U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes News Release

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                          U.S. IMPORT AND EXPORT PRICE INDEXES - JANUARY 2010

The U.S. Import Price Index advanced 1.4 percent in January, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 
today, as fuel and nonfuel prices each increased. The rise in overall imports followed a 0.2 percent uptick in 
December. Export prices rose 0.8 percent in January after advancing 0.6 percent in December and 0.8 
percent in November.


Imports 
 
All Imports: Import prices continued to increase in January, rising 1.4 percent after a 0.2 percent advance in 
December. Approximately three quarters of the increase was attributable to higher fuel prices. Import prices 
rose for the sixth consecutive month and 11.5 percent for the year ended in January, the largest 12-month 
gain for the index since a 13.1 percent jump for the September 2007-08 period.

Fuel Imports: Import fuel prices resumed an upward trend in January, rising 5.3 percent following a 0.6 
percent drop in December. A 4.8 percent increase in petroleum prices and an 18.8 percent advance in natural 
gas prices both contributed to the January increase. Despite increasing in each of the past four months, 
natural gas prices fell 2.9 percent for the year ended in January. The price index for petroleum jumped 95.5 
percent over the past year, driving overall fuel prices up 78.6 percent for the same period. The 12-month 
increase in fuel prices followed a 51.4 percent drop for the January 2008-09 period.

All Imports Excluding Fuel: Prices for nonfuel imports rose 0.4 percent for the fifth time in the past six 
months. The increase was led by higher prices for nonfuel industrial supplies and materials. Rising prices for 
foods, feeds, and beverages and consumer goods also factored into the overall advance. Nonfuel import 
prices increased 1.3 percent over the past year as the index has risen nine of the past ten months.


Table A. Percent changes

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

2009

January

-1.3 -4.7 -0.7 0.7 5.9 0.3

February

0.0 2.7 -0.4 -0.3 -1.7 -0.2

March

0.5 7.8 -0.6 -0.7 -3.4 -0.4

April

1.1 7.5 0.1 0.5 3.7 0.2

May

1.7 9.8 0.2 0.4 3.6 0.3

June

2.7 16.0 0.2 1.0 4.2 0.6

July

-0.6 -2.6 -0.2 -0.3 -4.9 0.1

August

1.5 7.0 0.4 0.6 0.2 0.7

September

0.2 -1.3 0.4 -0.2 -2.9 0.1

October

(r)0.8 (r)3.0 0.4 0.0 -0.7 0.1

November

(r)1.5 (r)6.3 0.4 (r)0.8 (r)3.9 (r)0.5

December

(r)0.2 (r)-0.6 (r)0.3 0.6 (r)1.7 0.5

2010

January

1.4 5.3 0.4 0.8 1.4 0.7

Jan. 2008 to 2009

-12.5 -51.4 -0.3 -3.4 -10.0 -2.7

Jan. 2009 to 2010

11.5 78.6 1.3 3.4 4.5 3.3

Footnotes
(r) Revised

 

Exports

All Exports: Export prices rose 0.8 percent in January following 0.6 percent and 0.8 percent increases the 
previous two months. The 2.3 percent increase for the November-January period was the largest three-month 
advance in export prices since a 2.9 percent rise for the three months ended in July 2008. The January 
increase was driven by higher nonagricultural prices which accounted for approximately eighty percent of 
the overall advance. The price index for overall exports rose 3.4 percent over the past 12 months, the largest 
year-over-year increase since a 4.0 percent advance for the year ended October 2008.

Agricultural Exports: The price index for agricultural exports increased 1.4 percent in January and 4.5 
percent over the past year. The increase in January followed a 1.7 percent advance in December and was 
driven by rising nut prices. A 5.7 percent rise in soybean prices for the January 2009-10 period led the 12-
month increase in agricultural prices. 

All Exports Excluding Agriculture: Nonagricultural prices advanced 0.7 percent in January, the largest 
monthly increase since a similar 0.7 percent rise in August 2009. Increasing prices for nonagricultural 
industrial supplies and materials, capital goods, and automotive vehicles all contributed to the overall 
advance in January. The price index for nonagricultural export prices has risen each month since April and 
increased 3.3 percent for the year ended in January. 

 

                                      SELECTED JANUARY HIGHLIGHTS


Import Prices

Nonfuel Industrial Supplies and Materials: Prices for nonfuel industrial supplies and materials increased 
1.5 percent in January after rising 1.8 percent in December. Rising prices for metals and chemicals led the 
advances in each month. 

Finished Goods: Import finished goods prices were virtually unchanged in January, with a 0.2 percent 
increase in consumer goods prices offsetting 0.1 percent declines in the price indexes for capital goods and 
automotive vehicles. The increase in consumer goods prices was led by higher prices for medicinal, dental 
and pharmaceutical products. The January decreases for capital goods and automotive vehicles followed 
drops of 0.2 percent and 0.1 percent, respectively, in December. 
 
Foods, Feeds, and Beverages: The price index for foods, feeds, and beverages rose 1.3 percent in January, 
the largest monthly advance since a 1.3 percent rise in August 2009. Rising prices for fruits and vegetables 
were the primary contributors to the January increase.   

Imports by Locality of Origin: Higher fuel prices contributed to January increases in import prices from 
Canada, Mexico, and the European Union. Import prices from Canada rose 3.6 percent, the largest one-
month increase since a 3.6 percent rise in June 2008. The price indexes for imports from Mexico and the 
European Union rose 1.7 percent and 0.2 percent, respectively, in January. In contrast, import prices from 
China fell 0.3 percent, the largest monthly drop since a 0.5 percent decline in April 2009. The January 
decline followed a 0.2 percent increase in December.  

Transportation Services: Import air passenger fares fell 3.2 percent in January after increasing in each of 
the three previous months. Lower European, Asian, and Latin American/Caribbean fares all contributed to 
the decline. The price index for import air freight also decreased in January, falling 7.6 percent. The decline 
was led by a 10.1 percent decrease in Asian air freight prices. 


Export Prices
 
Nonagricultural Industrial Supplies and Materials: Nonagricultural industrial supplies and materials 
prices increased 1.9 percent for the second consecutive month in January. Both advances were driven by 
higher prices for metals, chemicals, and paper.   

Finished Goods: Prices for the major finished goods categories were mixed in January following an overall 
decline in December. The price indexes for capital goods and automotive vehicles each rose 0.2 percent, 
while prices for consumer goods fell 0.3 percent.  

Transportation Services: Export air passenger fares advanced 4.2 percent in January following a 10.2 
percent increase the previous month. For the second consecutive month, the rise was led by higher Asian and 
Latin American fares. The price index for export air freight rose 0.4 percent in January after advancing 0.4 
percent in November and 0.7 percent in December. 
		
Import and Export Price Index data for February 2010 are scheduled for release on Tuesday, March 
16, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. (EDT).

Table 1. U.S. import price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: January 2009 to January 2010 2000=100, unless otherwise noted
Description End
Use
Relative
import-
ance
Dec.
2009(1)
Index Percent change
Dec.
2009
Jan.
2010
Annual Monthly
Jan.
2009
to
Jan.
2010
Sept.
2009
to
Oct.
2009
Oct.
2009
to
Nov.
2009
Nov.
2009
to
Dec.
2009
Dec.
2009
to
Jan.
2010

All commodities

  100.000 124.3 126.0 11.5 0.8 1.5 0.2 1.4

All imports excluding petroleum

  81.069 109.6 110.3 1.2 0.5 0.6 0.5 0.6

All imports excluding fuels (Dec. 2001=100)

  79.431 113.0 113.4 1.3 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.4

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

4.689 143.7 145.6 2.3 0.4 1.0 0.8 1.3

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

3.640 160.8 164.0 3.1 0.3 1.4 0.8 2.0

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

1.049 104.9 104.0 -0.5 0.8 -0.4 0.4 -0.9

Industrial supplies & materials

1

34.360 195.8 203.2 41.4 2.3 4.2 0.4 3.8

Industrial supplies & materials excluding petroleum

  15.428 145.0 148.8 6.5 2.2 2.9 2.6 2.6

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

  13.790 158.6 161.0 8.3 1.4 1.3 1.8 1.5

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

  8.636 152.3 154.8 12.3 1.0 1.3 2.2 1.6

Industrial supplies & materials nondurable excluding petroleum

  5.154 136.1 141.5 -0.1 3.8 5.1 3.1 4.0

Fuels & lubricants

10

20.570 248.7 261.9 78.6 3.0 6.3 -0.6 5.3

Petroleum & petroleum products

100

18.932 268.4 281.2 95.5 2.4 5.4 -1.4 4.8

Crude

10000

13.957 273.7 284.8 95.2 3.8 4.9 -2.5 4.1

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

101

1.388 142.0 161.6 -4.6 14.0 22.1 10.8 13.8

Gas-natural

10110

1.051 128.5 152.7 -2.9 17.5 26.9 12.6 18.8

Paper & paper base stocks

11

0.668 103.1 103.6 -6.1 1.4 1.9 0.7 0.5

Materials associated with nondurable supplies & materials

12

4.563 141.0 142.9 3.0 2.2 1.2 1.1 1.3

Selected building materials

13

1.311 120.7 122.0 4.1 -0.3 -0.1 1.9 1.1

Unfinished metals related to durable goods

14

3.912 221.5 227.0 28.6 2.0 2.5 3.9 2.5

Finished metals related to durable goods

15

1.786 139.8 141.4 2.7 0.4 0.9 0.6 1.1

Nonmetals related to durable goods

16

1.550 105.4 106.0 -1.0 0.5 0.4 0.2 0.6

Capital goods

2

23.648 91.8 91.7 -1.1 0.0 0.1 -0.2 -0.1

Electric generating equipment

20

2.983 111.3 112.0 0.8 0.5 0.3 0.2 0.6

Nonelectrical machinery

21

18.617 86.3 86.0 -1.7 -0.1 0.1 -0.2 -0.3

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

22

2.048 122.5 123.9 2.7 -0.1 -0.2 -0.2 1.1

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

12.297 108.8 108.7 0.6 0.2 0.1 -0.1 -0.1

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

25.007 104.3 104.5 0.1 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.2

Nondurables, manufactured

40

11.546 107.8 108.5 -0.4 0.0 0.1 -0.1 0.6

Durables, manufactured

41

12.232 100.8 100.7 0.6 0.2 0.0 -0.1 -0.1

Nonmanufactured consumer goods

42

1.229 102.1 102.1 -0.6 0.4 -0.5 1.0 0.0

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2008 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: January 2009 to January 2010 2000=100, unless otherwise noted
Description End
Use
Relative
import-
ance
Dec.
2009(1)
Index Percent change
Dec.
2009
Jan.
2010
Annual Monthly
Jan.
2009
to
Jan.
2010
Sept.
2009
to
Oct.
2009
Oct.
2009
to
Nov.
2009
Nov.
2009
to
Dec.
2009
Dec.
2009
to
Jan.
2010

All commodities

  100.000 119.6 120.6 3.4 0.0 0.8 0.6 0.8

Agricultural commodities

  8.993 164.6 166.9 4.5 -0.7 3.9 1.7 1.4

Nonagricultural commodities

  91.008 116.4 117.2 3.3 0.1 0.5 0.5 0.7

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

8.166 165.0 167.4 1.2 -1.1 3.5 1.9 1.5

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

7.600 167.9 170.5 1.7 -1.1 3.5 2.0 1.5

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

0.566 140.4 140.2 -5.2 -1.7 3.6 0.4 -0.1

Industrial supplies & materials

1

30.317 150.1 152.9 10.0 0.7 1.8 1.8 1.9

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

  12.060 157.7 159.7 12.5 1.0 1.2 2.4 1.3

Industrial supplies & materials, nondurable

  18.258 146.2 149.6 8.5 0.4 2.3 1.3 2.3

Agricultural industrial supplies & materials

10

1.393 152.4 153.0 21.8 1.2 5.5 0.4 0.4

Nonagricultural industrial supplies & materials

  28.925 150.3 153.2 9.5 0.6 1.6 1.9 1.9

Fuels & lubricants

11

5.508 189.6 199.8 20.5 2.1 5.2 2.7 5.4

Nonagricultural supplies & materials excluding fuels & building materials

12

22.408 147.4 149.1 7.9 0.4 1.0 1.8 1.2

Selected building materials

13

1.009 113.5 115.1 -0.3 -1.3 0.4 0.4 1.4

Capital goods

2

39.097 103.2 103.4 1.3 -0.3 0.1 -0.1 0.2

Electrical generating equipment

20

3.666 109.5 110.0 2.5 0.5 0.9 0.6 0.5

Nonelectrical machinery

21

28.655 94.5 94.3 0.6 -0.5 0.2 -0.1 -0.2

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

22

6.776 136.3 138.7 3.6 -0.1 -0.4 -0.1 1.8

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

9.349 108.2 108.4 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.2

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

13.071 109.4 109.1 -0.1 0.1 0.2 -0.1 -0.3

Nondurables, manufactured

40

5.951 110.0 110.1 1.2 -0.1 0.5 0.2 0.1

Durables, manufactured

41

5.856 109.2 108.4 -1.2 0.1 -0.2 -0.2 -0.7

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2008 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: January 2009 to January 2010 December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
Dec.
2009(1)
Index Percent change
Dec.
2009
Jan.
2010
Annual Monthly
Jan.
2009
to
Jan.
2010
Sept.
2009
to
Oct.
2009
Oct.
2009
to
Nov.
2009
Nov.
2009
to
Dec.
2009
Dec.
2009
to
Jan.
2010

Nonmanufactured articles

  17.768 123.3 129.6 64.3 3.9 6.0 -0.9 5.1

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

1.706 137.7 144.3 4.0 0.2 2.3 1.3 4.8

Crop production

111

1.230 145.4 152.7 -0.3 -0.1 2.6 1.4 5.0

Mining

21

16.062 121.6 127.9 75.7 4.3 6.4 -1.1 5.2

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

212

0.515 128.9 127.8 -2.1 1.4 -1.0 -1.0 -0.9

Manufactured articles

  81.741 108.9 109.5 3.9 0.3 0.6 0.3 0.6

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

10.179 107.6 107.9 0.5 0.3 0.2 0.1 0.3

Food manufacturing

311

2.525 121.2 121.9 3.3 0.6 1.0 1.2 0.6

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.931 108.8 108.6 1.8 0.3 0.5 0.6 -0.2

Textile product mills

314

0.781 100.3 101.3 0.3 1.0 0.0 -0.1 1.0

Apparel manufacturing

315

3.990 100.7 101.0 -1.4 -0.1 -0.1 -1.0 0.3

Leather and allied product manufacturing

316

1.540 107.0 106.9 -0.7 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 -0.1

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

17.775 118.4 121.3 15.0 0.1 1.9 0.9 2.4

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.767 95.9 97.9 7.1 -0.4 -0.1 2.1 2.1

Paper manufacturing

322

1.183 101.0 101.2 -6.4 0.4 1.1 0.5 0.2

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

4.042 123.4 131.0 89.0 -1.5 6.2 1.2 6.2

Chemical manufacturing

325

8.871 122.1 124.0 3.1 1.0 0.7 0.7 1.6

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

1.806 113.3 114.6 0.9 0.1 0.6 0.4 1.1

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.997 119.4 120.4 1.6 -0.3 -0.1 0.2 0.8

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

53.787 106.2 106.2 1.3 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.0

Primary metal manufacturing

331

4.544 145.5 148.7 19.5 1.4 2.3 3.6 2.2

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.719 116.4 116.4 -2.0 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.0

Machinery manufacturing

333

6.885 113.2 112.1 0.6 0.4 0.0 0.3 -1.0

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

15.536 88.7 88.3 -1.7 0.0 -0.1 -0.2 -0.5

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

3.890 112.9 113.2 -0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.3

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

13.605 106.2 106.2 1.1 0.3 0.0 -0.1 0.0

Furniture and related product manufacturing

337

1.374 108.2 108.2 -1.8 -0.7 -0.4 0.3 0.0

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

5.235 112.5 112.3 1.3 0.4 0.3 -0.1 -0.2

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2008 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: January 2009 to January 2010 December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
Dec.
2009(1)
Index Percent change
Dec.
2009
Jan.
2010
Annual Monthly
Jan.
2009
to
Jan.
2010
Sept.
2009
to
Oct.
2009
Oct.
2009
to
Nov.
2009
Nov.
2009
to
Dec.
2009
Dec.
2009
to
Jan.
2010

Nonmanufactured articles

  6.664 127.2 131.5 7.5 3.0 3.9 3.5 3.4

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

4.755 143.6 148.1 3.5 0.5 6.1 2.6 3.1

Crop production

111

4.412 148.1 152.3 3.4 0.7 6.3 2.7 2.8

Mining

21

1.909 90.7 94.1 23.2 12.0 -3.1 7.0 3.7

Mining (except oil and gas)

212

1.343 93.5 96.9 14.5 3.2 0.2 1.0 3.6

Manufactured articles

  90.734 109.9 110.5 2.7 -0.1 0.6 0.4 0.5

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

6.632 122.3 122.8 5.0 -0.7 0.8 0.6 0.4

Food manufacturing

311

4.494 137.1 137.1 5.9 -1.2 1.0 0.6 0.0

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.542 107.7 107.7 4.1 0.9 0.0 -0.3 0.0

Apparel manufacturing

315

0.380 102.4 102.4 0.8 0.1 0.0 -0.4 0.0

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

23.207 113.2 115.0 4.9 -0.5 1.7 0.7 1.6

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.443 109.0 109.7 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.6

Paper manufacturing

322

1.929 112.4 113.4 0.6 0.9 0.2 1.3 0.9

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

3.460 113.2 121.9 27.1 0.7 9.8 0.3 7.7

Chemical manufacturing

325

14.411 115.0 115.5 3.2 -1.0 1.0 0.9 0.4

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

2.114 107.4 106.6 -3.0 -0.6 0.1 0.1 -0.7

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.850 112.1 116.8 3.3 -0.2 0.2 0.2 4.2

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

60.896 107.5 107.5 1.7 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.0

Primary metal manufacturing

331

4.827 138.0 139.4 16.4 3.0 2.6 4.3 1.0

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.840 121.8 121.0 -0.5 -0.2 0.0 0.3 -0.7

Machinery manufacturing

333

12.730 112.9 113.3 1.3 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.4

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

16.043 92.9 92.6 -0.2 -0.9 0.2 -0.5 -0.3

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

3.529 109.1 109.9 3.2 -0.2 1.0 0.9 0.7

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

15.406 110.0 110.6 1.6 0.1 -0.2 -0.1 0.5

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

5.155 110.5 108.8 -2.1 -0.3 0.1 0.0 -1.5

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2008 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: January 2009 to January 2010 2000=100, unless otherwise noted
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
Dec.
2009(1)
Index Percent change
Dec.
2009
Jan.
2010
Annual Monthly
Jan.
2009
to
Jan.
2010
Sept.
2009
to
Oct.
2009
Oct.
2009
to
Nov.
2009
Nov.
2009
to
Dec.
2009
Dec.
2009
to
Jan.
2010

Live animals; animal products

I

1.050 132.0 131.2 4.6 0.8 0.3 -0.2 -0.6

Meat and edible meat offal

02

0.229 159.1 160.5 9.3 -1.3 1.7 0.8 0.9

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.549 100.2 99.1 -1.0 1.5 -0.4 -0.1 -1.1

Vegetable products

II

1.445 161.9 168.2 -2.1 -0.2 0.9 1.4 3.9

Edible vegetables, roots, and tubers

07

0.377 287.1 305.3 -11.8 0.4 1.4 -3.9 6.3

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

0.383 99.4 106.8 -4.7 2.9 -3.4 1.1 7.4

Coffee, tea, mate and spices

09

0.288 167.2 167.2 11.5 1.4 2.4 3.9 0.0

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

III

0.208 100.0 102.5 - - - - 2.5

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages, and tobacco

IV

2.298 139.3 140.5 4.1 0.3 1.0 0.8 0.9

Cocoa and cocoa preparations (Dec. 2009=100)

18

0.212 100.0 103.2 - - - - 3.2

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

19

0.241 112.4 114.9 7.4 -1.9 1.0 0.5 2.2

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

20

0.285 126.8 130.6 -1.0 0.2 0.5 0.2 3.0

Beverages, spirits, and vinegar

22

0.921 118.7 118.1 2.6 0.3 0.9 0.5 -0.5

Mineral products

V

20.562 250.5 263.8 75.5 3.0 6.1 -0.6 5.3

Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plaster materials, lime & cement (Dec. 2009=100)

25

0.188 100.0 100.7 - - - - 0.7

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

27

20.168 247.5 260.9 78.0 3.1 6.3 -0.6 5.4

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

8.191 135.5 137.0 4.3 1.3 1.0 1.0 1.1

Inorganic chemicals

28

0.883 250.0 247.4 28.3 10.9 2.8 2.0 -1.0

Organic chemicals

29

2.725 129.8 131.3 9.1 0.6 1.0 0.9 1.2

Pharmaceutical products

30

2.837 116.3 118.3 2.8 -0.1 1.0 1.0 1.7

Fertilizers (Dec. 2009=100)

31

0.322 100.0 104.7 - - - - 4.7

Tanning & dyeing extracts; dye & pigments; varnish & paints; putty

32

0.167 107.2 107.7 2.3 -0.5 -0.3 1.4 0.5

Essential oils and resinoids (Dec. 2001=100)

33

0.418 120.2 121.1 -0.7 0.9 -1.8 0.3 0.7

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

0.489 90.5 91.5 -4.0 -0.1 0.2 0.3 1.1

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

2.913 130.3 132.2 2.6 0.6 0.8 1.1 1.5

Plastics and articles thereof

39

1.841 126.6 127.4 1.0 0.5 0.6 1.0 0.6

Rubber and articles thereof

40

1.072 137.6 141.6 5.5 1.0 1.0 1.3 2.9

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

VIII

0.597 113.6 113.7 -0.3 -0.1 0.0 0.0 0.1

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

42

0.546 114.6 114.8 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.2

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

IX

0.792 116.6 119.2 6.7 -0.6 -0.3 2.4 2.2

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

1.341 106.3 106.0 -6.0 0.3 0.9 0.5 -0.3

Pulp wood, waste paper, and paperboard (Dec. 2009=100)

47

0.180 100.0 102.5 - - - - 2.5

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

48

0.889 101.9 100.9 -11.4 -0.3 0.2 0.6 -1.0

Printed matter

49

0.271 120.6 120.5 0.6 0.0 -0.1 0.5 -0.1

Textile and textile articles

XI

5.010 102.3 102.8 -0.3 0.3 -0.1 -0.8 0.5

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted

61

1.915 97.3 98.1 -1.9 0.0 -0.2 -2.1 0.8

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted

62

1.891 102.7 102.6 -0.9 -0.2 -0.1 0.1 -0.1

Made-up or worn textile articles

63

0.531 91.9 93.1 1.3 1.2 -0.1 0.2 1.3

Headgear, umbrellas, artifical flowers, etc.

XII

1.238 107.4 107.2 -0.7 -0.1 -0.1 0.0 -0.2

Footwear and parts of such articles

64

1.052 106.4 106.2 -1.0 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1 -0.2

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

XIII

0.901 124.6 124.6 1.0 -0.1 -0.1 0.2 0.0

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

68

0.320 117.9 118.0 -1.1 0.0 -0.1 0.3 0.1

Ceramic products

69

0.282 139.9 139.9 5.7 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.0

Glass and glassware

70

0.299 115.9 115.6 -1.1 -0.4 -0.3 0.0 -0.3

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

XIV

2.759 155.8 155.5 17.7 3.0 2.1 4.1 -0.2

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

5.727 166.4 169.8 7.7 0.5 1.1 1.0 2.0

Iron and steel

72

1.219 196.8 200.3 -4.4 1.1 1.7 -0.3 1.8

Articles of iron or steel

73

1.747 138.4 138.2 -9.9 1.0 0.4 0.2 -0.1

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.667 316.8 332.7 91.3 1.1 2.5 4.7 5.0

Nickel and articles thereof (Dec. 2009=100)

75

0.156 100.0 99.2 - - - - -0.8

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.781 125.8 133.4 23.1 -1.8 1.6 2.3 6.0

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

82

0.368 117.6 118.1 -0.7 -0.3 0.1 0.6 0.4

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.420 127.5 127.5 -3.3 -0.5 -0.4 0.0 0.0

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

XVI

26.070 87.2 87.1 -0.2 0.1 0.0 -0.1 -0.1

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

13.075 88.4 88.1 0.0 -0.1 0.0 0.1 -0.3

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

85

12.995 86.1 86.2 -0.3 0.2 0.1 -0.3 0.1

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

11.531 110.3 110.1 0.6 0.2 0.0 -0.1 -0.2

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

10.404 109.2 109.0 0.6 0.2 0.1 -0.2 -0.2

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

88

1.032 115.4 115.6 -0.3 0.0 0.0 -0.3 0.2

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

XVIII

3.362 102.5 101.7 0.3 0.3 -0.2 0.1 -0.8

Optical, photographic, measuring and medical instruments

90

3.043 100.1 99.3 0.0 0.1 -0.1 0.0 -0.8

Clocks and watches and parts thereof

91

0.238 125.0 124.7 2.0 0.5 0.2 0.1 -0.2

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

3.946 107.1 107.3 -0.5 -0.5 -0.1 -0.2 0.2

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

94

2.027 111.1 111.0 -1.7 -0.6 -0.1 -0.2 -0.1

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

1.718 100.9 101.0 0.4 -0.2 -0.1 -0.2 0.1

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

96

0.201 117.1 119.7 6.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 2.2

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2008 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: January 2009 to January 2010 2000=100, unless otherwise noted
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
Dec.
2009(1)
Index Percent change
Dec.
2009
Jan.
2010
Annual Monthly
Jan.
2009
to
Jan.
2010
Sept.
2009
to
Oct.
2009
Oct.
2009
to
Nov.
2009
Nov.
2009
to
Dec.
2009
Dec.
2009
to
Jan.
2010

Live animals; animal products

I

1.607 153.2 154.5 -1.6 -2.0 0.7 1.3 0.8

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

02

0.894 123.2 122.2 0.8 -2.7 0.2 2.0 -0.8

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.295 136.6 139.1 -8.4 -2.2 3.2 0.8 1.8

Vegetable products

II

4.453 186.6 191.7 0.3 -0.7 4.9 1.2 2.7

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

0.694 112.2 124.9 18.5 3.5 -3.0 4.0 11.3

Cereals

10

1.800 193.1 196.4 -6.9 2.3 8.8 3.2 1.7

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

12

1.420 209.6 209.6 3.9 -6.0 5.4 0.0 0.0

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

III

0.291 100.0 103.0 - - - - 3.0

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages,and tobacco

IV

2.557 141.8 141.9 5.4 -0.7 1.0 0.9 0.1

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

20

0.338 100.0 100.8 - - - - 0.8

Miscellaneous edible preparations

21

0.423 119.5 120.1 0.5 1.4 0.0 -0.1 0.5

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

22

0.341 103.8 104.4 3.7 1.6 0.3 0.0 0.6

Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed

23

0.629 198.8 196.9 8.1 -7.4 2.7 1.4 -1.0

Mineral products

V

5.444 225.1 238.6 23.3 5.1 4.2 2.6 6.0

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

27

4.833 219.3 232.3 23.0 5.2 5.1 2.9 5.9

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

11.754 137.6 137.5 1.3 -0.9 1.1 1.0 -0.1

Inorganic chemicals

28

1.004 168.6 164.2 -20.2 -5.9 0.4 0.7 -2.6

Organic chemicals

29

2.982 144.8 144.8 11.6 -1.4 3.0 1.5 0.0

Pharmaceutical products

30

2.905 117.5 118.7 2.2 -0.1 0.6 0.3 1.0

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

32

0.548 114.8 112.6 -0.4 0.3 0.2 -0.3 -1.9

Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery cosmetic or toilet preparations

33

0.752 127.0 123.8 -3.7 0.1 0.6 0.0 -2.5

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

34

0.442 117.5 117.1 -0.9 0.4 0.6 0.2 -0.3

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

2.019 134.4 134.7 1.8 0.2 0.2 0.8 0.2

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

5.073 134.1 134.8 0.6 -1.0 0.1 0.3 0.5

Plastics and articles thereof

39

4.121 128.1 128.0 0.5 -1.3 0.0 0.3 -0.1

Rubber and articles thereof

40

0.952 160.8 165.6 1.0 0.3 0.5 0.2 3.0

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

VIII

0.340 106.2 108.2 29.0 0.4 2.6 4.9 1.9

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

IX

0.547 104.8 108.0 1.4 0.4 0.6 1.0 3.1

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

2.416 110.5 112.5 6.2 0.5 0.6 1.3 1.8

Woodpulp and recovered paper

47

0.608 110.7 117.4 36.0 3.3 2.5 5.0 6.1

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

48

1.294 109.8 110.5 -2.1 0.2 -0.1 0.1 0.6

Printed material

49

0.514 116.3 116.1 0.5 -1.8 0.6 0.0 -0.2

Textile and textile articles

XI

1.960 109.2 109.9 5.8 2.0 3.4 0.1 0.6

Cotton, including yarns and woven fabrics thereof

52

0.603 114.3 115.6 25.0 6.6 11.1 0.4 1.1

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

XIII

0.801 114.5 118.2 2.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 3.2

Glass and glassware

70

0.429 97.6 100.3 -0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.8

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

XIV

4.797 196.9 196.8 19.9 2.8 2.7 5.4 -0.1

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

5.733 153.9 157.6 8.8 0.1 0.3 0.9 2.4

Iron and steel

72

1.604 172.7 179.4 4.7 0.1 -1.3 0.2 3.9

Articles of iron or steel

73

1.543 157.6 157.8 -4.7 -0.4 0.3 0.0 0.1

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.561 213.6 226.2 93.2 0.5 4.4 4.8 5.9

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.858 116.1 122.8 26.7 -0.4 1.2 2.1 5.8

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

82

0.421 123.8 123.9 1.8 0.6 0.0 0.0 0.1

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.316 122.3 122.4 -4.7 0.3 0.1 0.1 0.1

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

XVI

30.872 95.5 95.6 0.7 -0.3 0.2 -0.1 0.1

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

18.005 105.9 105.9 1.0 0.1 0.2 -0.2 0.0

Electrical machinery and equipment and parts and accessories thereof

85

12.867 84.1 84.5 0.6 -1.1 0.4 -0.1 0.5

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

13.443 120.0 120.6 1.5 0.1 -0.2 -0.1 0.5

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

8.693 107.8 107.9 0.2 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.1

Ships, boats and floating structures (Dec. 2009=100)

89

0.299 100.0 100.1 - - - - 0.1

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

XVIII

6.209 108.6 107.1 0.1 -0.1 0.0 0.1 -1.4

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

1.552 107.7 108.5 2.1 0.1 0.1 -0.6 0.7

Furniture; stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings nesoi;

94

0.769 117.6 117.3 1.5 0.3 0.2 -1.4 -0.3

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

0.667 93.3 95.3 2.5 -0.2 0.1 0.1 2.1

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2008 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: January 2009 to January 2010 2000=100, unless otherwise noted
Description Percent
of
U.S.
imports(1)
Index Percent change
Dec.
2009
Jan.
2010
Annual Monthly
Jan.
2009
to
Jan.
2010
Sept.
2009
to
Oct.
2009
Oct.
2009
to
Nov.
2009
Nov.
2009
to
Dec.
2009
Dec.
2009
to
Jan.
2010

Industrialized Countries(2)

41.082 124.0 125.6 6.1 1.0 1.3 0.6 1.3

Nonmanufactured articles

5.687 199.0 212.3 45.1 6.6 8.6 1.7 6.7

Manufactured articles

34.943 118.0 118.7 2.8 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.6

Other Countries(3)

58.918 122.1 124.0 13.7 0.7 1.1 0.0 1.6

Nonmanufactured articles

15.714 248.2 258.9 68.7 3.3 5.3 -1.3 4.3

Manufactured articles

43.010 104.5 105.1 3.1 -0.2 -0.1 0.5 0.6

Canada

15.923 137.7 142.6 11.8 1.2 2.8 1.0 3.6

Nonmanufactured articles

5.257 191.8 205.4 43.2 6.4 9.8 1.5 7.1

Manufactured articles

10.335 127.4 130.1 3.4 -0.2 0.7 0.7 2.1

European Union(4)

16.799 127.4 127.6 2.6 0.6 0.6 0.4 0.2

Nonmanufactured articles

0.211 251.6 258.5 16.4 3.9 1.6 1.2 2.7

Manufactured articles

16.491 124.9 125.1 2.5 0.5 0.7 0.3 0.2

France (Dec. 2003=100)

1.948 124.1 124.7 4.0 0.1 0.7 0.1 0.5

Germany (Dec. 2003=100)

4.572 113.2 114.0 4.3 0.7 1.1 1.0 0.7

United Kingdom (Dec. 2003=100)

2.566 124.7 125.4 5.9 1.0 0.6 0.8 0.6

Latin America(5)

17.999 153.9 157.1 17.2 1.8 2.2 -0.4 2.1

Nonmanufactured articles

6.186 273.2 285.5 54.2 3.3 5.4 -2.4 4.5

Manufactured articles

11.730 129.4 130.2 4.2 1.0 0.6 0.6 0.6

Mexico (Dec. 2003=100)

10.275 135.1 137.4 7.6 1.1 1.0 -1.1 1.7

Nonmanufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

2.141 142.8 150.8 53.3 4.6 5.1 -4.4 5.6

Manufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

8.085 96.1 96.6 -1.7 0.1 -0.4 0.0 0.5

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

31.500 100.3 100.4 0.2 -0.1 0.1 0.4 0.1

China (Dec. 2003=100)

16.449 100.6 100.3 -1.7 -0.1 0.0 0.2 -0.3

Japan

6.678 97.8 97.8 1.7 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0

Asian NICs(7)

5.003 86.4 87.3 0.6 -0.3 0.0 0.7 1.0

ASEAN (Dec. 2003=100)(8)

5.274 97.5 97.1 1.1 -0.6 0.4 0.6 -0.4

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

5.380 198.7 205.4 57.2 3.4 1.3 -1.7 3.4

Footnotes
(1) Percentage of trade figures are based on 2008 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: January 2009 to January 2010 2000=100, unless otherwise noted
Description Relative
import-
ance
Dec.
2009(1)
Index Percent change
Dec.
2009
Jan.
2010
Annual Monthly
Jan.
2009
to
Jan.
2010
Sept.
2009
to
Oct.
2009
Oct.
2009
to
Nov.
2009
Nov.
2009
to
Dec.
2009
Dec.
2009
to
Jan.
2010

Air Freight

Import Air Freight

100.000 163.9 151.5 10.3 8.4 4.4 7.5 -7.6

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

21.974 140.7 138.4 4.8 2.1 1.4 2.1 -1.6

Asia

71.679 150.9 135.7 12.6 11.7 5.5 10.1 -10.1

Export Air Freight

100.000 122.7 123.2 -5.9 -0.2 0.4 0.7 0.4

Europe (Dec. 2006=100)

33.239 112.9 112.9 -9.1 0.0 0.0 1.7 0.0

Inbound Air Freight

100.000 147.3 141.0 5.2 5.8 4.1 5.0 -4.3

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

23.483 129.5 128.8 -0.8 1.4 1.0 1.4 -0.5

Asia

67.506 136.0 127.5 9.0 8.7 5.7 7.1 -6.3

Outbound Air Freight

100.000 114.5 114.8 -8.3 0.4 0.8 1.1 0.3

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

40.908 131.6 132.0 -10.3 0.0 0.2 1.5 0.3

Asia

42.381 105.1 105.7 -2.3 0.2 1.1 1.0 0.6

Air Passenger Fares

Import Air Passenger Fares

100.000 152.3 147.4 -0.7 6.4 0.5 3.3 -3.2

Europe

39.965 156.0 153.5 -0.8 8.6 0.0 -2.3 -1.6

Asia

29.801 140.4 132.9 -1.2 4.1 -2.3 11.0 -5.3

Latin America/Caribbean

13.816 146.6 130.8 3.1 2.3 8.2 12.6 -10.8

Export Air Passenger Fares

100.000 156.1 162.7 -1.3 -1.7 1.9 10.2 4.2

Europe

34.293 187.5 185.2 0.9 3.9 2.7 5.3 -1.2

Asia

29.161 127.3 137.1 -7.7 -6.5 0.4 10.9 7.7

Latin America/Caribbean

24.780 171.7 184.5 2.2 -1.0 3.6 16.1 7.5

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2008 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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