U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes News Release

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                        U.S. IMPORT AND EXPORT PRICE INDEXES - OCTOBER 2013

U.S. import prices declined 0.7 percent in October, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today, led 
by lower fuel prices. The October decrease in overall import prices followed comparatively modest advances 
in each of the previous 3 months. Prices for U.S. exports fell 0.5 percent in October, after a 0.4 percent 
increase the previous month.  


Imports

All Imports: Prices for overall imports declined 0.7 percent in October, after ticking up between 0.1 percent 
and 0.2 percent in each of the previous 3 months. The October drop was driven by lower fuel prices as 
nonfuel import prices were unchanged. Import prices decreased 2.0 percent for the year ended in October, 
the largest 12-month drop since a 2.7 percent decline between April 2012 and April 2013. 

Fuel Imports: Import fuel prices fell 3.4 percent in October, the largest monthly decline since an 8.5 percent 
decrease in June 2012. The October drop followed increases of 0.4 percent in September, 1.6 percent in 
August, and 1.7 percent in July. The price index for import fuel decreased 3.8 percent over the past year. 
Both the October decline and the drop over the past 12 months were driven by lower petroleum prices, 
which fell 3.6 percent for the month and 4.1 percent for the year ended in October. Higher natural gas 
prices, up 5.8 percent in October and 8.1 percent over the past 12 months, partially offset declining 
petroleum prices.         

All Imports Excluding Fuel: Nonfuel prices recorded no change in October and declined 1.3 percent over 
the past 12 months. The drop over the past year was led by a 5.1 percent decrease in the price index for 
nonfuel industrial supplies and materials. Lower prices for each of the major finished goods categories 
between October 2012 and October 2013 also contributed to the overall decline in nonfuel import prices. 


Table A. Percent change in import and export price indexes, selected categories

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

2012

October

0.3 0.1 0.2 0.1 -1.7 0.3

November

-0.7 -2.2 -0.2 -0.6 0.5 -0.7

December

-0.6 -2.2 -0.1 -0.1 0.1 -0.2

2013

January

0.5 1.9 0.2 0.4 -1.2 0.5

February

0.9 3.6 0.1 0.7 2.0 0.6

March

-0.1 0.0 -0.1 -0.5 -1.8 -0.3

April

-0.7 -2.4 -0.2 -0.6 -2.1 -0.5

May

-0.6 -1.7 -0.4 -0.5 1.1 -0.7

June

-0.4 -0.7 -0.3 -0.1 0.8 -0.2

July

(r)0.1 (r)1.7 -0.4 -0.2 -0.3 -0.2

August

0.2 1.6 -0.2 -0.5 -4.2 0.0

September

(r)0.1 (r)0.4 (r)0.2 (r)0.4 (r)0.6 0.3

October

-0.7 -3.4 0.0 -0.5 -1.5 -0.4

Oct. 2011 to 2012

0.0 -0.8 0.1 1.5 11.9 0.2

Oct. 2012 to 2013

-2.0 -3.8 -1.3 -2.1 -6.1 -1.6

Footnotes
(r) Revised


Exports 

All Exports: The price index for overall exports decreased 0.5 percent in October, resuming a downward 
trend following a 0.4 percent increase the previous month. Prior to September, export prices last advanced in 
February when the index rose 0.7 percent. Export prices also fell over the past 12 months, declining 2.1 
percent, the largest year-over-year decrease since a 2.1 percent drop for the year ended in June 2012. The 
last time the index fell more than 2.1 percent was a 3.6 percent decline between October 2008 and October 
2009.   

Agricultural Exports: Agricultural export prices decreased 1.5 percent in October following a 0.6 percent 
increase the previous month. The October drop was driven by lower prices for corn and soybeans, down 
12.5 percent and 6.0 percent, respectively. The price index for agricultural exports fell 6.1 percent over the 
past year led by a 35.7 percent decline in corn prices, a 13.3 percent drop in soybean prices, and a 13.6 
percent decrease in wheat prices.                      

All Exports Excluding Agriculture: Prices for nonagricultural exports fell 0.4 percent in October, after 
increasing 0.3 percent in September. Lower prices for nonagricultural industrial supplies and materials and 
capital goods more than offset rising prices for automotive vehicles. Overall nonagricultural prices declined 
1.6 percent from October 2012 to October 2013, driven by lower prices for nonagricultural industrial 
supplies and materials and consumer goods. 


                                       SELECTED OCTOBER HIGHLIGHTS

Import Prices

Imports by Locality of Origin: Import prices from China edged down 0.1 percent in October, after ticking 
up 0.1 percent the previous month. The price index for imports from China decreased 0.9 percent over the 
past 12 months. Prices for imports from Japan continued to trend down in October, falling 0.2 percent. 
Import prices from Japan declined 3.2 percent over the past year, the largest 12-month drop since the index 
fell 3.2 percent between June 2001 and June 2002. In October, the price indexes for imports from Canada 
and Mexico decreased 1.3 percent and 0.8 percent, respectively, led by lower petroleum prices. In contrast, 
prices for imports from the European Union increased 0.5 percent.

Nonfuel Industrial Supplies and Materials: Prices for nonfuel industrial supplies and materials ticked up 
0.1 percent in October following a 0.6 percent advance in September. Higher prices for iron and steel mill 
products in October, largely contributed to the increase.  

Finished Goods: Consumer goods prices ticked up 0.1 percent in October, after declining 0.2 percent in 
September. The price index for automotive vehicles, which has not recorded a monthly advance since 
January, edged down 0.1 percent in October. Prices for import capital goods recorded no change for the 
second consecutive month in October. 

Foods, Feeds, and Beverages: The import price index for foods, feeds, and beverages rose 0.7 percent in 
October, the largest monthly advance since a 1.6 percent rise in March. The October increase was led by 
higher vegetable prices and prices for fish and shellfish. 


Export Prices

Nonagricultural Industrial Supplies and Materials: The price index for nonagricultural industrial supplies 
and materials decreased 0.8 percent in October, after rising 0.9 percent the previous month. The October 
drop was mostly led by lower fuel prices.  

Finished Goods: Finished goods prices were mixed in October. Prices for capital goods declined 0.2 
percent, driven by 0.3 percent decreases in both nonelectrical machinery and electrical equipment prices. In 
contrast, automotive vehicles prices rose 0.4 percent, led by a 0.8 percent advance in passenger car prices 
that was partially attributable to year-end model changeovers. The export price index for consumer goods 
was unchanged in October. 


Partial Government Shutdown

Some agencies of the federal government were shut down or were operating at reduced staffing levels from 
October 1, 2013, through October 16, 2013. All data collection was suspended during that time period. 
Shortly after the shutdown ended, October data collection began. The Bureau of Labor Statistics delayed 
publication of this release by 2 days to allow for enough time to collect data. The reference period for the 
survey was not changed. The response rates for the import and export price surveys were at the normal range 
for the initial release of the data.


Import and Export Price Index data for November 2013 are scheduled for release on Thursday, 
December 12, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. (EST).                


Table 1. U.S. import price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: October 2012 to October 2013
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description End
Use
Relative
import-
ance
Sept.
2013(1)
Index Percent change
Sept.
2013
Oct.
2013
Annual Monthly
Oct.
2012
to
Oct.
2013
June
2013
to
July
2013
July
2013
to
Aug.
2013
Aug.
2013
to
Sept.
2013
Sept.
2013
to
Oct.
2013

All commodities

  100.000 139.4 138.4 -2.0 0.1 0.2 0.1 -0.7

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

  73.332 102.0 102.0 -1.5 -0.4 -0.2 0.1 0.0

All imports excluding petroleum

  79.237 114.8 114.9 -1.3 -0.6 -0.2 0.0 0.1

All imports excluding fuels (Dec. 2001=100)

  78.441 119.1 119.1 -1.3 -0.4 -0.2 0.2 0.0

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

5.109 174.8 176.0 2.6 0.6 0.3 0.6 0.7

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

3.862 191.0 191.6 -1.4 0.6 -0.1 0.1 0.3

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

1.247 138.1 140.5 16.7 0.8 1.6 2.3 1.7

Industrial supplies & materials

1

34.513 250.8 245.6 -4.4 0.3 0.6 0.5 -2.1

Industrial supplies & materials excluding petroleum

  13.750 157.4 157.8 -4.4 -2.9 -1.1 0.3 0.3

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

  12.954 179.3 179.5 -5.1 -1.7 -0.8 0.6 0.1

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

  7.635 167.4 167.9 -6.1 -1.8 -0.7 1.0 0.3

Industrial supplies & materials nondurable excluding petroleum

  5.320 145.4 145.6 -2.3 -4.2 -1.6 -0.4 0.1

Fuels & lubricants

10

21.558 341.9 330.4 -3.8 1.7 1.6 0.4 -3.4

Petroleum & petroleum products

100

20.761 383.4 369.6 -4.1 2.6 1.8 0.6 -3.6

Crude

10000

15.964 399.0 382.1 -3.2 3.1 1.6 0.6 -4.2

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

101

0.595 98.7 103.3 6.3 -19.5 -6.2 -4.6 4.7

Gas-natural

10110

0.477 84.8 89.7 8.1 -21.8 -7.7 -5.6 5.8

Paper & paper base stocks

11

0.563 113.3 114.5 2.0 0.2 0.0 -0.1 1.1

Materials associated with nondurable supplies & materials

12

4.836 168.4 168.6 -3.7 -2.0 -1.0 0.1 0.1

Selected building materials

13

1.003 141.5 142.0 0.3 -1.9 -0.6 1.0 0.4

Unfinished metals related to durable goods

14

3.479 239.0 238.8 -11.0 -2.7 -1.1 2.0 -0.1

Finished metals related to durable goods

15

1.560 156.0 155.7 -5.0 -1.8 0.1 0.3 -0.2

Nonmetals related to durable goods

16

1.513 112.3 112.8 -1.2 0.2 -0.8 -0.6 0.4

Capital goods

2

24.024 92.5 92.5 -0.9 0.0 -0.1 0.0 0.0

Electric generating equipment

20

3.011 119.7 119.3 -0.3 -0.1 0.3 0.0 -0.3

Nonelectrical machinery

21

19.144 85.2 85.2 -1.2 0.0 -0.1 0.0 0.0

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

22

1.869 136.0 136.1 1.6 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.1

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

12.135 113.5 113.4 -1.4 -0.4 -0.1 0.0 -0.1

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

24.219 107.2 107.3 -0.5 -0.2 0.0 -0.2 0.1

Nondurables, manufactured

40

11.847 116.1 116.1 0.7 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0

Durables, manufactured

41

11.048 98.2 98.2 -1.8 -0.4 -0.1 -0.2 0.0

Nonmanufactured consumer goods

42

1.324 116.4 117.1 1.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.6

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2011 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: October 2012 to October 2013
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description End
Use
Relative
import-
ance
Sept.
2013(1)
Index Percent change
Sept.
2013
Oct.
2013
Annual Monthly
Oct.
2012
to
Oct.
2013
June
2013
to
July
2013
July
2013
to
Aug.
2013
Aug.
2013
to
Sept.
2013
Sept.
2013
to
Oct.
2013

All commodities

  100.000 132.4 131.8 -2.1 -0.2 -0.5 0.4 -0.5

Agricultural commodities

  10.227 215.4 212.2 -6.1 -0.3 -4.2 0.6 -1.5

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

  81.017 101.9 102.0 -0.9 -0.3 -0.3 0.2 0.1

Nonagricultural commodities

  89.774 126.4 125.9 -1.6 -0.2 0.0 0.3 -0.4

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

9.482 215.1 212.2 -7.0 -0.4 -4.3 0.8 -1.3

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

8.810 218.7 215.1 -7.3 -0.5 -4.7 0.7 -1.6

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

0.672 184.3 188.5 -3.3 0.6 1.3 1.4 2.3

Industrial supplies & materials

1

34.026 178.4 176.9 -4.2 -0.6 0.2 0.8 -0.8

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

  11.645 172.5 173.9 -7.0 -2.2 -0.8 1.3 0.8

Industrial supplies & materials, nondurable

  22.381 182.5 179.4 -2.6 0.4 0.7 0.6 -1.7

Agricultural industrial supplies & materials

10

1.417 202.0 201.3 2.0 0.8 -1.2 -0.5 -0.3

Nonagricultural industrial supplies & materials

  32.610 177.7 176.2 -4.4 -0.6 0.2 0.9 -0.8

Fuels & lubricants

11

9.502 261.5 251.5 -7.5 1.0 2.2 1.1 -3.8

Nonagricultural supplies & materials excluding fuels & building materials

12

22.050 166.4 167.0 -3.7 -1.3 -0.5 0.8 0.4

Selected building materials

13

1.058 125.3 125.8 6.7 1.1 0.5 0.6 0.4

Capital goods

2

35.600 106.5 106.3 0.7 0.1 -0.1 0.0 -0.2

Electrical generating equipment

20

3.519 115.1 114.8 0.3 0.7 -0.1 -0.1 -0.3

Nonelectrical machinery

21

25.857 95.4 95.1 0.3 0.1 -0.1 0.0 -0.3

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

22

6.224 152.0 152.0 1.9 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.0

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

8.982 113.3 113.7 0.7 0.1 -0.1 -0.1 0.4

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

11.910 114.5 114.5 -2.1 0.0 -0.6 0.0 0.0

Nondurables, manufactured

40

5.446 113.9 114.1 -1.5 -0.1 -0.8 0.0 0.2

Durables, manufactured

41

5.104 111.7 111.3 -2.9 0.2 0.0 0.0 -0.4

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2011 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: October 2012 to October 2013
[December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
Sept.
2013(1)
Index Percent change
Sept.
2013
Oct.
2013
Annual Monthly
Oct.
2012
to
Oct.
2013
June
2013
to
July
2013
July
2013
to
Aug.
2013
Aug.
2013
to
Sept.
2013
Sept.
2013
to
Oct.
2013

Nonmanufactured articles

  18.919 170.2 164.8 -1.8 1.5 1.2 0.8 -3.2

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

1.811 171.1 173.4 -0.6 -0.7 -0.2 -0.1 1.3

Crop production

111

1.273 176.4 179.5 -1.9 0.0 -0.1 -0.2 1.8

Forestry and logging (Dec. 2012=100)

113

0.182 93.9 93.3 - -6.6 -4.3 -0.2 -0.6

Mining

21

17.108 169.7 163.5 -2.0 1.7 1.4 0.8 -3.7

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

212

0.314 129.7 129.3 -7.8 -1.6 -0.2 -0.2 -0.3

Manufactured articles

  80.612 116.0 115.9 -1.9 -0.3 0.0 0.1 -0.1

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

10.581 124.3 124.2 0.6 0.0 0.0 0.5 -0.1

Food manufacturing

311

2.929 157.8 157.4 2.5 0.5 -0.1 1.5 -0.3

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.879 113.9 114.2 2.1 0.4 -0.2 0.4 0.3

Textile mills (Dec. 2011=100)

313

0.387 100.9 101.0 -1.5 -0.3 -0.1 0.0 0.1

Textile product mills

314

0.784 114.7 114.7 -0.9 -0.7 -0.1 0.0 0.0

Apparel manufacturing

315

3.940 110.5 110.4 -0.5 -0.2 0.0 0.2 -0.1

Leather and allied product manufacturing

316

1.661 121.5 121.6 0.7 -0.2 0.0 0.0 0.1

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

17.772 136.3 135.8 -3.1 0.0 0.3 -0.3 -0.4

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.595 120.9 121.5 1.3 -2.6 -0.8 1.7 0.5

Paper manufacturing

322

1.037 110.7 111.3 0.8 0.4 -0.1 0.0 0.5

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

4.241 163.1 159.7 -9.1 1.8 2.8 -0.8 -2.1

Chemical manufacturing

325

9.058 133.3 133.5 -1.0 -0.7 -0.5 -0.2 0.2

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

1.918 124.5 124.3 -2.6 0.0 -0.2 -0.5 -0.2

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.838 129.5 129.8 0.2 -0.1 0.1 0.2 0.2

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

52.259 108.0 108.0 -2.0 -0.4 -0.2 0.1 0.0

Primary metal manufacturing

331

4.051 156.4 156.6 -11.3 -2.8 -1.1 1.6 0.1

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.628 126.7 126.1 -3.5 -0.9 -0.1 -0.1 -0.5

Machinery manufacturing

333

6.592 120.9 121.1 -0.7 0.0 -0.2 0.0 0.2

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

15.954 80.6 80.6 -1.9 -0.1 -0.1 -0.2 0.0

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

4.017 119.4 119.1 0.1 -0.1 0.1 0.0 -0.3

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

12.921 111.7 111.7 -0.5 -0.3 0.0 0.1 0.0

Furniture and related product manufacturing

337

1.252 114.0 114.9 1.0 0.0 -0.4 0.2 0.8

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

4.845 120.9 121.0 -0.2 -0.1 0.2 0.0 0.1

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2011 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: October 2012 to October 2013
[December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
Sept.
2013(1)
Index Percent change
Sept.
2013
Oct.
2013
Annual Monthly
Oct.
2012
to
Oct.
2013
June
2013
to
July
2013
July
2013
to
Aug.
2013
Aug.
2013
to
Sept.
2013
Sept.
2013
to
Oct.
2013

Nonmanufactured articles

  7.444 160.7 159.7 -9.1 -1.8 -6.3 1.6 -0.6

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

5.465 198.5 194.0 -10.9 -0.7 -7.6 1.8 -2.3

Crop production

111

5.028 205.5 200.4 -11.5 -1.0 -8.1 1.6 -2.5

Mining

21

1.979 86.8 90.2 -3.3 -5.1 -2.4 1.0 3.9

Mining (except oil and gas)

212

1.359 100.5 101.1 -9.4 -2.2 -2.3 -0.2 0.6

Manufactured articles

  90.195 120.7 120.0 -1.5 0.0 0.0 0.3 -0.6

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

7.055 151.3 150.9 -0.5 0.2 -0.2 -0.2 -0.3

Food manufacturing

311

4.960 173.5 173.3 -0.7 0.5 -0.2 -0.2 -0.1

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.563 124.8 122.8 -3.8 -0.9 -0.7 -0.3 -1.6

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

26.851 134.5 132.3 -2.6 0.5 0.5 0.5 -1.6

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.435 121.1 122.7 8.2 2.1 -0.3 1.0 1.3

Paper manufacturing

322

1.837 122.1 122.1 2.1 -0.1 -0.3 0.4 0.0

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

7.309 171.3 161.7 -8.9 2.6 3.2 1.4 -5.6

Chemical manufacturing

325

14.224 130.0 129.9 -1.4 -0.3 -0.5 0.1 -0.1

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

2.249 120.5 120.0 1.1 -0.6 0.2 0.3 -0.4

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.797 112.4 112.3 0.8 0.5 0.4 0.4 -0.1

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

56.289 112.3 112.2 -1.1 -0.2 -0.2 0.2 -0.1

Primary metal manufacturing

331

4.693 151.5 150.9 -14.0 -3.2 -1.7 2.5 -0.4

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.766 131.2 130.9 -0.9 -0.6 0.2 0.2 -0.2

Machinery manufacturing

333

11.750 122.6 122.6 1.4 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.0

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

14.222 88.5 88.0 -1.2 0.1 -0.2 -0.1 -0.6

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

3.335 114.1 114.1 1.2 0.5 -0.1 -0.3 0.0

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

14.247 118.0 118.3 1.3 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.3

Furniture and related product manufacturing (Dec. 2011=100)

337

0.323 107.6 107.0 2.4 2.1 0.1 -0.3 -0.6

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

4.953 121.2 121.0 -0.9 -0.1 -0.6 0.2 -0.2

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2011 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: October 2012 to October 2013
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
Sept.
2013(1)
Index Percent change
Sept.
2013
Oct.
2013
Annual Monthly
Oct.
2012
to
Oct.
2013
June
2013
to
July
2013
July
2013
to
Aug.
2013
Aug.
2013
to
Sept.
2013
Sept.
2013
to
Oct.
2013

Live animals; animal products

I

1.206 187.0 189.6 17.1 0.8 1.9 1.5 1.4

Meat and edible meat offal

02

0.255 221.1 223.9 2.9 1.5 1.3 -2.2 1.3

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.689 142.5 145.7 29.2 0.3 2.4 3.1 2.2

Vegetable products

II

1.576 201.8 200.0 -5.2 -1.1 -0.9 0.9 -0.9

Edible vegetables, roots, and tubers

07

0.385 372.9 384.7 7.0 1.7 0.1 5.5 3.2

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

0.423 113.9 110.5 -2.1 0.7 1.8 0.6 -3.0

Coffee, tea, mate and spices

09

0.349 225.2 222.4 -15.4 -2.2 -0.7 -1.7 -1.2

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

III

0.248 115.3 115.5 -6.8 -0.3 -0.8 0.1 0.2

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages, and tobacco

IV

2.426 158.7 159.3 1.0 0.7 0.4 0.2 0.4

Sugars and sugar confectionary (Dec. 2012=100)

17

0.190 89.9 90.5 - 2.8 -3.9 -0.9 0.7

Cocoa and cocoa preparations (Dec. 2009=100)

18

0.224 99.5 101.2 16.5 1.2 9.6 -0.5 1.7

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

19

0.239 130.6 130.7 1.2 -0.4 0.0 0.0 0.1

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

20

0.316 164.9 164.8 -2.1 0.4 -0.7 0.1 -0.1

Beverages, spirits, and vinegar

22

0.867 124.5 124.8 2.1 0.2 -0.1 0.2 0.2

Mineral products

V

21.487 344.1 332.3 -3.9 1.8 1.5 0.2 -3.4

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

27

21.211 341.0 329.2 -3.8 1.8 1.6 0.3 -3.5

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

8.502 147.9 148.1 -2.1 -0.9 -0.5 -0.1 0.1

Inorganic chemicals

28

0.705 312.1 310.7 -20.9 -5.0 -3.5 -1.8 -0.4

Organic chemicals

29

2.615 135.3 135.3 -2.5 -0.4 0.1 0.4 0.0

Pharmaceutical products

30

3.424 125.6 125.5 4.9 0.4 0.0 0.1 -0.1

Fertilizers (Dec. 2009=100)

31

0.341 107.4 105.9 -21.0 -7.9 -4.3 -3.4 -1.4

Tanning extracts; dye, pigments, varnish, paints & putty (Dec. 2011=100)

32

0.166 94.8 94.1 1.0 0.6 0.0 0.4 -0.7

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

0.470 98.9 98.6 -2.7 -1.0 -0.2 -0.1 -0.3

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

3.159 149.5 149.3 -1.8 -0.8 -0.6 -0.3 -0.1

Plastics and articles thereof

39

1.975 148.4 148.4 2.8 -0.1 0.1 0.3 0.0

Rubber and articles thereof

40

1.184 152.9 152.5 -8.7 -1.9 -1.6 -1.4 -0.3

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

VIII

0.597 125.5 125.6 -0.5 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.1

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

42

0.565 126.9 127.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1

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

IX

0.630 146.7 147.1 0.8 -2.9 -1.4 1.8 0.3

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

1.138 113.9 114.5 1.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.5

Pulp wood, waste paper, and paperboard (Dec. 2011=100)

47

0.178 102.7 105.2 6.7 -0.3 -0.6 -0.8 2.4

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

48

0.759 107.9 108.1 -0.3 0.6 0.1 0.2 0.2

Textile and textile articles

XI

4.964 113.9 113.9 -0.5 -0.3 0.0 0.1 0.0

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted

61

1.941 103.1 102.7 -1.8 -0.3 -0.1 0.1 -0.4

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted

62

1.844 118.3 118.6 1.0 0.0 0.2 0.2 0.3

Made-up or worn textile articles

63

0.549 107.9 107.9 -0.6 -0.6 0.0 0.0 0.0

Headgear, umbrellas, artifical flowers, etc.

XII

1.364 120.9 121.0 0.6 -0.3 0.1 0.0 0.1

Footwear and parts of such articles

64

1.168 119.9 120.1 0.3 -0.4 0.0 0.0 0.2

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

XIII

0.772 132.6 132.8 0.6 0.1 0.2 0.0 0.2

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

68

0.249 126.2 126.5 1.4 -0.2 0.5 0.0 0.2

Ceramic products

69

0.242 140.9 140.9 -1.0 0.4 -0.1 0.0 0.0

Glass and glassware

70

0.281 128.6 128.9 1.4 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.2

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

XIV

3.036 183.4 183.0 -12.2 -3.3 -0.3 2.2 -0.2

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

4.925 179.4 179.4 -3.2 -1.2 -0.3 0.4 0.0

Iron and steel

72

1.129 214.0 215.3 -2.4 -0.4 0.2 -0.6 0.6

Articles of iron or steel

73

1.473 153.5 152.9 -3.7 -0.8 -0.3 -0.1 -0.4

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.459 331.9 335.4 -8.3 -5.2 -0.5 3.6 1.1

Nickel and articles thereof (Dec. 2009=100)

75

0.129 87.3 86.1 -15.3 -4.0 -2.5 2.1 -1.4

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.667 135.7 135.8 -1.7 -1.0 -0.7 0.4 0.1

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

82

0.387 129.3 129.3 1.1 -0.2 0.0 0.1 0.0

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.431 135.3 135.1 -0.9 -0.3 0.0 0.0 -0.1

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

XVI

26.363 84.7 84.6 -1.5 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

13.685 89.5 89.6 -0.7 0.0 -0.1 -0.1 0.1

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

85

12.678 80.0 79.8 -2.4 -0.4 -0.1 -0.2 -0.3

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

10.718 116.0 116.0 -0.4 -0.3 0.1 0.0 0.0

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

9.773 114.8 114.7 -0.8 -0.3 0.0 0.1 -0.1

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

88

0.874 120.3 120.4 1.9 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.1

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

XVIII

3.359 104.1 104.2 -0.6 0.2 0.0 0.1 0.1

Optical, photographic, measuring and medical instruments

90

3.047 101.0 101.1 -0.6 0.2 0.0 0.1 0.1

Clocks and watches and parts thereof

91

0.253 141.1 141.4 0.4 0.9 -0.3 0.2 0.2

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

3.471 113.0 113.5 0.8 0.0 -0.2 0.2 0.4

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

94

1.939 116.9 117.6 0.9 0.0 -0.2 0.3 0.6

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

1.337 105.2 105.4 0.4 0.0 -0.1 0.1 0.2

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

96

0.195 138.5 138.5 1.9 0.1 0.4 -0.4 0.0

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2011 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: October 2012 to October 2013
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
Sept.
2013(1)
Index Percent change
Sept.
2013
Oct.
2013
Annual Monthly
Oct.
2012
to
Oct.
2013
June
2013
to
July
2013
July
2013
to
Aug.
2013
Aug.
2013
to
Sept.
2013
Sept.
2013
to
Oct.
2013

Live animals; animal products

I

2.095 219.7 221.9 2.7 1.3 -0.5 1.4 1.0

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

02

1.188 167.9 165.9 -2.0 1.0 -1.3 0.7 -1.2

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.390 194.4 200.2 -6.1 0.9 2.4 2.5 3.0

Vegetable products

II

4.998 249.8 243.3 -12.1 -1.4 -8.0 1.3 -2.6

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

1.017 158.0 163.8 13.8 -0.5 3.8 -1.4 3.7

Cereals

10

1.807 263.9 252.1 -24.2 -4.7 -8.1 -1.9 -4.5

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

12

1.665 281.7 268.4 -11.9 1.8 -13.4 6.7 -4.7

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

III

0.281 122.3 120.7 -15.8 -0.8 -5.0 -2.0 -1.3

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages,and tobacco

IV

3.020 166.9 165.5 -1.1 -0.1 0.1 -0.1 -0.8

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

20

0.334 112.8 112.5 1.4 -0.4 0.1 0.1 -0.3

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

22

0.609 112.8 112.6 1.7 -0.1 -0.2 0.2 -0.2

Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed

23

0.757 270.0 262.4 -8.0 1.9 -0.4 -0.5 -2.8

Mineral products

V

9.407 305.1 294.0 -7.7 0.9 2.0 1.3 -3.6

Ores, slag and ash (Dec. 2012=100)

26

0.436 89.0 89.3 - -2.3 -4.0 2.1 0.3

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

27

8.789 303.5 291.5 -7.7 1.1 2.3 1.3 -4.0

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

11.445 152.6 152.2 -1.9 -0.5 -0.3 -0.1 -0.3

Inorganic chemicals

28

1.004 180.2 177.9 -3.4 -0.2 -1.5 -1.3 -1.3

Organic chemicals

29

3.267 165.8 163.4 -2.0 -0.5 0.9 0.6 -1.4

Pharmaceutical products

30

2.642 120.5 120.8 -3.4 -0.2 -0.8 -0.2 0.2

Fertilizers (Dec. 2012=100)

31

0.350 88.1 86.1 - -0.8 -3.0 -3.8 -2.3

Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery cosmetic or toilet preparations

33

0.708 135.0 135.2 -0.8 -0.1 -2.0 -0.5 0.1

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

34

0.455 120.9 121.4 -1.3 1.2 -0.1 0.1 0.4

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

1.772 154.5 154.7 0.5 -1.5 0.1 0.1 0.1

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

5.287 149.1 149.8 0.7 -0.4 -0.5 0.4 0.5

Plastics and articles thereof

39

4.300 143.3 144.5 3.1 -0.1 0.1 0.5 0.8

Rubber and articles thereof

40

0.987 174.1 172.3 -8.7 -1.7 -2.9 -0.2 -1.0

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

VIII

0.394 141.6 145.8 9.6 -0.4 -1.0 -2.1 3.0

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

IX

0.599 115.6 116.7 6.1 1.1 0.3 0.6 1.0

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

2.288 122.4 122.8 5.7 0.3 -0.9 0.3 0.3

Woodpulp and recovered paper

47

0.611 126.2 127.4 11.3 -1.4 -3.5 0.4 1.0

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

48

1.221 121.0 120.7 2.8 1.1 0.1 0.5 -0.2

Printed material

49

0.455 132.0 133.0 6.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.8

Textile and textile articles

XI

1.864 132.4 132.0 5.3 0.5 -0.3 0.6 -0.3

Cotton, including yarns and woven fabrics thereof

52

0.536 149.1 148.8 14.2 2.9 -0.9 2.0 -0.2

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

XIII

0.764 118.3 118.6 0.3 0.2 -0.1 0.0 0.3

Glass and glassware

70

0.391 97.5 97.4 -1.4 0.0 -0.1 0.1 -0.1

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

XIV

4.713 248.3 246.0 -15.3 -3.7 -1.3 2.9 -0.9

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

5.266 164.2 168.5 -1.7 -1.2 0.2 0.1 2.6

Iron and steel

72

1.453 183.7 198.5 1.6 -2.1 0.1 0.5 8.1

Articles of iron or steel

73

1.320 168.0 169.4 -2.1 -0.7 0.5 -0.7 0.8

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.598 234.9 237.7 -8.0 -2.6 0.5 1.3 1.2

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.836 121.3 120.7 -5.0 -0.7 0.0 -0.3 -0.5

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

82

0.408 133.0 135.9 2.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 2.2

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.328 147.3 147.3 0.9 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0

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

XVI

28.066 97.1 96.8 -0.1 0.1 -0.1 -0.1 -0.3

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

16.817 111.4 111.3 0.7 -0.1 0.0 0.0 -0.1

Electrical machinery and equipment and parts and accessories thereof

85

11.249 81.6 81.2 -1.2 0.6 -0.5 -0.2 -0.5

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

12.088 128.3 128.6 1.4 0.2 0.0 0.1 0.2

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

8.188 113.9 114.3 1.2 0.3 -0.1 0.0 0.4

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

XVIII

5.927 107.1 107.1 0.8 0.0 -0.2 0.2 0.0

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

1.344 110.3 110.2 -0.5 0.4 -0.1 -0.5 -0.1

Furniture; stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings nesoi;

94

0.729 121.5 121.9 0.9 0.7 0.0 -0.9 0.3

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

0.506 89.4 88.7 -2.4 -0.1 -0.2 0.1 -0.8

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2011 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: October 2012 to October 2013
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Relative
import-
ance
Sept.
2013(1)
Index Percent change
Sept.
2013
Oct.
2013
Annual Monthly
Oct.
2012
to
Oct.
2013
June
2013
to
July
2013
July
2013
to
Aug.
2013
Aug.
2013
to
Sept.
2013
Sept.
2013
to
Oct.
2013

Industrialized Countries(2)

100.000 131.9 131.5 -0.3 0.3 0.1 -0.1 -0.3

Nonmanufactured articles

12.415 243.7 237.4 3.7 1.8 2.9 -2.7 -2.6

Manufactured articles

86.989 123.0 123.0 -0.9 0.1 -0.3 0.3 0.0

Other Countries(3)

100.000 139.5 138.4 -1.4 0.1 0.7 0.3 -0.8

Nonmanufactured articles

23.133 359.3 346.4 -2.3 1.1 2.6 2.2 -3.6

Manufactured articles

76.520 109.9 109.9 -1.1 -0.2 0.1 -0.2 0.0

Canada

100.000 153.7 151.7 -0.1 -0.2 1.2 -0.5 -1.3

Nonmanufactured articles

30.944 234.5 228.3 5.3 2.0 3.0 -2.6 -2.6

Manufactured articles

68.045 136.5 135.4 -2.4 -1.1 0.3 0.5 -0.8

European Union(4)

100.000 135.5 136.2 0.7 0.4 -0.4 0.1 0.5

Nonmanufactured articles

0.939 324.7 320.0 -16.1 2.2 2.6 -11.2 -1.4

Manufactured articles

98.882 131.9 132.6 0.8 0.5 -0.4 0.2 0.5

France (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 121.8 122.1 1.6 -0.2 -0.1 0.2 0.2

Germany (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 116.2 117.3 2.3 0.2 -0.1 0.3 0.9

United Kingdom (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 127.2 127.7 -5.5 -0.1 0.0 -0.3 0.4

Latin America(5)

100.000 176.4 174.6 -1.7 0.4 0.6 0.7 -1.0

Nonmanufactured articles

33.267 390.3 376.7 -0.3 1.9 1.7 2.3 -3.5

Manufactured articles

66.340 130.8 131.1 -2.1 -0.2 0.0 -0.1 0.2

Mexico (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 144.2 143.0 -1.6 0.3 0.3 0.2 -0.8

Nonmanufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

19.714 208.9 203.0 -0.2 2.2 2.2 1.8 -2.8

Manufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

79.987 93.4 93.1 -1.7 -0.2 -0.1 -0.2 -0.3

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

100.000 103.0 103.0 -1.2 -0.3 -0.1 0.0 0.0

China (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 103.7 103.6 -0.9 -0.1 0.0 0.1 -0.1

Japan

100.000 99.9 99.7 -3.2 -0.4 -0.2 -0.1 -0.2

Asian NICs(7)

100.000 90.5 90.6 -0.7 -0.3 -0.2 -0.3 0.1

ASEAN (Dec. 2003=100)(8)

100.000 104.7 104.7 0.1 -0.2 -0.1 0.3 0.0

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

100.000 267.6 259.1 -5.6 0.6 2.0 0.5 -3.2

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2011 trade values.
(2) Western Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
(3) Eastern Europe, Latin America, OPEC countries, and other countries in Asia, Africa and the Western Hemisphere.
(4) European Union countries.
(5) Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
(6) China, Japan, Australia, Brunei, Indonesia, Macao, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines and the Asian Newly Industrialized Countries.
(7) Asian Newly Industrialized Countries - Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.
(8) Association of Southeast Asian Nations - Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
(9) 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: October 2012 to October 2013
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Relative
import-
ance
Sept.
2013(1)
Index Percent change
Sept.
2013
Oct.
2013
Annual Monthly
Oct.
2012
to
Oct.
2013
June
2013
to
July
2013
July
2013
to
Aug.
2013
Aug.
2013
to
Sept.
2013
Sept.
2013
to
Oct.
2013

Air Freight

Import Air Freight

100.000 172.8 174.3 -1.0 0.2 -0.2 0.6 0.9

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

22.250 167.0 168.7 3.1 0.9 -1.1 2.3 1.0

Asia

73.435 151.9 153.1 -2.2 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.8

Export Air Freight

100.000 147.3 147.8 -0.5 -0.1 0.0 0.8 0.3

Europe (Dec. 2006=100)

35.912 132.5 133.2 2.1 -0.2 0.2 0.5 0.5

Inbound Air Freight

100.000 161.5 162.8 -1.6 0.0 0.0 0.6 0.8

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

22.221 149.6 151.0 0.8 0.3 -0.8 1.8 0.9

Asia

67.136 146.0 147.3 -2.5 0.0 0.1 0.3 0.9

Outbound Air Freight

100.000 145.8 146.2 -0.7 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.3

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

28.007 160.3 161.0 -0.7 -0.4 0.0 0.3 0.4

Asia

52.316 139.0 139.5 -0.3 0.3 0.2 -0.1 0.4

Air Passenger Fares

Import Air Passenger Fares

100.000 181.8 189.6 3.4 -3.9 -7.9 0.0 4.3

Europe

44.690 211.3 218.7 10.3 -8.0 -8.1 4.7 3.5

Asia

25.138 146.3 149.6 -1.6 -3.5 -6.3 -6.5 2.3

Latin America/Caribbean

9.249 162.3 164.2 3.1 1.5 -1.5 -6.3 1.2

Export Air Passenger Fares

100.000 185.6 182.6 -2.4 3.4 2.0 -10.2 -1.6

Europe

28.737 224.1 216.3 0.5 1.9 -5.2 -10.4 -3.5

Asia

27.650 155.2 149.4 -13.5 -0.8 21.9 -23.4 -3.7

Latin America/Caribbean

21.118 186.4 197.1 -8.2 8.2 -1.2 -8.1 5.7

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2011 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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page at (http://www.bls.gov/mxp).  Flat Files and the FTP server are available for users requiring access 
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). 

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Last Modified Date: November 15, 2013