U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes News Release

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

U.S. import prices declined 0.6 percent in May, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today, after 
rising 1.1 percent in April and 0.4 percent in March. The decrease was led by falling fuel prices, which more 
than offset a rise in nonfuel prices. In contrast, the price index for U.S. exports increased 0.7 percent in May 
following increases of 1.2 percent and 0.7 percent in April and March, respectively.


Imports

All Imports: Import prices fell 0.6 percent in May, the first decline for the index since edging down 0.1 
percent in February and the largest monthly drop since a similar 0.6 percent decrease in July 2009. Despite 
the May decline, import prices rose 8.6 percent over the past 12 months. Prices of overall imports have been 
up on a 12-month basis since declining 5.6 percent for the October 2008-09 period.

Fuel Imports: Fuel prices reversed the recent upward trend, falling 4.9 percent in May. The drop was the 
first one-month decrease since a 0.7 percent decline in February and the largest monthly decrease since a 
22.2 percent fall in December 2008. The May decline was primarily driven by a 5.0 percent drop in 
petroleum prices, which accounted for approximately 95 percent of the decrease; natural gas prices fell as 
well, decreasing 3.5 percent. Fuel prices have trended up over most of the past year, rising 33.9 percent. The 
price indexes for petroleum and natural gas advanced for the year ended in May, rising 35.9 percent and 
17.0 percent, respectively.

All Imports Excluding Fuel: In contrast to fuel prices, nonfuel prices continued to trend up in May, rising 
0.5 percent. Nonfuel import prices last recorded a monthly decline in July 2009 and rose 3.6 percent over the 
past 12 months. A 1.9 percent increase in nonfuel industrial supplies and materials prices was the largest 
contributor to the overall advance, while foods, feeds, and beverages prices and finished goods prices 
advanced as well. 


Table A. Percent changes

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

2009

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 0.3 0.8 3.9 0.5

December

0.2 -0.2 0.4 0.7 1.8 0.6

2010

January

1.2 4.4 0.4 0.8 1.3 0.7

February

-0.1 -0.7 0.1 -0.3 (r)-4.0 0.1

March

(r)0.4 (r)1.4 0.2 0.7 1.9 0.7

April

(r)1.1 (r)2.7 (r)0.6 1.2 (r)-0.4 (r)1.3

May

-0.6 -4.9 0.5 0.7 1.4 0.6

May 2008 to 2009

-17.3 -50.7 -4.1 -6.6 -14.7 -5.6

May 2009 to 2010

8.6 33.9 3.6 5.8 1.3 6.2

Footnotes
(r) Revised


Exports
 
All Exports: Export prices rose 0.7 percent in May, the sixth time in the last seven months that the index 
increased by at least that magnitude. In May, higher prices for nonagricultural goods and agricultural goods 
each contributed to the advance, with the rise in nonagricultural prices accounting for approximately 78 
percent of the overall increase. The price index for overall exports rose 5.8 percent for the year ended in 
May, the largest 12-month advance since a 7.0 percent increase between September 2007 and September 
2008. 

Agricultural Exports: The price index for agricultural exports increased 1.4 percent in May following a 0.4 
percent downturn the previous month. A 5.5 percent increase in corn prices was the largest factor for the 
May advance, while meat, wheat, and soybeans prices also rose, up 3.2 percent, 6.4 percent, and 2.7 percent, 
respectively. Prices of agricultural exports advanced 1.3 percent over the past year. 

All Exports Excluding Agriculture: Prices for nonagricultural exports increased 0.6 percent in May after 
rising 1.3 percent in April. A 1.9 percent increase in nonagricultural supplies and materials more than offset 
declining finished goods prices. Nonagricultural prices increased 6.2 percent over the May 2009-2010 
period, led by an 18.0 percent increase for the price index of nonagricultural supplies and materials. 

 					

                                         SELECTED MAY HIGHLIGHTS

Import Prices

Nonfuel Industrial Supplies and Materials: The price index for nonfuel industrial supplies and materials 
increased 1.9 percent in May following a 3.1 percent advance the previous month. The May rise was driven 
by continued increases in unfinished metals prices, up 3.5 percent. That increase was in turn driven by higher 
prices for precious metals, iron and steel mill products, nickel, aluminum, and copper. 

Finished Goods: Finished goods prices advanced overall, led by a 0.2 percent increase in capital goods 
prices and a 0.1 percent uptick in consumer goods prices. A 1.5 percent increase in the price index for 
computer accessories, peripherals, and parts was the largest contributor to the advance in capital goods 
prices, although higher prices for drilling and oil field equipment, up 2.0 percent, were also a factor. 
 
Foods, Feeds, and Beverages: Prices for foods, feeds, and beverages rose 1.4 percent in May after a 1.1 
percent advance in April. A 3.7 percent increase in vegetable prices, a 2.7 percent advance in meat prices, 
and a 2.1 percent rise in fruit prices all contributed to the overall increase.   

Imports by Locality of Origin: Prices of imports from China rose 0.3 percent in May after rising 0.2 percent 
in April. Those were the first monthly increases since a 0.2 percent advance in December and the May 
advance was the largest one-month gain since a 0.3 percent jump in August 2009. Import prices from the 
European Union and from Japan each rose 0.1 percent, while the price indexes for imports from Canada and 
from Mexico, down 0.6 percent and 1.0 percent, respectively, fell as the result of lower fuel prices.

Transportation Services: Import air passenger fares rose 2.8 percent in May, the result of a 6.6 percent 
increase in Asian fares and a 3.7 percent advance in European fares. The overall increase followed advances 
of 4.2 percent and 5.3 percent in April and March, respectively. The price index for import air freight prices 
increased 2.1 percent in May.


Export Prices
 
Nonagricultural Industrial Supplies and Materials: Nonagricultural industrial supplies and materials 
prices continued to trend upward in May, increasing 1.9 percent following a 3.2 percent advance the 
previous month. The increase was led by a 4.2 percent advance in fuel prices that was driven by a sharp 
increase in coal prices. Higher prices for chemicals and metals also contributed to the advance.
 
Finished Goods: Finished goods prices, which had been trending up over the past year, fell overall in May 
with capital goods prices and consumer goods prices edging down 0.2 percent and 0.1 percent, respectively. 
Those declines followed increases in April: capital goods prices rose 0.3 percent while prices for consumer 
goods advanced 1.0 percent. Automotive vehicle prices were unchanged in May.  

Transportation Services: Export air passenger fares fell 0.7 percent in May following increases of 2.8 
percent and 1.7 percent the two previous months. The decline was driven by a 6.9 percent drop in Latin 
American/Caribbean fares. Export air freight prices rose 1.1 percent in May.
		
Import and Export Price Index data for June 2010 are scheduled for release on Wednesday, July 14, 
2010 at 8:30 a.m. (EDT).

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

All commodities

  100.000 127.7 126.9 8.6 -0.1 0.4 1.1 -0.6

All imports excluding petroleum

  79.761 110.8 111.3 3.7 0.1 -0.1 0.5 0.5

All imports excluding fuels (Dec. 2001=100)

  78.299 114.4 115.0 3.6 0.1 0.2 0.6 0.5

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

4.733 149.0 151.1 8.5 -0.2 1.4 1.1 1.4

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

3.690 167.5 169.9 9.6 -0.5 1.7 1.0 1.4

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

1.043 107.1 108.5 4.7 0.5 0.9 1.4 1.3

Industrial supplies & materials

1

36.022 210.9 206.3 26.6 0.0 1.1 2.8 -2.2

Industrial supplies & materials excluding petroleum

  15.783 152.2 154.5 17.7 1.1 -0.6 1.7 1.5

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

  14.321 169.3 172.5 18.2 1.2 0.7 3.1 1.9

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

  9.044 163.9 168.0 25.2 1.5 0.4 3.5 2.5

Industrial supplies & materials nondurable excluding petroleum

  5.277 138.5 138.7 8.5 0.4 -1.9 -0.6 0.1

Fuels & lubricants

10

21.700 269.6 256.5 33.9 -0.7 1.4 2.7 -4.9

Petroleum & petroleum products

100

20.238 294.8 280.0 35.9 -0.8 2.5 3.7 -5.0

Crude

10000

14.960 301.4 281.3 31.8 -0.8 3.3 3.8 -6.7

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

101

1.224 128.7 125.3 15.3 0.4 -11.4 -10.8 -2.6

Gas-natural

10110

0.906 113.6 109.6 17.0 0.5 -14.3 -14.1 -3.5

Paper & paper base stocks

11

0.690 109.5 112.6 9.0 2.0 1.1 1.8 2.8

Materials associated with nondurable supplies & materials

12

4.662 148.0 148.7 6.8 0.2 1.2 2.4 0.5

Selected building materials

13

1.375 130.2 134.0 17.0 1.8 2.3 2.0 2.9

Unfinished metals related to durable goods

14

4.242 246.8 255.5 47.9 2.6 -0.2 5.8 3.5

Finished metals related to durable goods

15

1.817 146.1 148.2 11.0 -0.1 0.7 2.6 1.4

Nonmetals related to durable goods

16

1.535 107.3 107.7 4.2 0.7 0.4 0.2 0.4

Capital goods

2

22.926 91.5 91.7 -0.2 -0.2 -0.3 0.1 0.2

Electric generating equipment

20

2.905 111.3 110.8 0.9 0.1 -0.7 0.3 -0.4

Nonelectrical machinery

21

18.043 86.0 86.2 -0.6 -0.1 -0.1 0.0 0.2

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

22

1.977 121.5 121.5 -0.4 -0.2 -0.9 0.0 0.0

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

11.917 108.3 108.3 0.4 -0.1 -0.1 0.1 0.0

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

24.402 104.5 104.6 0.4 -0.1 0.2 0.0 0.1

Nondurables, manufactured

40

11.363 109.0 109.0 0.8 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.0

Durables, manufactured

41

11.844 100.3 100.4 -0.1 -0.2 0.0 0.0 0.1

Nonmanufactured consumer goods

42

1.195 102.0 103.0 1.7 0.3 0.1 -0.5 1.0

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2008 trade values.

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


Table 2. U.S. export price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: May 2009 to May 2010
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description End
Use
Relative
import-
ance
Apr.
2010(1)
Index Percent change
Apr.
2010
May
2010
Annual Monthly
May
2009
to
May
2010
Jan.
2010
to
Feb.
2010
Feb.
2010
to
Mar.
2010
Mar.
2010
to
Apr.
2010
Apr.
2010
to
May
2010

All commodities

  100.000 122.6 123.4 5.8 -0.3 0.7 1.2 0.7

Agricultural commodities

  8.672 162.6 164.9 1.3 -4.0 1.9 -0.4 1.4

Nonagricultural commodities

  91.328 119.7 120.4 6.2 0.1 0.7 1.3 0.6

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

7.852 162.6 164.9 -1.4 -4.1 1.7 -0.6 1.4

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

7.270 164.6 167.2 -1.8 -4.5 1.7 -0.7 1.6

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

0.582 147.8 147.2 4.1 2.8 0.8 1.3 -0.4

Industrial supplies & materials

1

31.498 159.8 162.8 18.2 -0.1 1.6 3.1 1.9

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

  12.339 165.4 167.9 17.3 0.1 0.3 3.2 1.5

Industrial supplies & materials, nondurable

  19.160 157.3 160.5 18.8 -0.3 2.4 3.1 2.0

Agricultural industrial supplies & materials

10

1.402 157.2 157.9 21.3 -1.1 3.5 1.0 0.4

Nonagricultural industrial supplies & materials

  30.097 160.2 163.3 18.0 -0.1 1.5 3.2 1.9

Fuels & lubricants

11

5.863 206.8 215.4 34.5 -4.8 3.2 5.3 4.2

Nonagricultural supplies & materials excluding fuels & building materials

12

23.213 156.4 158.7 15.6 1.1 1.1 2.8 1.5

Selected building materials

13

1.021 117.8 118.2 5.1 0.9 0.2 1.6 0.3

Capital goods

2

38.533 104.2 104.0 1.0 0.0 0.3 0.3 -0.2

Electrical generating equipment

20

3.588 109.9 110.0 2.8 0.1 -0.2 0.1 0.1

Nonelectrical machinery

21

28.183 95.2 94.9 0.5 0.0 0.3 0.4 -0.3

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

22

6.762 139.4 139.6 2.0 0.1 0.3 0.2 0.1

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

9.145 108.5 108.5 0.4 0.2 -0.1 -0.1 0.0

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

12.971 111.3 111.2 3.1 0.5 0.2 1.0 -0.1

Nondurables, manufactured

40

5.939 112.5 112.6 4.5 0.9 0.0 0.5 0.1

Durables, manufactured

41

5.694 108.8 108.6 0.6 -0.3 0.1 1.1 -0.2

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2008 trade values.

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


Table 3. U.S. import price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: May 2009 to May 2010
[December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
Apr.
2010(1)
Index Percent change
Apr.
2010
May
2010
Annual Monthly
May
2009
to
May
2010
Jan.
2010
to
Feb.
2010
Feb.
2010
to
Mar.
2010
Mar.
2010
to
Apr.
2010
Apr.
2010
to
May
2010

Nonmanufactured articles

  18.753 133.7 127.2 29.7 -0.6 1.9 2.2 -4.9

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

1.805 149.7 155.0 15.2 -0.6 3.2 1.6 3.5

Crop production

111

1.274 154.8 161.7 12.4 -1.4 2.5 0.8 4.5

Mining

21

16.948 131.9 124.3 32.0 -0.6 1.7 2.3 -5.8

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

212

0.520 133.7 135.4 5.3 1.2 1.5 1.4 1.3

Manufactured articles

  80.719 110.6 111.0 4.9 0.0 0.2 0.8 0.4

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

9.997 108.6 109.0 2.4 0.0 0.3 0.4 0.4

Food manufacturing

311

2.522 124.5 126.7 10.6 -0.2 1.0 1.3 1.8

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.909 109.2 109.1 1.9 0.5 0.0 -0.1 -0.1

Textile product mills

314

0.762 100.6 101.4 2.6 0.0 -0.5 0.1 0.8

Apparel manufacturing

315

3.913 101.5 101.2 -1.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 -0.3

Leather and allied product manufacturing

316

1.493 106.7 106.7 -0.8 -0.2 0.1 0.0 0.0

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

18.142 124.2 124.4 12.8 0.1 0.9 1.8 0.2

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.846 108.7 113.8 29.0 3.2 4.1 2.8 4.7

Paper manufacturing

322

1.196 104.9 106.9 3.7 1.5 0.7 1.1 1.9

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

4.285 134.5 132.6 42.4 -0.8 0.2 4.3 -1.4

Chemical manufacturing

325

8.964 126.8 127.0 5.5 0.1 1.4 1.1 0.2

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

1.768 114.0 115.3 2.5 -0.2 0.0 0.0 1.1

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.981 120.7 120.6 0.8 0.2 0.0 0.2 -0.1

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

52.580 106.7 107.2 2.9 0.0 -0.2 0.6 0.5

Primary metal manufacturing

331

4.928 162.2 167.5 39.6 2.3 0.3 5.5 3.3

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.672 117.5 118.7 2.0 0.0 0.3 0.8 1.0

Machinery manufacturing

333

6.701 113.2 113.2 2.1 -0.2 0.1 0.0 0.0

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

14.946 87.6 87.9 -1.5 -0.1 -0.3 -0.2 0.3

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

3.773 112.5 112.2 -0.2 -0.2 -0.6 0.3 -0.3

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

13.173 105.6 105.6 0.5 -0.2 -0.2 0.1 0.0

Furniture and related product manufacturing

337

1.309 105.9 106.0 -3.7 -0.7 -0.5 0.1 0.1

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

5.077 112.1 112.4 1.1 0.0 0.1 -0.1 0.3

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: May 2009 to May 2010
[December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
Apr.
2010(1)
Index Percent change
Apr.
2010
May
2010
Annual Monthly
May
2009
to
May
2010
Jan.
2010
to
Feb.
2010
Feb.
2010
to
Mar.
2010
Mar.
2010
to
Apr.
2010
Apr.
2010
to
May
2010

Nonmanufactured articles

  6.479 126.9 134.4 9.4 -5.7 2.3 0.6 5.9

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

4.543 140.5 143.0 -1.0 -7.4 3.6 -1.0 1.8

Crop production

111

4.184 143.9 146.5 -1.9 -8.0 3.9 -1.2 1.8

Mining

21

1.936 94.3 109.2 45.0 -1.6 -0.9 4.5 15.8

Mining (except oil and gas)

212

1.461 104.3 125.0 43.7 -2.4 4.3 6.0 19.8

Manufactured articles

  90.608 112.6 112.9 5.0 0.1 0.5 1.2 0.3

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

6.617 125.2 126.0 6.5 0.2 0.5 1.0 0.6

Food manufacturing

311

4.488 140.4 141.7 7.0 0.2 0.5 1.2 0.9

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.506 103.1 103.1 -2.5 -1.0 -0.9 -2.5 0.0

Apparel manufacturing

315

0.370 102.2 102.2 0.0 0.0 0.5 -0.7 0.0

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

24.006 120.1 120.7 12.1 0.0 1.8 2.4 0.5

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.455 115.0 115.8 11.9 1.6 0.0 3.0 0.7

Paper manufacturing

322

1.922 114.9 118.4 8.0 -0.2 0.4 1.3 3.0

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

3.809 127.8 125.3 35.8 -7.6 7.0 6.3 -2.0

Chemical manufacturing

325

14.942 122.3 123.2 11.8 1.8 1.3 2.2 0.7

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

2.035 106.0 107.3 -1.2 0.0 -0.2 -0.5 1.2

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.842 113.9 113.1 0.0 -0.1 -0.4 -0.2 -0.7

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

59.984 108.6 108.6 2.4 0.1 0.2 0.6 0.0

Primary metal manufacturing

331

4.877 142.9 146.8 23.7 0.3 -0.6 2.7 2.7

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.766 121.6 121.6 0.5 0.2 -0.5 0.8 0.0

Machinery manufacturing

333

12.629 114.9 114.9 2.7 0.3 0.4 0.3 0.0

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

15.721 93.3 92.7 -1.1 -0.3 0.3 0.8 -0.6

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

3.459 109.7 109.8 2.9 0.1 -0.1 0.1 0.1

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

15.156 111.0 111.1 0.9 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

5.024 110.5 110.5 1.0 0.0 0.0 1.3 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 5. U.S. import price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: May 2009 to May 2010
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
Apr.
2010(1)
Index Percent change
Apr.
2010
May
2010
Annual Monthly
May
2009
to
May
2010
Jan.
2010
to
Feb.
2010
Feb.
2010
to
Mar.
2010
Mar.
2010
to
Apr.
2010
Apr.
2010
to
May
2010

Live animals; animal products

I

1.087 140.6 144.3 14.2 0.3 3.2 3.2 2.6

Meat and edible meat offal

02

0.253 180.5 188.0 28.2 3.4 4.3 3.4 4.2

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.555 104.1 106.5 8.2 0.2 1.8 2.6 2.3

Vegetable products

II

1.497 172.5 177.2 8.4 -0.9 2.5 1.3 2.7

Edible vegetables, roots, and tubers

07

0.420 328.9 345.2 9.1 -2.7 14.9 -3.7 5.0

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

0.420 112.1 115.3 11.1 0.2 -0.7 5.5 2.9

Coffee, tea, mate and spices

09

0.290 172.7 170.2 11.2 -1.3 -1.3 7.3 -1.4

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

III

0.211 104.4 103.8 - -2.8 4.3 0.6 -0.6

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages, and tobacco

IV

2.246 140.0 141.1 5.4 0.0 -0.4 -0.1 0.8

Cocoa and cocoa preparations (Dec. 2009=100)

18

0.206 100.2 104.9 - -1.0 -2.2 0.2 4.7

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

19

0.235 112.8 114.7 7.1 -1.3 -0.7 0.4 1.7

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

20

0.282 129.3 130.5 5.0 0.2 -0.2 -0.9 0.9

Beverages, spirits, and vinegar

22

0.895 118.7 118.6 2.4 0.4 0.0 -0.2 -0.1

Mineral products

V

21.680 271.6 258.4 32.9 -0.7 1.4 2.8 -4.9

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

25

0.187 102.2 102.4 - -0.7 0.2 1.7 0.2

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

27

21.272 268.4 255.1 33.4 -0.7 1.4 2.8 -5.0

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

8.243 140.2 141.0 6.7 0.4 1.2 0.6 0.6

Inorganic chemicals

28

0.955 278.0 288.7 17.3 5.0 5.4 1.6 3.8

Organic chemicals

29

2.743 134.4 134.8 9.9 0.0 1.4 0.7 0.3

Pharmaceutical products

30

2.794 117.8 117.7 4.1 0.0 -0.2 -0.1 -0.1

Fertilizers (Dec. 2009=100)

31

0.326 107.0 105.2 - -4.8 2.9 1.6 -1.7

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

32

0.172 114.0 114.0 9.8 2.0 -0.5 0.6 0.0

Essential oils and resinoids (Dec. 2001=100)

33

0.405 119.7 119.5 1.8 -0.7 -1.1 0.9 -0.2

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

0.497 94.6 94.5 4.3 1.5 0.6 1.2 -0.1

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

2.973 136.8 137.9 6.7 0.7 1.3 1.9 0.8

Plastics and articles thereof

39

1.865 131.9 132.3 3.1 0.5 0.9 2.2 0.3

Rubber and articles thereof

40

1.108 146.2 148.6 13.5 1.1 2.1 1.0 1.6

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

VIII

0.582 114.0 114.0 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.0 0.0

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

42

0.546 114.9 114.9 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.0

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

IX

0.868 131.4 137.3 26.9 3.1 3.9 2.9 4.5

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

1.336 108.8 110.6 1.6 1.0 0.5 0.7 1.7

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

47

0.201 115.0 121.4 - 5.0 2.6 3.4 5.6

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

48

0.872 102.6 103.8 -4.8 0.5 0.2 0.5 1.2

Printed matter

49

0.263 120.0 120.2 0.3 0.1 -0.3 -0.2 0.2

Textile and textile articles

XI

4.907 103.1 103.0 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.2 -0.1

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted

61

1.884 98.4 97.7 -1.9 0.0 0.0 0.2 -0.7

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted

62

1.854 103.4 103.4 0.0 0.0 0.6 0.0 0.0

Made-up or worn textile articles

63

0.518 92.2 93.4 3.3 -0.1 -0.2 -0.1 1.3

Headgear, umbrellas, artifical flowers, etc.

XII

1.195 106.6 106.6 -1.2 -0.3 -0.1 -0.1 0.0

Footwear and parts of such articles

64

1.017 105.7 105.7 -1.5 -0.3 0.0 -0.1 0.0

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

XIII

0.873 124.2 124.1 -0.2 -0.2 -0.1 0.0 -0.1

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

68

0.310 117.6 117.5 0.0 -0.3 0.1 -0.1 -0.1

Ceramic products

69

0.275 139.9 139.8 1.9 0.1 -0.1 0.0 -0.1

Glass and glassware

70

0.288 115.0 114.9 -2.7 -0.2 -0.3 -0.1 -0.1

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

XIV

2.721 158.0 162.6 19.1 0.3 -0.6 2.0 2.9

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

6.100 182.2 185.9 23.1 1.9 0.6 4.2 2.0

Iron and steel

72

1.407 233.6 235.9 35.0 4.1 5.1 6.0 1.0

Articles of iron or steel

73

1.792 146.0 149.9 4.6 0.3 1.8 1.7 2.7

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.712 347.9 351.8 57.2 1.2 -2.5 7.3 1.1

Nickel and articles thereof (Dec. 2009=100)

75

0.197 130.4 149.8 - 8.5 3.3 17.3 14.9

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.842 139.6 141.8 35.2 2.2 -2.3 4.9 1.6

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

82

0.360 118.1 117.9 0.2 -0.1 -0.2 0.3 -0.2

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.406 127.0 126.8 -2.8 0.5 -0.7 -0.2 -0.2

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

XVI

25.223 86.8 86.9 0.1 -0.1 -0.2 0.0 0.1

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

12.675 88.1 88.3 0.6 -0.2 0.0 0.0 0.2

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

85

12.548 85.5 85.5 -0.3 -0.1 -0.5 0.0 0.0

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

11.156 109.7 109.7 0.2 -0.2 -0.2 0.2 0.0

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

10.071 108.7 108.7 0.2 -0.2 -0.1 0.2 0.0

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

88

0.992 114.1 114.1 -1.4 0.0 -1.4 0.1 0.0

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

XVIII

3.231 101.2 101.2 -0.5 0.2 -0.3 -0.1 0.0

Optical, photographic, measuring and medical instruments

90

2.927 99.0 99.0 -0.5 0.1 -0.2 0.0 0.0

Clocks and watches and parts thereof

91

0.226 122.4 122.3 -0.4 0.0 -1.9 0.1 -0.1

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

3.808 106.3 106.4 -1.5 -0.2 -0.1 -0.2 0.1

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

94

1.940 109.4 109.4 -3.1 -0.4 -0.5 0.1 0.0

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

1.670 100.8 100.9 0.1 -0.1 0.2 -0.4 0.1

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

96

0.198 118.7 118.7 2.6 -0.2 0.1 0.0 0.0

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2008 trade values.

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


Table 6. U.S. export price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: May 2009 to May 2010
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
Apr.
2010(1)
Index Percent change
Apr.
2010
May
2010
Annual Monthly
May
2009
to
May
2010
Jan.
2010
to
Feb.
2010
Feb.
2010
to
Mar.
2010
Mar.
2010
to
Apr.
2010
Apr.
2010
to
May
2010

Live animals; animal products

I

1.722 168.2 170.9 8.8 2.8 2.2 2.6 1.6

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

02

0.988 139.4 144.7 13.7 3.8 3.7 4.3 3.8

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.322 152.9 151.9 6.3 4.7 1.6 1.9 -0.7

Vegetable products

II

4.123 177.1 180.7 -7.1 -8.4 2.9 -2.2 2.0

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

0.805 133.3 128.2 28.6 -1.0 0.4 6.7 -3.8

Cereals

10

1.555 170.9 181.3 -11.7 -9.7 3.0 -6.8 6.1

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

12

1.273 192.5 196.5 -10.9 -9.7 3.2 -1.4 2.1

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

III

0.305 106.8 111.6 - -2.8 1.6 5.3 4.5

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages,and tobacco

IV

2.417 137.4 137.3 -0.4 -1.3 -1.1 -0.8 -0.1

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

20

0.344 104.2 105.6 - 1.3 0.3 1.7 1.3

Miscellaneous edible preparations

21

0.408 118.1 118.5 0.1 -0.1 -0.3 -0.6 0.3

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

22

0.329 102.7 102.8 2.4 0.0 0.4 -1.9 0.1

Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed

23

0.528 170.9 168.3 -15.8 -5.8 -5.0 -3.0 -1.5

Mineral products

V

5.800 245.8 257.5 38.2 -5.0 2.9 5.8 4.8

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

27

5.149 239.4 248.5 38.6 -5.4 3.2 5.8 3.8

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

12.160 145.9 147.2 9.4 1.5 1.3 2.1 0.9

Inorganic chemicals

28

1.008 173.4 185.1 -1.6 0.8 0.6 1.8 6.7

Organic chemicals

29

3.155 156.9 155.4 14.1 1.2 1.7 4.4 -1.0

Pharmaceutical products

30

2.990 123.9 123.7 7.4 1.5 0.2 1.0 -0.2

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

32

0.542 116.2 116.2 3.5 1.1 0.0 2.0 0.0

Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery cosmetic or toilet preparations

33

0.717 124.1 124.8 1.2 0.6 -1.2 0.6 0.6

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

34

0.429 116.8 118.7 4.0 0.3 -0.5 1.0 1.6

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

2.061 140.6 140.6 9.3 0.7 1.5 0.9 0.0

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

5.092 137.9 138.8 7.6 1.5 0.3 1.7 0.7

Plastics and articles thereof

39

4.143 131.9 132.7 7.2 2.1 0.3 2.2 0.6

Rubber and articles thereof

40

0.949 164.3 165.8 9.6 -0.9 0.4 -0.2 0.9

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

VIII

0.376 120.3 121.9 60.4 3.8 3.2 3.1 1.3

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

IX

0.561 110.1 110.8 8.6 1.5 -0.6 1.9 0.6

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

2.456 115.1 117.6 11.2 0.3 1.2 1.0 2.2

Woodpulp and recovered paper

47

0.670 125.0 132.1 49.1 2.0 3.8 0.6 5.7

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

48

1.283 111.7 113.0 1.1 -0.5 0.5 1.4 1.2

Printed material

49

0.503 116.6 116.8 1.7 0.1 -0.1 0.4 0.2

Textile and textile articles

XI

1.997 114.1 114.3 11.2 -0.3 2.8 1.5 0.2

Cotton, including yarns and woven fabrics thereof

52

0.657 127.5 128.6 35.9 -0.7 8.6 3.0 0.9

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

XIII

0.797 116.8 116.1 0.3 -0.3 -0.3 0.0 -0.6

Glass and glassware

70

0.423 98.7 97.7 -2.5 0.0 -0.8 -0.5 -1.0

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

XIV

4.834 203.3 207.8 24.6 0.1 -0.2 2.8 2.2

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

6.076 167.1 167.0 15.9 0.6 1.3 4.0 -0.1

Iron and steel

72

1.868 206.1 208.5 37.1 2.8 2.4 8.4 1.2

Articles of iron or steel

73

1.513 158.2 158.1 -3.5 0.3 -0.4 1.0 -0.1

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.618 241.0 227.0 28.9 -3.7 6.6 4.7 -5.8

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.929 128.9 129.1 30.0 0.0 -0.2 4.6 0.2

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

82

0.412 124.2 124.2 1.9 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.314 124.5 124.5 2.0 0.9 0.7 0.1 0.0

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

XVI

30.428 96.4 96.1 0.8 -0.1 0.3 0.3 -0.3

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

17.912 108.0 107.6 2.4 0.2 0.6 0.7 -0.4

Electrical machinery and equipment and parts and accessories thereof

85

12.516 83.8 83.7 -1.2 -0.2 -0.1 -0.4 -0.1

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

13.257 121.3 121.4 0.9 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.1

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

8.533 108.4 108.5 0.7 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.1

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

89

0.292 100.1 100.0 - 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.1

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

XVIII

5.934 106.3 106.3 -1.0 -0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

1.518 107.9 108.1 1.1 -0.1 -0.7 0.2 0.2

Furniture; stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings nesoi;

94

0.755 118.2 118.6 1.9 -0.2 0.4 0.4 0.3

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

0.650 93.2 93.2 0.2 0.0 -2.1 0.0 0.0

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2008 trade values.

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


Table 7. U.S. import price indexes and percent changes by locality of origin: May 2009 to May 2010
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Percent
of
U.S.
imports(1)
Index Percent change
Apr.
2010
May
2010
Annual Monthly
May
2009
to
May
2010
Jan.
2010
to
Feb.
2010
Feb.
2010
to
Mar.
2010
Mar.
2010
to
Apr.
2010
Apr.
2010
to
May
2010

Industrialized Countries(2)

41.082 126.1 125.9 7.1 0.2 0.0 0.3 -0.2

Nonmanufactured articles

5.687 206.5 196.2 27.5 2.1 -2.0 -1.5 -5.0

Manufactured articles

34.943 119.6 120.2 5.3 -0.1 0.2 0.6 0.5

Other Countries(3)

58.918 125.9 124.5 8.2 -0.4 0.9 1.3 -1.1

Nonmanufactured articles

15.714 269.7 256.0 27.8 -1.6 3.2 3.4 -5.1

Manufactured articles

43.010 105.8 105.9 3.1 0.0 0.2 0.6 0.1

Canada

15.923 144.5 143.6 14.3 0.7 0.0 0.6 -0.6

Nonmanufactured articles

5.257 200.6 190.0 29.0 2.2 -2.0 -2.0 -5.3

Manufactured articles

10.335 133.6 135.2 10.5 0.1 0.8 1.4 1.2

European Union(4)

16.799 129.0 129.1 4.4 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.1

Nonmanufactured articles

0.211 263.9 252.6 22.3 0.7 1.4 4.6 -4.3

Manufactured articles

16.491 126.4 126.6 4.1 0.4 0.4 0.2 0.2

France (Dec. 2003=100)

1.948 121.7 121.6 1.5 -1.6 -0.4 0.1 -0.1

Germany (Dec. 2003=100)

4.572 112.7 112.5 4.0 -0.5 -0.6 -0.1 -0.2

United Kingdom (Dec. 2003=100)

2.566 125.9 125.9 5.8 -0.2 0.6 0.2 0.0

Latin America(5)

17.999 159.9 157.4 11.1 -1.1 1.3 1.4 -1.6

Nonmanufactured articles

6.186 290.9 277.6 20.0 -3.1 3.3 1.7 -4.6

Manufactured articles

11.730 132.4 132.3 6.8 -0.2 0.3 1.2 -0.1

Mexico (Dec. 2003=100)

10.275 139.6 138.2 4.9 -1.1 1.2 1.2 -1.0

Nonmanufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

2.141 159.4 152.3 19.4 -4.2 5.2 3.2 -4.5

Manufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

8.085 97.0 97.0 0.7 -0.3 0.2 0.6 0.0

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

31.500 100.6 101.0 1.8 -0.1 0.0 0.3 0.4

China (Dec. 2003=100)

16.449 100.3 100.6 0.2 -0.1 -0.1 0.2 0.3

Japan

6.678 97.8 97.9 1.8 -0.1 0.3 -0.3 0.1

Asian NICs(7)

5.003 87.2 87.9 3.5 -0.2 -0.1 0.2 0.8

ASEAN (Dec. 2003=100)(8)

5.274 96.4 96.2 0.0 -0.1 -1.1 0.8 -0.2

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

5.380 215.9 204.9 19.4 1.5 0.3 4.0 -5.1

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: May 2009 to May 2010
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Relative
import-
ance
Apr.
2010(1)
Index Percent change
Apr.
2010
May
2010
Annual Monthly
May
2009
to
May
2010
Jan.
2010
to
Feb.
2010
Feb.
2010
to
Mar.
2010
Mar.
2010
to
Apr.
2010
Apr.
2010
to
May
2010

Air Freight

Import Air Freight

100.000 160.1 163.4 25.8 -0.3 1.3 1.2 2.1

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

21.060 132.0 133.3 8.1 -1.0 -3.6 0.0 1.0

Asia

72.072 148.5 150.7 32.2 -0.6 3.3 1.6 1.5

Export Air Freight

100.000 123.6 124.9 5.1 0.2 0.6 -0.3 1.1

Europe (Dec. 2006=100)

33.310 114.0 114.9 6.3 -0.3 1.1 -0.2 0.8

Inbound Air Freight

100.000 144.7 146.7 18.0 -0.6 0.8 0.3 1.4

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

22.507 123.1 124.3 4.5 -1.1 -3.0 -0.4 1.0

Asia

67.146 134.1 135.9 25.4 -0.6 1.7 0.7 1.3

Outbound Air Freight

100.000 119.2 121.3 7.6 0.7 1.5 0.9 1.8

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

41.526 139.0 140.8 6.6 0.4 1.3 2.1 1.3

Asia

41.804 107.9 110.0 9.3 1.0 1.4 -0.5 1.9

Air Passenger Fares

Import Air Passenger Fares

100.000 156.1 160.5 23.2 -3.5 5.3 4.2 2.8

Europe

42.758 171.0 177.4 42.0 -3.6 9.9 5.2 3.7

Asia

27.109 130.9 139.5 9.4 -7.6 2.9 3.6 6.6

Latin America/Caribbean

13.409 145.8 137.5 21.8 1.1 2.7 7.3 -5.7

Export Air Passenger Fares

100.000 162.0 160.9 20.2 -1.7 1.7 2.8 -0.7

Europe

34.034 205.5 206.6 37.1 4.6 0.9 4.5 0.5

Asia

29.378 141.6 151.4 24.7 -0.4 6.3 -0.8 6.9

Latin America/Caribbean

21.829 167.1 155.5 16.7 -9.6 1.4 3.3 -6.9

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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to either a large volume of time series data or other related documentation. The FTP site can be accessed 
at ftp://ftp.bls.gov.   For technical assistance in using the BLS Internet site, send e-mail to 
(labstat.helpdesk@bls.gov).  For Import/Export Price Index data requests, send e-mail to 
(mxpinfo@bls.gov). 

Information from this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request.  
Voice phone: 202-691-5200; Federal Relay Service: 1-800-877-8339.

Last Modified Date: June 15, 2010