The International Price Program (IPP) produces Import/Export Price Indexes (MXP) containing data on changes in the prices of nonmilitary goods and services traded between the U.S. and the rest of the world.


Next Release:

  • September 2016 U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes are scheduled to be released on October 13, 2016, at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time.

MXP News Releases

Import prices fall 0.2% in August, led by lower fuel prices; export prices decline 0.8%


U.S. import prices declined 0.2 percent in August, after ticking up 0.1 percent in July. The August downturn was driven by lower fuel prices. Prices for U.S. exports decreased 0.8 percent in August following a 0.2-percent increase in July.
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MXP Tables

MXP Tables

Archives: Previous versions of these tables are available upon request.

MXP Publications

Overview Publications

  • Overview Pamphlet (PDF)
  • BLS Handbook of Methods, Chapter 15, International Price Indexes (PDF)
  • Addendum

Regional Publications

  • California Export Highlights (PDF)
  • Georgia Export Highlights (PDF)
  • Texas Export Highlights (PDF)
  • Louisiana & Texas Energy Export Highlights (PDF)
  • Mountain-Plains Export Highlights (PDF)
  • New England Export Highlights (PDF)
  • New Jersey & New York Export Highlights (PDF)
  • Mid-Atlantic Export Highlights (PDF)
  • Great Lakes Export Highlights (PDF)
  • Puerto Rico Export Highlights (PDF)

Industry Publications

  • Chemical Industry (PDF)
  • Meat Industry (PDF)
  • Metal Industry (PDF)
  • Pharmaceutical Industry (PDF)
  • Semiconductor Industry (PDF)
  • Computer Industry (PDF)

Country of Import Publications

Data Uses Publications

  • Contract Escalation (PDF)

Fact Sheets

Measuring Price Change in the U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes for:
  • Air Freight (HTML) (PDF)
  • Air Passenger Fares (HTML) (PDF)
  • Base and Precious Metals and Diamonds (HTML) (PDF)
  • Crude Oil, Gasoline, and Fuel Oil (HTML) (PDF)
  • Grains (HTML) (PDF)
  • Inbound Crude Oil Tanker Freight (HTML) (PDF)
  • Inbound Ocean Liner Freight (HTML) (PDF)
  • Export Postsecondary Education (HTML) (PDF)
  • Export Travel and Tourism (HTML) (PDF)

Other Publications

MXP Variance Statistics

In order to help users assess the precision of the U.S. import and export price index series, BLS is now providing variance estimates for these figures. These estimates include values from 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. The plan in the future is to release results on an annual basis in May. Currently, the data are only calculated for the all-import and all-export series. In the future, however, the published variance estimates will also be made available at a more detailed level.


  • Variance Estimates for Changes in the Import and Export Price Indexes, January–December 2011 (PDF)
  • Variance Estimates for Changes in the Import and Export Price Indexes, January–December 2012 (PDF)
  • Variance Estimates for Changes in the Import and Export Price Indexes, January–December 2013 (PDF)
  • Variance Estimates for Changes in the Import and Export Price Indexes, January–December 2014 (PDF)

MXP Events

Import and Export Price Index Discussion Series

Conference and Training Center

Bureau of Labor Statistics
Postal Square Building
2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20212

10:00 A.M. — 11:00 A.M.

The Import and Export Price Index Discussion Series events are
presentations followed by an open discussion of a topic relating to Import and Export prices. The discussion is preceded by tea and coffee at 9:30 a.m., and begins at 10:00 a.m.

Space is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.
To RSVP or suggest future topics, please email:

To view past events, please visit our MXP Events page.

September 23, 2016
Forty Years of BLS Export and Import Price Indexes: trends and competition
Presented by Dave Mead, BLS Senior Economist

International Price Comparisons

MXP Frequently Asked Questions

MXP Special Notices

MXP Notices


Related Links

BLS Programs

  • International Labor Comparisons—Comparative information by country on productivity and unit labor costs; compensation; labor force, employment, and unemployment; and consumer prices.

Non-BLS Programs

MXP Contacts


Technical Assistance:

  • Telephone: (202) 691-7101
  • E-Mail: Contact us
  • Fax (202) 691-7179
  • Mail:
  • Division of International Prices
    Bureau of Labor Statistics
    2 Massachusetts Avenue N.E.
    Rm. 3955
    Washington, DC 20212

Media Contact:

  • Telephone: (202) 691-5902

Regional Office Assistance:

Information about the Import/Export Price Indexes and other BLS data may be obtained from any of the eight BLS Regional Economic Analysis and Information offices.

BLS Email Subscription Service:

Subscribers to the BLS Email Subscription Service can receive the Import/Export Price Indexes and other BLS news releases; data summaries; and new publication notifications by email. More information about this free service may be found on the BLS News Service Subscription Page.