U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes News Release

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

U.S. import prices declined 0.6 percent for the second consecutive month in November, the U.S. Bureau of 
Labor Statistics reported today, after rising the previous 3 months. The decrease in each of the past 2 months 
was led by falling fuel prices. U.S. export prices rose 0.1 percent in November following a 0.6 percent 
decline in October. 

Imports

All Imports: Import prices fell 0.6 percent in November following a 0.6 percent decrease in October. Those 
were the first monthly declines for the index since a 0.4 percent drop in June. The price index for U.S. 
imports decreased 1.5 percent over the past 12 months, the third consecutive month of declining year-over-
year changes. 

Fuel Imports: Fuel prices declined 3.1 percent in November after recording a 2.9 percent decrease in 
October. The November decline was the largest downturn since an 8.5 percent drop in June 2012. A 3.5 
percent decrease in petroleum prices in November more than offset a 9.4 percent advance in natural gas 
prices. Fuel prices dropped 2.7 percent for the year ended in November, driven by a 2.8 percent decline in 
petroleum prices. Natural gas prices were unchanged over the past year. 

All Imports Excluding Fuel: The price index for nonfuel imports recorded no change in November after 
rising 0.1 percent in both October and September. For the year ended in November, nonfuel import prices 
fell 1.2 percent led by a drop in the price index for nonfuel industrial supplies and materials. Most of the 
major finished goods categories also contributed to the overall 12-month decline as prices for capital goods, 
consumer goods, and automotive vehicles all fell over the past year. Nonfuel import prices have not recorded 
a year-over-year increase since a 0.1 percent advance between February 2012 and February 2013. 

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

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

0.1 1.7 -0.4 -0.2 -0.3 -0.2

August

(r)0.4 (r)2.6 -0.2 -0.5 -4.2 0.0

September

(r)0.3 (r)1.0 (r)0.1 0.4 0.6 0.3

October

(r)-0.6 (r)-2.9 (r)0.1 (r)-0.6 (r)-1.4 (r)-0.6

November

-0.6 -3.1 0.0 0.1 -0.2 0.1

Nov. 2011 to 2012

-1.4 -6.2 0.2 0.8 10.6 -0.3

Nov. 2012 to 2013

-1.5 -2.7 -1.2 -1.6 -6.7 -1.0

Footnotes
(r) Revised

Exports

All Exports: Prices for overall exports advanced 0.1 percent in November after falling 0.6 percent in 
October. The increase was driven by higher nonagricultural prices which more than offset a decline in 
agricultural prices. Despite the November increase, the price index for overall exports fell 1.6 percent over 
the past year. 

Agricultural Exports: The price index for agricultural exports decreased 0.2 percent in November following 
a 1.4 percent decline the previous month. A 2.9 percent drop in soybean prices and a 3.4 percent fall in 
wheat prices in November were the largest contributors to the decline. Prices for agricultural exports fell 6.7 
percent for the year ended in November. The drop was led by lower prices for corn, soybeans, and wheat.                      

All Exports Excluding Agriculture: Nonagricultural export prices advanced 0.1 percent in November after 
a 0.6 percent decline in October. Higher prices for capital goods and consumer goods drove the monthly 
increase. Prices for nonagricultural exports fell 1.0 percent for the November 2012-13 period driven by a 3.0 
percent drop in the price index for nonagricultural industrial supplies and materials. 

					 SELECTED NOVEMBER HIGHLIGHTS

Import Prices

Imports by Locality of Origin: Prices for imports from China were unchanged in November following a 0.1 
percent decrease in October and a 0.1 percent advance in September. Import prices from China fell 0.9 
percent over the past year. The price index for imports from Japan continued to trend down in November, 
declining 0.1 percent. Over the past year, import prices from Japan decreased 3.2 percent. Prices from 
Canada and Mexico also declined in November, led by lower fuel prices. The price index for imports from 
Canada fell 0.6 percent following decreases of 2.0 percent and 0.3 percent the 2 previous months. Import 
prices from Mexico decreased 0.8 percent in November after a 0.8 percent drop in October. In contrast, 
import prices from the European Union advanced 0.2 percent in November.  

Nonfuel Industrial Supplies and Materials: Nonfuel industrial supplies and materials prices recorded no 
change in November after ticking up 0.1 percent the previous month. Over the past year, prices for nonfuel 
industrial supplies and materials fell 4.7 percent, led by a 24.6 percent drop in nonmonetary gold prices.  

Finished Goods: Finished goods prices were mostly up in November as capital goods prices increased 0.2 
percent and prices for consumer goods ticked up 0.1 percent. Prices for automotive vehicles were 
unchanged. The November advance in capital goods prices was driven by a 0.4 percent increase in the price 
index for computers, peripherals, and semiconductors. 

Foods, Feeds, and Beverages: Prices for import foods, feeds, and beverages decreased 0.6 percent in 
November following a 0.6 percent rise in October. The November decline was driven by 1.8 percent drops in 
fruit prices and vegetable prices. 

Transportation Services: Import air passenger fares increased 3.4 percent in November after rising 4.3 
percent in October. Higher European and Latin American/Caribbean fares in November more than offset 
decreasing Asian fares. Import air passenger fares rose 7.9 percent for the year ended in November. Prices 
for import air freight advanced 1.5 percent in November and decreased 0.1 percent over the past 12 months. 

Export Prices

Nonagricultural Industrial Supplies and Materials: Prices for nonagricultural industrial supplies and 
materials were unchanged in November after falling 1.3 percent in October. 

Finished Goods: Finished goods prices increased overall in November. Prices for capital goods advanced 
0.2 percent, led by rising prices for computers, peripherals, and semiconductors. Higher prices for medicinal, 
dental, and pharmaceutical preparatory materials drove the price index for consumer goods up 0.2 percent. 
Automotive vehicles prices recorded no change in November. 

Transportation Services: Export air passenger fares declined 1.2 percent in November following a 2.8 
percent decrease the previous month. The monthly decline was driven by lower Latin American/Caribbean 
and Asian fares. Export air passenger fares fell over the past year, decreasing 2.6 percent. Prices for export 
air freight were unchanged in November and declined 0.2 percent over the past year. 
		
Import and Export Price Index data for December 2013 are scheduled for release on Tuesday, 
January 14, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. (EST).

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

All commodities

  100.000 139.0 138.1 -1.5 0.4 0.3 -0.6 -0.6

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

  73.525 101.9 102.0 -1.4 -0.2 0.0 0.0 0.1

All imports excluding petroleum

  79.520 114.9 115.0 -1.2 -0.2 0.0 0.1 0.1

All imports excluding fuels (Dec. 2001=100)

  78.682 119.1 119.1 -1.2 -0.2 0.1 0.1 0.0

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

5.157 175.9 174.9 3.1 0.3 0.6 0.6 -0.6

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

3.885 191.6 190.5 -0.2 -0.1 0.1 0.3 -0.6

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

1.272 140.4 139.6 15.1 1.6 2.3 1.7 -0.6

Industrial supplies & materials

1

34.307 248.5 243.7 -3.6 1.3 0.8 -1.9 -1.9

Industrial supplies & materials excluding petroleum

  13.828 157.8 158.5 -4.6 -1.1 0.3 0.3 0.4

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

  12.990 179.3 179.3 -4.7 -0.8 0.6 0.1 0.0

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

  7.674 167.7 167.7 -5.8 -0.7 0.9 0.2 0.0

Industrial supplies & materials nondurable excluding petroleum

  5.316 145.9 147.4 -3.0 -1.6 -0.5 0.5 1.0

Fuels & lubricants

10

21.317 337.1 326.5 -2.7 2.6 1.0 -2.9 -3.1

Petroleum & petroleum products

100

20.479 377.0 363.7 -2.8 2.9 1.1 -3.2 -3.5

Crude

10000

15.741 392.2 374.3 -2.5 3.0 1.4 -3.8 -4.6

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

101

0.647 106.9 115.4 -0.7 -6.2 -4.5 8.2 8.0

Gas-natural

10110

0.529 93.6 102.4 0.0 -7.7 -5.6 10.4 9.4

Paper & paper base stocks

11

0.571 114.6 114.3 1.9 0.0 -0.1 1.1 -0.3

Materials associated with nondurable supplies & materials

12

4.843 168.2 168.6 -3.1 -1.1 0.0 0.0 0.2

Selected building materials

13

1.009 141.9 142.6 0.8 -0.6 1.0 0.3 0.5

Unfinished metals related to durable goods

14

3.484 238.7 237.9 -10.5 -1.1 1.9 -0.1 -0.3

Finished metals related to durable goods

15

1.564 155.9 155.8 -4.4 0.1 0.3 -0.1 -0.1

Nonmetals related to durable goods

16

1.519 112.4 112.7 -1.5 -0.8 -0.7 0.2 0.3

Capital goods

2

24.065 92.4 92.6 -0.6 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 0.2

Electric generating equipment

20

3.009 119.2 119.3 -0.2 0.3 -0.1 -0.3 0.1

Nonelectrical machinery

21

19.180 85.1 85.3 -0.9 -0.1 -0.1 0.0 0.2

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

22

1.876 136.1 136.1 1.3 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.0

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

12.161 113.4 113.4 -1.4 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 0.0

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

24.309 107.3 107.4 -0.3 0.0 -0.1 0.0 0.1

Nondurables, manufactured

40

11.888 116.2 116.2 0.8 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0

Durables, manufactured

41

11.084 98.2 98.2 -1.6 -0.1 -0.2 0.0 0.0

Nonmanufactured consumer goods

42

1.338 117.3 117.0 1.1 0.0 0.0 0.8 -0.3

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: November 2012 to November 2013
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description End
Use
Relative
import-
ance
Oct.
2013(1)
Index Percent change
Oct.
2013
Nov.
2013
Annual Monthly
Nov.
2012
to
Nov.
2013
July
2013
to
Aug.
2013
Aug.
2013
to
Sept.
2013
Sept.
2013
to
Oct.
2013
Oct.
2013
to
Nov.
2013

All commodities

  100.000 131.6 131.7 -1.6 -0.5 0.4 -0.6 0.1

Agricultural commodities

  10.146 212.4 211.9 -6.7 -4.2 0.6 -1.4 -0.2

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

  81.442 101.9 101.8 -0.9 -0.3 0.2 0.0 -0.1

Nonagricultural commodities

  89.853 125.7 125.8 -1.0 0.0 0.3 -0.6 0.1

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

9.415 212.3 212.0 -7.7 -4.2 0.8 -1.3 -0.1

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

8.726 215.3 215.0 -8.1 -4.7 0.7 -1.6 -0.1

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

0.689 187.6 187.2 -2.1 1.3 1.4 1.8 -0.2

Industrial supplies & materials

1

33.795 176.2 176.1 -2.8 0.2 0.8 -1.2 -0.1

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

  11.724 172.6 172.2 -7.2 -0.8 1.3 0.1 -0.2

Industrial supplies & materials, nondurable

  22.070 178.9 179.1 -0.2 0.7 0.6 -2.0 0.1

Agricultural industrial supplies & materials

10

1.420 201.3 199.5 3.0 -1.2 -0.4 -0.4 -0.9

Nonagricultural industrial supplies & materials

  32.374 175.4 175.4 -3.0 0.2 0.9 -1.3 0.0

Fuels & lubricants

11

9.142 250.1 253.0 -1.5 2.2 1.1 -4.3 1.2

Nonagricultural supplies & materials excluding fuels & building materials

12

22.163 166.2 165.5 -4.1 -0.5 0.8 -0.1 -0.4

Selected building materials

13

1.069 125.8 126.2 7.0 0.5 0.6 0.4 0.3

Capital goods

2

35.747 106.3 106.5 0.7 -0.1 0.0 -0.2 0.2

Electrical generating equipment

20

3.533 114.8 114.8 0.3 -0.1 -0.1 -0.3 0.0

Nonelectrical machinery

21

25.955 95.2 95.4 0.4 -0.1 0.0 -0.2 0.2

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

22

6.259 151.9 151.8 1.9 0.0 0.1 0.0 -0.1

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

9.061 113.6 113.6 0.6 -0.1 -0.1 0.3 0.0

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

11.982 114.5 114.7 -1.6 -0.6 0.0 0.0 0.2

Nondurables, manufactured

40

5.487 114.1 114.2 -1.3 -0.7 -0.1 0.2 0.1

Durables, manufactured

41

5.122 111.4 111.4 -2.5 0.0 0.0 -0.3 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 3. U.S. import price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: November 2012 to November 2013
[December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
Oct.
2013(1)
Index Percent change
Oct.
2013
Nov.
2013
Annual Monthly
Nov.
2012
to
Nov.
2013
July
2013
to
Aug.
2013
Aug.
2013
to
Sept.
2013
Sept.
2013
to
Oct.
2013
Oct.
2013
to
Nov.
2013

Nonmanufactured articles

  18.800 168.6 162.5 -1.5 2.3 1.4 -2.7 -3.6

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

1.843 173.6 171.2 3.1 -0.2 0.0 1.3 -1.4

Crop production

111

1.301 179.8 175.4 2.5 -0.1 -0.1 1.8 -2.4

Forestry and logging (Dec. 2012=100)

113

0.182 93.3 93.5 - -4.3 -0.2 -0.6 0.2

Mining

21

16.957 167.7 161.3 -1.9 2.7 1.5 -3.1 -3.8

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

212

0.314 129.5 130.0 -6.4 -0.2 -0.2 -0.2 0.4

Manufactured articles

  80.731 115.8 115.9 -1.4 0.0 0.0 -0.1 0.1

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

10.603 124.2 124.1 0.5 0.0 0.5 -0.1 -0.1

Food manufacturing

311

2.927 157.2 156.5 2.0 -0.1 1.5 -0.4 -0.4

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.885 114.3 114.6 2.0 -0.1 0.4 0.4 0.3

Textile mills (Dec. 2011=100)

313

0.389 101.0 101.1 -1.3 -0.1 0.0 0.1 0.1

Textile product mills

314

0.787 114.8 114.5 -1.1 -0.1 0.0 0.1 -0.3

Apparel manufacturing

315

3.949 110.4 110.5 -0.5 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.1

Leather and allied product manufacturing

316

1.667 121.6 121.7 0.7 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.1

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

17.747 135.7 135.8 -1.8 0.3 -0.3 -0.4 0.1

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.600 121.4 122.3 1.6 -0.8 1.7 0.4 0.7

Paper manufacturing

322

1.045 111.2 111.2 0.5 -0.1 -0.1 0.5 0.0

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

4.164 159.7 159.2 -4.7 2.8 -0.8 -2.1 -0.3

Chemical manufacturing

325

9.089 133.4 133.6 -0.9 -0.5 -0.3 0.2 0.1

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

1.922 124.4 124.6 -2.3 -0.2 -0.4 -0.2 0.2

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.843 129.9 130.0 0.5 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.1

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

52.381 108.0 108.0 -1.7 -0.2 0.1 0.0 0.0

Primary metal manufacturing

331

4.067 156.6 156.1 -10.6 -1.1 1.6 0.1 -0.3

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.624 126.1 126.4 -3.1 -0.1 -0.1 -0.5 0.2

Machinery manufacturing

333

6.616 121.0 121.2 -0.6 -0.2 0.0 0.1 0.2

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

15.972 80.5 80.6 -1.5 -0.2 -0.1 -0.1 0.1

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

4.017 119.0 118.9 -0.5 0.1 -0.1 -0.3 -0.1

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

12.955 111.7 111.7 -0.5 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0

Furniture and related product manufacturing

337

1.264 114.7 114.7 0.8 -0.4 0.2 0.6 0.0

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

4.867 121.1 121.1 -0.1 0.2 0.0 0.2 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 4. U.S. export price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: November 2012 to November 2013
[December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
Oct.
2013(1)
Index Percent change
Oct.
2013
Nov.
2013
Annual Monthly
Nov.
2012
to
Nov.
2013
July
2013
to
Aug.
2013
Aug.
2013
to
Sept.
2013
Sept.
2013
to
Oct.
2013
Oct.
2013
to
Nov.
2013

Nonmanufactured articles

  7.395 158.6 158.0 -10.1 -6.3 1.6 -1.2 -0.4

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

5.378 194.1 192.6 -11.5 -7.6 1.7 -2.2 -0.8

Crop production

111

4.934 200.5 198.5 -12.5 -8.1 1.6 -2.4 -1.0

Mining

21

2.017 87.9 88.4 -6.4 -2.5 0.9 1.5 0.6

Mining (except oil and gas)

212

1.367 100.5 100.5 -6.6 -2.5 -0.4 0.4 0.0

Manufactured articles

  90.215 119.9 120.0 -0.8 0.0 0.3 -0.7 0.1

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

7.080 150.9 150.4 -1.3 -0.2 -0.2 -0.3 -0.3

Food manufacturing

311

4.986 173.3 172.4 -1.9 -0.2 -0.2 -0.2 -0.5

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.558 122.8 125.0 -0.7 -0.6 -0.4 -1.6 1.8

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

26.567 132.3 132.6 -0.2 0.5 0.5 -1.6 0.2

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.444 122.7 122.8 7.9 -0.3 1.0 1.3 0.1

Paper manufacturing

322

1.849 122.1 122.7 3.1 -0.3 0.4 0.0 0.5

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

6.932 161.5 164.5 0.4 3.2 1.4 -5.7 1.9

Chemical manufacturing

325

14.277 129.7 129.1 -1.5 -0.5 0.1 -0.2 -0.5

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

2.263 120.6 120.4 1.3 0.2 0.3 0.1 -0.2

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.802 112.3 112.7 1.3 0.4 0.4 -0.1 0.4

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

56.568 112.2 112.2 -1.0 -0.2 0.2 -0.1 0.0

Primary metal manufacturing

331

4.703 150.9 150.0 -13.5 -1.7 2.5 -0.4 -0.6

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.781 131.1 131.2 -0.7 0.2 0.2 -0.1 0.1

Machinery manufacturing

333

11.831 122.7 122.9 1.5 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.2

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

14.234 88.0 88.2 -1.1 -0.2 -0.2 -0.5 0.2

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

3.355 114.1 113.6 0.6 -0.1 -0.3 0.0 -0.4

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

14.362 118.2 118.2 1.2 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.0

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

337

0.325 107.7 107.6 2.8 0.1 -0.3 0.1 -0.1

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

4.976 121.0 121.4 -0.5 -0.6 0.2 -0.2 0.3

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: November 2012 to November 2013
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
Oct.
2013(1)
Index Percent change
Oct.
2013
Nov.
2013
Annual Monthly
Nov.
2012
to
Nov.
2013
July
2013
to
Aug.
2013
Aug.
2013
to
Sept.
2013
Sept.
2013
to
Oct.
2013
Oct.
2013
to
Nov.
2013

Live animals; animal products

I

1.228 189.9 189.4 15.3 1.9 1.5 1.6 -0.3

Meat and edible meat offal

02

0.259 223.9 221.1 1.2 1.3 -2.2 1.3 -1.3

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.706 145.5 144.5 26.1 2.4 3.1 2.1 -0.7

Vegetable products

II

1.572 200.6 196.5 -2.7 -0.9 1.1 -0.7 -2.0

Edible vegetables, roots, and tubers

07

0.400 386.5 376.4 7.4 0.1 6.1 3.0 -2.6

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

0.412 110.6 108.3 -1.1 1.9 0.5 -2.9 -2.1

Coffee, tea, mate and spices

09

0.345 222.4 217.8 -6.4 -0.7 -1.7 -1.2 -2.1

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

III

0.249 115.7 116.4 -4.1 -0.7 0.3 0.1 0.6

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages, and tobacco

IV

2.440 159.1 159.3 1.0 0.4 0.1 0.3 0.1

Sugars and sugar confectionary (Dec. 2012=100)

17

0.190 89.3 89.0 - -3.9 -1.1 -0.4 -0.3

Cocoa and cocoa preparations (Dec. 2009=100)

18

0.229 101.3 100.8 14.2 9.8 -0.6 1.8 -0.5

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

19

0.240 130.7 130.6 1.1 0.0 -0.1 0.2 -0.1

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

20

0.317 164.8 165.4 -1.9 -0.7 0.1 -0.1 0.4

Beverages, spirits, and vinegar

22

0.872 124.8 125.2 2.1 -0.1 0.2 0.2 0.3

Mineral products

V

21.251 339.3 328.3 -2.7 2.6 0.8 -3.0 -3.2

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

27

20.975 336.1 325.1 -2.6 2.7 0.8 -3.1 -3.3

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

8.534 148.1 148.3 -2.2 -0.5 -0.1 0.1 0.1

Inorganic chemicals

28

0.704 310.4 311.9 -20.5 -3.6 -1.9 -0.4 0.5

Organic chemicals

29

2.614 134.9 134.8 -3.8 0.1 0.4 -0.2 -0.1

Pharmaceutical products

30

3.438 125.7 125.9 5.2 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.2

Fertilizers (Dec. 2009=100)

31

0.337 105.8 107.1 -18.4 -4.4 -3.4 -1.4 1.2

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

32

0.165 94.1 94.3 1.2 0.0 0.4 -0.7 0.2

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

0.470 98.6 98.7 -3.1 -0.1 -0.2 -0.3 0.1

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

3.164 149.3 149.4 -1.3 -0.5 -0.3 -0.2 0.1

Plastics and articles thereof

39

1.981 148.4 148.5 3.1 0.1 0.3 0.0 0.1

Rubber and articles thereof

40

1.183 152.3 152.6 -7.8 -1.6 -1.3 -0.5 0.2

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

VIII

0.599 125.6 126.1 -0.1 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.4

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

42

0.567 127.0 127.5 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.4

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

IX

0.634 147.1 148.5 1.6 -1.4 1.8 0.3 1.0

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

1.146 114.4 114.4 0.9 0.0 -0.1 0.5 0.0

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

47

0.183 105.3 105.3 7.7 -0.6 -0.8 2.5 0.0

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

48

0.761 108.0 107.9 -0.6 0.1 0.1 0.2 -0.1

Textile and textile articles

XI

4.977 113.9 113.9 -0.6 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted

61

1.937 102.6 103.3 -1.4 -0.1 0.1 -0.5 0.7

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted

62

1.855 118.6 118.2 0.7 0.2 0.2 0.3 -0.3

Made-up or worn textile articles

63

0.551 107.9 107.6 -1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.3

Headgear, umbrellas, artifical flowers, etc.

XII

1.369 121.0 121.0 0.6 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.0

Footwear and parts of such articles

64

1.172 120.1 120.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.2 -0.1

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

XIII

0.776 133.0 133.1 1.1 0.2 0.1 0.2 0.1

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

68

0.250 126.2 126.1 0.7 0.5 0.0 0.0 -0.1

Ceramic products

69

0.242 140.9 140.9 0.0 -0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0

Glass and glassware

70

0.284 129.6 130.0 2.2 0.2 0.2 0.5 0.3

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

XIV

3.038 183.0 181.7 -12.2 -0.3 2.2 -0.2 -0.7

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

4.942 179.5 179.8 -2.4 -0.3 0.4 0.1 0.2

Iron and steel

72

1.138 215.0 215.5 -2.5 0.2 -0.7 0.6 0.2

Articles of iron or steel

73

1.474 153.1 153.4 -2.9 -0.3 -0.1 -0.2 0.2

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.466 335.4 333.3 -5.9 -0.5 3.6 1.1 -0.6

Nickel and articles thereof (Dec. 2009=100)

75

0.127 86.1 87.3 -16.1 -2.5 2.1 -1.4 1.4

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.670 135.8 136.0 -0.6 -0.7 0.4 0.1 0.1

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

82

0.388 129.3 129.8 1.3 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.4

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.432 135.2 135.5 -0.5 0.0 0.0 -0.1 0.2

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

XVI

26.407 84.5 84.6 -1.3 -0.1 -0.2 -0.1 0.1

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

13.712 89.4 89.5 -0.7 -0.2 -0.1 0.0 0.1

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

85

12.695 79.8 79.9 -2.1 -0.1 -0.2 -0.3 0.1

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

10.747 116.0 116.0 -0.5 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

9.798 114.7 114.7 -0.7 0.0 0.1 -0.1 0.0

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

88

0.877 120.3 120.4 1.6 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.1

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

XVIII

3.375 104.3 104.5 -0.2 0.0 0.1 0.2 0.2

Optical, photographic, measuring and medical instruments

90

3.062 101.2 101.3 -0.3 0.0 0.1 0.2 0.1

Clocks and watches and parts thereof

91

0.254 141.4 142.1 0.8 -0.3 0.2 0.2 0.5

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

3.491 113.4 113.3 0.5 -0.2 0.2 0.4 -0.1

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

94

1.952 117.4 117.3 0.6 -0.2 0.3 0.4 -0.1

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

1.344 105.4 105.4 0.3 -0.1 0.1 0.2 0.0

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

96

0.195 138.5 138.6 2.1 0.4 -0.4 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 6. U.S. export price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: November 2012 to November 2013
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
Oct.
2013(1)
Index Percent change
Oct.
2013
Nov.
2013
Annual Monthly
Nov.
2012
to
Nov.
2013
July
2013
to
Aug.
2013
Aug.
2013
to
Sept.
2013
Sept.
2013
to
Oct.
2013
Oct.
2013
to
Nov.
2013

Live animals; animal products

I

2.127 221.7 223.8 1.6 -0.5 1.4 0.9 0.9

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

02

1.181 165.9 166.8 -1.1 -1.3 0.7 -1.2 0.5

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.402 199.3 198.6 -4.7 2.4 2.5 2.5 -0.4

Vegetable products

II

4.902 243.5 244.0 -12.4 -8.0 1.3 -2.5 0.2

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

1.064 164.4 176.5 17.9 3.8 -1.4 4.1 7.4

Cereals

10

1.737 252.1 246.4 -26.4 -8.1 -1.9 -4.5 -2.3

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

12

1.596 268.4 260.9 -13.9 -13.4 6.7 -4.7 -2.8

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

III

0.280 121.3 116.3 -13.1 -4.4 -2.5 -0.9 -4.1

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages,and tobacco

IV

3.014 165.6 165.1 -1.8 0.1 -0.1 -0.8 -0.3

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

20

0.336 112.7 112.5 1.1 0.1 0.2 -0.2 -0.2

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

22

0.613 112.8 113.0 2.2 0.0 0.3 -0.3 0.2

Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed

23

0.739 262.2 259.9 -9.7 -0.5 -0.6 -2.8 -0.9

Mineral products

V

9.058 292.0 296.4 -1.3 2.0 1.3 -4.3 1.5

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

26

0.440 89.3 90.5 - -4.0 2.1 0.3 1.3

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

27

8.433 289.4 293.9 -1.0 2.3 1.3 -4.6 1.6

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

11.453 151.8 151.0 -2.4 -0.3 -0.1 -0.5 -0.5

Inorganic chemicals

28

1.005 178.7 177.5 -4.3 -1.4 -1.1 -1.1 -0.7

Organic chemicals

29

3.217 161.8 160.4 -3.4 0.8 0.7 -2.4 -0.9

Pharmaceutical products

30

2.673 120.8 121.3 -2.9 -0.8 -0.2 0.2 0.4

Fertilizers (Dec. 2012=100)

31

0.344 86.0 79.7 - -3.0 -3.8 -2.4 -7.3

Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery cosmetic or toilet preparations

33

0.717 135.4 135.5 -0.7 -2.0 -0.4 0.2 0.1

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

34

0.461 121.4 121.4 -1.2 -0.1 0.1 0.4 0.0

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

1.791 154.8 154.0 1.1 0.1 0.1 0.2 -0.5

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

5.356 150.1 149.7 1.0 -0.5 0.4 0.7 -0.3

Plastics and articles thereof

39

4.373 144.9 144.2 3.3 0.1 0.5 1.1 -0.5

Rubber and articles thereof

40

0.983 172.3 173.4 -8.0 -2.9 -0.2 -1.0 0.6

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

VIII

0.409 145.9 145.7 7.9 -1.0 -1.8 2.7 -0.1

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

IX

0.608 116.7 117.1 6.5 0.3 0.6 1.0 0.3

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

2.309 122.8 123.1 5.0 -0.9 0.3 0.3 0.2

Woodpulp and recovered paper

47

0.621 127.4 128.4 9.0 -3.5 0.4 1.0 0.8

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

48

1.226 120.7 120.8 2.9 0.1 0.5 -0.2 0.1

Printed material

49

0.462 133.0 133.0 5.9 0.0 0.0 0.8 0.0

Textile and textile articles

XI

1.870 132.0 131.1 4.7 -0.3 0.6 -0.3 -0.7

Cotton, including yarns and woven fabrics thereof

52

0.538 148.8 144.8 11.6 -0.9 2.0 -0.2 -2.7

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

XIII

0.771 118.6 118.6 0.3 -0.1 0.0 0.3 0.0

Glass and glassware

70

0.394 97.4 97.5 -1.3 -0.1 0.1 -0.1 0.1

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

XIV

4.697 246.0 244.6 -14.6 -1.3 2.9 -0.9 -0.6

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

5.328 165.2 165.2 -3.5 0.2 0.1 0.6 0.0

Iron and steel

72

1.476 185.5 187.0 -6.3 0.1 0.3 1.1 0.8

Articles of iron or steel

73

1.338 169.3 168.0 -2.4 0.5 -0.7 0.8 -0.8

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.609 237.7 237.1 -4.1 0.5 1.3 1.2 -0.3

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.836 120.7 121.2 -3.7 0.0 -0.3 -0.5 0.4

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

82

0.414 134.1 134.1 0.8 0.1 0.1 0.8 0.0

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.330 147.3 147.3 0.9 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0

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

XVI

28.162 96.9 97.0 0.1 -0.1 -0.1 -0.2 0.1

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

16.915 111.4 111.8 1.0 0.0 0.1 -0.1 0.4

Electrical machinery and equipment and parts and accessories thereof

85

11.247 81.1 81.1 -1.1 -0.5 -0.2 -0.6 0.0

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

12.187 128.5 128.5 1.3 0.0 0.1 0.2 0.0

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

8.266 114.3 114.3 1.2 -0.1 0.0 0.4 0.0

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

XVIII

5.964 107.1 107.3 0.8 -0.2 0.2 0.0 0.2

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

1.352 110.3 109.8 -1.0 -0.1 -0.5 0.0 -0.5

Furniture; stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings nesoi;

94

0.738 122.2 121.3 0.1 0.0 -0.9 0.6 -0.7

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

0.505 88.7 88.5 -2.6 -0.2 0.1 -0.8 -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 7. U.S. import price indexes and percent changes by locality of origin: November 2012 to November 2013
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Relative
import-
ance
Oct.
2013(1)
Index Percent change
Oct.
2013
Nov.
2013
Annual Monthly
Nov.
2012
to
Nov.
2013
July
2013
to
Aug.
2013
Aug.
2013
to
Sept.
2013
Sept.
2013
to
Oct.
2013
Oct.
2013
to
Nov.
2013

Industrialized Countries(2)

100.000 131.3 131.1 -0.7 0.0 0.1 -0.5 -0.2

Nonmanufactured articles

12.006 234.6 228.6 -0.5 2.8 -1.8 -4.6 -2.6

Manufactured articles

87.392 123.0 123.2 -0.7 -0.3 0.2 0.1 0.2

Other Countries(3)

100.000 139.0 137.7 -1.0 0.7 0.3 -0.4 -0.9

Nonmanufactured articles

22.839 353.3 339.1 -1.5 2.6 2.1 -1.6 -4.0

Manufactured articles

76.824 109.9 109.9 -0.9 0.1 -0.2 0.0 0.0

Canada

100.000 150.9 150.0 -1.5 1.2 -0.3 -2.0 -0.6

Nonmanufactured articles

30.208 224.8 219.2 0.4 3.0 -2.0 -4.7 -2.5

Manufactured articles

68.757 135.4 135.6 -2.3 0.3 0.4 -0.7 0.1

European Union(4)

100.000 136.4 136.7 1.1 -0.4 0.3 0.5 0.2

Nonmanufactured articles

1.030 358.4 350.8 -5.3 2.6 1.5 -3.4 -2.1

Manufactured articles

98.788 132.7 133.0 1.1 -0.5 0.3 0.6 0.2

France (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 122.1 122.5 1.7 -0.1 0.2 0.2 0.3

Germany (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 117.3 117.5 2.3 -0.1 0.3 0.9 0.2

United Kingdom (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 128.8 129.1 -3.9 0.0 0.6 0.3 0.2

Latin America(5)

100.000 175.0 172.5 -0.6 0.6 0.3 -0.4 -1.4

Nonmanufactured articles

32.597 379.4 364.1 1.3 1.6 1.0 -1.5 -4.0

Manufactured articles

67.033 131.1 130.8 -1.4 0.0 -0.1 0.2 -0.2

Mexico (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 142.8 141.7 -0.8 0.3 0.1 -0.8 -0.8

Nonmanufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

19.132 200.8 191.9 0.2 2.2 1.0 -3.1 -4.4

Manufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

80.564 93.2 93.2 -1.0 -0.1 -0.2 -0.2 0.0

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

100.000 103.0 103.1 -1.1 -0.1 0.0 0.0 0.1

China (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 103.6 103.6 -0.9 0.0 0.1 -0.1 0.0

Japan

100.000 99.7 99.6 -3.2 -0.2 -0.1 -0.2 -0.1

Asian NICs(7)

100.000 90.6 90.8 0.8 -0.2 -0.2 0.0 0.2

ASEAN (Dec. 2003=100)(8)

100.000 105.0 104.7 0.8 -0.1 0.4 0.2 -0.3

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

100.000 261.5 253.7 -6.8 2.1 0.5 -2.2 -3.0

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: November 2012 to November 2013
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Relative
import-
ance
Oct.
2013(1)
Index Percent change
Oct.
2013
Nov.
2013
Annual Monthly
Nov.
2012
to
Nov.
2013
July
2013
to
Aug.
2013
Aug.
2013
to
Sept.
2013
Sept.
2013
to
Oct.
2013
Oct.
2013
to
Nov.
2013

Air Freight

Import Air Freight

100.000 174.3 177.0 -0.1 -0.2 0.6 0.9 1.5

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

22.285 168.7 176.3 5.8 -1.1 2.3 1.0 4.5

Asia

73.419 153.1 154.3 -1.6 0.1 0.1 0.8 0.8

Export Air Freight

100.000 147.8 147.8 -0.2 0.0 0.8 0.3 0.0

Europe (Dec. 2006=100)

35.952 133.2 132.5 1.9 0.2 0.5 0.5 -0.5

Inbound Air Freight

100.000 162.8 164.9 -2.1 0.0 0.6 0.8 1.3

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

22.260 151.0 155.3 2.3 -0.8 1.8 0.9 2.8

Asia

67.167 147.3 148.6 -3.8 0.1 0.3 0.9 0.9

Outbound Air Freight

100.000 146.2 146.8 -1.6 0.1 0.1 0.3 0.4

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

28.032 161.0 163.9 0.7 0.0 0.3 0.4 1.8

Asia

52.321 139.5 139.3 -2.7 0.2 -0.1 0.4 -0.1

Air Passenger Fares

Import Air Passenger Fares

100.000 189.6 196.1 7.9 -7.9 0.0 4.3 3.4

Europe

44.341 218.7 223.9 10.3 -8.1 4.7 3.5 2.4

Asia

24.650 149.6 149.4 1.3 -6.3 -6.5 2.3 -0.1

Latin America/Caribbean

8.970 164.2 170.6 0.8 -1.5 -6.3 1.2 3.9

Export Air Passenger Fares

100.000 180.3 178.1 -2.6 2.0 -10.3 -2.8 -1.2

Europe

28.538 216.3 221.4 2.3 -5.2 -10.4 -3.5 2.4

Asia

27.382 149.4 148.7 -10.3 21.9 -23.4 -3.7 -0.5

Latin America/Caribbean

22.783 195.5 191.3 -11.2 -1.2 -8.1 4.9 -2.1

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


                                            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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Last Modified Date: December 12, 2013