U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes News Release

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

U.S. import prices increased 2.2 percent in April, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today, after 
rising 2.6 percent the previous month. Higher fuel and nonfuel prices contributed to the advances in each 
month. Prices for U.S. exports increased 1.1 percent in April following a 1.5 percent advance the previous 
month.


Imports

All Imports: Import prices rose 2.2 percent in April following a 2.6 percent advance in March, the first time 
import prices increased by more than two percent in consecutive months since June 2008. The price index for 
overall imports recorded an increase each month since October and rose 11.1 percent over the past year. The 
12-month advance in April was the largest year-over-year increase since an 11.2 percent gain between April 
2009 and April 2010. 

Fuel Imports: Import fuel prices advanced 6.7 percent in April and accounted for approximately 80 percent 
of the overall increase in import prices. In April, a 7.2 percent jump in petroleum prices more than offset a 
2.7 percent drop in natural gas prices. Prices for import fuel rose 34.8 percent for the year ended in April, 
driven by a 36.8 percent advance in petroleum prices. In contrast, natural gas prices ticked down 0.1 percent 
over the past 12 months. 

All Imports Excluding Fuel: Nonfuel import prices increased 0.6 percent in April. The price index for 
nonfuel industrial supplies and materials, up 1.7 percent in April was the largest contributor to both the 
monthly and yearly advances in nonfuel import prices. Each of the major finished goods categories also rose 
for the month. Prices for nonfuel imports recorded a second consecutive 12-month increase of 4.3 percent in 
April, the largest year-over-year advances since a 4.8 percent rise for the year ended in October 2008.    

Table A. Percent changes
Month IMPORTS EXPORTS
All
imports
Fuel
imports
Nonfuel
imports
All
exports
Agri-
cultural
exports
Non-
agricultural
exports

2010

April

1.1 2.6 0.6 1.1 -0.4 1.3

May

-0.8 -5.1 0.4 0.5 1.6 0.3

June

-1.2 -3.8 -0.4 -0.7 0.0 -0.8

July

0.0 1.0 -0.3 -0.2 -0.2 -0.2

August

0.4 1.0 0.3 0.8 4.2 0.5

September

0.0 -1.5 0.3 0.6 2.4 0.4

October

1.1 4.3 0.3 0.8 2.8 0.6

November

1.7 4.8 0.8 1.5 7.6 0.8

December

1.4 5.6 0.3 0.7 2.0 0.6

2011

January

1.5 4.1 0.7 (r)1.3 (r)3.1 1.0

February

(r)1.7 (r)5.6 0.5 1.4 4.6 1.0

March

(r)2.6 (r)8.5 (r)0.7 1.5 (r)2.2 (r)1.4

April

2.2 6.7 0.6 1.1 0.6 1.0

Apr. 2009 to 2010

11.2 54.4 3.2 5.5 3.5 5.7

Apr. 2010 to 2011

11.1 34.8 4.3 9.6 35.3 6.9

Footnotes
(r) Revised


Exports

All Exports: U.S. export prices advanced 1.1 percent in April, after rising 1.5 percent and 1.4 percent, 
respectively, in March and February. Higher prices for agricultural exports and nonagricultural exports 
contributed to the increases in each of the three months. Export prices rose 9.6 percent over the past year, 
matching the 12-month advance in March; those were the largest year-over-year increases since export prices 
jumped 10.2 percent in July 2008. 

Agricultural Exports: Prices for agricultural exports rose 0.6 percent in April, the smallest monthly advance 
since the index last recorded a decline in July 2010. A 2.6 percent increase in corn prices and a 2.1 percent 
rise in meat prices more than offset declining prices for nuts and a downturn in cotton prices. Agricultural 
prices increased 35.3 percent over the past year, the largest 12-month gain since the July 2007-08 period. The 
increase for the year ended in April was led by a 96.3 percent advance in corn prices and a 142.5 percent 
jump in cotton prices. 

All Exports Excluding Agriculture: The price index for nonagricultural exports rose 1.0 percent in April, 
led by a 2.5 percent increase in nonagricultural industrial supplies and materials prices. Each of the major 
finished goods categories also advanced in April. Nonagricultural export prices increased 6.9 percent for the 
year ended in April, the third consecutive month where the 12-month advance was greater than six percent.
   
 				
                                          SELECTED APRIL HIGHLIGHTS

Import Prices

Nonfuel Industrial Supplies and Materials: The price index for nonfuel industrial supplies and materials 
rose 1.7 percent in April following a 2.0 percent rise the previous month. Both increases were led by higher 
chemical and unfinished metals prices, which increased 2.4 percent and 1.7 percent, respectively, in April. 
The rise in chemical prices was driven by a 6.6 percent advance in plastics prices, and the largest contributors 
to the rise in unfinished metals prices were prices for gold and other precious metals.        

Finished Goods: Each of the major finished goods categories increased in April. Prices for consumer goods 
and automotive vehicles each rose 0.4 percent for the month. Capital goods prices ticked up 0.1 percent, as a 
0.5 percent decline in the price index for computers, peripherals, and semiconductors partially offset a 0.4 
percent increase in capital goods prices, excluding computers, peripherals, and semiconductors.
 
Foods, Feeds, and Beverages: Foods, feeds, and beverages prices advanced 1.8 percent in April after a 4.2 
percent rise in March. The April increase was driven by a 22.8 percent jump in coffee prices.   

Imports by Locality of Origin: Prices for imports from China advanced 0.4 percent in April, following a 
0.6 percent increase the previous month. Import prices from China rose 2.8 percent over the past year, the 
largest 12-month increase since a similar 2.8 percent advance in December 2008. Import prices from Japan 
increased 0.3 percent in April and 3.2 percent over the past 12 months. The price indexes for imports from 
Canada, Mexico, and the European Union all advanced in April, rising 2.4 percent, 2.5 percent, and 0.8 
percent, respectively; each index was led by higher petroleum prices.

Transportation Services: Import air passenger fares rose 1.2 percent in April, the first monthly advance 
since December. The April increase was led by a 2.8 percent advance in European fares and a 5.4 percent 
rise in Latin American/Caribbean fares. The overall index for import air passenger fares advanced 4.5 percent 
for the year ended in April. Import air freight prices rose 1.2 percent in April and 9.0 percent over the past 
year.   

Export Prices
 
Nonagricultural Industrial Supplies and Materials: Nonagricultural industrial supplies and materials 
prices increased 2.5 percent in April following a 3.2 percent rise in March. The April advance was driven by 
a 3.9 percent increase in fuel prices and a 2.9 percent rise in chemical prices.     
 
Finished Goods: Prices for capital goods rose 0.2 percent in April. Consumer goods prices increased 0.4 
percent, led by a 0.5 percent increase in the price index for medicinal, dental, and pharmaceutical prices. 
Prices for automotive vehicles ticked up 0.1 percent.             

Transportation Services: Export air passenger fares advanced 2.4 percent in April, driven by a 10.2 percent 
jump in European fares. The index for export air passenger fares rose 9.0 percent over the past year. Prices 
for export air freight increased 2.7 percent in April and 15.5 percent over the past 12 months. 
		
Import and Export Price Index data for May 2011 are scheduled for release on Friday, June 10, 2011 
at 8:30 a.m. (EDT).

Table 1. U.S. import price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: April 2010 to April 2011
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description End
Use
Relative
import-
ance
Mar.
2011(1)
Index Percent change
Mar.
2011
Apr.
2011
Annual Monthly
Apr.
2010
to
Apr.
2011
Dec.
2010
to
Jan.
2011
Jan.
2011
to
Feb.
2011
Feb.
2011
to
Mar.
2011
Mar.
2011
to
Apr.
2011

All commodities

  100.000 138.8 141.9 11.1 1.5 1.7 2.6 2.2

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

  67.755 101.4 101.9 - 0.6 0.5 0.3 0.5

All imports excluding petroleum

  75.104 114.9 115.6 4.3 0.9 0.7 0.4 0.6

All imports excluding fuels (Dec. 2001=100)

  73.597 118.6 119.3 4.3 0.7 0.5 0.7 0.6

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

5.842 175.0 178.2 19.6 2.5 0.7 4.2 1.8

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

4.600 199.0 203.5 21.6 2.7 0.9 5.2 2.3

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

1.242 120.7 120.8 12.6 2.0 -0.1 0.9 0.1

Industrial supplies & materials

1

39.460 254.4 267.2 26.8 3.4 4.0 6.3 5.0

Industrial supplies & materials excluding petroleum

  14.564 168.3 170.5 12.0 2.9 2.0 0.7 1.3

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

  13.057 187.7 190.8 12.8 2.1 1.3 2.0 1.7

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

  8.018 181.3 183.6 12.0 2.1 1.4 2.3 1.3

Industrial supplies & materials nondurable excluding petroleum

  5.039 153.1 155.2 12.1 3.8 2.6 -1.2 1.4

Fuels & lubricants

10

26.403 340.1 362.9 34.8 4.1 5.6 8.5 6.7

Petroleum & petroleum products

100

24.896 376.0 403.0 36.8 3.7 5.5 9.8 7.2

Crude

10000

18.372 381.2 413.3 36.9 4.2 5.5 8.2 8.4

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

101

1.130 131.5 128.6 -0.1 9.5 8.1 -11.7 -2.2

Gas-natural

10110

1.009 116.7 113.6 -0.1 10.4 8.7 -12.8 -2.7

Paper & paper base stocks

11

0.636 116.3 119.5 9.1 0.2 -1.9 0.7 2.8

Materials associated with nondurable supplies & materials

12

4.466 165.7 169.4 14.6 2.3 1.6 1.5 2.2

Selected building materials

13

1.076 131.5 131.8 1.3 2.0 0.3 1.2 0.2

Unfinished metals related to durable goods

14

3.921 290.0 294.9 19.6 3.1 1.9 3.8 1.7

Finished metals related to durable goods

15

1.556 157.2 158.6 8.5 0.5 1.4 1.0 0.9

Nonmetals related to durable goods

16

1.402 112.1 113.2 5.4 1.6 0.9 0.6 1.0

Capital goods

2

21.143 92.3 92.4 1.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.1

Electric generating equipment

20

2.653 115.2 116.7 4.8 0.7 0.2 0.4 1.3

Nonelectrical machinery

21

16.685 86.4 86.3 0.5 0.0 0.2 0.0 -0.1

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

22

1.805 123.0 123.2 1.4 0.1 0.8 0.0 0.2

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

9.168 110.1 110.5 1.8 0.2 0.1 0.4 0.4

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

24.387 104.7 105.1 0.6 0.3 0.4 -0.2 0.4

Nondurables, manufactured

40

11.913 110.2 110.6 1.4 0.1 0.4 -0.6 0.4

Durables, manufactured

41

11.478 99.1 99.5 -0.7 0.5 0.2 0.2 0.4

Nonmanufactured consumer goods

42

0.995 107.8 109.5 7.4 2.2 1.2 0.5 1.6

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

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


Table 2. U.S. export price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: April 2010 to April 2011
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description End
Use
Relative
import-
ance
Mar.
2011(1)
Index Percent change
Mar.
2011
Apr.
2011
Annual Monthly
Apr.
2010
to
Apr.
2011
Dec.
2010
to
Jan.
2011
Jan.
2011
to
Feb.
2011
Feb.
2011
to
Mar.
2011
Mar.
2011
to
Apr.
2011

All commodities

  100.000 132.8 134.2 9.6 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.1

Agricultural commodities

  12.121 218.9 220.2 35.3 3.1 4.6 2.2 0.6

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

  80.556 102.2 103.0 - 0.6 1.0 0.6 0.8

Nonagricultural commodities

  87.879 126.6 127.9 6.9 1.0 1.0 1.4 1.0

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

10.547 207.0 208.8 28.4 3.3 3.0 1.7 0.9

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

9.902 212.2 213.8 29.9 3.3 3.7 1.7 0.8

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

0.645 158.1 161.4 9.2 3.5 -6.5 1.4 2.1

Industrial supplies & materials

1

35.002 188.4 192.8 20.5 2.7 2.9 3.3 2.3

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

  12.262 185.9 188.7 13.9 2.5 2.5 1.3 1.5

Industrial supplies & materials, nondurable

  22.740 190.7 195.9 24.5 2.7 3.2 4.4 2.7

Agricultural industrial supplies & materials

10

2.219 258.8 258.3 64.4 2.2 8.6 4.5 -0.2

Nonagricultural industrial supplies & materials

  32.783 185.4 190.0 18.5 2.7 2.6 3.2 2.5

Fuels & lubricants

11

8.897 277.1 287.9 37.6 4.7 3.7 9.1 3.9

Nonagricultural supplies & materials excluding fuels & building materials

12

23.024 173.8 177.3 13.5 2.1 2.3 1.2 2.0

Selected building materials

13

0.862 115.5 116.2 -1.4 0.1 -0.5 -0.2 0.6

Capital goods

2

34.524 104.1 104.3 0.4 0.1 -0.1 0.2 0.2

Electrical generating equipment

20

3.326 111.3 111.7 2.7 0.5 0.3 0.6 0.4

Nonelectrical machinery

21

24.152 94.0 94.2 -0.8 -0.2 -0.2 0.0 0.2

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

22

7.046 144.2 144.1 3.4 1.1 0.6 0.1 -0.1

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

6.689 109.7 109.8 1.2 0.1 0.0 0.5 0.1

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

13.238 114.1 114.5 3.2 -0.3 0.7 0.8 0.4

Nondurables, manufactured

40

6.718 113.6 114.2 1.7 -1.0 0.2 0.4 0.5

Durables, manufactured

41

5.413 113.0 112.6 4.2 0.1 0.8 1.0 -0.4

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

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


Table 3. U.S. import price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: April 2010 to April 2011
[December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
Mar.
2011(1)
Index Percent change
Mar.
2011
Apr.
2011
Annual Monthly
Apr.
2010
to
Apr.
2011
Dec.
2010
to
Jan.
2011
Jan.
2011
to
Feb.
2011
Feb.
2011
to
Mar.
2011
Mar.
2011
to
Apr.
2011

Nonmanufactured articles

  22.813 167.3 179.8 34.3 4.6 5.2 6.8 7.5

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

2.285 189.6 197.6 32.0 4.2 1.4 8.2 4.2

Crop production

111

1.665 197.0 206.1 33.2 3.6 0.4 11.0 4.6

Mining

21

20.528 164.8 177.7 34.6 4.6 5.5 6.7 7.8

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

212

0.362 146.7 153.0 15.7 3.3 0.6 0.4 4.3

Manufactured articles

  76.691 115.8 116.6 5.5 0.8 0.8 1.4 0.7

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

10.731 118.5 119.8 10.3 1.4 0.7 1.6 1.1

Food manufacturing

311

3.250 151.3 153.1 22.9 2.9 0.8 2.8 1.2

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.897 110.4 111.0 1.6 -0.4 0.1 0.4 0.5

Textile product mills

314

0.856 114.1 115.2 14.3 1.0 0.9 5.0 1.0

Apparel manufacturing

315

3.931 105.7 106.9 5.3 1.0 0.6 0.8 1.1

Leather and allied product manufacturing

316

1.433 109.9 111.5 4.6 0.6 0.5 0.2 1.5

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

18.834 136.3 138.4 11.7 1.3 1.7 3.8 1.5

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.668 110.6 110.9 1.8 3.4 0.2 1.8 0.3

Paper manufacturing

322

1.163 110.8 112.6 7.3 0.5 -0.7 0.4 1.6

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

5.381 174.8 179.5 35.0 1.7 5.2 16.2 2.7

Chemical manufacturing

325

9.046 130.4 131.6 3.8 0.9 0.8 -1.0 0.9

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

1.702 120.1 122.0 7.0 2.1 0.6 0.4 1.6

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.779 126.2 126.8 5.1 1.6 0.2 0.3 0.5

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

47.126 108.9 109.2 2.3 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.3

Primary metal manufacturing

331

4.635 186.9 189.6 16.8 2.6 1.9 3.0 1.4

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.452 123.3 124.0 5.4 0.5 0.2 0.8 0.6

Machinery manufacturing

333

5.361 117.2 117.7 4.0 0.9 0.9 0.3 0.4

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

14.838 84.4 84.1 -4.0 -0.7 0.1 -0.2 -0.4

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

3.458 114.2 115.4 2.8 0.3 0.2 0.1 1.1

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

10.250 106.9 107.1 1.2 0.0 0.2 0.3 0.2

Furniture and related product manufacturing

337

1.193 109.0 110.1 4.1 0.2 0.7 0.6 1.0

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

4.939 118.5 119.9 7.0 2.5 0.8 0.3 1.2

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

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


Table 4. U.S. export price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: April 2010 to April 2011
[December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
Mar.
2011(1)
Index Percent change
Mar.
2011
Apr.
2011
Annual Monthly
Apr.
2010
to
Apr.
2011
Dec.
2010
to
Jan.
2011
Jan.
2011
to
Feb.
2011
Feb.
2011
to
Mar.
2011
Mar.
2011
to
Apr.
2011

Nonmanufactured articles

  9.722 185.8 186.7 46.0 5.9 3.8 2.3 0.5

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

7.372 218.6 218.2 55.2 5.4 6.6 2.6 -0.2

Crop production

111

6.980 229.4 228.3 58.5 5.6 6.7 2.8 -0.5

Mining

21

2.350 117.3 120.5 24.5 6.9 -4.0 1.2 2.7

Mining (except oil and gas)

212

1.549 135.6 137.7 27.3 1.4 1.5 0.9 1.5

Manufactured articles

  86.480 118.7 120.0 6.8 0.7 0.9 1.5 1.1

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

7.255 141.6 143.8 14.9 1.3 1.5 1.9 1.6

Food manufacturing

311

4.975 157.5 160.6 14.4 0.7 1.0 1.8 2.0

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.545 115.2 115.5 11.6 -0.5 0.3 0.6 0.3

Apparel manufacturing

315

0.399 110.6 110.6 8.2 2.6 2.8 0.2 0.0

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

26.504 132.9 136.2 13.6 1.0 2.3 3.2 2.5

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.406 121.0 122.1 6.2 -2.6 4.9 1.9 0.9

Paper manufacturing

322

1.974 125.2 127.1 10.2 1.3 0.6 0.1 1.5

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

6.117 172.0 179.0 39.8 3.4 6.4 11.8 4.1

Chemical manufacturing

325

15.401 129.1 132.2 8.4 0.6 1.3 1.1 2.4

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

1.916 109.1 110.2 4.1 0.3 1.0 0.1 1.0

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.690 110.3 110.7 -2.8 -1.6 -0.2 -0.2 0.4

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

52.721 110.9 111.3 2.8 0.5 0.3 0.5 0.4

Primary metal manufacturing

331

4.949 170.7 176.0 23.2 3.0 1.3 2.0 3.1

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.454 126.0 127.3 4.9 1.2 1.1 0.6 1.0

Machinery manufacturing

333

10.329 116.0 116.4 1.4 0.3 0.1 0.3 0.3

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

13.889 90.5 90.0 -3.1 -0.3 -0.5 -0.2 -0.6

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

3.032 110.8 111.4 3.2 0.3 0.2 0.6 0.5

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

12.905 113.5 113.5 2.3 0.6 0.4 0.4 0.0

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

4.861 115.7 116.9 5.8 -0.3 1.2 1.6 1.0

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

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


Table 5. U.S. import price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: April 2010 to April 2011
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
Mar.
2011(1)
Index Percent change
Mar.
2011
Apr.
2011
Annual Monthly
Apr.
2010
to
Apr.
2011
Dec.
2010
to
Jan.
2011
Jan.
2011
to
Feb.
2011
Feb.
2011
to
Mar.
2011
Mar.
2011
to
Apr.
2011

Live animals; animal products

I

1.347 167.0 169.3 20.4 2.8 2.1 1.8 1.4

Meat and edible meat offal

02

0.319 211.9 219.4 21.6 3.5 3.7 2.4 3.5

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.702 122.8 123.0 18.4 2.3 -0.7 1.2 0.2

Vegetable products

II

1.904 215.2 226.7 31.6 3.1 0.0 10.2 5.3

Edible vegetables, roots, and tubers

07

0.410 396.8 416.1 26.5 1.7 -11.4 35.4 4.9

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

0.567 130.0 129.4 15.3 4.6 4.1 4.6 -0.5

Coffee, tea, mate and spices

09

0.429 247.6 295.9 72.5 3.6 3.1 6.2 19.5

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

III

0.353 157.9 152.9 46.5 11.3 4.7 0.4 -3.2

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages, and tobacco

IV

2.575 154.0 153.5 9.6 0.6 0.3 2.3 -0.3

Cocoa and cocoa preparations (Dec. 2009=100)

18

0.238 107.3 99.7 -0.5 2.6 4.7 3.9 -7.1

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

19

0.260 125.4 123.7 10.0 -1.9 -2.8 -1.1 -1.4

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

20

0.360 153.2 155.8 20.2 2.1 0.7 0.7 1.7

Beverages, spirits, and vinegar

22

0.868 120.4 121.0 1.9 -0.4 -0.1 0.4 0.5

Mineral products

V

25.922 340.7 363.7 34.1 4.0 5.5 8.5 6.8

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

27

25.606 337.2 360.0 34.2 4.0 5.6 8.6 6.8

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

8.722 144.9 145.5 3.6 1.0 0.8 -1.0 0.4

Inorganic chemicals

28

1.094 363.2 374.5 34.1 4.5 3.0 3.3 3.1

Organic chemicals

29

2.805 135.1 136.1 1.0 -0.5 0.7 -1.3 0.7

Pharmaceutical products

30

3.158 112.6 111.6 -5.5 0.3 0.2 -3.1 -0.9

Fertilizers (Dec. 2009=100)

31

0.251 121.6 123.1 15.6 7.5 0.5 0.4 1.2

Essential oils and resinoids (Dec. 2001=100)

33

0.420 123.6 124.3 3.9 -0.3 0.3 -0.1 0.6

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

0.501 107.4 107.9 14.1 4.8 1.4 0.7 0.5

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

2.874 147.0 150.6 10.4 1.7 1.1 0.7 2.4

Plastics and articles thereof

39

1.766 136.4 139.2 5.7 0.6 0.7 0.4 2.1

Rubber and articles thereof

40

1.108 167.3 172.7 18.5 3.6 1.8 1.0 3.2

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

VIII

0.520 117.2 120.2 5.3 0.7 0.4 0.3 2.6

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

42

0.491 117.3 120.6 5.0 0.7 0.5 0.3 2.8

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

IX

0.700 133.0 133.0 1.1 3.2 0.4 1.7 0.0

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

1.275 113.8 115.6 6.1 0.2 -0.9 0.3 1.6

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

48

0.850 107.4 108.1 5.4 0.5 0.0 0.1 0.7

Textile and textile articles

XI

5.072 109.8 111.0 7.8 1.2 0.8 1.5 1.1

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted

61

1.965 102.6 103.0 4.6 1.0 0.7 0.1 0.4

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted

62

1.841 107.6 109.6 6.2 0.9 0.7 1.3 1.9

Made-up or worn textile articles

63

0.647 109.7 110.8 19.9 1.1 1.0 6.9 1.0

Headgear, umbrellas, artifical flowers, etc.

XII

1.197 110.1 110.9 4.3 0.6 0.4 0.2 0.7

Footwear and parts of such articles

64

1.019 109.0 109.7 4.0 0.5 0.4 0.2 0.6

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

XIII

0.709 128.0 128.2 3.3 0.4 0.3 0.5 0.2

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

68

0.242 120.2 120.4 2.5 0.3 0.5 -0.1 0.2

Ceramic products

69

0.208 141.2 141.2 0.9 0.1 0.1 1.4 0.0

Glass and glassware

70

0.260 122.0 122.3 6.3 0.7 0.3 0.2 0.2

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

XIV

2.912 185.1 191.9 21.4 2.8 0.0 2.2 3.7

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

5.210 199.3 199.7 9.5 1.6 2.0 2.3 0.2

Iron and steel

72

0.956 255.9 259.7 11.2 3.1 3.2 4.0 1.5

Articles of iron or steel

73

1.523 155.5 156.9 7.2 0.3 0.5 0.8 0.9

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.633 424.3 410.7 18.1 5.7 3.9 1.7 -3.2

Nickel and articles thereof (Dec. 2009=100)

75

0.193 152.1 146.3 12.2 2.1 5.5 10.3 -3.8

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.902 152.1 154.1 10.4 0.7 2.8 1.9 1.3

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

82

0.317 122.1 122.3 3.6 1.2 0.1 -0.2 0.2

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.360 128.7 129.0 1.6 0.3 0.3 0.1 0.2

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

XVI

23.450 85.8 85.7 -1.2 -0.2 0.2 0.0 -0.1

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

11.614 88.4 88.3 0.3 -0.1 0.3 -0.2 -0.1

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

85

11.836 83.2 83.2 -2.7 -0.2 0.0 0.2 0.0

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

8.555 111.4 111.7 1.6 0.1 0.3 0.3 0.3

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

7.590 110.4 110.7 1.7 0.0 0.2 0.4 0.3

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

88

0.882 115.3 115.4 1.1 0.0 1.3 -0.2 0.1

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

XVIII

3.148 104.4 104.7 3.6 2.3 0.1 0.2 0.3

Optical, photographic, measuring and medical instruments

90

2.908 102.1 102.4 3.5 2.4 0.2 0.1 0.3

Clocks and watches and parts thereof

91

0.177 124.9 125.5 2.5 0.6 0.0 0.0 0.5

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

3.474 108.3 108.9 2.4 0.3 0.4 0.3 0.6

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

94

1.702 111.4 112.0 2.5 -0.1 0.5 0.5 0.5

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

1.571 102.0 102.6 1.8 0.5 0.3 0.2 0.6

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

96

0.201 128.4 128.4 7.9 2.2 0.2 0.3 0.0

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

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


Table 6. U.S. export price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: April 2010 to April 2011
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
Mar.
2011(1)
Index Percent change
Mar.
2011
Apr.
2011
Annual Monthly
Apr.
2010
to
Apr.
2011
Dec.
2010
to
Jan.
2011
Jan.
2011
to
Feb.
2011
Feb.
2011
to
Mar.
2011
Mar.
2011
to
Apr.
2011

Live animals; animal products

I

1.907 190.8 198.8 18.1 1.1 2.1 3.6 4.2

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

02

1.181 157.3 161.1 15.4 0.7 4.1 3.7 2.4

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.369 169.2 175.4 14.7 6.3 -9.8 1.8 3.7

Vegetable products

II

6.210 253.4 253.7 43.2 6.1 4.5 1.4 0.1

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

1.006 136.5 131.4 -1.4 4.0 0.1 1.7 -3.7

Cereals

10

2.477 309.7 313.8 83.6 8.2 6.9 4.6 1.3

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

12

2.175 264.7 265.6 37.6 5.1 3.1 -2.6 0.3

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

III

0.540 158.4 162.0 51.7 7.6 4.2 0.8 2.3

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages,and tobacco

IV

2.623 148.4 148.6 8.2 -0.4 0.6 0.6 0.1

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

20

0.338 106.4 107.0 2.6 -0.2 0.8 1.2 0.6

Miscellaneous edible preparations

21

0.438 117.7 117.8 -0.1 -0.5 -0.3 -0.5 0.1

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

22

0.333 105.0 105.3 2.4 -0.8 0.3 0.8 0.3

Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed

23

0.712 222.1 219.6 28.5 -1.3 0.8 1.5 -1.1

Mineral products

V

8.817 326.9 341.2 37.7 4.6 3.3 8.8 4.4

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

27

8.191 322.3 336.8 38.9 4.9 3.6 9.5 4.5

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

12.764 151.9 153.7 5.8 0.3 1.3 0.9 1.2

Inorganic chemicals

28

1.049 202.9 209.0 20.2 1.5 1.3 1.8 3.0

Organic chemicals

29

3.289 164.3 167.3 6.7 1.2 2.9 2.2 1.8

Pharmaceutical products

30

3.880 125.0 125.6 1.9 -1.4 0.0 0.6 0.5

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

32

0.549 122.5 123.2 6.0 0.3 3.1 0.3 0.6

Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery cosmetic or toilet preparations

33

0.735 127.9 127.9 3.1 0.2 0.9 0.2 0.0

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

34

0.469 122.5 125.4 7.2 0.1 1.7 -0.4 2.4

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

1.775 145.1 146.5 4.0 0.6 0.5 0.0 1.0

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

5.051 143.9 149.2 8.2 1.1 1.0 0.5 3.7

Plastics and articles thereof

39

4.106 137.3 141.3 7.1 1.1 1.0 0.4 2.9

Rubber and articles thereof

40

0.945 173.5 185.7 13.0 0.9 0.7 1.1 7.0

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

VIII

0.423 132.6 139.3 15.8 1.5 2.4 3.0 5.1

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

IX

0.509 109.7 110.1 0.0 -0.7 0.8 -0.1 0.4

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

2.719 127.2 128.1 11.0 1.4 1.4 0.0 0.7

Woodpulp and recovered paper

47

0.954 154.0 156.5 25.2 2.1 3.3 -0.4 1.6

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

48

1.280 119.7 120.0 7.0 1.2 0.4 0.3 0.3

Printed material

49

0.484 118.0 118.0 1.2 0.6 0.0 0.0 0.0

Textile and textile articles

XI

2.567 164.9 164.1 44.1 2.0 7.1 5.2 -0.5

Cotton, including yarns and woven fabrics thereof

52

1.308 292.2 286.8 124.9 2.4 14.9 10.5 -1.8

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

XIII

0.678 115.5 115.8 -0.9 -0.4 0.0 0.0 0.3

Glass and glassware

70

0.381 99.0 99.3 0.6 0.8 0.0 0.0 0.3

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

XIV

4.886 250.9 257.8 26.1 2.1 0.9 3.0 2.8

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

5.975 186.8 188.6 12.9 4.5 4.8 1.6 1.0

Iron and steel

72

2.000 244.8 249.8 21.2 7.9 11.8 2.0 2.0

Articles of iron or steel

73

1.248 167.0 169.5 7.0 1.9 0.9 1.6 1.5

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.757 285.8 285.2 18.3 7.4 2.3 0.5 -0.2

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.969 138.5 137.8 6.9 2.7 2.6 1.9 -0.5

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

82

0.334 125.4 125.4 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.306 134.7 134.7 8.3 1.7 2.0 4.1 0.0

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

XVI

26.365 95.9 96.1 0.1 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.2

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

15.425 107.6 108.0 0.5 0.3 -0.1 0.4 0.4

Electrical machinery and equipment and parts and accessories thereof

85

10.940 83.3 83.1 -0.6 0.1 0.1 -0.4 -0.2

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

10.650 123.1 123.0 1.4 0.2 0.2 0.2 -0.1

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

5.950 109.2 109.3 0.7 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.1

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

XVIII

5.803 105.5 105.6 -0.8 -1.1 -0.6 0.0 0.1

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

1.374 108.0 107.4 -0.5 0.2 0.3 0.3 -0.6

Furniture; stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings nesoi;

94

0.659 119.4 117.9 -0.3 0.1 0.3 0.5 -1.3

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

0.608 91.9 91.9 -1.4 -0.1 0.3 0.1 0.0

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

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


Table 7. U.S. import price indexes and percent changes by locality of origin: April 2010 to April 2011
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Percent
of
U.S.
imports(1)
Index Percent change
Mar.
2011
Apr.
2011
Annual Monthly
Apr.
2010
to
Apr.
2011
Dec.
2010
to
Jan.
2011
Jan.
2011
to
Feb.
2011
Feb.
2011
to
Mar.
2011
Mar.
2011
to
Apr.
2011

Industrialized Countries(2)

39.494 129.5 131.5 4.2 -0.2 0.9 0.3 1.5

Nonmanufactured articles

4.457 221.8 234.5 12.8 2.9 0.5 -1.8 5.7

Manufactured articles

34.670 122.0 123.0 2.8 -0.7 1.0 0.7 0.8

Other Countries(3)

60.506 138.2 141.9 12.7 1.7 2.2 3.1 2.7

Nonmanufactured articles

12.079 346.6 375.1 38.8 5.0 6.2 7.6 8.2

Manufactured articles

48.226 109.9 110.4 4.4 0.7 0.7 1.5 0.5

Canada

14.271 152.4 156.0 8.1 1.1 1.3 0.4 2.4

Nonmanufactured articles

3.991 213.6 225.4 11.7 3.2 0.6 -2.6 5.5

Manufactured articles

10.005 140.5 141.8 6.5 0.1 1.6 1.9 0.9

European Union(4)

17.186 132.4 133.5 3.7 1.0 0.6 0.9 0.8

Nonmanufactured articles

0.256 280.5 298.1 14.4 2.1 0.1 0.1 6.3

Manufactured articles

16.854 129.6 130.5 3.5 0.9 0.6 0.9 0.7

France (Dec. 2003=100)

1.995 118.5 119.1 -2.1 0.3 0.4 -3.1 0.5

Germany (Dec. 2003=100)

4.510 114.6 115.7 2.5 0.2 1.1 0.6 1.0

United Kingdom (Dec. 2003=100)

2.795 130.4 131.2 4.2 1.6 0.5 -0.5 0.6

Latin America(5)

18.406 178.4 184.7 15.4 2.1 2.0 4.5 3.5

Nonmanufactured articles

5.479 375.6 406.0 38.3 3.9 4.4 10.1 8.1

Manufactured articles

12.844 136.0 136.9 3.7 1.1 0.7 1.3 0.7

Mexico (Dec. 2003=100)

11.380 147.7 151.4 8.3 1.4 1.2 2.9 2.5

Nonmanufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

1.900 200.8 215.7 34.4 4.7 2.6 11.2 7.4

Manufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

9.437 97.3 98.3 1.4 0.5 0.7 0.4 1.0

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

34.852 103.7 104.1 3.5 0.4 0.5 0.8 0.4

China (Dec. 2003=100)

19.595 102.7 103.1 2.8 0.4 0.3 0.6 0.4

Japan

6.198 101.1 101.4 3.2 0.6 0.5 0.2 0.3

Asian NICs(7)

5.555 91.1 92.3 5.8 0.7 0.6 1.7 1.3

ASEAN (Dec. 2003=100)(8)

5.987 104.4 104.6 8.6 2.0 1.0 1.0 0.2

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

3.795 251.5 266.7 24.6 4.1 5.6 2.4 6.0

Footnotes
(1) Percentage of trade figures are based on 2009 trade values.
(2) Includes Western Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
(3) Includes Eastern Europe, Latin America, OPEC countries, and other countries in Asia, Africa and the Western Hemisphere.
(4) Includes European Union countries.
(5) Includes Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
(6) Includes China, Japan, Australia, Brunei, Indonesia, Macao, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines and Asian Newly Industrialized Countries.
(7) Asian Newly Industrialized Countries. Includes Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.
(8) Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Includes Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
(9) Includes Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

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


Table 8. U.S. international price indexes and percent changes for selected transportation services: April 2010 to April 2011
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Relative
import-
ance
Mar.
2011(1)
Index Percent change
Mar.
2011
Apr.
2011
Annual Monthly
Apr.
2010
to
Apr.
2011
Dec.
2010
to
Jan.
2011
Jan.
2011
to
Feb.
2011
Feb.
2011
to
Mar.
2011
Mar.
2011
to
Apr.
2011

Air Freight

Import Air Freight

100.000 172.8 174.8 9.0 -1.7 2.5 0.8 1.2

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

22.773 148.8 159.2 20.0 -0.6 1.8 3.1 7.0

Asia

73.682 157.7 156.7 5.5 -2.0 2.7 0.2 -0.6

Export Air Freight

100.000 138.9 142.7 15.5 3.5 2.0 2.7 2.7

Europe (Dec. 2006=100)

38.836 125.8 129.4 13.5 3.0 0.9 3.3 2.9

Inbound Air Freight

100.000 157.0 159.2 9.9 -0.5 1.5 1.3 1.4

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

23.181 138.8 146.1 18.4 0.1 1.4 3.2 5.3

Asia

64.945 142.8 142.7 6.4 -0.8 1.8 0.3 -0.1

Outbound Air Freight

100.000 135.9 139.5 17.0 2.9 1.8 2.8 2.6

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

36.815 154.8 158.0 13.7 1.4 1.3 2.7 2.1

Asia

44.639 126.5 130.8 21.2 4.4 2.8 3.1 3.4

Air Passenger Fares

Import Air Passenger Fares

100.000 161.2 163.2 4.5 -2.6 -2.4 -0.2 1.2

Europe

37.600 166.1 170.8 -0.1 3.6 -2.7 -3.5 2.8

Asia

25.747 137.8 136.0 3.9 -9.4 -5.2 2.3 -1.3

Latin America/Caribbean

15.178 163.1 171.9 18.2 -7.8 0.5 2.9 5.4

Export Air Passenger Fares

100.000 172.8 177.0 9.0 5.6 -9.6 7.1 2.4

Europe

27.127 182.4 201.0 -2.2 -2.3 -1.6 0.2 10.2

Asia

31.235 163.2 158.5 11.0 11.7 -16.4 10.8 -2.9

Latin America/Caribbean

20.822 185.6 189.7 13.5 4.7 -10.9 5.2 2.2

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

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


                                          TECHNICAL NOTE


Import and Export Merchandise and Services Price Indexes -- All indexes use a modified Laspeyres 
formula and are not seasonally adjusted.  Price indexes are reweighted annually, with a two-year lag in 
the weights.  Published series use a base year of 2000=100 where possible.  More detailed index series 
and additional information may be obtained at http://www.bls.gov/mxp, or by calling (202) 691-7101.

Merchandise Goods Classification Systems -- The merchandise price indexes are published using 
three classification systems.  Items are classified by end use according to the Bureau of Economic 
Analysis Classification System, by industry according to the North American Industry Classification 
System (NAICS), and by product category according to the Harmonized System (HS).  While 
classification by end use and product category are self-explanatory, some notes are in order for 
classifying items by industry.  In the NAICS imports and exports tables, items are classified by output 
industry, not input industry.  As an example, NAICS import index 326 (plastics and rubber products 
manufacturing) include outputs such as manufactured plastic rather than inputs such as petroleum.  The 
NAICS classification structure also matches the classification system used by the PPI (Producer Price 
Index) to produce the NAICS primary products indexes.

Import Price Indexes -- Products have been classified by the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United 
States Annotated (TSUSA).  Import prices are based on U.S. dollar prices paid by the U.S. importer.  
The prices are generally either "free on board" (f.o.b.) foreign port or "cost, insurance, and freight" 
(c.i.f.) U.S. port transaction prices, depending on the practices of the individual industry.  The index for 
crude petroleum is calculated from data collected by the U.S. Department of Energy.  

Export Price Indexes -- Products have been classified by the Harmonized Schedule B classification 
system of the U.S. Bureau of the Census.  The prices used are generally either "free alongside ship" 
(f.a.s.) factory or "free on board" (f.o.b.) transaction prices, depending on the practices of the individual 
industry.  Prices used in the grain index, excluding rice, are obtained from the U.S. Department of 
Agriculture.

Services Price Indexes -- Starting in September 2008 the Import Air Passenger Fares Indexes represent 
changes in the average revenue per passenger received by foreign carriers from U.S. residents and are 
calculated from data obtained from an airline consulting service.  These data include tickets sold by 
travel agencies and travel websites.  Tickets sold directly by the airlines are excluded, as are frequent 
flyer tickets generally.  Starting in January 2008 the Export Air Passenger Fares Indexes represent 
changes in the average revenue per passenger received by U.S. carriers from foreign residents and are 
calculated from data collected directly from airlines. These data include frequent flyer tickets and those 
sold by consolidators. Taxes and fees are included in the Import Air Passenger Fares Index and excluded 
from the Export Air Passenger Fares Index. The Air Freight Indexes are calculated from data collected 
directly from airlines. These data exclude mail and passenger baggage. The scope of the service being 
priced is the movement of freight from airport to airport only, and does not include any ground 
transportation or port service. The Air Freight Indexes are presented using two definitions: Balance of 
Payments (which represent transactions between U.S. and foreign residents) and International (which 
represent transactions inbound to and outbound from the U.S.). Fact sheets specifying detailed 
information for each services industry are available at http://www.bls.gov/mxp under "MXP 
Publications."

Import Indexes by Locality of Origin -- Prices used in these indexes are a subset of the data collected 
for the Import Price Indexes.  Beginning with January 2002, the indexes are defined by locality of origin 
using a nomenclature based upon the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).  
Nonmanufactured goods are defined as NAICS 11 and 21 and manufactured goods are defined as 
NAICS 31-33. 
 
Revision Policy -- To reflect the availability of late reports and corrections by respondents, monthly data 
may be revised in each of the three months after original publication.  After three months, no further data 
revisions take place.  So, for example, data released in the January release will be subject to revision in 
the releases for February, March, and April.

Uses of the Data -- The primary use of the indexes is to deflate trade statistics, notably the foreign trade 
sector of the National Income and Product Accounts constructed by the Department of Commerce.  
Other published indexes are useful for general market analysis.  For trade in international services, 
Balance of Payments indexes are used for deflating National Income and Product Accounts, while 
International indexes are more appropriate for market analysis.  Merchandise and services indexes also 
can be used to study U.S. competitiveness and to compute price elasticities, and the merchandise import 
indexes by country or region of origin are useful in terms of trade analysis.

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