major finished goods categories recorded little change in August. 
Automotive vehicles prices advanced 0.1 percent in August following a 0.7-percent drop in July that was the 
largest monthly decrease since a 1.1-percent decline in December 1992. The price indexes for capital goods 
and consumer goods each recorded no change in August.     

Foods, Feeds, and Beverages: Foods, feeds, and beverages prices advanced for the second consecutive 
month in August, rising 0.6 percent following a 1.1-percent increase the previous month. Higher meat prices 
contributed to both monthly advances in overall foods, feeds, and beverages prices, rising 5.5 percent in 
August and 5.6 percent in July.   

Transportation Services: Import air passenger fares fell 4.3 percent in August following a 2.8-percent 
decline the previous month. The August decrease was the largest monthly decline since a 6.4-percent drop 
in January, and was led by a 6.9-percent decrease in European fares. Despite the recent declines, import air 
passenger fares advanced 6.7 percent over the past year. The price index for import air freight rose 0.3 
percent in August and 2.3 percent over the past 12 months.      

Export Prices

Nonagricultural Industrial Supplies and Materials: Prices for nonagricultural industrial supplies and 
materials decreased 0.8 percent in August following a 0.7-percent increase in July and a 0.9-percent decline 
in June. The August drop was driven by a 3.1-percent decrease in export fuel prices.

Finished Goods: Prices for the major finished goods areas were mixed in August. Capital goods prices 
ticked up 0.1 percent, after edging down 0.2 percent the previous month. Prices for automotive vehicles fell 
0.2 percent in August, the largest 1-month decline since the index decreased 0.3 percent in August 2012. 
The price index for export consumer goods recorded no change in August following a 0.4-percent increase 
in July.    

Transportation Services: Export air passenger fares rose 5.2 percent in August, driven by higher Asian 
fares. Overall export fares also rose for the year ended in August, increasing 3.6 percent. Export air freight 
prices were unchanged in August and increased 9.4 percent over the past year. 

Import and Export Price Index data for September 2014 are scheduled for release on Friday, October 
10, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. (EDT).    

Table 1. U.S. import price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: August 2013 to August 2014
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description End
Use
Relative
import-
ance
July
2014(1)
Index Percent change
July
2014
Aug.
2014
Annual Monthly
Aug.
2013
to
Aug.
2014
Apr.
2014
to
May
2014
May
2014
to
June
2014
June
2014
to
July
2014
July
2014
to
Aug.
2014

All commodities

100.000 140.0 138.8 -0.4 0.3 0.2 -0.3 -0.9

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

74.741 102.3 102.3 0.4 0.1 0.0 -0.1 0.0

All imports excluding petroleum

81.006 115.8 115.7 0.8 -0.1 -0.2 0.0 -0.1

All imports excluding fuels (Dec. 2001=100)

79.999 119.6 119.7 0.7 0.0 -0.1 0.0 0.1

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

5.258 178.6 179.7 3.4 -0.7 -1.6 1.1 0.6

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

4.016 196.2 198.0 3.7 -0.6 -1.5 1.4 0.9

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

1.242 138.6 138.2 2.4 -1.3 -1.8 0.3 -0.3

Industrial supplies & materials

1

32.974 252.6 245.6 -2.2 0.7 0.8 -0.8 -2.8

Industrial supplies & materials excluding petroleum

13.980 162.0 161.1 2.7 -0.9 -0.2 0.2 -0.6

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

12.973 181.0 181.1 1.6 -0.1 -0.2 0.5 0.1

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

7.875 170.0 169.9 2.5 0.1 -0.1 1.1 -0.1

Industrial supplies & materials nondurable excluding petroleum

5.098 152.0 150.1 2.8 -2.2 -0.5 -0.7 -1.3

Fuels & lubricants

10

20.000 344.3 328.5 -4.5 1.2 1.5 -1.7 -4.6

Petroleum & petroleum products

100

18.993 381.4 364.6 -5.3 1.9 1.7 -1.7 -4.4

Crude

10000

14.548 397.9 379.5 -5.6 1.4 2.2 -1.4 -4.6

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

101

0.857 147.8 133.6 29.1 -10.4 -1.3 -0.2 -9.6

Gas-natural

10110

0.716 137.6 121.6 35.4 -12.4 -1.5 0.0 -11.6

Paper & paper base stocks

11

0.535 113.4 113.6 0.2 1.1 -0.1 -0.2 0.2

Materials associated with nondurable supplies & materials

12

4.633 168.8 169.2 0.6 -0.6 -0.4 -0.5 0.2

Selected building materials

13

1.039 142.2 142.1 1.4 -0.6 0.2 0.4 -0.1

Unfinished metals related to durable goods

14

3.601 244.7 244.0 4.1 0.3 -0.5 2.1 -0.3

Finished metals related to durable goods

15

1.642 158.3 159.1 2.2 0.4 0.5 0.3 0.5

Nonmetals related to durable goods

16

1.523 112.0 112.2 -0.7 0.1 0.3 0.0 0.2

Capital goods

2

24.852 92.5 92.5 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0

Electric generating equipment

20

3.011 120.3 120.4 0.6 0.4 -0.2 0.5 0.1

Nonelectrical machinery

21

19.919 85.1 85.1 -0.1 0.4 0.0 -0.1 0.0

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

22

1.923 135.8 135.9 0.0 -0.1 0.0 0.0 0.1

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

13.433 112.6 112.7 -0.7 0.0 0.0 -0.7 0.1

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

23.483 108.3 108.3 0.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Nondurables, manufactured

40

11.370 118.6 118.7 2.2 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.1

Durables, manufactured

41

10.918 97.6 97.5 -0.9 0.0 -0.1 -0.2 -0.1

Nonmanufactured consumer goods

42

1.195 121.3 120.8 3.8 0.0 -0.3 0.0 -0.4

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2012 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: August 2013 to August 2014
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description End
Use
Relative
import-
ance
July
2014(1)
Index Percent change
July
2014
Aug.
2014
Annual Monthly
Aug.
2013
to
Aug.
2014
Apr.
2014
to
May
2014
May
2014
to
June
2014
June
2014
to
July
2014
July
2014
to
Aug.
2014

All commodities

100.000 133.1 132.4 0.4 0.1 -0.5 0.1 -0.5

Agricultural commodities

9.965 217.4 211.4 -1.3 0.3 -1.7 -2.0 -2.8

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

80.963 102.5 102.5 0.8 0.0 -0.2 0.1 0.0

Nonagricultural commodities

90.036 127.0 126.6 0.5 0.0 -0.3 0.3 -0.3

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

9.194 219.4 213.5 0.0 0.4 -1.5 -1.4 -2.7

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

8.570 222.9 216.1 -0.5 0.6 -1.6 -1.6 -3.1

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

0.624 189.6 192.8 6.1 -1.8 -1.4 2.1 1.7

Industrial supplies & materials

1

33.327 178.0 176.5 -0.3 -0.1 -1.0 0.5 -0.8

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

11.232 172.4 172.4 1.2 -0.2 -0.9 1.2 0.0

Industrial supplies & materials, nondurable

22.096 181.9 179.6 -1.0 -0.1 -1.0 0.1 -1.3

Agricultural industrial supplies & materials

10

1.395 192.7 190.5 -6.2 -1.3 -2.6 -4.2 -1.1

Nonagricultural industrial supplies & materials

31.933 177.6 176.2 0.0 -0.1 -0.9 0.7 -0.8

Fuels & lubricants

11

9.844 258.4 250.5 -3.1 0.2 -1.5 0.5 -3.1

Nonagricultural supplies & materials excluding fuels & building materials

12

21.102 167.4 167.8 1.6 -0.1 -0.7 1.0 0.2

Selected building materials

13

0.987 123.5 122.2 -1.8 -0.8 -2.0 -1.8 -1.1

Capital goods

2

36.272 107.2 107.3 0.8 0.2 0.0 -0.2 0.1

Electrical generating equipment

20

3.687 115.9 115.9 0.6 0.6 -0.1 0.3 0.0

Nonelectrical machinery

21

25.608 95.5 95.6 0.2 0.2 0.0 -0.2 0.1

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

22

6.977 156.1 156.1 2.8 0.1 -0.1 -0.1 0.0

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

9.452 114.1 113.9 0.4 0.1 0.1 0.0 -0.2

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

11.755 115.6 115.6 1.0 -0.1 0.1 0.4 0.0

Nondurables, manufactured

40

5.412 112.4 112.6 -1.2 -0.1 0.0 1.3 0.2

Durables, manufactured

41

4.952 111.9 111.9 0.2 0.0 0.0 -0.4 0.0

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2012 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: August 2013 to August 2014
[December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
July
2014(1)
Index Percent change
July
2014
Aug.
2014
Annual Monthly
Aug.
2013
to
Aug.
2014
Apr.
2014
to
May
2014
May
2014
to
June
2014
June
2014
to
July
2014
July
2014
to
Aug.
2014

Nonmanufactured articles

17.548 173.3 165.8 -2.9 0.1 1.0 -1.0 -4.3

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

1.800 178.1 178.2 4.0 -3.3 -5.5 2.2 0.1

Crop production

111

1.369 184.7 184.9 4.6 -3.5 -6.6 2.4 0.1

Forestry and logging (Dec. 2012=100)

113

0.138 78.8 76.2 -19.0 -6.0 2.2 -2.1 -3.3

Mining

21

15.748 172.5 164.2 -3.6 0.5 1.7 -1.3 -4.8

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

212

0.247 123.3 124.2 -4.5 -1.8 0.4 -0.3 0.7

Manufactured articles

82.051 116.4 116.3 0.3 0.3 0.1 -0.3 -0.1

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

10.504 125.9 126.7 2.4 -0.1 0.1 0.4 0.6

Food manufacturing

311

3.088 160.9 163.8 5.3 -0.4 0.3 0.8 1.8

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.936 117.4 117.5 3.5 -0.2 0.1 1.6 0.1

Textile mills (Dec. 2011=100)

313

0.356 102.5 102.7 1.8 0.0 -0.1 0.5 0.2

Textile product mills

314

0.761 114.3 114.4 -0.3 0.0 -0.1 0.0 0.1

Apparel manufacturing

315

3.713 110.9 111.3 0.9 0.1 -0.1 0.0 0.4

Leather and allied product manufacturing

316

1.650 123.6 123.7 1.8 0.1 0.0 0.2 0.1

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

17.471 137.5 136.5 -0.1 0.9 0.1 -0.9 -0.7

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.626 121.8 121.5 2.2 -0.8 0.2 0.9 -0.2

Paper manufacturing

322

0.978 111.0 111.3 0.5 0.5 0.1 0.2 0.3

Printing and related support activities (Dec. 2013=100)

323

0.186 99.6 99.6 - -0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

4.050 161.3 155.0 -5.7 4.2 0.7 -2.7 -3.9

Chemical manufacturing

325

8.883 136.9 137.3 2.8 -0.1 -0.1 -0.4 0.3

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

1.915 121.6 121.5 -2.9 -0.2 0.0 -1.1 -0.1

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.833 130.3 130.4 0.8 -0.2 0.4 -0.2 0.1

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

54.077 108.1 108.1 0.2 0.2 0.0 -0.1 0.0

Primary metal manufacturing

331

4.225 161.0 160.7 4.4 0.6 -0.2 2.0 -0.2

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.665 126.8 127.2 0.3 0.1 0.1 -0.1 0.3

Machinery manufacturing

333

6.854 121.3 121.4 0.4 0.2 0.0 -0.2 0.1

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

15.881 80.0 79.9 -1.0 0.3 0.0 -0.2 -0.1

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

4.085 119.0 119.3 -0.1 0.3 -0.2 0.3 0.3

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

14.295 111.3 111.3 -0.3 0.0 0.0 -0.5 0.0

Furniture and related product manufacturing

337

1.354 116.2 116.4 2.3 0.3 0.4 0.2 0.2

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

4.719 122.5 122.4 1.2 0.2 -0.1 0.3 -0.1

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2012 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: August 2013 to August 2014
[December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
July
2014(1)
Index Percent change
July
2014
Aug.
2014
Annual Monthly
Aug.
2013
to
Aug.
2014
Apr.
2014
to
May
2014
May
2014
to
June
2014
June
2014
to
July
2014
July
2014
to
Aug.
2014

Nonmanufactured articles

7.079 157.5 150.6 -4.7 -0.2 -2.0 -4.4 -4.4

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

4.830 189.3 180.1 -7.6 -0.1 -3.0 -4.6 -4.9

Crop production

111

4.617 197.1 187.2 -7.4 0.4 -2.9 -4.8 -5.0

Mining

21

2.249 91.3 88.2 2.8 -0.3 0.1 -3.8 -3.4

Mining (except oil and gas)

212

1.315 97.9 98.5 -2.0 -0.6 0.5 -0.8 0.6

Manufactured articles

90.971 121.0 120.7 0.3 0.1 -0.2 0.3 -0.2

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

7.305 158.8 157.8 4.1 0.3 0.1 0.6 -0.6

Food manufacturing

311

5.217 185.6 184.4 6.0 0.7 0.5 1.0 -0.6

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.510 115.0 111.6 -10.9 -1.9 -3.0 -2.7 -3.0

Leather and allied product manufacturing (Dec. 2013=100)

316

0.299 109.4 109.8 - 0.5 0.1 2.1 0.4

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

26.186 132.2 131.4 -1.8 0.1 -0.6 0.7 -0.6

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.460 124.2 124.1 3.5 0.2 -0.2 -0.2 -0.1

Paper manufacturing

322

1.828 125.1 126.3 3.9 0.0 -0.9 0.9 1.0

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

7.296 164.3 159.7 -5.4 0.6 -2.3 1.4 -2.8

Chemical manufacturing

325

13.391 128.5 128.7 -0.9 -0.2 0.1 0.6 0.2

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

2.159 118.8 119.3 -0.7 0.2 0.2 -0.4 0.4

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.773 113.3 113.3 1.3 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

57.481 113.0 113.0 0.8 0.1 -0.2 0.2 0.0

Primary metal manufacturing

331

4.741 150.9 150.5 1.8 -0.9 -1.7 3.1 -0.3

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.713 128.3 128.0 -2.2 0.0 0.1 0.4 -0.2

Machinery manufacturing

333

11.740 124.1 124.2 1.4 0.4 0.1 0.0 0.1

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

13.731 87.5 87.5 -1.2 0.1 0.0 -0.6 0.0

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

3.476 114.7 114.8 0.3 0.1 -0.2 0.2 0.1

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

15.642 119.9 119.8 1.5 0.0 0.1 0.0 -0.1

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

337

0.362 108.0 109.0 1.0 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.9

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

5.076 125.1 125.3 3.6 -0.2 0.2 -0.4 0.2

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2012 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: August 2013 to August 2014
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
July
2014(1)
Index Percent change
July
2014
Aug.
2014
Annual Monthly
Aug.
2013
to
Aug.
2014
Apr.
2014
to
May
2014
May
2014
to
June
2014
June
2014
to
July
2014
July
2014
to
Aug.
2014

Live animals; animal products

I

1.318 199.8 201.2 9.2 -1.0 -1.5 1.8 0.7

Meat and edible meat offal

02

0.315 265.6 272.3 20.5 -0.5 2.4 5.4 2.5

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.687 139.4 137.0 -0.9 -1.4 -3.4 -0.9 -1.7

Vegetable products

II

1.635 198.9 199.6 -0.2 0.3 -6.8 1.3 0.4

Edible vegetables, roots, and tubers

07

0.386 365.3 362.8 2.6 15.3 -13.3 3.2 -0.7

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

0.392 97.7 100.4 -11.4 -13.1 -8.8 -3.1 2.8

Coffee, tea, mate and spices

09

0.351 250.7 256.1 11.8 6.6 -4.9 3.9 2.2

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

III

0.249 116.1 117.8 2.2 -0.3 0.3 0.3 1.5

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages, and tobacco

IV

2.515 162.6 163.8 3.4 -0.1 0.9 0.6 0.7

Sugars and sugar confectionary (Dec. 2012=100)

17

0.169 90.4 92.0 1.4 1.7 3.5 -2.1 1.8

Cocoa and cocoa preparations (Dec. 2009=100)

18

0.249 114.2 116.8 16.7 -1.2 6.5 0.1 2.3

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

19

0.243 131.4 131.7 0.8 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.2

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

20

0.304 168.6 168.2 2.1 0.3 0.7 -0.6 -0.2

Beverages, spirits, and vinegar

22

0.948 127.9 128.2 3.2 -0.1 -0.1 1.7 0.2

Mineral products

V

19.899 347.1 331.3 -4.5 1.3 1.6 -1.7 -4.6

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

27

19.639 344.3 328.3 -4.5 1.4 1.7 -1.7 -4.6

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

8.127 152.5 152.4 2.9 0.0 -0.1 0.0 -0.1

Inorganic chemicals

28

0.607 309.3 307.8 -3.0 2.5 -1.2 -5.0 -0.5

Organic chemicals

29

2.399 136.2 136.2 1.1 -1.0 -0.3 0.8 0.0

Pharmaceutical products

30

3.353 134.2 134.3 7.0 0.3 0.6 0.1 0.1

Fertilizers (Dec. 2009=100)

31

0.316 109.6 108.0 -2.8 -1.2 -2.4 1.2 -1.5

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

32

0.175 102.6 105.3 11.5 -0.4 -0.2 1.4 2.6

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

0.462 93.2 93.2 -6.0 -0.1 -0.1 -0.4 0.0

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

3.125 147.0 146.6 -2.3 -0.4 0.1 -0.7 -0.3

Plastics and articles thereof

39

2.012 149.9 149.8 1.2 0.0 0.1 0.1 -0.1

Rubber and articles thereof

40

1.113 143.3 142.5 -8.1 -1.2 0.2 -2.1 -0.6

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

VIII

0.613 127.8 127.9 1.9 0.5 -0.9 0.1 0.1

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

42

0.577 130.3 130.3 2.7 0.5 -0.2 0.1 0.0

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

IX

0.656 147.7 147.3 2.2 -0.9 0.1 0.9 -0.3

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

1.037 113.6 113.6 -0.3 0.5 -0.1 -0.1 0.0

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

48

0.684 107.3 107.2 -0.5 -0.1 0.0 0.1 -0.1

Printed matter (Dec. 2013=100)

49

0.193 99.5 99.5 - -0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0

Textile and textile articles

XI

4.699 114.1 114.3 0.4 0.0 -0.2 0.1 0.2

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted

61

1.833 102.9 102.9 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 0.0 0.0

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted

62

1.706 119.0 119.7 1.4 -0.1 -0.3 0.2 0.6

Made-up or worn textile articles

63

0.548 108.0 108.0 0.1 -0.1 0.1 0.0 0.0

Headgear, umbrellas, artifical flowers, etc.

XII

1.325 122.1 122.2 1.1 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.1

Footwear and parts of such articles

64

1.144 121.5 121.7 1.5 0.2 0.0 0.1 0.2

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

XIII

0.770 132.9 133.0 0.3 -0.2 0.4 -0.2 0.1

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

68

0.253 125.4 125.5 -0.6 -0.4 0.9 -0.8 0.1

Ceramic products

69

0.238 141.6 141.8 0.6 -0.1 0.4 0.0 0.1

Glass and glassware

70

0.279 129.6 129.5 0.5 -0.1 0.0 0.0 -0.1

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

XIV

2.691 185.8 184.3 2.7 -0.7 -1.3 3.1 -0.8

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

5.348 183.5 184.2 3.1 0.8 0.4 0.3 0.4

Iron and steel

72

1.271 223.3 222.3 3.3 0.5 -0.3 0.4 -0.4

Articles of iron or steel

73

1.676 154.4 154.7 0.7 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.2

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.431 324.9 333.6 4.1 1.7 -0.5 -0.7 2.7

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.726 141.7 143.9 6.4 1.0 2.2 0.6 1.6

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

82

0.391 129.1 129.1 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 0.0 0.0

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.442 136.8 138.3 2.2 0.1 0.0 0.1 1.1

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

XVI

26.974 84.4 84.4 -0.5 0.2 0.0 -0.2 0.0

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

14.024 89.5 89.5 0.0 0.6 -0.1 -0.1 0.0

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

85

12.950 79.5 79.4 -1.0 0.0 -0.1 -0.3 -0.1

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

11.963 115.4 115.5 -0.4 0.0 0.0 -0.6 0.1

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

10.952 114.1 114.2 -0.4 0.0 0.0 -0.7 0.1

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

88

0.911 120.0 119.8 -0.3 -0.2 0.0 0.2 -0.2

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

XVIII

3.425 104.8 105.1 1.1 0.0 0.2 -0.1 0.3

Optical, photographic, measuring and medical instruments

90

3.128 101.6 102.0 1.1 0.1 0.2 -0.1 0.4

Clocks and watches and parts thereof

91

0.240 143.1 143.1 1.6 -0.1 -0.1 -0.6 0.0

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

3.551 113.9 114.0 1.1 0.1 0.1 0.4 0.1

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

94

2.070 118.3 118.4 1.5 0.2 0.1 0.5 0.1

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

1.249 105.9 105.9 0.8 0.1 -0.1 0.2 0.0

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

96

0.231 135.1 135.2 -2.7 -0.3 0.3 -0.3 0.1

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2012 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: August 2013 to August 2014
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
July
2014(1)
Index Percent change
July
2014
Aug.
2014
Annual Monthly
Aug.
2013
to
Aug.
2014
Apr.
2014
to
May
2014
May
2014
to
June
2014
June
2014
to
July
2014
July
2014
to
Aug.
2014

Live animals; animal products

I

2.276 251.9 253.6 17.0 0.0 -1.2 4.0 0.7

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

02

1.376 199.1 200.7 20.4 2.1 1.2 5.3 0.8

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.360 206.8 212.1 11.9 -2.7 -1.6 3.3 2.6

Vegetable products

II

4.533 242.7 229.0 -7.1 0.7 -2.9 -3.9 -5.6

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

1.076 167.9 163.6 2.1 0.4 -4.8 -3.5 -2.6

Cereals

10

1.075 237.0 225.7 -16.1 1.7 -8.7 -3.9 -4.8

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

12

1.933 280.5 258.3 -2.2 0.3 1.1 -4.6 -7.9

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

III

0.250 114.7 112.7 -10.2 0.2 -1.0 -1.3 -1.7

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages,and tobacco

IV

2.907 167.2 163.8 -2.0 -0.2 -0.2 -1.4 -2.0

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

20

0.349 118.1 118.1 4.8 0.0 0.0 -0.8 0.0

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

22

0.483 110.8 110.8 -1.8 0.1 -0.8 0.1 0.0

Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed

23

0.721 264.3 244.0 -10.1 -0.7 -0.8 -5.4 -7.7

Mineral products

V

9.551 296.9 288.7 -4.1 0.3 -1.7 0.3 -2.8

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

26

0.450 96.6 99.2 13.8 2.1 1.6 1.7 2.7

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

27

8.919 293.5 284.4 -5.0 0.1 -1.9 0.3 -3.1

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

10.866 150.7 150.8 -1.3 -0.1 0.5 0.7 0.1

Inorganic chemicals

28

0.870 170.7 170.7 -6.6 0.5 -0.8 -0.6 0.0

Organic chemicals

29

3.241 169.7 169.9 3.2 0.2 0.3 4.1 0.1

Pharmaceutical products

30

2.579 116.0 116.2 -3.8 0.1 0.3 0.2 0.2

Fertilizers (Dec. 2012=100)

31

0.308 86.1 87.0 -5.0 -0.2 -0.4 1.5 1.0

Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery cosmetic or toilet preparations

33

0.706 133.6 133.6 -1.5 0.2 -0.1 0.1 0.0

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

34

0.448 116.5 117.1 -3.1 0.3 0.4 -3.4 0.5

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

1.747 152.9 151.9 -1.6 -1.2 2.3 -2.6 -0.7

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

5.183 150.3 151.0 1.7 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1 0.5

Plastics and articles thereof

39

4.211 145.2 145.8 2.2 0.0 -0.1 0.0 0.4

Rubber and articles thereof

40

0.972 172.1 173.1 -0.8 -0.1 -0.2 -0.7 0.6

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

VIII

0.454 161.1 162.4 12.3 0.1 0.2 1.3 0.8

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

2.286 125.4 126.4 3.6 -0.4 -1.0 1.3 0.8

Woodpulp and recovered paper

47

0.686 130.2 131.9 4.9 -1.2 -2.8 2.7 1.3

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

48

1.176 124.7 125.5 4.2 0.2 -0.1 1.1 0.6

Textile and textile articles

XI

1.874 131.2 131.1 -0.4 -0.3 -1.2 -1.9 -0.1

Cotton, including yarns and woven fabrics thereof

52

0.569 140.1 139.9 -4.3 -1.0 -3.7 -6.2 -0.1

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

XIII

0.744 120.2 120.3 1.7 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.1

Glass and glassware

70

0.381 98.7 98.9 1.5 0.5 -0.1 0.0 0.2

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

XIV

4.482 252.8 251.7 4.4 -1.3 -1.7 2.6 -0.4

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

5.321 164.9 165.4 0.8 0.6 -0.1 1.0 0.3

Iron and steel

72

1.426 190.1 191.8 4.9 1.1 -0.7 -0.8 0.9

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.615 231.9 229.9 -0.9 0.2 0.5 3.1 -0.9

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.864 124.0 126.1 3.6 2.0 0.3 3.5 1.7

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

82

0.413 141.6 141.7 6.6 0.3 -0.1 2.2 0.1

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.313 147.1 147.1 -0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

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

XVI

27.734 97.3 97.2 0.0 0.2 0.0 -0.3 -0.1

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

16.786 112.7 112.6 1.1 0.4 -0.1 -0.2 -0.1

Electrical machinery and equipment and parts and accessories thereof

85

10.948 80.5 80.6 -1.5 0.1 -0.1 -0.5 0.1

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

13.447 130.0 129.9 1.3 0.1 0.1 0.0 -0.1

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

8.756 115.3 115.0 1.0 0.1 0.1 0.1 -0.3

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

XVIII

5.994 107.5 107.9 0.9 0.0 0.0 -0.2 0.4

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

1.412 110.5 111.0 0.2 -0.3 0.0 0.0 0.5

Furniture; stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings nesoi;

94

0.783 121.8 123.0 0.3 -0.6 0.1 0.0 1.0

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

0.476 89.5 89.5 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2012 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: August 2013 to August 2014
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Relative
import-
ance
July
2014(1)
Index Percent change
July
2014
Aug.
2014
Annual Monthly
Aug.
2013
to
Aug.
2014
Apr.
2014
to
May
2014
May
2014
to
June
2014
June
2014
to
July
2014
July
2014
to
Aug.
2014

Industrialized Countries(2)

100.000 134.0 133.2 1.0 0.2 0.1 0.1 -0.6

Nonmanufactured articles

13.232 257.8 245.3 -2.0 -0.4 1.4 0.0 -4.8

Manufactured articles

86.191 124.1 124.2 1.3 0.3 0.0 0.1 0.1

Other Countries(3)

100.000 138.5 137.2 -1.4 0.3 0.1 -0.2 -0.9

Nonmanufactured articles

20.109 349.3 335.1 -4.7 0.3 1.0 -1.0 -4.1

Manufactured articles

79.640 109.9 109.7 -0.4 0.2 -0.1 0.0 -0.2

Canada

100.000 156.8 154.3 -0.1 -0.3 0.6 0.3 -1.6

Nonmanufactured articles

33.850 249.5 237.2 -1.4 -0.4 1.4 -0.2 -4.9

Manufactured articles

65.290 135.9 136.1 0.2 -0.3 0.4 0.4 0.1

European Union(4)

100.000 139.2 139.3 3.0 0.4 0.1 0.1 0.1

Manufactured articles

99.305 135.3 135.5 3.0 0.3 0.1 0.1 0.1

France (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 123.1 123.1 1.3 0.6 0.3 -0.2 0.0

Germany (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 119.0 118.9 2.7 0.2 0.4 -0.8 -0.1

United Kingdom (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 132.2 132.0 3.4 0.5 0.2 0.7 -0.2

Latin America(5)

100.000 172.5 170.6 -2.6 0.3 -0.2 -0.5 -1.1

Nonmanufactured articles

29.339 371.7 357.0 -6.4 0.3 0.7 -1.0 -4.0

Manufactured articles

70.252 129.9 129.9 -0.8 0.3 -0.6 -0.2 0.0

Mexico (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 141.4 141.0 -2.0 0.0 -0.1 -0.5 -0.3

Nonmanufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

16.793 195.7 190.3 -7.3 -0.1 -0.4 -2.7 -2.8

Manufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

82.955 92.7 92.9 -0.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2

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

100.000 102.5 102.5 -0.5 0.0 0.0 -0.2 0.0

China (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 103.9 103.8 0.2 0.3 0.0 -0.2 -0.1

Japan

100.000 98.6 98.6 -1.4 -0.1 0.0 -0.3 0.0

Asian NICs(7)

100.000 88.9 89.2 -1.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3

ASEAN (Dec. 2003=100)(8)

100.000 103.7 103.7 -0.7 -0.1 -0.3 -0.2 0.0

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

100.000 266.2 254.6 -4.4 -1.0 0.1 0.2 -4.4

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2012 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: August 2013 to August 2014
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Relative
import-
ance
July
2014(1)
Index Percent change
July
2014
Aug.
2014
Annual Monthly
Aug.
2013
to
Aug.
2014
Apr.
2014
to
May
2014
May
2014
to
June
2014
June
2014
to
July
2014
July
2014
to
Aug.
2014

Air Freight

Import Air Freight

100.000 175.2 175.8 2.3 -0.1 0.0 -0.3 0.3

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

28.566 179.5 179.1 9.7 0.1 0.2 -0.7 -0.2

Asia

68.262 151.0 152.0 0.2 -0.1 -0.1 -0.2 0.7

Export Air Freight

100.000 159.9 159.9 9.4 5.8 0.0 -0.2 0.0

Europe (Dec. 2006=100)

37.048 143.0 143.0 8.5 5.4 0.0 -0.1 0.0

Inbound Air Freight

100.000 165.0 165.1 2.8 0.5 0.1 -0.2 0.1

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

27.428 159.2 158.7 8.0 0.1 0.1 -0.3 -0.3

Asia

62.998 147.4 147.7 1.4 0.8 0.0 -0.1 0.2

Outbound Air Freight

100.000 153.2 153.2 5.2 3.2 0.1 0.0 0.0

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

33.478 172.0 172.0 7.6 3.6 0.2 0.0 0.0

Asia

47.139 145.2 145.2 4.4 2.9 0.1 0.0 0.0

Air Passenger Fares

Import Air Passenger Fares

100.000 202.7 193.9 6.7 2.1 6.9 -2.8 -4.3

Europe

42.454 223.7 208.2 3.1 3.8 8.7 -5.3 -6.9

Asia

24.769 164.3 159.0 1.7 8.3 5.8 -1.9 -3.2

Latin America/Caribbean

8.585 172.1 173.4 0.1 -3.3 0.5 1.7 0.8

Export Air Passenger Fares

100.000 203.6 214.1 3.6 2.0 4.8 3.6 5.2

Europe

33.179 261.9 240.1 -4.0 4.3 13.2 -0.6 -8.3

Asia

32.954 171.5 218.0 7.7 8.8 1.4 1.9 27.1

Latin America/Caribbean

19.241 187.4 193.9 -4.4 -2.3 1.3 -4.8 3.5

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2012 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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Last Modified Date: September 12, 2014
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