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

U.S. import prices increased 0.2 percent in May, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today, after 
advancing 3.0 percent in March and 2.1 percent in April. A 0.2 percent drop in fuel prices partially offset 
higher nonfuel prices. U.S. export prices rose 0.2 percent in May following a 0.9 percent increase the 
previous month.


Imports 
 	
All Imports: Import prices ticked up 0.2 percent in May after rising more than 1.0 percent in each of the 
previous seven months. The May advance was led by higher nonfuel prices. In contrast, fuel prices declined 
for the month. Prices for overall imports advanced 12.5 percent over the past year, the largest 12-month 
month increase since the index rose 13.1 percent between September 2007 and September 2008. 

Fuel Imports: Prices for fuel decreased 0.2 percent in May, the first monthly decline for the index since a 
1.5 percent drop in September 2010. In May, a 0.4 percent drop in petroleum prices more than offset a 4.1 
percent increase in natural gas prices. Despite the May decrease, fuel prices advanced 42.3 percent over the 
past 12 months, the largest year-over-year rise since the index increased 54.4 percent for the year ended 
April 2010. Both petroleum and natural gas prices rose for the May 2010-11 period, advancing 44.6 percent 
and 8.8 percent, respectively.  

All Imports Excluding Fuel: The price index for nonfuel imports continued to rise in May, although the 0.4 
percent increase was the smallest monthly advance since a 0.3 percent gain in December 2010. Since August 
2010, the index has risen between 0.3 percent and 0.8 percent on a monthly basis. Higher nonfuel industrial 
supplies and materials prices and finished goods prices drove the May advance, while foods, feeds, and 
beverages prices decreased for the month. Overall, nonfuel import prices rose 4.4 percent on a 12-month 
basis.    

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

2010

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 1.3 3.1 1.0

February

1.7 5.6 0.5 (r)1.3 4.6 1.0

March

(r)3.0 (r)9.7 (r)0.8 1.5 2.2 1.4

April

(r)2.1 (r)6.1 0.6 (r)0.9 (r)0.4 (r)0.9

May

0.2 -0.2 0.4 0.2 -2.0 0.5

May 2009 to 2010

8.5 33.5 3.5 5.6 1.5 5.8

May 2010 to 2011

12.5 42.3 4.4 9.0 30.1 7.0

Footnotes
(r) Revised

Exports

All Exports: Export prices increased 0.2 percent in May, the smallest monthly advance since the index 
declined 0.2 percent in July 2010. In May, agricultural prices fell for the first time since July 2010, but 
were more than offset by a continued upward trend in nonagricultural prices. The price index for overall 
exports rose 9.0 percent for the year ended in May. 

Agricultural Exports: Agricultural export prices fell 2.0 percent in May, breaking a nine-month trend of 
rising prices. The decline is the largest monthly drop in agricultural prices since a 4.0 percent decrease in 
February 2010. A 17.1 percent drop in cotton prices led the May decline, although prices for soybeans, corn, 
and wheat, fell 1.5 percent, 1.1 percent, and 2.0 percent, respectively. Despite the May drop, agricultural 
prices increased 30.1 percent over the past year, driven by higher prices for corn, cotton, wheat, and 
soybeans over that period. 

All Exports Excluding Agriculture: Nonagricultural prices continued to rise in May, increasing 0.5 percent. 
Rising prices for nonagricultural industrial supplies and materials and most finished goods contributed to the 
advance. The price index for nonagricultural prices has not recorded a decline since July 2010, and increased 
7.0 percent over the past 12 months.
   
 				
     
					 SELECTED MAY HIGHLIGHTS


Import Prices

Nonfuel Industrial Supplies and Materials: Nonfuel industrial supplies and materials prices increased 1.4 
percent in May after rising a similar 1.5 percent the previous month. The May advance was attributable to a 
3.1 percent rise in unfinished metals prices led by continued higher prices for gold and other precious metals. 
Rising chemicals prices, up 1.5 percent in May following a 2.1 percent increase in April, also contributed to 
the advance.        

Finished Goods: Each of the three major finished goods areas rose for the second consecutive month in 
May. Consumer goods prices increased 0.3 percent in May, driven primarily by a 0.7 percent rise in the price 
index for cotton apparel and household goods. Automotive vehicles prices advanced 0.5 percent, led by 
higher prices for automotive parts. Capital goods prices also rose in May, increasing 0.2 percent. 
 
Foods, Feeds, and Beverages: The price index for foods, feeds, and beverages fell 0.5 percent in May, the 
first monthly decline for the index since a 1.6 percent decrease in June 2010. The May decline was led by a 
9.4 percent drop in vegetable prices.   

Imports by Locality of Origin: Import prices from China continued to rise in May, advancing 0.3 percent 
after rising 0.6 percent in March and 0.4 percent in April. Prices for imports from China rose 2.8 percent on a 
12-month basis for the second consecutive month, the largest year-over-year increases since rising 2.8 
percent for the December 2007-08 period. The price indexes for imports from the European Union and 
Canada also rose in May, advancing 0.8 percent and 0.5 percent, respectively. In contrast, import prices from 
Mexico fell 0.7 percent. Prices for imports from Japan were unchanged in May.   

Transportation Services: The index for import air passenger fares increased 5.6 percent in May, and was 
led by higher European and Asian fares. Import air passenger fares advanced 7.3 percent for the year ended 
in May. Prices for import air freight rose 2.9 percent in May and 9.8 percent over the past 12 months.   

Export Prices
 
Nonagricultural Industrial Supplies and Materials: The price index for nonagricultural industrial supplies 
and materials advanced 1.0 percent in May following a 2.1 percent rise in April. The increase was led by a 
2.1 percent advance in nonferrous metals prices and a 2.2 percent rise in chemical prices. Fuel prices, which 
advanced 34.0 percent over the past year, only rose 0.6 percent in May.     
 
Finished Goods: Prices for finished goods were mostly up in May, with capital goods prices rising 0.4 
percent and prices for automotive vehicles advancing 0.2 percent. The increase in capital goods prices was 
led by a 1.8 percent rise in electrical generating equipment. In contrast, consumer goods prices edged down 
0.1 percent.             

Transportation Services: Export air passenger fares advanced 2.5 percent in May, following a 7.1 percent 
increase in March and a 1.6 percent gain in April. In May, higher Asian and European fares more than offset 
declining Latin American/Caribbean fares. The index for export air passenger fares rose 10.0 percent for the 
year ended in May. Export air freight prices increased 3.6 percent in May and 19.0 percent over the past 
year. 
		
Import and Export Price Index data for June 2011 are scheduled for release on Wednesday, July 13, 
2011 at 8:30 a.m. (EDT).

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

All commodities

  100.000 142.2 142.5 12.5 1.7 3.0 2.1 0.2

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

  66.549 102.1 102.6 - 0.5 0.4 0.6 0.5

All imports excluding petroleum

  73.826 115.7 116.2 4.5 0.7 0.5 0.6 0.4

All imports excluding fuels (Dec. 2001=100)

  72.361 119.4 119.9 4.4 0.5 0.8 0.6 0.4

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

5.812 178.4 177.5 17.5 0.6 4.3 2.0 -0.5

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

4.578 202.9 201.1 18.4 0.8 5.2 2.1 -0.9

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

1.234 122.8 124.3 14.4 -0.2 1.0 1.7 1.2

Industrial supplies & materials

1

40.574 268.0 268.8 30.7 4.0 7.0 4.6 0.3

Industrial supplies & materials excluding petroleum

  14.400 170.4 173.1 12.4 2.0 0.7 1.2 1.6

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

  12.935 190.5 193.2 12.4 1.3 2.0 1.5 1.4

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

  7.930 183.7 187.0 11.8 1.4 2.3 1.3 1.8

Industrial supplies & materials nondurable excluding petroleum

  5.005 154.9 157.0 13.4 2.6 -1.2 1.2 1.4

Fuels & lubricants

10

27.639 364.7 363.8 42.3 5.6 9.7 6.1 -0.2

Petroleum & petroleum products

100

26.174 405.0 403.3 44.6 5.5 11.0 6.6 -0.4

Crude

10000

19.613 416.9 409.7 45.2 5.5 9.7 7.9 -1.7

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

101

1.086 129.4 134.2 7.1 8.1 -11.7 -1.6 3.7

Gas-natural

10110

0.967 114.5 119.2 8.8 8.7 -12.8 -1.9 4.1

Paper & paper base stocks

11

0.634 118.9 119.5 6.0 -1.9 0.7 2.2 0.5

Materials associated with nondurable supplies & materials

12

4.438 168.7 170.3 14.8 1.6 1.6 1.7 0.9

Selected building materials

13

1.053 131.9 131.2 -1.9 0.2 1.2 0.4 -0.5

Unfinished metals related to durable goods

14

3.897 295.2 304.4 19.9 1.9 3.8 1.8 3.1

Finished metals related to durable goods

15

1.532 158.5 160.0 8.3 1.4 1.1 0.8 0.9

Nonmetals related to durable goods

16

1.381 113.1 114.0 6.0 0.9 0.6 0.9 0.8

Capital goods

2

20.713 92.7 92.9 1.4 0.4 0.2 0.1 0.2

Electric generating equipment

20

2.624 116.7 116.8 5.0 0.3 0.6 1.0 0.1

Nonelectrical machinery

21

16.283 86.4 86.6 0.6 0.2 0.1 -0.1 0.2

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

22

1.806 126.0 126.0 3.7 1.6 0.7 1.0 0.0

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

8.981 110.5 111.0 2.3 0.2 0.5 0.2 0.5

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

23.920 105.2 105.5 0.9 0.4 -0.2 0.5 0.3

Nondurables, manufactured

40

11.682 110.8 111.0 1.6 0.4 -0.6 0.5 0.2

Durables, manufactured

41

11.250 99.5 99.9 -0.4 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.4

Nonmanufactured consumer goods

42

0.987 109.5 109.5 6.3 1.2 0.5 1.6 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 2. U.S. export price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: May 2010 to May 2011
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description End
Use
Relative
import-
ance
Apr.
2011(1)
Index Percent change
Apr.
2011
May
2011
Annual Monthly
May
2010
to
May
2011
Jan.
2011
to
Feb.
2011
Feb.
2011
to
Mar.
2011
Mar.
2011
to
Apr.
2011
Apr.
2011
to
May
2011

All commodities

  100.000 133.9 134.2 9.0 1.3 1.5 0.9 0.2

Agricultural commodities

  12.065 219.6 215.1 30.1 4.6 2.2 0.4 -2.0

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

  80.347 102.8 103.1 - 0.9 0.7 0.6 0.3

Nonagricultural commodities

  87.934 127.7 128.4 7.0 1.0 1.4 0.9 0.5

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

10.522 208.2 207.3 25.6 3.0 1.7 0.6 -0.4

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

9.870 213.2 211.4 26.3 3.7 1.7 0.5 -0.8

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

0.652 161.0 170.8 16.0 -6.5 1.4 1.8 6.1

Industrial supplies & materials

1

35.368 191.9 192.7 18.8 2.8 3.3 2.0 0.4

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

  12.283 187.8 189.0 12.7 2.3 1.4 1.0 0.6

Industrial supplies & materials, nondurable

  23.084 195.1 195.7 22.6 3.1 4.3 2.5 0.3

Agricultural industrial supplies & materials

10

2.195 258.1 239.0 50.2 8.6 4.6 -0.3 -7.4

Nonagricultural industrial supplies & materials

  33.173 189.1 190.9 17.4 2.5 3.2 2.1 1.0

Fuels & lubricants

11

9.130 286.7 288.4 34.0 3.5 9.0 3.8 0.6

Nonagricultural supplies & materials excluding fuels & building materials

12

23.177 176.4 178.3 13.0 2.2 1.3 1.6 1.1

Selected building materials

13

0.866 117.0 116.6 -1.4 -0.1 0.1 0.6 -0.3

Capital goods

2

34.293 104.2 104.6 0.8 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.4

Electrical generating equipment

20

3.312 111.7 113.7 4.2 0.3 0.5 0.4 1.8

Nonelectrical machinery

21

23.967 94.0 94.2 -0.5 -0.2 -0.1 0.1 0.2

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

22

7.014 144.7 145.0 3.9 0.6 0.2 0.2 0.2

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

6.637 109.8 110.0 1.4 0.0 0.5 0.1 0.2

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

13.179 114.5 114.4 3.2 0.7 0.7 0.4 -0.1

Nondurables, manufactured

40

6.696 114.2 114.8 2.3 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.5

Durables, manufactured

41

5.345 112.5 111.3 3.1 0.8 1.0 -0.4 -1.1

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: May 2010 to May 2011
[December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
Apr.
2011(1)
Index Percent change
Apr.
2011
May
2011
Annual Monthly
May
2010
to
May
2011
Jan.
2011
to
Feb.
2011
Feb.
2011
to
Mar.
2011
Mar.
2011
to
Apr.
2011
Apr.
2011
to
May
2011

Nonmanufactured articles

  24.076 180.9 178.4 39.9 5.2 7.9 7.0 -1.4

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

2.297 195.3 189.6 22.6 1.1 8.2 3.3 -2.9

Crop production

111

1.690 204.7 198.0 22.8 0.4 10.9 4.0 -3.3

Mining

21

21.779 179.1 176.9 42.0 5.6 7.9 7.4 -1.2

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

212

0.364 151.2 151.3 13.0 0.6 0.4 3.1 0.1

Manufactured articles

  75.432 116.6 117.5 6.1 0.8 1.5 0.6 0.8

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

10.596 119.8 120.4 10.4 0.7 1.6 1.1 0.5

Food manufacturing

311

3.219 153.5 154.7 22.0 0.8 2.9 1.4 0.8

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.879 110.9 110.9 1.7 0.1 0.4 0.5 0.0

Textile product mills

314

0.842 115.1 115.3 13.4 0.9 5.0 0.9 0.2

Apparel manufacturing

315

3.880 106.9 107.3 6.0 0.6 0.9 1.0 0.4

Leather and allied product manufacturing

316

1.420 111.5 111.8 4.8 0.5 0.2 1.5 0.3

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

18.620 138.1 140.1 13.3 1.7 4.0 1.2 1.4

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.655 111.0 110.1 -3.2 0.2 1.8 0.4 -0.8

Paper manufacturing

322

1.150 112.2 112.6 5.3 -0.7 0.5 1.2 0.4

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

5.364 178.5 184.9 43.6 5.2 17.1 1.4 3.6

Chemical manufacturing

325

8.904 131.4 132.4 4.3 0.7 -1.1 1.0 0.8

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

1.690 122.1 123.1 6.9 0.6 0.4 1.7 0.8

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.764 126.9 127.4 5.5 0.2 0.2 0.6 0.4

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

46.216 109.4 109.9 2.6 0.5 0.6 0.4 0.5

Primary metal manufacturing

331

4.600 190.0 195.4 17.1 1.9 3.0 1.5 2.8

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.402 123.7 124.8 5.6 0.2 0.7 0.4 0.9

Machinery manufacturing

333

5.258 117.8 118.5 4.7 0.9 0.3 0.5 0.6

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

14.441 84.2 84.2 -4.0 0.1 -0.1 -0.4 0.0

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

3.405 115.2 115.3 2.8 0.4 0.2 0.6 0.1

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

10.062 107.5 107.9 2.1 0.4 0.6 0.1 0.4

Furniture and related product manufacturing

337

1.173 109.8 110.3 4.2 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.5

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

4.875 119.8 120.0 6.9 0.7 0.3 1.2 0.2

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: May 2010 to May 2011
[December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
Apr.
2011(1)
Index Percent change
Apr.
2011
May
2011
Annual Monthly
May
2010
to
May
2011
Jan.
2011
to
Feb.
2011
Feb.
2011
to
Mar.
2011
Mar.
2011
to
Apr.
2011
Apr.
2011
to
May
2011

Nonmanufactured articles

  9.710 187.0 184.0 36.6 3.8 2.3 0.6 -1.6

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

7.301 218.2 210.7 47.2 6.6 2.6 -0.2 -3.4

Crop production

111

6.889 228.2 219.9 50.0 6.7 2.8 -0.5 -3.6

Mining

21

2.409 121.2 126.0 14.9 -3.9 1.5 3.0 4.0

Mining (except oil and gas)

212

1.576 139.0 142.0 12.0 1.7 1.2 2.1 2.2

Manufactured articles

  86.585 119.7 120.3 6.8 0.9 1.4 0.9 0.5

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

7.271 143.1 143.8 13.9 1.5 1.8 1.1 0.5

Food manufacturing

311

4.995 159.3 160.2 13.1 1.0 1.7 1.2 0.6

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.542 115.4 114.7 8.4 0.3 0.6 0.2 -0.6

Apparel manufacturing

315

0.395 110.6 111.4 9.0 2.8 0.2 0.0 0.7

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

26.817 135.5 136.5 13.8 2.1 3.1 2.2 0.7

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.397 119.2 116.5 0.3 5.2 2.2 -2.1 -2.3

Paper manufacturing

322

1.990 127.2 127.3 7.5 0.7 0.0 1.6 0.1

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

6.317 179.0 178.3 42.2 6.4 11.8 4.1 -0.4

Chemical manufacturing

325

15.508 131.0 132.9 8.8 1.1 0.9 1.9 1.5

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

1.918 110.1 111.3 4.0 1.0 0.1 0.9 1.1

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.686 110.7 110.6 -2.3 -0.2 -0.2 0.4 -0.1

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

52.497 111.3 111.7 3.0 0.3 0.5 0.4 0.4

Primary metal manufacturing

331

5.014 174.3 177.1 20.7 1.3 2.0 2.1 1.6

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.472 127.9 127.9 5.3 1.4 0.8 1.0 0.0

Machinery manufacturing

333

10.271 116.3 116.5 1.5 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.2

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

13.705 90.0 90.1 -2.6 -0.5 -0.3 -0.4 0.1

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

3.017 111.2 113.0 4.7 0.2 0.5 0.5 1.6

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

12.836 113.8 114.1 2.7 0.4 0.4 0.2 0.3

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

4.888 117.3 116.7 5.7 1.2 1.6 1.4 -0.5

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: May 2010 to May 2011
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
Apr.
2011(1)
Index Percent change
Apr.
2011
May
2011
Annual Monthly
May
2010
to
May
2011
Jan.
2011
to
Feb.
2011
Feb.
2011
to
Mar.
2011
Mar.
2011
to
Apr.
2011
Apr.
2011
to
May
2011

Live animals; animal products

I

1.342 170.4 171.2 18.6 1.4 1.7 2.8 0.5

Meat and edible meat offal

02

0.321 218.4 215.9 15.5 3.7 2.2 3.3 -1.1

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.702 125.9 127.9 19.9 -0.7 1.1 2.7 1.6

Vegetable products

II

1.947 225.5 220.5 24.6 0.0 10.3 4.6 -2.2

Edible vegetables, roots, and tubers

07

0.419 416.1 368.0 6.7 -11.4 35.4 4.9 -11.6

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

0.552 129.8 129.2 12.2 4.1 5.0 -0.5 -0.5

Coffee, tea, mate and spices

09

0.490 289.5 292.6 73.9 3.1 6.2 16.9 1.1

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

III

0.334 152.9 154.9 49.4 4.7 0.4 -3.2 1.3

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages, and tobacco

IV

2.509 153.7 154.2 9.2 0.3 2.4 -0.3 0.3

Cocoa and cocoa preparations (Dec. 2009=100)

18

0.215 99.7 99.9 -4.4 4.7 3.9 -7.1 0.2

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

19

0.251 124.2 126.3 10.2 -2.7 -1.0 -1.1 1.7

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

20

0.358 156.2 157.0 20.3 1.0 0.7 1.7 0.5

Beverages, spirits, and vinegar

22

0.851 120.9 120.7 1.8 -0.1 0.4 0.4 -0.2

Mineral products

V

27.150 365.5 364.5 41.6 5.5 9.6 6.2 -0.3

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

27

26.831 361.9 360.9 42.0 5.6 9.8 6.2 -0.3

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

8.566 145.7 146.7 4.1 0.8 -1.0 0.6 0.7

Inorganic chemicals

28

1.101 374.5 381.0 31.9 3.0 3.3 3.1 1.7

Organic chemicals

29

2.748 135.6 137.2 1.6 0.5 -1.2 0.4 1.2

Pharmaceutical products

30

3.073 112.3 112.3 -4.8 0.2 -3.1 -0.3 0.0

Fertilizers (Dec. 2009=100)

31

0.249 123.8 125.2 20.2 0.5 0.4 1.8 1.1

Essential oils and resinoids (Dec. 2001=100)

33

0.413 124.3 125.7 5.4 0.3 -0.1 0.6 1.1

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

0.491 107.9 107.8 14.8 1.4 0.7 0.5 -0.1

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

2.865 150.1 150.8 9.9 1.1 0.8 2.0 0.5

Plastics and articles thereof

39

1.757 139.1 140.6 6.8 0.7 0.4 2.0 1.1

Rubber and articles thereof

40

1.108 171.3 170.3 15.2 1.8 1.1 2.3 -0.6

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

VIII

0.519 119.7 119.9 4.8 0.4 0.3 2.2 0.2

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

42

0.490 119.9 120.1 4.6 0.5 0.3 2.2 0.2

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

IX

0.686 133.5 132.4 -3.4 0.4 1.8 0.3 -0.8

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

1.260 115.3 115.9 4.6 -0.9 0.3 1.3 0.5

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

48

0.835 108.1 108.2 4.3 0.0 0.1 0.7 0.1

Textile and textile articles

XI

5.002 110.9 111.4 8.2 0.8 1.6 0.9 0.5

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted

61

1.928 103.1 103.7 5.8 0.8 0.1 0.4 0.6

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted

62

1.828 109.4 109.8 6.6 0.6 1.3 1.8 0.4

Made-up or worn textile articles

63

0.637 110.6 110.8 18.2 1.0 6.9 0.8 0.2

Headgear, umbrellas, artifical flowers, etc.

XII

1.182 111.3 111.6 4.7 0.4 0.2 1.1 0.3

Footwear and parts of such articles

64

1.006 110.1 110.4 4.4 0.4 0.2 1.0 0.3

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

XIII

0.695 128.5 129.1 4.0 0.3 0.5 0.4 0.5

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

68

0.238 120.9 121.6 3.5 0.5 -0.1 0.6 0.6

Ceramic products

69

0.203 141.1 141.2 1.0 0.1 1.3 0.1 0.1

Glass and glassware

70

0.255 122.7 123.5 7.3 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.7

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

XIV

2.949 192.0 198.9 22.9 0.0 2.2 3.7 3.6

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

5.113 200.3 202.5 9.3 2.0 2.4 0.4 1.1

Iron and steel

72

0.956 262.2 266.2 11.7 3.2 4.1 2.3 1.5

Articles of iron or steel

73

1.506 157.5 159.0 6.8 0.5 1.2 0.9 1.0

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.599 411.2 406.3 17.6 3.9 1.7 -3.1 -1.2

Nickel and articles thereof (Dec. 2009=100)

75

0.181 146.3 142.7 -3.9 5.5 10.3 -3.8 -2.5

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.892 154.1 158.9 12.1 2.8 1.9 1.3 3.1

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

82

0.310 122.4 123.1 4.3 0.1 -0.2 0.2 0.6

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.352 128.9 129.1 1.8 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2

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

XVI

22.956 86.0 86.2 -0.7 0.4 0.1 0.0 0.2

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

11.397 88.9 89.1 1.3 0.6 -0.1 0.2 0.2

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

85

11.559 83.2 83.3 -2.6 0.1 0.2 -0.1 0.1

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

8.354 111.5 112.0 2.0 0.3 0.4 0.0 0.4

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

7.410 110.4 111.1 2.0 0.2 0.4 0.0 0.6

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

88

0.862 115.4 115.3 1.1 1.3 -0.2 0.1 -0.1

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

XVIII

3.081 104.6 104.8 3.7 0.1 0.1 0.3 0.2

Optical, photographic, measuring and medical instruments

90

2.846 102.4 102.4 3.6 0.2 0.1 0.3 0.0

Clocks and watches and parts thereof

91

0.174 125.7 126.6 3.4 0.2 -0.1 0.6 0.7

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

3.410 108.9 109.1 2.5 0.4 0.3 0.6 0.2

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

94

1.671 112.0 112.3 2.7 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.3

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

1.542 102.6 102.7 1.9 0.3 0.2 0.6 0.1

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

96

0.196 128.4 128.6 7.7 0.2 0.3 0.0 0.2

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

Live animals; animal products

I

1.959 197.7 198.0 15.7 2.1 3.6 3.6 0.2

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

02

1.191 160.1 162.3 11.9 4.1 3.7 1.8 1.4

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.377 174.3 185.7 22.3 -9.8 1.8 3.0 6.5

Vegetable products

II

6.166 253.7 250.9 38.7 4.5 1.4 0.1 -1.1

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

0.960 131.4 128.0 -0.4 0.1 1.7 -3.7 -2.6

Cereals

10

2.489 313.8 309.2 70.5 6.9 4.6 1.3 -1.5

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

12

2.165 265.6 262.3 33.2 3.1 -2.6 0.3 -1.2

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

III

0.537 159.1 156.7 40.4 4.2 0.6 0.6 -1.5

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages,and tobacco

IV

2.606 148.7 150.0 8.9 0.6 0.7 0.1 0.9

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

20

0.337 107.0 107.5 1.7 0.8 1.2 0.6 0.5

Miscellaneous edible preparations

21

0.433 117.3 117.6 -0.4 -0.3 -0.5 -0.3 0.3

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

22

0.331 105.2 105.1 2.1 0.3 0.8 0.2 -0.1

Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed

23

0.701 220.8 225.6 31.2 1.0 1.6 -0.8 2.2

Mineral products

V

9.113 340.8 343.5 33.6 3.3 8.9 4.2 0.8

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

27

8.473 336.3 340.2 36.7 3.6 9.5 4.2 1.2

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

12.712 152.6 153.8 5.6 1.0 0.7 1.0 0.8

Inorganic chemicals

28

0.995 194.0 190.0 4.2 -1.1 -0.6 0.3 -2.1

Organic chemicals

29

3.305 166.6 168.4 8.0 2.6 1.9 2.0 1.1

Pharmaceutical products

30

3.862 125.5 126.3 2.9 0.0 0.6 0.4 0.6

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

32

0.548 123.1 123.2 6.0 3.1 0.3 0.5 0.1

Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery cosmetic or toilet preparations

33

0.728 127.9 129.1 3.4 0.9 0.2 0.0 0.9

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

34

0.476 125.3 125.9 6.5 1.7 -0.4 2.3 0.5

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

1.779 146.8 149.3 5.4 0.5 0.2 1.0 1.7

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

5.164 148.4 152.2 9.8 0.9 0.6 3.1 2.6

Plastics and articles thereof

39

4.164 140.5 144.4 8.9 1.0 0.4 2.3 2.8

Rubber and articles thereof

40

1.000 185.0 188.2 13.7 0.7 1.1 6.6 1.7

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

VIII

0.437 138.2 140.7 15.4 2.4 2.8 4.4 1.8

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

IX

0.508 110.5 109.9 -0.8 0.9 0.3 0.3 -0.5

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

2.716 128.2 127.2 8.3 1.4 0.0 0.8 -0.8

Woodpulp and recovered paper

47

0.960 156.3 152.6 15.7 3.3 -0.4 1.5 -2.4

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

48

1.275 120.4 120.6 6.8 0.4 0.3 0.5 0.2

Printed material

49

0.480 118.0 118.0 1.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Textile and textile articles

XI

2.534 164.1 154.4 35.2 7.1 5.2 -0.5 -5.9

Cotton, including yarns and woven fabrics thereof

52

1.273 286.8 248.6 93.2 14.9 10.5 -1.8 -13.3

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

XIII

0.674 115.8 115.8 -0.3 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0

Glass and glassware

70

0.378 99.3 99.4 1.6 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.1

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

XIV

4.973 257.6 263.5 26.5 0.5 3.2 2.8 2.3

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

5.939 187.3 186.0 11.6 4.9 1.6 0.2 -0.7

Iron and steel

72

1.969 243.0 238.3 15.6 11.9 1.5 -0.4 -1.9

Articles of iron or steel

73

1.268 171.2 171.8 8.2 1.3 2.1 1.6 0.4

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.749 285.2 276.1 21.6 2.3 0.5 -0.2 -3.2

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.957 137.9 140.8 9.0 2.6 1.9 -0.4 2.1

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

82

0.331 125.4 125.4 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.304 134.9 135.2 8.7 2.0 4.1 0.1 0.2

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

XVI

26.154 96.0 96.2 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.2

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

15.348 108.0 108.3 0.9 0.0 0.3 0.4 0.3

Electrical machinery and equipment and parts and accessories thereof

85

10.806 83.0 83.1 -0.2 0.1 -0.5 -0.2 0.1

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

10.557 123.0 123.2 1.5 0.2 0.2 0.0 0.2

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

5.902 109.3 109.5 0.9 0.0 0.3 0.1 0.2

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

XVIII

5.755 105.6 105.7 -0.8 -0.6 0.1 0.0 0.1

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

1.358 107.7 108.1 0.0 0.3 0.3 -0.3 0.4

Furniture; stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings nesoi;

94

0.646 118.0 118.6 -0.1 0.3 0.3 -1.0 0.5

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

0.606 92.4 92.7 -0.5 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3

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: May 2010 to May 2011
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Percent
of
U.S.
imports(1)
Index Percent change
Apr.
2011
May
2011
Annual Monthly
May
2010
to
May
2011
Jan.
2011
to
Feb.
2011
Feb.
2011
to
Mar.
2011
Mar.
2011
to
Apr.
2011
Apr.
2011
to
May
2011

Industrialized Countries(2)

39.494 133.3 134.1 6.8 0.9 1.2 2.0 0.6

Nonmanufactured articles

4.457 256.9 255.9 32.4 0.5 4.8 8.5 -0.4

Manufactured articles

34.670 123.1 124.0 3.3 1.0 0.7 0.9 0.7

Other Countries(3)

60.506 141.9 141.2 13.5 2.2 3.6 2.2 -0.5

Nonmanufactured articles

12.079 374.0 367.7 42.0 6.4 9.0 6.5 -1.7

Manufactured articles

48.226 110.5 110.5 4.7 0.7 1.6 0.5 0.0

Canada

14.271 160.6 161.4 13.6 1.3 2.6 3.1 0.5

Nonmanufactured articles

3.991 247.7 246.5 32.3 0.6 4.1 8.5 -0.5

Manufactured articles

10.005 141.2 142.6 6.2 1.6 1.9 0.5 1.0

European Union(4)

17.186 134.1 135.2 5.1 0.6 1.2 1.0 0.8

Nonmanufactured articles

0.256 352.7 348.6 40.4 0.1 15.0 9.5 -1.2

Manufactured articles

16.854 130.6 131.8 4.4 0.6 0.9 0.8 0.9

France (Dec. 2003=100)

1.995 119.1 119.6 -1.6 0.3 -3.0 0.5 0.4

Germany (Dec. 2003=100)

4.510 115.6 116.3 3.3 1.1 0.6 0.9 0.6

United Kingdom (Dec. 2003=100)

2.795 134.1 134.3 6.6 0.5 1.1 1.1 0.1

Latin America(5)

18.406 185.7 183.8 17.4 2.1 5.0 3.5 -1.0

Nonmanufactured articles

5.479 411.2 402.0 45.8 4.7 11.4 7.9 -2.2

Manufactured articles

12.844 137.0 136.7 3.9 0.7 1.3 0.7 -0.2

Mexico (Dec. 2003=100)

11.380 153.5 152.4 10.5 1.3 3.8 2.8 -0.7

Nonmanufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

1.900 225.7 218.9 44.7 3.0 15.7 7.6 -3.0

Manufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

9.437 98.5 98.6 1.8 0.8 0.4 1.1 0.1

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

34.852 103.9 104.1 3.0 0.5 0.7 0.3 0.2

China (Dec. 2003=100)

19.595 103.1 103.4 2.8 0.3 0.6 0.4 0.3

Japan

6.198 101.3 101.3 2.9 0.5 0.2 0.2 0.0

Asian NICs(7)

5.555 92.3 92.7 5.3 0.6 1.7 1.3 0.4

ASEAN (Dec. 2003=100)(8)

5.987 104.2 104.4 8.8 1.0 1.0 -0.2 0.2

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

3.795 265.0 261.9 25.0 5.7 4.1 3.5 -1.2

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: May 2010 to May 2011
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Relative
import-
ance
Apr.
2011(1)
Index Percent change
Apr.
2011
May
2011
Annual Monthly
May
2010
to
May
2011
Jan.
2011
to
Feb.
2011
Feb.
2011
to
Mar.
2011
Mar.
2011
to
Apr.
2011
Apr.
2011
to
May
2011

Air Freight

Import Air Freight

100.000 175.0 180.0 9.8 2.5 0.8 1.3 2.9

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

24.534 159.9 169.7 26.8 1.8 3.1 7.5 6.1

Asia

73.391 156.7 159.5 5.8 2.7 0.2 -0.6 1.8

Export Air Freight

100.000 142.9 148.0 19.0 2.0 2.9 2.7 3.6

Europe (Dec. 2006=100)

38.748 129.1 133.9 18.1 0.9 3.3 2.6 3.7

Inbound Air Freight

100.000 159.2 162.6 10.5 1.5 1.3 1.4 2.1

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

24.129 146.5 153.7 23.5 1.4 3.2 5.5 4.9

Asia

63.926 142.5 144.6 6.1 1.8 0.3 -0.2 1.5

Outbound Air Freight

100.000 139.5 143.1 18.4 2.0 2.9 2.4 2.6

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

36.573 157.8 159.2 14.0 1.4 2.7 1.7 0.9

Asia

44.946 130.8 135.7 23.4 2.8 3.1 3.4 3.7

Air Passenger Fares

Import Air Passenger Fares

100.000 163.2 172.3 7.3 -2.4 -0.2 1.2 5.6

Europe

38.175 170.8 184.9 4.2 -2.7 -3.5 2.8 8.3

Asia

25.092 136.0 143.2 2.7 -5.2 2.3 -1.3 5.3

Latin America/Caribbean

15.793 171.8 169.7 22.7 0.5 2.9 5.3 -1.2

Export Air Passenger Fares

100.000 175.5 179.8 10.0 -9.6 7.1 1.6 2.5

Europe

29.141 199.0 213.7 3.4 -1.6 0.2 9.1 7.4

Asia

29.412 156.0 175.8 16.0 -16.4 10.8 -4.4 12.7

Latin America/Caribbean

21.077 190.8 175.0 9.0 -10.9 5.2 2.8 -8.3

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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