U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes News Release

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

The U.S. Import Price Index fell 0.3 percent in February, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.  
The decrease was led by a 1.9 percent downturn in fuel prices, which more than offset a 0.2 percent advance 
in nonfuel prices. Export prices fell 0.5 percent in February after advancing 0.7 percent in each of the 
previous two months.


Imports
 
All Imports: In February, import prices decreased for the first time since a 0.6 percent decline in July, 
falling 0.3 percent. The February downturn followed a 1.3 percent advance in January and was driven by a 
turnaround in fuel prices. Despite the February decline, import prices advanced 11.2 percent for the year 
ended in February after decreasing 12.7 percent for the February 2008-09 period.

Fuel Imports: Import fuel prices countered an upward trend in February, falling 1.9 percent following a 4.9 
percent rise in January. A 2.2 percent decline in petroleum prices was slightly offset by a 2.6 percent increase 
in natural gas prices. Over the past year, the price index for petroleum increased 81.3 percent and natural gas 
prices rose 16.3 percent, driving overall fuel prices up 70.8 percent for the same period. The 12-month 
increase in fuel prices followed a 49.8 percent drop for the February 2008-09 period.

All Imports Excluding Fuel: Prices for nonfuel imports rose for the seventh consecutive month, advancing 
0.2 percent. The increase was led by higher prices for nonfuel industrial supplies and materials. Lower prices 
for foods, feeds, and beverages, capital goods, and consumer goods mitigated the overall advance. Over the 
past 12 months, nonfuel import prices increased 2.0 percent.


Table A. Percent changes

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

2009

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

0.8 3.0 0.4 0.0 -0.7 0.1

November

1.5 6.3 (r)0.3 0.8 3.9 0.5

December

0.2 (r)-0.2 (r)0.4 (r)0.7 (r)1.8 0.5

2010

January

(r)1.3 (r)4.9 0.4 (r)0.7 (r)1.3 0.7

February

-0.3 -1.9 0.2 -0.5 -3.8 -0.2

Feb. 2008 to 2009

-12.7 -49.8 -1.2 -4.5 -15.4 -3.4

Feb. 2009 to 2010

11.2 70.8 2.0 3.1 2.3 3.3

Footnotes
(r) Revised

Exports 

All Exports: Export prices decreased for the first time in five months, falling 0.5 percent in February. The 
February drop was the largest monthly decline since the index fell 0.7 percent in March 2009.  Lower 
agricultural prices accounted for approximately 65 percent of the overall decline. Despite the February 
decrease, the price index for overall exports rose 3.1 percent over the past 12 months.

Agricultural Exports: The price index for agricultural exports fell 3.8 percent in February, following a 1.3 
percent advance in January.  Lower prices for soybeans, corn, and wheat led the downturn in agricultural 
prices. For the year ended in February, agricultural prices rose 2.3 percent, led by a 33.0 percent rise in nut 
prices and a 28.9 percent increase in cotton prices. 

All Exports Excluding Agriculture: Nonagricultural prices declined 0.2 percent in February, the first 
decrease in 11 months. Lower prices for nonagricultural industrial supplies and materials and capital goods 
contributed to the overall decline in February. The price index for nonagricultural export prices increased 3.3 
percent for the year ended in February. 
 


                                      SELECTED FEBRUARY HIGHLIGHTS

Import Prices

Nonfuel Industrial Supplies and Materials: Prices for nonfuel industrial supplies and materials increased 
1.0 percent in February after rising 1.6 percent in January. Rising prices for metals and lumber led the 
advances this month. 

Finished Goods: Import finished goods prices were virtually unchanged in February, as the price indexes 
for capital goods and consumer goods each decreased 0.1 percent and the price index for automotive 
vehicles was unchanged. The decrease in capital goods prices was led by a 1.4 percent drop in prices for 
measuring, testing, and control instruments. 
 
Foods, Feeds, and Beverages: The price index for foods, feeds, and beverages decreased for the first time 
since a 1.1 percent decline in July, edging down 0.1 percent. Vegetables and food oils, which fell 2.1 
percent and 2.7 percent, respectively, were the primary contributors to the February decline.   

Imports by Locality of Origin: Import prices from China and Japan declined in February, each falling 0.1 
percent. Lower fuel prices contributed to February decreases in import prices from Mexico and the European 
Union. The price index for imports from Mexico declined 0.7 percent while import prices from the European 
Union edged down 0.1 percent. In contrast, import prices from Canada rose 0.1 percent.

Transportation Services: Import air passenger fares fell 3.5 percent in February after decreasing 3.2 percent 
in January. Lower Asian and European fares contributed to the decline. The price index for import air freight 
also decreased in February, falling 0.3 percent. The decline was led by a 0.7 percent decrease in Asian air 
freight prices. 


Export Prices
 
Nonagricultural Industrial Supplies and Materials: Nonagricultural industrial supplies and materials 
prices fell 0.5 percent in February, the first decrease since a 0.1 percent drop in July. Lower prices for 
petroleum were partly offset by higher prices for chemicals.   

Finished Goods: Prices for the major finished goods categories were mixed in February. The price indexes 
for consumer goods and automotive vehicles rose 0.3 percent and 0.1 percent, respectively, while prices for 
capital goods fell 0.3 percent. The drop in capital goods prices was led by a 1.1 percent decline in prices for 
computers, peripherals, and semiconductors. 

Transportation Services: Export air passenger fares decreased 7.7 percent in February following a 3.4 
percent increase the previous month. The decline was led by lower Asian and Latin American fares. In 
contrast, the price index for export air freight rose 0.4 percent in February after advancing 0.3 percent in 
January. 
		
Import and Export Price Index data for March 2010 are scheduled for release on Tuesday, April 13, 
2010 at 8:30 a.m. (EDT).

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

All commodities

  100.000 126.0 125.6 11.2 1.5 0.2 1.3 -0.3

All imports excluding petroleum

  80.444 110.3 110.5 2.1 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.2

All imports excluding fuels (Dec. 2001=100)

  78.634 113.4 113.6 2.0 0.3 0.4 0.4 0.2

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

4.684 145.5 145.3 5.4 1.0 0.8 1.3 -0.1

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

3.657 163.8 163.1 6.6 1.4 0.8 1.9 -0.4

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

1.027 104.1 104.9 1.5 -0.4 0.4 -0.8 0.8

Industrial supplies & materials

1

35.191 203.4 201.8 39.3 4.2 0.7 3.6 -0.8

Industrial supplies & materials excluding petroleum

  15.634 149.1 150.7 10.3 2.9 2.8 2.7 1.1

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

  13.824 161.3 162.9 10.5 1.3 1.9 1.6 1.0

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

  8.672 155.1 157.4 14.8 1.3 2.3 1.7 1.5

Industrial supplies & materials nondurable excluding petroleum

  5.152 141.7 142.6 4.9 5.2 3.3 3.9 0.6

Fuels & lubricants

10

21.367 262.0 257.0 70.8 6.3 -0.2 4.9 -1.9

Petroleum & petroleum products

100

19.557 281.2 274.9 81.3 5.4 -1.1 4.4 -2.2

Crude

10000

14.374 285.9 279.1 85.0 4.8 -2.0 4.0 -2.4

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

101

1.564 162.2 165.6 11.3 22.4 12.1 12.6 2.1

Gas-natural

10110

1.242 153.7 157.7 16.3 27.3 14.2 17.6 2.6

Paper & paper base stocks

11

0.666 104.3 106.4 -2.2 1.9 0.7 1.2 2.0

Materials associated with nondurable supplies & materials

12

4.562 142.9 142.8 4.2 1.2 1.0 1.5 -0.1

Selected building materials

13

1.311 122.4 124.7 7.0 -0.1 1.9 1.3 1.9

Unfinished metals related to durable goods

14

3.966 227.7 233.2 32.6 2.4 4.0 2.8 2.4

Finished metals related to durable goods

15

1.784 141.5 141.4 3.9 1.1 0.8 0.9 -0.1

Nonmetals related to durable goods

16

1.535 105.9 106.5 0.3 0.4 0.2 0.5 0.6

Capital goods

2

23.314 91.8 91.7 -0.7 0.0 0.0 -0.1 -0.1

Electric generating equipment

20

2.956 111.8 111.7 1.3 0.2 0.3 0.4 -0.1

Nonelectrical machinery

21

18.328 86.2 86.1 -1.3 0.0 0.0 -0.2 -0.1

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

22

2.030 123.1 122.8 1.8 -0.2 -0.2 0.4 -0.2

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

12.096 108.5 108.5 0.6 0.1 -0.1 -0.3 0.0

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

24.716 104.5 104.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 -0.1

Nondurables, manufactured

40

11.476 108.7 108.5 -0.4 0.1 0.0 0.7 -0.2

Durables, manufactured

41

12.028 100.5 100.5 0.5 0.0 -0.1 -0.3 0.0

Nonmanufactured consumer goods

42

1.212 102.1 102.9 -1.4 -0.5 1.0 0.0 0.8

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: February 2009 to February 2010 2000=100, unless otherwise noted
Description End
Use
Relative
import-
ance
Jan.
2010(1)
Index Percent change
Jan.
2010
Feb.
2010
Annual Monthly
Feb.
2009
to
Feb.
2010
Oct.
2009
to
Nov.
2009
Nov.
2009
to
Dec.
2009
Dec.
2009
to
Jan.
2010
Jan.
2010
to
Feb.
2010

All commodities

  100.000 120.5 119.9 3.1 0.8 0.7 0.7 -0.5

Agricultural commodities

  9.054 166.9 160.6 2.3 3.9 1.8 1.3 -3.8

Nonagricultural commodities

  90.946 117.2 117.0 3.3 0.5 0.5 0.7 -0.2

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

8.230 167.5 161.2 -0.6 3.5 1.9 1.5 -3.8

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

7.668 170.6 163.2 -0.5 3.5 2.0 1.6 -4.3

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

0.562 140.3 146.4 0.5 3.6 0.4 -0.1 4.3

Industrial supplies & materials

1

30.586 152.5 151.8 10.1 1.8 1.8 1.6 -0.5

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

  12.111 159.5 158.9 11.3 1.2 2.4 1.1 -0.4

Industrial supplies & materials, nondurable

  18.475 149.0 148.3 9.4 2.3 1.3 1.9 -0.5

Agricultural industrial supplies & materials

10

1.386 152.8 151.7 20.2 5.5 0.5 0.2 -0.7

Nonagricultural industrial supplies & materials

  29.200 152.8 152.1 9.7 1.6 1.8 1.7 -0.5

Fuels & lubricants

11

5.778 200.3 191.2 22.4 5.2 2.7 5.6 -4.5

Nonagricultural supplies & materials excluding fuels & building materials

12

22.406 148.4 149.2 8.0 1.0 1.7 0.7 0.5

Selected building materials

13

1.016 115.1 116.2 0.8 0.4 0.4 1.4 1.0

Capital goods

2

38.889 103.4 103.1 0.8 0.1 -0.1 0.2 -0.3

Electrical generating equipment

20

3.640 109.5 109.6 2.7 0.9 0.4 0.2 0.1

Nonelectrical machinery

21

28.410 94.3 94.0 0.0 0.2 -0.1 -0.2 -0.3

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

22

6.839 138.5 138.6 3.0 -0.4 -0.1 1.6 0.1

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

9.306 108.5 108.6 0.5 0.1 0.0 0.3 0.1

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

12.989 109.5 109.8 0.5 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.3

Nondurables, manufactured

40

5.961 111.0 111.9 2.7 0.5 0.2 0.9 0.8

Durables, manufactured

41

5.773 108.4 108.0 -1.6 -0.2 -0.2 -0.7 -0.4

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: February 2009 to February 2010 December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
Jan.
2010(1)
Index Percent change
Jan.
2010
Feb.
2010
Annual Monthly
Feb.
2009
to
Feb.
2010
Oct.
2009
to
Nov.
2009
Nov.
2009
to
Dec.
2009
Dec.
2009
to
Jan.
2010
Jan.
2010
to
Feb.
2010

Nonmanufactured articles

  18.470 130.0 128.0 61.8 6.0 -0.4 4.9 -1.5

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

1.754 143.6 144.0 10.2 2.3 1.3 4.4 0.3

Crop production

111

1.268 152.1 152.7 7.8 2.6 1.5 4.5 0.4

Mining

21

16.716 128.4 126.1 70.9 6.4 -0.7 5.1 -1.8

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

212

0.505 128.2 128.0 -2.3 -1.0 -1.0 -0.5 -0.2

Manufactured articles

  81.027 109.6 109.5 4.0 0.6 0.3 0.6 -0.1

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

10.060 107.9 107.7 0.6 0.2 0.1 0.3 -0.2

Food manufacturing

311

2.503 121.9 121.7 4.7 1.0 1.2 0.6 -0.2

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.918 108.8 108.3 1.6 0.5 0.6 -0.1 -0.5

Textile product mills

314

0.776 101.2 101.4 0.5 0.0 -0.1 0.9 0.2

Apparel manufacturing

315

3.945 101.1 101.0 -1.5 -0.1 -1.0 0.4 -0.1

Leather and allied product manufacturing

316

1.515 106.8 106.7 -0.9 0.0 -0.1 -0.2 -0.1

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

17.933 121.2 120.7 13.7 1.9 0.9 2.4 -0.4

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.775 98.3 101.5 12.4 -0.2 2.3 2.4 3.3

Paper manufacturing

322

1.173 101.6 103.3 -3.5 1.1 0.5 0.6 1.7

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

4.175 129.3 125.9 69.4 6.2 1.2 4.8 -2.6

Chemical manufacturing

325

8.920 124.5 124.5 3.9 0.7 0.7 2.0 0.0

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

1.795 114.3 113.7 0.6 0.6 0.4 0.9 -0.5

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.991 120.3 120.6 1.4 -0.1 0.1 0.8 0.2

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

53.035 106.3 106.4 1.8 0.2 0.3 0.0 0.1

Primary metal manufacturing

331

4.613 149.9 153.3 24.2 2.3 4.0 2.6 2.3

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.678 116.3 116.6 -1.3 0.2 0.2 -0.1 0.3

Machinery manufacturing

333

6.788 113.2 112.9 1.4 0.0 0.3 0.0 -0.3

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

15.236 88.2 88.1 -1.6 -0.1 -0.3 -0.5 -0.1

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

3.842 113.1 112.7 -0.2 0.0 0.2 0.2 -0.4

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

13.386 106.0 105.9 1.0 0.0 -0.1 -0.2 -0.1

Furniture and related product manufacturing

337

1.349 107.8 107.6 -2.4 -0.5 0.2 -0.2 -0.2

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

5.142 112.1 112.1 1.7 0.3 -0.1 -0.4 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 4. U.S. export price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: February 2009 to February 2010 December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
Jan.
2010(1)
Index Percent change
Jan.
2010
Feb.
2010
Annual Monthly
Feb.
2009
to
Feb.
2010
Oct.
2009
to
Nov.
2009
Nov.
2009
to
Dec.
2009
Dec.
2009
to
Jan.
2010
Jan.
2010
to
Feb.
2010

Nonmanufactured articles

  6.810 131.0 123.2 4.0 3.9 3.3 3.2 -6.0

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

4.872 148.1 137.0 -0.8 6.1 2.6 3.1 -7.5

Crop production

111

4.506 152.3 139.9 -1.3 6.3 2.7 2.8 -8.1

Mining

21

1.938 92.8 90.8 20.7 -3.1 5.7 3.6 -2.2

Mining (except oil and gas)

212

1.375 96.4 93.5 10.9 0.2 1.0 3.1 -3.0

Manufactured articles

  90.483 110.5 110.4 2.8 0.6 0.5 0.5 -0.1

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

6.629 123.2 124.0 5.8 0.8 0.6 0.7 0.6

Food manufacturing

311

4.483 137.8 139.0 7.1 1.0 0.5 0.5 0.9

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.537 107.7 107.5 3.3 0.0 -0.3 0.0 -0.2

Apparel manufacturing

315

0.377 102.4 102.4 0.5 0.0 -0.4 0.0 0.0

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

23.392 115.0 114.7 5.9 1.7 0.6 1.7 -0.3

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.443 109.9 111.5 3.0 0.6 0.6 0.8 1.5

Paper manufacturing

322

1.927 113.1 112.8 0.3 0.2 1.3 0.6 -0.3

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

3.698 121.9 112.7 27.5 9.8 0.3 7.7 -7.5

Chemical manufacturing

325

14.371 115.5 117.4 5.4 1.0 0.8 0.5 1.6

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

2.084 106.6 106.8 -1.7 0.1 0.1 -0.7 0.2

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.869 115.5 115.7 2.8 0.2 0.2 3.0 0.2

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

60.462 107.5 107.4 1.4 0.2 0.3 0.0 -0.1

Primary metal manufacturing

331

4.832 139.2 139.4 16.9 2.6 4.2 0.9 0.1

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.805 121.2 121.3 -0.5 0.0 0.3 -0.5 0.1

Machinery manufacturing

333

12.671 113.2 113.1 1.2 0.0 0.1 0.3 -0.1

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

15.868 92.6 92.1 -1.3 0.2 -0.4 -0.4 -0.5

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

3.513 109.5 109.6 3.4 0.9 0.8 0.6 0.1

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

15.370 110.6 110.7 1.5 -0.2 -0.1 0.5 0.1

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

5.041 108.9 108.5 -2.3 0.1 0.0 -1.4 -0.4

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: February 2009 to February 2010 2000=100, unless otherwise noted
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
Jan.
2010(1)
Index Percent change
Jan.
2010
Feb.
2010
Annual Monthly
Feb.
2009
to
Feb.
2010
Oct.
2009
to
Nov.
2009
Nov.
2009
to
Dec.
2009
Dec.
2009
to
Jan.
2010
Jan.
2010
to
Feb.
2010

Live animals; animal products

I

1.030 131.3 132.1 6.8 0.3 -0.2 -0.5 0.6

Meat and edible meat offal

02

0.228 160.7 167.4 15.1 1.6 0.8 1.0 4.2

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.537 99.4 99.9 1.5 -0.4 -0.1 -0.8 0.5

Vegetable products

II

1.475 167.6 167.5 4.6 0.9 1.4 3.5 -0.1

Edible vegetables, roots, and tubers

07

0.395 305.3 297.0 15.2 1.4 -3.9 6.3 -2.7

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

0.406 106.8 108.9 -0.5 -3.4 1.1 7.4 2.0

Coffee, tea, mate and spices

09

0.280 164.4 161.9 9.1 2.4 3.9 -1.7 -1.5

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

III

0.210 102.5 99.5 - - - 2.5 -2.9

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages, and tobacco

IV

2.286 140.5 140.4 4.5 1.0 0.8 0.9 -0.1

Cocoa and cocoa preparations (Dec. 2009=100)

18

0.215 103.2 105.4 - - - 3.2 2.1

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

19

0.242 114.7 113.0 6.6 1.0 0.5 2.0 -1.5

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

20

0.289 130.5 130.9 -0.2 0.5 0.1 3.0 0.3

Beverages, spirits, and vinegar

22

0.905 118.4 117.7 2.3 0.9 0.6 -0.3 -0.6

Mineral products

V

21.357 263.9 258.9 67.9 6.1 -0.2 4.9 -1.9

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

25

0.187 100.7 99.7 - - - 0.7 -1.0

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

27

20.964 260.9 255.9 70.0 6.2 -0.2 5.0 -1.9

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

8.206 137.6 138.1 5.4 1.0 1.0 1.6 0.4

Inorganic chemicals

28

0.861 247.0 261.2 38.4 2.7 1.9 -1.1 5.7

Organic chemicals

29

2.731 132.0 132.0 9.2 1.1 0.9 1.6 0.0

Pharmaceutical products

30

2.865 119.1 118.9 3.0 1.0 1.0 2.4 -0.2

Fertilizers (Dec. 2009=100)

31

0.331 107.3 100.6 - - - 7.3 -6.2

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

32

0.171 111.7 114.1 8.5 -0.3 3.1 2.5 2.1

Essential oils and resinoids (Dec. 2001=100)

33

0.416 121.3 120.6 -0.1 -1.8 0.3 0.9 -0.6

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

0.487 91.4 92.9 -0.4 0.2 0.3 1.0 1.6

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

2.904 131.8 132.0 3.9 0.8 1.1 1.2 0.2

Plastics and articles thereof

39

1.826 127.4 127.6 2.7 0.6 1.0 0.6 0.2

Rubber and articles thereof

40

1.078 140.3 140.7 5.9 1.0 1.1 2.1 0.3

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

VIII

0.589 113.7 113.7 -0.2 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0

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

42

0.553 114.8 114.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.0

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

IX

0.798 119.2 123.0 11.3 -0.3 2.3 2.3 3.2

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

1.324 106.4 107.5 -3.9 0.9 0.5 0.1 1.0

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

47

0.183 103.2 108.4 - - - 3.2 5.0

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

48

0.873 101.4 101.9 -9.7 0.2 0.6 -0.5 0.5

Printed matter

49

0.267 120.5 120.6 0.7 -0.1 0.5 -0.1 0.1

Textile and textile articles

XI

4.965 102.8 102.8 -0.4 -0.1 -0.7 0.4 0.0

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted

61

1.904 98.1 98.1 -1.9 -0.2 -2.1 0.8 0.0

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted

62

1.866 102.7 102.6 -1.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.1

Made-up or worn textile articles

63

0.529 92.9 93.1 1.5 -0.1 0.2 1.1 0.2

Headgear, umbrellas, artifical flowers, etc.

XII

1.218 107.1 106.9 -1.0 -0.1 0.0 -0.3 -0.2

Footwear and parts of such articles

64

1.034 106.1 105.8 -1.4 -0.2 -0.1 -0.2 -0.3

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

XIII

0.888 124.5 124.4 0.6 -0.1 0.1 0.0 -0.1

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

68

0.315 117.9 117.7 -1.2 -0.2 0.1 0.3 -0.2

Ceramic products

69

0.279 139.9 140.0 4.6 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.1

Glass and glassware

70

0.294 115.6 115.4 -1.3 -0.3 0.0 -0.3 -0.2

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

XIV

2.715 155.5 155.0 17.2 2.1 4.1 -0.2 -0.3

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

5.792 170.6 174.1 11.9 1.1 1.3 2.2 2.1

Iron and steel

72

1.232 201.6 210.2 2.9 1.4 0.0 2.4 4.3

Articles of iron or steel

73

1.749 140.6 141.0 -6.6 0.7 0.9 0.6 0.3

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.683 329.1 333.4 86.2 2.5 4.7 3.9 1.3

Nickel and articles thereof (Dec. 2009=100)

75

0.152 99.2 107.6 - - - -0.8 8.5

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.816 133.4 136.3 32.1 1.6 2.3 6.0 2.2

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

82

0.365 118.1 118.1 -0.4 0.1 0.6 0.4 0.0

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.414 127.5 129.7 -0.6 -0.4 0.0 0.0 1.7

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

XVI

25.675 87.1 87.0 0.0 0.0 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

12.870 88.2 88.1 0.1 0.0 0.1 -0.2 -0.1

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

85

12.805 86.1 86.0 -0.1 0.0 -0.3 0.1 -0.1

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

11.338 110.0 109.8 0.4 0.0 -0.1 -0.3 -0.2

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

10.224 108.9 108.7 0.4 0.1 -0.2 -0.3 -0.2

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

88

1.019 115.6 115.6 0.1 0.0 -0.3 0.2 0.0

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

XVIII

3.281 101.4 101.5 0.0 -0.2 0.1 -1.1 0.1

Optical, photographic, measuring and medical instruments

90

2.968 99.0 99.2 -0.2 -0.1 0.0 -1.1 0.2

Clocks and watches and parts thereof

91

0.234 124.7 124.5 1.8 0.2 0.1 -0.2 -0.2

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

3.890 107.1 107.1 -0.6 -0.1 -0.3 0.1 0.0

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

94

1.990 110.7 110.8 -1.9 -0.3 -0.2 -0.2 0.1

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

1.697 101.0 100.9 0.3 -0.1 -0.2 0.1 -0.1

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

96

0.202 119.7 119.7 6.6 0.3 0.3 2.2 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 6. U.S. export price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: February 2009 to February 2010 2000=100, unless otherwise noted
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
Jan.
2010(1)
Index Percent change
Jan.
2010
Feb.
2010
Annual Monthly
Feb.
2009
to
Feb.
2010
Oct.
2009
to
Nov.
2009
Nov.
2009
to
Dec.
2009
Dec.
2009
to
Jan.
2010
Jan.
2010
to
Feb.
2010

Live animals; animal products

I

1.618 155.5 161.5 3.7 0.7 1.3 1.5 3.9

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

02

0.894 124.2 131.1 8.3 0.2 2.0 0.8 5.6

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.298 139.4 147.3 -0.7 3.2 0.8 2.0 5.7

Vegetable products

II

4.548 192.1 175.7 -4.6 5.0 1.3 2.8 -8.5

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

0.771 125.6 124.2 19.7 -3.0 4.2 11.7 -1.1

Cereals

10

1.822 197.0 177.9 -9.7 9.0 3.1 1.9 -9.7

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

12

1.410 209.6 189.2 -4.7 5.4 0.0 0.0 -9.7

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

III

0.298 102.7 99.5 - - - 2.7 -3.1

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages,and tobacco

IV

2.537 141.8 140.5 3.4 0.9 0.9 0.1 -0.9

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

20

0.339 100.9 102.4 - - - 0.9 1.5

Miscellaneous edible preparations

21

0.419 119.2 119.2 -0.3 -0.3 -0.3 0.3 0.0

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

22

0.340 104.4 104.1 3.5 0.3 0.0 0.6 -0.3

Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed

23

0.619 197.0 188.4 -0.4 2.6 1.4 -0.8 -4.4

Mineral products

V

5.715 238.1 226.3 25.5 4.2 2.5 6.0 -5.0

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

27

5.081 232.4 220.7 26.5 5.1 2.7 6.2 -5.0

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

11.731 138.4 140.2 3.2 1.0 1.0 0.6 1.3

Inorganic chemicals

28

0.976 165.2 164.9 -19.2 0.4 0.7 -2.0 -0.2

Organic chemicals

29

2.976 145.6 146.7 11.4 3.0 1.6 0.5 0.8

Pharmaceutical products

30

2.964 120.8 122.5 4.0 0.6 0.3 2.8 1.4

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

32

0.534 112.6 113.9 0.4 0.2 -0.3 -1.9 1.2

Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery cosmetic or toilet preparations

33

0.730 124.3 125.1 2.5 0.6 0.0 -2.0 0.6

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

34

0.439 117.4 117.8 1.1 0.6 0.2 -0.1 0.3

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

2.002 134.2 134.6 3.5 0.2 0.5 0.2 0.3

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

4.996 133.0 134.4 1.2 0.1 0.3 -0.8 1.1

Plastics and articles thereof

39

4.023 126.0 127.8 1.0 0.0 0.3 -1.6 1.4

Rubber and articles thereof

40

0.973 165.6 164.1 2.0 0.5 0.2 3.0 -0.9

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

VIII

0.347 109.0 113.2 34.4 2.6 5.1 2.4 3.9

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

IX

0.560 108.0 109.7 3.1 0.6 1.0 3.1 1.6

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

2.438 112.3 112.7 5.6 0.6 1.3 1.6 0.4

Woodpulp and recovered paper

47

0.639 117.3 120.0 36.7 2.5 5.0 6.0 2.3

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

48

1.289 110.3 109.6 -3.5 -0.1 0.1 0.5 -0.6

Printed material

49

0.509 116.1 116.2 0.5 0.6 0.0 -0.2 0.1

Textile and textile articles

XI

1.952 109.6 109.0 6.4 3.4 0.1 0.4 -0.5

Cotton, including yarns and woven fabrics thereof

52

0.601 114.8 113.0 24.0 11.1 0.4 0.4 -1.6

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

XIII

0.819 118.1 117.7 1.3 0.0 0.0 3.1 -0.3

Glass and glassware

70

0.436 100.1 100.0 -0.6 0.0 0.0 2.6 -0.1

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

XIV

4.757 196.8 195.5 16.2 2.7 5.4 -0.1 -0.7

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

5.822 157.5 157.2 8.9 0.3 0.8 2.4 -0.2

Iron and steel

72

1.653 179.4 179.8 5.5 -1.3 0.2 3.9 0.2

Articles of iron or steel

73

1.529 157.3 157.8 -4.0 0.3 -0.1 -0.1 0.3

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.584 224.0 215.8 80.1 4.4 4.8 4.9 -3.7

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.905 123.4 123.3 28.3 1.2 2.1 6.3 -0.1

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

82

0.418 123.9 124.2 2.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.2

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.314 122.4 122.4 -5.5 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.0

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

XVI

30.701 95.7 95.3 0.2 0.2 -0.1 0.2 -0.4

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

17.901 106.1 105.7 0.7 0.2 -0.1 0.1 -0.4

Electrical machinery and equipment and parts and accessories thereof

85

12.800 84.3 84.1 -0.2 0.4 -0.1 0.2 -0.2

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

13.400 120.5 120.7 1.5 -0.2 -0.1 0.4 0.2

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

8.638 108.0 108.1 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.1

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

89

0.297 100.1 100.1 - - - 0.1 0.0

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

XVIII

6.058 106.7 106.9 -0.1 0.0 0.1 -1.7 0.2

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

1.552 108.5 108.5 2.1 0.1 -0.6 0.7 0.0

Furniture; stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings nesoi;

94

0.761 117.3 117.2 1.5 0.2 -1.4 -0.3 -0.1

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

0.676 95.3 95.3 2.5 0.1 0.1 2.1 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 7. U.S. import price indexes and percent changes by locality of origin: February 2009 to February 2010 2000=100, unless otherwise noted
Description Percent
of
U.S.
imports(1)
Index Percent change
Jan.
2010
Feb.
2010
Annual Monthly
Feb.
2009
to
Feb.
2010
Oct.
2009
to
Nov.
2009
Nov.
2009
to
Dec.
2009
Dec.
2009
to
Jan.
2010
Jan.
2010
to
Feb.
2010

Industrialized Countries(2)

41.082 125.6 125.6 6.6 1.2 0.7 1.3 0.0

Nonmanufactured articles

5.687 211.8 211.5 49.9 8.6 2.0 6.1 -0.1

Manufactured articles

34.943 118.8 118.7 3.0 0.6 0.5 0.8 -0.1

Other Countries(3)

58.918 123.8 123.0 12.6 1.1 0.0 1.4 -0.6

Nonmanufactured articles

15.714 257.4 252.0 63.3 5.2 -1.5 3.9 -2.1

Manufactured articles

43.010 105.1 104.8 2.8 -0.1 0.5 0.6 -0.3

Canada

15.923 142.8 143.0 14.6 2.8 1.0 3.7 0.1

Nonmanufactured articles

5.257 205.3 205.0 49.7 9.9 1.9 6.6 -0.1

Manufactured articles

10.335 130.5 130.7 5.6 0.7 0.6 2.5 0.2

European Union(4)

16.799 127.6 127.5 2.7 0.6 0.4 0.2 -0.1

Nonmanufactured articles

0.211 248.4 244.8 30.6 1.6 1.2 -1.3 -1.4

Manufactured articles

16.491 125.1 125.0 2.5 0.7 0.3 0.2 -0.1

France (Dec. 2003=100)

1.948 124.7 122.2 2.8 0.7 0.1 0.5 -2.0

Germany (Dec. 2003=100)

4.572 114.1 113.5 3.9 1.1 1.0 0.8 -0.5

United Kingdom (Dec. 2003=100)

2.566 125.0 124.6 5.8 0.6 0.8 0.2 -0.3

Latin America(5)

17.999 157.5 156.7 18.5 2.1 -0.3 2.3 -0.5

Nonmanufactured articles

6.186 286.4 282.6 57.3 5.4 -2.3 4.7 -1.3

Manufactured articles

11.730 130.5 130.4 5.2 0.5 0.6 0.9 -0.1

Mexico (Dec. 2003=100)

10.275 137.3 136.3 8.4 0.8 -1.0 1.6 -0.7

Nonmanufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

2.141 150.6 147.2 59.8 5.1 -4.2 5.2 -2.3

Manufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

8.085 96.5 96.2 -1.6 -0.5 0.1 0.4 -0.3

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

31.500 100.4 100.3 0.6 0.1 0.4 0.1 -0.1

China (Dec. 2003=100)

16.449 100.3 100.2 -1.3 0.0 0.2 -0.3 -0.1

Japan

6.678 97.9 97.8 1.5 0.0 0.3 0.1 -0.1

Asian NICs(7)

5.003 87.2 87.0 0.9 0.0 0.7 0.9 -0.2

ASEAN (Dec. 2003=100)(8)

5.274 96.9 97.1 1.8 0.4 0.6 -0.6 0.2

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

5.380 203.6 199.9 51.3 1.2 -1.4 2.3 -1.8

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: February 2009 to February 2010 2000=100, unless otherwise noted
Description Relative
import-
ance
Jan.
2010(1)
Index Percent change
Jan.
2010
Feb.
2010
Annual Monthly
Feb.
2009
to
Feb.
2010
Oct.
2009
to
Nov.
2009
Nov.
2009
to
Dec.
2009
Dec.
2009
to
Jan.
2010
Jan.
2010
to
Feb.
2010

Air Freight

Import Air Freight

100.000 151.4 151.0 11.2 4.4 7.5 -7.6 -0.3

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

23.399 138.4 136.8 6.0 1.4 2.1 -1.6 -1.2

Asia

69.737 135.7 134.8 12.0 5.5 10.1 -10.1 -0.7

Export Air Freight

100.000 123.3 123.8 -2.5 0.4 0.9 0.3 0.4

Europe (Dec. 2006=100)

33.185 113.3 113.5 -4.3 0.0 2.1 0.0 0.2

Inbound Air Freight

100.000 141.0 140.1 6.6 4.1 5.0 -4.3 -0.6

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

24.402 128.8 127.3 0.2 1.0 1.4 -0.5 -1.2

Asia

66.154 127.5 126.7 10.6 5.7 7.1 -6.3 -0.6

Outbound Air Freight

100.000 114.8 116.0 -5.1 0.8 1.1 0.2 1.0

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

40.969 132.2 133.0 -7.1 0.2 1.6 0.3 0.6

Asia

42.482 105.7 107.4 -0.4 1.1 1.0 0.6 1.6

Air Passenger Fares

Import Air Passenger Fares

100.000 147.4 142.2 0.4 0.5 3.3 -3.2 -3.5

Europe

40.657 153.5 147.9 1.3 0.0 -2.3 -1.6 -3.6

Asia

29.148 132.9 122.8 -4.3 -2.3 11.0 -5.3 -7.6

Latin America/Caribbean

12.743 130.8 132.3 8.5 8.2 12.6 -10.8 1.1

Export Air Passenger Fares

100.000 161.4 149.0 1.0 1.9 10.2 3.4 -7.7

Europe

33.228 187.7 184.7 11.7 2.7 5.3 0.1 -1.6

Asia

30.055 135.6 121.7 -4.9 0.4 10.9 6.5 -10.3

Latin America/Caribbean

24.620 176.4 160.3 -1.1 3.6 16.1 2.7 -9.1

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


                                          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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