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                          U.S. IMPORT AND EXPORT PRICE INDEXES - NOVEMBER 2009

The U.S. Import Price Index advanced 1.7 percent in November, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 
reported today, led by a 7.3 percent rise in fuel prices. The increase followed a 0.8 percent advance in 
October. U.S. export prices rose 0.8 percent in November after a 0.2 percent increase the previous month.


Imports

All Imports: The 1.7 percent increase in U.S. imports in November continued the upward trend for the 
index. Import prices have risen in eight of the past nine months, increasing 10.1 percent over that period. 
The November advance for overall import prices was driven by higher fuel prices, which accounted for 
approximately 80 percent of the increase. The price index for U.S. imports advanced 3.7 percent for the year 
ended in November, the first time the index increased over a 12-month period since a 4.9 percent advance 
for the October 2007-2008 period.

Fuel Imports: Prices for import fuel rose 7.3 percent in November after a 2.5 percent increase the previous 
month. A 6.2 percent increase for petroleum prices and a 30.0 percent increase for natural gas prices led the 
overall advance in November. Over the past 12 months, fuel prices increased 27.0 percent. A 35.5 percent 
rise in petroleum prices more than offset declining natural gas prices, which fell 31.3 percent despite the 
advance in November.

All Imports Excluding Fuel: Nonfuel import prices rose 0.4 percent in November as higher prices for 
nonfuel industrial supplies and materials, capital goods, and foods, feeds, and beverages contributed to the 
advance. Prices for nonfuel imports rose between 0.4 percent and 0.5 percent in each of the past four 
months. The index declined 1.0 percent over the past 12 months as decreases from November 2008 to 
March 2009 more than offset the recent increases.  


Table A. Percent changes

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

2008

November

-7.4 -27.8 -1.7 -3.2 -6.9 -2.8

December

-4.6 -22.2 -1.1 -2.2 -6.1 -1.9

2009

January

-1.3 -4.7 -0.7 0.7 5.9 0.3

February

0.0 2.7 -0.4 -0.3 -1.7 -0.2

March

0.5 7.8 -0.6 -0.7 -3.4 -0.4

April

1.1 7.5 0.1 0.5 3.7 0.2

May

1.7 9.8 0.2 0.4 3.6 0.3

June

2.7 16.0 0.2 1.0 4.2 0.6

July

-0.6 -2.6 -0.2 -0.3 -4.9 0.1

August

1.5 (r)7.0 0.4 0.6 0.2 0.7

September

0.2 (r)-1.3 0.5 -0.2 (r)-2.9 0.1

October

(r)0.8 (r)2.5 0.4 (r)0.2 (r)-0.7 (r)0.2

November

1.7 7.3 0.4 0.8 3.7 0.7

Nov. 2007 to 2008

-5.9 -32.9 2.6 -0.3 -2.7 0.0

Nov. 2008 to 2009

3.7 27.0 -1.0 0.6 0.6 0.6

Footnotes
(r) Revised


Exports 

All Exports: Export prices advanced 0.8 percent in November after rising 0.2 percent in October. Higher 
nonagricultural prices accounted for approximately two thirds of the increase. Prices for overall exports rose 
0.6 percent over the past year, the first time the index increased over a 12-month period since a 4.0 percent 
advance for the October 2007-2008 period.

Agricultural Exports: Agricultural prices rose 3.7 percent in November after declining 0.7 percent and 2.9 
percent in October and September, respectively. Higher prices for soybeans, corn, and wheat led the upturn 
in agricultural prices. The November increase led the price index for overall agricultural prices up 0.6 
percent over the past 12 months, the first year-over-year increase since a 6.0 percent advance for the year 
ended in October 2008. 

All Exports Excluding Agriculture: Prices for nonagricultural exports increased for the eighth consecutive 
month, rising 0.7 percent in November. Higher prices for nonagricultural industrial supplies and materials 
and finished goods contributed to the advance. The index rose 0.6 percent over the past 12 months. 



                                      SELECTED NOVEMBER HIGHLIGHTS


Import Prices

Nonfuel Industrial Supplies and Materials: The price index for nonfuel industrial supplies and materials 
increased 1.4 percent in November after rising 1.6 percent the previous month. Rising prices for metals and 
chemicals were the largest contributors to the increases in both November and October. 

Finished Goods: Finished goods prices were mixed in November. Prices for capital goods and automotive 
vehicles increased 0.2 percent and 0.1 percent, respectively. In contrast, consumer goods prices edged down 
0.1 percent.
 
Foods, Feeds, and Beverages: Prices for foods, feeds, and beverages rose 0.5 percent in November, 
following increases of 0.3 percent in October and 0.5 percent in September. 

Imports by Locality of Origin: Import prices from Canada rose 2.9 percent in November, led by higher 
fuel prices. The November increase followed advances of 1.1 percent in each of the previous two months. 
The price indexes for imports from the European Union and Mexico also rose in November, increasing 0.6 
percent and 0.3 percent, respectively.  

Transportation Services: Import air freight prices rose for the sixth consecutive month, increasing 1.0 
percent in November.  Import air passenger fares advanced 0.5 percent in November after rising 6.4 percent 
in October. The November increase was led by an 8.2 percent rise in Latin America/Caribbean fares. 


Export Prices

Nonagricultural Industrial Supplies and Materials: The price index for nonagricultural industrial 
supplies and materials increased 1.7 percent in November after rising 0.5 percent in October. The November 
advance was driven by higher prices for fuel, metals, and chemicals. 

Finished Goods: Prices for capital goods and for consumer goods rose 0.3 percent and 0.2 percent, 
respectively. Higher prices for computers and semiconductors were the largest contributors to the increase 
in capital goods prices and rising prices for medicinal, dental, and pharmaceutical materials drove the rise in 
the price index for consumer goods. Prices for automotive vehicles were unchanged.

Transportation Services: Export air passenger fares fell 1.6 percent in November following an increase of 
1.2 percent in October. Falling prices for Asian fares contributed to the November decline.  In contrast, 
export air freight prices rose for the fourth time in five months, increasing 0.6 percent in November. 
		
Import and Export Price Index data for December 2009 are scheduled for release on Thursday, 
January 14, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. (EST).

Table 1. U.S. import price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: November 2008 to November 2009 2000=100, unless otherwise noted
Description End
Use
Relative
import-
ance
Oct.
2009(1)
Index Percent change
Oct.
2009
Nov.
2009
Annual Monthly
Nov.
2008
to
Nov.
2009
July
2009
to
Aug.
2009
Aug.
2009
to
Sept.
2009
Sept.
2009
to
Oct.
2009
Oct.
2009
to
Nov.
2009

All commodities

  100.000 122.3 124.4 3.7 1.5 0.2 0.8 1.7

All imports excluding petroleum

  82.083 108.5 109.3 -1.6 0.4 0.3 0.6 0.7

All imports excluding fuels (Dec. 2001=100)

  80.784 112.4 112.8 -1.0 0.4 0.5 0.4 0.4

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

4.661 141.1 141.8 1.6 1.3 0.5 0.3 0.5

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

3.618 157.4 158.6 2.7 1.6 0.7 0.4 0.8

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

1.043 104.3 103.7 -2.0 0.3 -0.4 0.2 -0.6

Industrial supplies & materials

1

33.358 187.0 195.9 12.2 4.6 0.3 2.2 4.8

Industrial supplies & materials excluding petroleum

  15.441 137.8 142.1 -7.4 1.1 1.5 2.4 3.1

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

  14.142 154.4 156.5 -4.6 1.3 2.7 1.6 1.4

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

  8.999 147.5 149.4 -1.2 1.8 3.4 1.2 1.3

Industrial supplies & materials nondurable excluding petroleum

  5.143 126.2 133.3 -14.2 0.4 -1.2 4.1 5.6

Fuels & lubricants

10

19.216 234.2 251.2 27.0 7.0 -1.3 2.5 7.3

Petroleum & petroleum products

100

17.917 257.1 273.1 35.5 7.6 -0.6 2.0 6.2

Crude

10000

13.127 266.0 279.2 38.4 7.1 -0.5 3.2 5.0

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

101

1.122 104.8 130.6 -27.0 0.0 -11.9 13.8 24.6

Gas-natural

10110

0.922 89.7 116.6 -31.3 -0.1 -14.1 17.1 30.0

Paper & paper base stocks

11

0.670 100.2 102.1 -11.3 -0.7 0.5 1.3 1.9

Materials associated with nondurable supplies & materials

12

4.549 138.6 140.6 -9.3 0.8 1.4 2.5 1.4

Selected building materials

13

1.637 118.5 118.3 -0.4 1.0 -0.3 -0.3 -0.2

Unfinished metals related to durable goods

14

3.887 209.3 214.9 2.7 3.1 7.3 2.3 2.7

Finished metals related to durable goods

15

1.863 137.9 138.9 -5.8 1.0 1.6 0.6 0.7

Nonmetals related to durable goods

16

1.536 104.9 105.0 -4.9 0.7 0.8 0.6 0.1

Capital goods

2

23.240 92.0 92.2 -0.8 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.2

Electric generating equipment

20

3.005 110.8 111.2 -0.5 0.1 0.0 0.5 0.4

Nonelectrical machinery

21

18.155 86.6 86.7 -1.1 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.1

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

22

2.080 123.1 122.8 2.2 0.1 0.0 -0.1 -0.2

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

13.833 108.9 109.0 1.0 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.1

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

24.908 104.3 104.2 -0.4 0.0 0.0 0.2 -0.1

Nondurables, manufactured

40

11.456 107.8 107.7 -0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.1

Durables, manufactured

41

12.257 100.9 100.9 -0.2 0.0 0.1 0.2 0.0

Nonmanufactured consumer goods

42

1.196 101.6 101.1 -2.0 -0.5 0.4 0.4 -0.5

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2007 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: November 2008 to November 2009 2000=100, unless otherwise noted
Description End
Use
Relative
import-
ance
Oct.
2009(1)
Index Percent change
Oct.
2009
Nov.
2009
Annual Monthly
Nov.
2008
to
Nov.
2009
July
2009
to
Aug.
2009
Aug.
2009
to
Sept.
2009
Sept.
2009
to
Oct.
2009
Oct.
2009
to
Nov.
2009

All commodities

  100.000 118.1 119.1 0.6 0.6 -0.2 0.2 0.8

Agricultural commodities

  8.479 155.8 161.5 0.6 0.2 -2.9 -0.7 3.7

Nonagricultural commodities

  91.522 115.3 116.1 0.6 0.7 0.1 0.2 0.7

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

7.739 156.5 161.7 -1.9 -0.2 -3.8 -1.1 3.3

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

7.121 159.1 164.3 -1.6 -0.2 -3.9 -1.0 3.3

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

0.618 134.6 140.0 -5.6 -1.0 -2.4 -2.0 4.0

Industrial supplies & materials

1

27.771 144.7 147.4 -0.5 2.1 0.2 0.6 1.9

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

  11.044 152.1 153.9 3.1 2.0 1.8 1.0 1.2

Industrial supplies & materials, nondurable

  16.727 140.9 144.1 -2.9 2.2 -0.7 0.2 2.3

Agricultural industrial supplies & materials

10

1.358 143.5 151.4 12.8 2.3 3.0 0.9 5.5

Nonagricultural industrial supplies & materials

  26.413 145.0 147.4 -1.2 2.1 0.1 0.5 1.7

Fuels & lubricants

11

3.860 174.9 185.2 -4.2 9.4 -5.3 1.7 5.9

Nonagricultural supplies & materials excluding fuels & building materials

12

21.537 143.2 144.6 -0.7 0.9 1.1 0.4 1.0

Selected building materials

13

1.016 112.6 113.0 -2.2 0.8 0.3 -1.2 0.4

Capital goods

2

41.286 103.6 103.9 2.3 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.3

Electrical generating equipment

20

3.742 108.0 108.2 -0.9 0.3 0.2 0.5 0.2

Nonelectrical machinery

21

28.619 95.0 95.5 2.1 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.5

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

22

8.925 137.1 136.4 4.1 0.1 -0.2 -0.1 -0.5

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

10.321 108.1 108.1 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.0

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

12.884 109.2 109.4 0.3 0.2 0.1 0.0 0.2

Nondurables, manufactured

40

5.729 109.2 109.7 2.1 0.3 0.4 -0.2 0.5

Durables, manufactured

41

6.054 109.6 109.5 -0.3 0.1 -0.1 0.1 -0.1

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2007 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: November 2008 to November 2009 December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
Oct.
2009(1)
Index Percent change
Oct.
2009
Nov.
2009
Annual Monthly
Nov.
2008
to
Nov.
2009
July
2009
to
Aug.
2009
Aug.
2009
to
Sept.
2009
Sept.
2009
to
Oct.
2009
Oct.
2009
to
Nov.
2009

Nonmanufactured articles

  16.541 116.8 123.9 24.6 5.6 -0.7 3.5 6.1

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

1.697 132.7 133.2 6.1 2.0 1.2 -0.1 0.4

Crop production

111

1.216 139.7 140.0 8.7 1.9 1.4 -0.1 0.2

Mining

21

14.844 115.0 122.8 27.1 6.0 -0.9 3.9 6.8

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

212

0.449 131.5 131.7 2.1 0.9 0.8 1.4 0.2

Manufactured articles

  82.904 108.1 108.9 0.1 0.7 0.3 0.3 0.7

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

10.296 107.3 107.6 -0.1 0.3 0.1 0.3 0.3

Food manufacturing

311

2.437 118.7 119.9 -1.2 1.0 0.4 0.8 1.0

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.929 107.7 108.2 2.3 0.0 0.1 0.3 0.5

Textile mills

313

0.448 113.7 113.9 1.7 0.3 -0.2 1.1 0.2

Textile product mills

314

0.799 100.4 100.3 -1.8 0.0 0.0 1.0 -0.1

Apparel manufacturing

315

4.138 101.8 101.7 -0.2 0.0 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1

Leather and allied product manufacturing

316

1.546 107.2 107.1 0.7 0.1 0.0 0.0 -0.1

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

17.790 115.4 118.2 2.0 2.5 -0.3 0.2 2.4

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.991 94.0 93.7 0.0 1.6 -0.5 -0.3 -0.3

Paper manufacturing

322

1.195 99.2 100.3 -9.9 -0.7 0.6 0.3 1.1

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

4.007 114.8 125.1 23.5 10.7 -2.8 -1.5 9.0

Chemical manufacturing

325

8.520 120.8 121.6 -4.3 0.3 0.6 1.2 0.7

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

1.826 112.0 112.5 -0.7 0.2 -0.1 0.0 0.4

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

1.143 119.3 119.2 1.0 -0.2 0.0 -0.3 -0.1

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

54.818 105.9 106.2 -0.6 0.3 0.6 0.3 0.3

Primary metal manufacturing

331

4.382 137.8 141.5 -3.0 2.6 6.0 1.5 2.7

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.773 116.3 116.3 -3.6 -0.1 -0.1 0.5 0.0

Machinery manufacturing

333

6.888 113.0 113.0 2.3 0.2 0.2 0.5 0.0

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

14.998 89.1 89.1 -2.4 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

3.987 112.8 113.0 -1.0 0.0 0.1 0.2 0.2

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

15.027 106.3 106.4 1.4 0.3 0.1 0.3 0.1

Furniture and related product manufacturing

337

1.549 108.7 108.4 -1.6 -0.2 0.5 -0.5 -0.3

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

5.214 112.2 112.6 2.0 -0.1 0.1 0.3 0.4

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2007 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: November 2008 to November 2009 December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
Oct.
2009(1)
Index Percent change
Oct.
2009
Nov.
2009
Annual Monthly
Nov.
2008
to
Nov.
2009
July
2009
to
Aug.
2009
Aug.
2009
to
Sept.
2009
Sept.
2009
to
Oct.
2009
Oct.
2009
to
Nov.
2009

Nonmanufactured articles

  6.004 118.9 123.3 0.6 1.2 -5.0 3.4 3.7

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

4.542 132.0 140.0 0.9 0.4 -6.5 0.5 6.1

Crop production

111

4.202 135.6 144.2 1.1 0.1 -6.9 0.7 6.3

Mining

21

1.462 89.4 86.0 -0.3 4.4 0.5 13.6 -3.8

Mining (except oil and gas)

212

0.992 91.1 89.7 -2.1 2.3 1.9 0.9 -1.5

Manufactured articles

  92.025 109.0 109.7 0.5 0.5 0.1 0.0 0.6

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

6.586 120.7 121.4 0.8 -0.1 0.9 -0.7 0.6

Food manufacturing

311

4.416 135.0 135.9 1.5 -0.2 1.1 -1.2 0.7

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.521 108.0 108.1 4.5 0.1 0.0 0.9 0.1

Apparel manufacturing

315

0.389 102.8 102.8 1.3 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.0

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

21.760 110.4 112.0 -2.5 1.5 -0.5 -0.6 1.4

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.460 107.5 107.9 -2.8 1.2 0.6 0.6 0.4

Paper manufacturing

322

1.888 110.8 111.0 -4.1 -0.1 0.5 0.9 0.2

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

2.269 102.8 112.6 -5.9 13.5 -7.0 0.7 9.5

Chemical manufacturing

325

14.152 112.7 113.5 -1.8 0.3 0.2 -1.1 0.7

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

2.142 107.0 107.3 -3.0 -0.1 0.0 -0.7 0.3

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.849 111.7 111.9 0.0 0.1 0.5 -0.2 0.2

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

63.679 107.2 107.6 1.7 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.4

Primary metal manufacturing

331

4.463 129.0 132.5 4.9 1.2 2.8 3.0 2.7

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.826 121.3 121.4 2.3 0.3 0.2 -0.3 0.1

Machinery manufacturing

333

12.758 112.9 112.9 1.3 0.0 0.1 0.3 0.0

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

16.535 94.1 94.9 1.9 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.9

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

3.589 107.0 107.2 0.1 0.1 0.0 -0.3 0.2

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

18.221 110.3 110.0 2.0 0.0 -0.1 0.1 -0.3

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

4.931 110.4 110.3 -1.2 0.0 0.1 -0.3 -0.1

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2007 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: November 2008 to November 2009 2000=100, unless otherwise noted
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
Oct.
2009(1)
Index Percent change
Oct.
2009
Nov.
2009
Annual Monthly
Nov.
2008
to
Nov.
2009
July
2009
to
Aug.
2009
Aug.
2009
to
Sept.
2009
Sept.
2009
to
Oct.
2009
Oct.
2009
to
Nov.
2009

Live animals; animal products

I

1.154 133.9 134.9 3.8 0.7 1.0 1.7 0.7

Meat and edible meat offal

02

0.256 155.3 157.6 0.8 1.7 0.8 -1.3 1.5

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.557 100.7 100.3 -2.0 0.5 -0.5 1.5 -0.4

Vegetable products

II

1.414 158.2 156.6 4.2 1.9 1.3 -0.2 -1.0

Edible vegetables, roots, and tubers

07

0.424 294.5 287.3 21.0 -1.1 5.0 0.4 -2.4

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

0.420 101.8 95.5 -7.1 2.5 0.3 2.9 -6.2

Coffee, tea, mate and spices

09

0.259 157.1 160.9 9.2 10.1 -4.5 1.4 2.4

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages, and tobacco

IV

2.278 136.4 137.8 2.6 0.7 0.4 0.0 1.0

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

19

0.244 110.7 112.0 3.0 0.3 0.9 -1.9 1.2

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

20

0.276 125.5 126.1 -6.8 0.4 -0.2 0.1 0.5

Beverages, spirits, and vinegar

22

0.934 117.0 118.1 3.0 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.9

Mineral products

V

19.379 236.5 253.2 26.7 6.8 -1.2 2.6 7.1

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

27

18.996 233.3 250.1 27.0 6.9 -1.3 2.7 7.2

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

7.753 132.8 133.9 -5.0 0.5 0.5 1.4 0.8

Inorganic chemicals

28

0.862 244.0 250.1 -12.5 -3.9 10.6 12.8 2.5

Organic chemicals

29

2.441 126.4 128.2 0.6 1.7 -1.1 0.2 1.4

Pharmaceutical products

30

2.698 114.1 114.2 0.9 0.0 0.1 -0.1 0.1

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

32

0.171 105.5 105.4 0.1 0.0 2.0 -1.0 -0.1

Essential oils and resinoids (Dec. 2001=100)

33

0.424 121.7 119.4 -2.3 0.2 0.4 0.6 -1.9

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

0.419 90.0 90.4 -8.2 0.1 0.4 -0.1 0.4

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

2.892 127.9 128.6 -3.1 0.3 0.6 0.6 0.5

Plastics and articles thereof

39

1.869 124.5 125.0 -3.4 0.2 0.1 0.5 0.4

Rubber and articles thereof

40

1.023 134.4 135.7 -2.4 0.7 1.3 0.8 1.0

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

VIII

0.617 113.7 113.7 -0.3 0.2 0.3 0.0 0.0

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

42

0.556 114.7 114.7 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.2 0.0

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

IX

1.014 114.1 113.8 -0.6 1.6 -0.5 -0.6 -0.3

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

1.372 104.8 105.7 -8.0 -0.7 0.2 0.4 0.9

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

48

0.927 100.9 101.1 -11.4 -1.4 -0.3 -0.4 0.2

Printed matter

49

0.281 120.0 120.0 0.6 0.0 -0.1 0.0 0.0

Textile and textile articles

XI

5.222 103.2 103.1 -0.4 0.1 0.0 0.3 -0.1

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted

61

1.962 99.6 99.4 -0.9 0.0 -0.1 0.0 -0.2

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted

62

1.984 102.6 102.6 0.1 -0.1 -0.1 -0.3 0.0

Made-up or worn textile articles

63

0.540 91.8 91.7 -3.9 0.0 0.0 1.2 -0.1

Headgear, umbrellas, artifical flowers, etc.

XII

1.258 107.5 107.5 0.7 0.1 -0.1 -0.1 0.0

Footwear and parts of such articles

64

1.060 106.5 106.5 0.6 0.1 -0.1 -0.2 0.0

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

XIII

1.021 124.6 124.5 1.5 -0.2 0.1 0.0 -0.1

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

68

0.381 118.0 118.0 -0.8 -0.1 0.2 0.3 0.0

Ceramic products

69

0.323 139.5 139.6 5.8 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.1

Glass and glassware

70

0.317 116.2 115.9 0.6 -0.6 0.1 -0.4 -0.3

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

XIV

2.708 146.5 150.0 13.3 -0.1 1.4 3.0 2.4

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

5.795 163.4 165.0 -6.9 1.8 4.0 0.7 1.0

Iron and steel

72

1.277 195.1 198.1 -22.3 3.4 4.0 1.5 1.5

Articles of iron or steel

73

1.733 138.1 138.4 -14.2 -0.9 0.4 1.3 0.2

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.690 295.1 302.3 40.3 7.1 11.1 1.1 2.4

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.777 121.1 123.0 -2.7 5.1 7.2 -1.8 1.6

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

82

0.386 116.8 116.7 -0.1 -0.2 0.0 -0.3 -0.1

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.461 128.0 127.5 -3.3 -1.2 0.0 -0.5 -0.4

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

XVI

25.752 87.4 87.5 -0.6 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.1

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

12.957 88.4 88.4 0.2 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0

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

85

12.795 86.4 86.5 -1.6 0.4 0.1 0.3 0.1

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

12.778 110.4 110.6 1.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

11.597 109.4 109.5 1.2 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.1

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

88

1.067 115.7 115.6 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 -0.1

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

XVIII

3.189 102.6 102.5 1.2 0.0 0.1 0.2 -0.1

Optical, photographic, measuring and medical instruments

90

2.861 100.2 100.1 0.9 0.0 0.1 0.1 -0.1

Clocks and watches and parts thereof

91

0.248 124.5 125.0 2.8 0.0 0.2 0.4 0.4

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

4.192 107.5 107.4 0.2 0.0 0.0 -0.4 -0.1

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

94

2.278 111.7 111.5 -0.9 -0.1 0.3 -0.5 -0.2

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

1.702 101.2 101.1 1.4 0.2 -0.3 -0.2 -0.1

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

96

0.212 116.2 116.3 3.5 -0.1 0.0 0.2 0.1

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2007 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: November 2008 to November 2009 2000=100, unless otherwise noted
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
Oct.
2009(1)
Index Percent change
Oct.
2009
Nov.
2009
Annual Monthly
Nov.
2008
to
Nov.
2009
July
2009
to
Aug.
2009
Aug.
2009
to
Sept.
2009
Sept.
2009
to
Oct.
2009
Oct.
2009
to
Nov.
2009

Live animals; animal products

I

1.444 150.0 150.7 -6.5 -0.9 -1.6 -2.2 0.5

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

02

0.750 120.6 120.6 -3.7 -0.9 -2.1 -2.7 0.0

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.357 130.8 134.4 -12.6 -1.5 -3.2 -2.6 2.8

Vegetable products

II

4.328 175.7 184.2 -1.8 0.2 -5.8 -0.7 4.8

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

0.625 111.2 107.9 -1.6 3.2 1.3 3.5 -3.0

Cereals

10

1.701 172.1 187.2 -8.2 0.2 -8.4 2.3 8.8

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

12

1.371 198.7 209.5 7.5 0.0 -7.5 -6.0 5.4

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages,and tobacco

IV

2.518 140.9 141.9 6.4 -0.1 0.6 0.1 0.7

Miscellaneous edible preparations

21

0.371 119.7 119.9 -1.5 -0.1 0.3 1.4 0.2

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

22

0.288 103.5 103.7 - 0.2 0.0 1.6 0.2

Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed

23

0.515 191.9 197.2 11.7 -2.6 0.0 -6.8 2.8

Mineral products

V

3.887 209.7 218.9 -6.6 10.3 -4.0 4.5 4.4

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

27

3.340 202.4 213.9 -5.9 11.4 -5.2 4.9 5.7

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

11.572 134.6 135.7 -1.7 -0.1 -0.3 -1.1 0.8

Inorganic chemicals

28

1.106 167.6 167.8 -18.9 -0.9 -6.3 -5.4 0.1

Organic chemicals

29

3.270 138.3 142.1 1.8 0.6 0.1 -1.6 2.7

Pharmaceutical products

30

2.683 116.4 117.1 2.4 0.2 0.3 -0.1 0.6

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

32

0.542 114.6 114.6 0.6 0.0 0.2 0.2 0.0

Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery cosmetic or toilet preparations

33

0.742 126.2 127.1 2.9 0.9 0.2 0.1 0.7

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

34

0.408 114.6 115.2 -5.5 0.0 0.7 -1.3 0.5

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

1.819 133.1 133.4 1.9 -0.1 0.6 0.2 0.2

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

5.339 133.5 133.6 -5.5 0.5 0.9 -1.0 0.1

Plastics and articles thereof

39

4.315 127.8 127.8 -4.8 0.2 0.5 -1.2 0.0

Rubber and articles thereof

40

1.024 158.6 159.5 -8.1 1.8 2.6 -0.3 0.6

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

VIII

0.330 98.7 101.2 -8.3 8.8 5.0 0.4 2.5

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

IX

0.567 103.1 103.5 -5.7 1.5 0.2 0.4 0.4

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

2.389 108.3 108.8 -1.1 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.5

Woodpulp and recovered paper

47

0.562 102.8 104.9 5.7 2.4 2.8 3.3 2.0

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

48

1.301 109.9 109.8 -4.0 -0.2 -0.5 0.3 -0.1

Printed material

49

0.527 115.3 115.6 -0.2 0.2 0.4 -2.0 0.3

Textile and textile articles

XI

2.022 105.5 109.2 4.6 -0.3 0.5 2.0 3.5

Cotton, including yarns and woven fabrics thereof

52

0.600 102.4 113.8 19.8 -0.6 1.3 6.6 11.1

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

XIII

0.829 114.6 114.6 0.6 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.0

Glass and glassware

70

0.433 97.6 97.6 -1.9 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0

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

XIV

4.033 181.9 186.8 12.7 0.0 1.7 2.8 2.7

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

5.299 152.1 153.3 -0.5 3.5 1.4 0.1 0.8

Iron and steel

72

1.385 174.9 175.6 -4.8 8.5 3.3 0.2 0.4

Articles of iron or steel

73

1.440 157.1 157.5 -1.3 0.1 -1.4 -0.4 0.3

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.530 195.2 203.8 13.2 7.6 4.0 0.5 4.4

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.771 112.4 113.5 4.3 4.1 4.2 -0.4 1.0

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

82

0.407 123.8 123.8 1.6 0.0 0.0 0.6 0.0

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.338 122.1 122.1 -5.4 -0.2 0.0 0.3 0.0

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

XVI

31.356 95.9 96.3 1.6 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.4

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

18.083 106.0 106.6 2.0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.6

Electrical machinery and equipment and parts and accessories thereof

85

13.273 84.9 85.2 1.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.4

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

15.795 120.4 120.1 2.0 0.0 -0.2 0.1 -0.2

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

9.068 107.8 107.8 0.2 0.0 -0.1 0.3 0.0

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

XVIII

6.297 108.5 108.5 2.4 0.5 0.2 -0.1 0.0

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

1.581 108.2 108.4 0.6 0.2 0.6 0.0 0.2

Furniture; stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings nesoi;

94

0.781 119.2 119.4 1.9 0.5 1.3 0.3 0.2

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

0.676 93.0 93.0 -0.9 -0.1 0.0 -0.3 0.0

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2007 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: November 2008 to November 2009 2000=100, unless otherwise noted
Description Percent
of
U.S.
imports(1)
Index Percent change
Oct.
2009
Nov.
2009
Annual Monthly
Nov.
2008
to
Nov.
2009
July
2009
to
Aug.
2009
Aug.
2009
to
Sept.
2009
Sept.
2009
to
Oct.
2009
Oct.
2009
to
Nov.
2009

Industrialized Countries(2)

42.434 121.5 123.1 0.3 0.7 0.4 0.9 1.3

Nonmanufactured articles

4.390 179.0 197.6 7.8 1.0 -0.6 5.9 10.4

Manufactured articles

37.621 116.6 117.1 -0.5 0.7 0.4 0.4 0.4

Other Countries(3)

57.566 120.9 122.6 4.5 2.1 0.2 0.4 1.4

Nonmanufactured articles

12.442 236.5 247.9 30.9 6.8 -0.7 2.3 4.8

Manufactured articles

44.910 104.6 105.0 -1.3 0.9 0.5 -0.2 0.4

Canada

15.963 132.6 136.5 0.5 1.2 1.1 1.1 2.9

Nonmanufactured articles

3.979 172.0 192.1 7.3 0.9 -0.7 6.4 11.7

Manufactured articles

11.678 125.5 126.0 -2.1 1.2 1.5 -0.3 0.4

European Union(4)

17.447 126.3 127.0 0.6 0.2 0.6 0.6 0.6

Nonmanufactured articles

0.222 238.4 246.1 10.3 4.9 -2.0 1.3 3.2

Manufactured articles

17.133 123.9 124.6 0.6 0.2 0.6 0.6 0.6

France (Dec. 2003=100)

1.954 123.1 124.0 4.3 0.3 0.8 0.1 0.7

Germany (Dec. 2003=100)

4.735 111.0 111.5 2.2 0.5 0.4 0.8 0.5

United Kingdom (Dec. 2003=100)

2.660 122.8 123.6 1.6 0.6 0.2 0.8 0.7

Latin America(5)

17.808 151.8 153.9 6.7 2.6 0.7 1.7 1.4

Nonmanufactured articles

5.160 263.7 273.2 39.7 6.6 -0.8 2.6 3.6

Manufactured articles

12.547 129.0 129.4 -4.6 1.0 1.4 1.1 0.3

Mexico (Dec. 2003=100)

10.785 135.0 135.4 5.0 1.7 0.5 0.9 0.3

Nonmanufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

1.947 140.5 143.7 - 7.1 0.1 3.4 2.3

Manufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

8.788 96.5 96.2 - 0.1 0.7 0.1 -0.3

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

33.590 99.8 99.9 -1.8 0.4 0.1 -0.1 0.1

China (Dec. 2003=100)

16.852 100.4 100.4 -2.4 0.3 -0.1 -0.1 0.0

Japan

7.488 97.5 97.5 1.9 0.1 0.1 0.3 0.0

Asian NICs(7)

5.647 85.9 85.9 -6.6 0.5 0.2 -0.2 0.0

ASEAN (Dec. 2003=100)(8)

5.729 96.6 96.9 -1.7 0.4 -0.1 -0.5 0.3

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

3.992 197.5 204.6 21.4 5.6 0.1 2.4 3.6

Footnotes
(1) Percentage of trade figures are based on 2007 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: November 2008 to November 2009 2000=100, unless otherwise noted
Description Relative
import-
ance
Oct.
2009(1)
Index Percent change
Oct.
2009
Nov.
2009
Annual Monthly
Nov.
2008
to
Nov.
2009
July
2009
to
Aug.
2009
Aug.
2009
to
Sept.
2009
Sept.
2009
to
Oct.
2009
Oct.
2009
to
Nov.
2009

Air Freight

Import Air Freight

100.000 136.4 137.7 -5.4 0.1 0.7 1.5 1.0

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

23.489 135.9 137.8 -2.5 1.1 1.1 2.1 1.4

Asia

66.895 117.5 117.9 -6.3 -0.3 0.7 1.5 0.3

Export Air Freight

100.000 121.3 122.0 -12.4 0.5 1.3 -0.2 0.6

Europe (Dec. 2006=100)

41.570 111.0 111.0 -14.7 0.0 2.5 0.0 0.0

Inbound Air Freight

100.000 129.3 133.0 -6.9 0.5 1.0 1.7 2.9

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

25.050 126.4 127.7 -9.6 0.6 1.1 1.4 1.0

Asia

63.228 112.5 116.9 -4.2 0.6 1.4 2.1 3.9

Outbound Air Freight

100.000 112.2 113.0 -18.5 -1.2 0.8 0.3 0.7

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

40.013 129.4 129.8 -17.8 0.3 1.1 0.0 0.3

Asia

41.331 102.7 103.6 -16.5 -0.1 0.6 -0.1 0.9

Air Passenger Fares

Import Air Passenger Fares

100.000 146.7 147.5 -6.4 -2.2 -1.1 6.4 0.5

Europe

45.511 159.6 159.6 -2.5 -5.3 2.8 8.6 0.0

Asia

27.495 129.5 126.5 -8.5 -4.0 -4.3 4.1 -2.3

Latin America/Caribbean

11.165 120.3 130.2 0.6 4.5 -8.3 2.3 8.2

Export Air Passenger Fares

100.000 143.0 140.7 -11.9 9.1 -9.1 1.2 -1.6

Europe

31.796 170.7 172.2 -11.0 -0.3 -10.1 2.3 0.9

Asia

34.852 123.6 114.7 -15.8 22.7 -11.4 1.1 -7.2

Latin America/Caribbean

20.269 142.7 147.9 -9.8 3.9 -7.3 -1.0 3.6

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2007 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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