U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes News Release

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                          U.S. IMPORT AND EXPORT PRICE INDEXES - OCTOBER 2014

The price index for U.S. imports decreased 1.3 percent in October following a 0.6-percent decline in 
September, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The October drop was mostly led by falling 
fuel prices. U.S. export prices declined 1.0 percent in October, after falling 0.4 percent in September and 0.5 
percent in August.


Imports

All Imports: Import prices fell 1.3 percent in October, after decreasing 1.6 percent over the previous 3 
months. The October decline was the largest monthly drop since a 2.3-percent decrease in June 2012. In 
October, the drop was led by lower fuel prices, although nonfuel prices fell as well. The price index for 
overall imports declined 1.8 percent over the past 12 months, the largest year-over-year drop since a 1.8-
percent decrease in November 2013.        

Fuel Imports: The price index for import fuel declined 6.5 percent in October following decreases in each 
of the previous 3 months. The October decline was the largest 1-month drop since the index fell 8.5 percent 
in June 2012. In October, a 6.9-percent decrease in petroleum prices led the decline in overall fuel prices. In 
contrast, natural gas prices rose 0.8 percent. Fuel prices also fell for the year ended in October, declining 
10.1 percent. The price index for petroleum decreased 11.1 percent from October 2013 to October 2014, and 
natural gas prices increased 25.4 percent for the same period.    

All Imports Excluding Fuel: Prices for nonfuel imports declined 0.2 percent in October, after edging down 
0.1 percent the previous month. In October, lower prices for nonfuel industrial supplies and materials, 
consumer goods, and capital goods more than offset rising foods, feeds, and beverages prices. Despite the 
recent increases, nonfuel import prices increased 0.3 percent over the past year. Higher prices for foods, 
feeds, and beverages and consumer goods more than offset falling prices for automotive vehicles, capital 
goods, and nonfuel industrial supplies and materials.        


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

2013

October

-0.6 -3.3 0.1 -0.6 -1.3 -0.5

November

-0.9 -4.2 0.0 0.2 -0.2 0.1

December

0.1 0.7 -0.1 0.4 0.3 0.4

2014

January

0.4 0.8 0.3 0.3 0.0 0.4

February

1.1 5.9 0.0 0.8 1.4 0.6

March

0.5 1.0 0.3 0.9 2.8 0.7

April

-0.6 -2.6 0.0 -1.0 1.5 -1.2

May

0.3 1.2 0.0 0.1 0.3 0.0

June

0.3 1.6 -0.1 -0.5 -1.9 -0.3

July

-0.3 -1.5 0.1 0.1 -1.8 (r)0.2

August

(r)-0.8 (r)-3.9 0.0 -0.5 (r)-3.1 -0.2

September

(r)-0.6 (r)-2.6 -0.1 (r)-0.4 (r)-1.7 -0.2

October

-1.3 -6.5 -0.2 -1.0 -2.1 -0.9

Oct. 2012 to 2013

-1.6 -2.2 -1.3 -2.2 -5.9 -1.7

Oct. 2013 to 2014

-1.8 -10.1 0.3 -0.8 -4.6 -0.4

Footnotes
(r) Revised


Exports

All Exports: Overall export prices declined 1.0 percent in October. Other than a 1.0-percent decrease in 
April, that was the largest 1-month drop for the index since a 1.7-percent decline in June 2012. In October 
lower prices for agricultural exports and nonagricultural exports drove the decrease. Export prices also fell 
for the year ended in October, declining 0.8 percent, the largest 12-month drop since a 1.0-percent decrease 
between February 2013 and February 2014.            

Agricultural Exports: The price index for agricultural exports fell 2.1 percent in October following a 1.7-
percent decline in September. Lower prices for soybeans, wheat, and corn led the overall decline for both 
months. Agricultural prices fell 4.6 percent over the past 12 months, a decline also driven by falling grains 
prices.                               

All Exports Excluding Agriculture: Prices for nonagricultural exports decreased 0.9 percent in October, 
the largest monthly decrease since a 1.2-percent drop in April. Lower prices for nonagricultural industrial 
supplies and materials, capital goods, and consumer goods more than offset higher automotive vehicle 
prices. The price index for nonagricultural exports declined 0.4 percent over the past year, driven by 
decreasing prices for nonagricultural industrial supplies and materials which offset higher prices for each of 
the major finished goods areas.   



                                     SELECTED OCTOBER HIGHLIGHTS


Import Prices

Imports by Locality of Origin: Prices for imports from China ticked up 0.1 percent in October, after 
edging down 0.1 percent in September. Import prices from China rose 0.3 percent for the year ended in 
October following a 0.9-percent decline for the previous 12-month period. The price index for imports from 
Japan advanced 0.1 percent in October, led by a 0.7-percent rise in transportation equipment prices. Falling 
fuel prices drove down prices for imports from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union in October. 
Import prices from Canada fell 2.3 percent, prices for imports from Mexico declined 0.9 percent, and the 
price index for imports from the European Union decreased 0.2 percent.         

Nonfuel Industrial Supplies and Materials: Nonfuel industrial supplies and materials prices fell 0.7 
percent in October following a 0.4-percent drop the previous month. The October decline was driven by an 
8.3-percent decrease in other precious metals prices and a 4.7-percent drop in gold prices.        

Finished Goods: Finished goods prices declined overall in October. Consumer goods prices declined 0.2 
percent and prices for capital goods edged down 0.1 percent. The price index for automotive vehicles 
recorded no change in October.        

Foods, Feeds, and Beverages: Prices for foods, feeds, and beverages increased 1.4 percent in October, after 
ticking up 0.1 percent in September. The October advance was led by a 20.5-percent increase in vegetable 
prices.   

Transportation Services: Import air passenger fares rose 2.4 percent in October, the first monthly advance 
since the index increased 6.9 percent in June. In October, a 2.3-percent rise in European fares, a 4.5-percent 
increase in Latin American/Caribbean fares, and a 1.4-percent advance in Asian fares all contributed to the 
overall rise. Import air passenger fares also increased over the past year, advancing 4.4 percent. The price 
index for import air freight declined 1.2 percent in October and 1.0 percent over the past 12 months.        


Export Prices

Nonagricultural Industrial Supplies and Materials: Prices for nonagricultural industrial supplies and 
materials declined 2.0 percent in October, after a 0.6-percent decrease in September. Falling prices for fuel 
and metals led the drop. In October, fuel prices declined 4.6 percent and prices for metals decreased 3.5 
percent. 

Finished Goods: Finished goods prices were mixed in October. The price indexes for capital goods and 
consumer goods each declined, falling 0.2 percent and 0.3 percent, respectively. In contrast, automotive 
vehicle prices advanced 0.2 percent, led by a 0.3-percent increase in passenger car prices that were largely 
attributable to year-end model changeovers.     

Transportation Services: In contrast to imports, export air passenger fares declined 2.2 percent in October, 
after an 11.4-percent decline the previous month. Both decreases were driven by lower Asian fares. The 
index for export air passenger fares increased 3.2 percent for the year ended in October. Export air freight 
prices declined 0.4 percent for the second consecutive month in October. Despite the recent drops, export air 
freight prices rose 7.4 percent over the past year. 

Import and Export Price Index data for November 2014 are scheduled for release on Thursday, 
December 11, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. (EST).    


Table 1. U.S. import price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: October 2013 to October 2014
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description End
Use
Relative
import-
ance
Sept.
2014(1)
Index Percent change
Sept.
2014
Oct.
2014
Annual Monthly
Oct.
2013
to
Oct.
2014
June
2014
to
July
2014
July
2014
to
Aug.
2014
Aug.
2014
to
Sept.
2014
Sept.
2014
to
Oct.
2014

All commodities

  100.000 138.2 136.4 -1.8 -0.3 -0.8 -0.6 -1.3

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

  75.630 102.2 102.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 -0.2 -0.2

All imports excluding petroleum

  81.914 115.6 115.5 0.5 0.0 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1

All imports excluding fuels (Dec. 2001=100)

  80.994 119.6 119.4 0.3 0.1 0.0 -0.1 -0.2

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

5.364 179.9 182.5 3.7 1.1 0.6 0.1 1.4

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

4.086 197.2 200.7 4.7 1.3 0.8 -0.3 1.8

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

1.278 140.8 141.3 0.6 0.4 0.1 1.5 0.4

Industrial supplies & materials

1

32.107 242.8 232.9 -6.1 -0.7 -2.3 -1.7 -4.1

Industrial supplies & materials excluding petroleum

  14.022 160.4 159.6 1.0 0.3 -0.6 -0.4 -0.5

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

  13.102 180.5 179.2 -0.1 0.5 0.1 -0.4 -0.7

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

  7.957 169.6 166.6 -0.7 1.1 0.1 -0.3 -1.8

Industrial supplies & materials nondurable excluding petroleum

  5.145 149.0 150.6 3.0 -0.7 -1.4 -0.7 1.1

Fuels & lubricants

10

19.004 323.1 302.2 -10.1 -1.5 -3.9 -2.6 -6.5

Petroleum & petroleum products

100

18.084 358.6 333.9 -11.1 -1.5 -3.6 -2.6 -6.9

Crude

10000

13.796 372.6 344.3 -11.7 -1.3 -4.3 -2.3 -7.6

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

101

0.768 130.8 131.3 21.5 0.1 -10.2 -1.7 0.4

Gas-natural

10110

0.622 118.0 118.9 25.4 0.3 -12.4 -2.5 0.8

Paper & paper base stocks

11

0.541 113.2 112.9 -1.5 -0.1 0.4 -0.6 -0.3

Materials associated with nondurable supplies & materials

12

4.673 168.1 169.9 0.9 -0.6 0.1 -0.5 1.1

Selected building materials

13

1.055 142.5 141.6 -0.3 0.4 -0.1 0.3 -0.6

Unfinished metals related to durable goods

14

3.617 242.7 234.0 -2.0 2.2 -0.3 -0.6 -3.6

Finished metals related to durable goods

15

1.669 158.9 159.3 2.2 0.4 0.6 -0.4 0.3

Nonmetals related to durable goods

16

1.547 112.4 112.0 -0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0 -0.4

Capital goods

2

25.147 92.4 92.3 -0.1 0.0 0.0 -0.2 -0.1

Electric generating equipment

20

3.050 120.4 120.4 1.0 0.4 0.0 -0.1 0.0

Nonelectrical machinery

21

20.136 85.0 84.8 -0.4 0.0 -0.1 -0.1 -0.2

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

22

1.960 136.7 136.6 0.4 0.3 0.4 0.0 -0.1

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

13.604 112.6 112.6 -0.7 -0.6 0.1 -0.2 0.0

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

23.777 108.3 108.1 0.7 -0.1 0.0 0.0 -0.2

Nondurables, manufactured

40

11.532 118.8 118.6 2.1 0.2 0.1 0.0 -0.2

Durables, manufactured

41

11.038 97.4 97.1 -1.1 -0.2 -0.1 -0.1 -0.3

Nonmanufactured consumer goods

42

1.208 121.0 121.1 3.2 0.0 -0.4 0.2 0.1

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2012 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 2013 to October 2014
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description End
Use
Relative
import-
ance
Sept.
2014(1)
Index Percent change
Sept.
2014
Oct.
2014
Annual Monthly
Oct.
2013
to
Oct.
2014
June
2014
to
July
2014
July
2014
to
Aug.
2014
Aug.
2014
to
Sept.
2014
Sept.
2014
to
Oct.
2014

All commodities

  100.000 131.9 130.6 -0.8 0.1 -0.5 -0.4 -1.0

Agricultural commodities

  9.584 207.2 202.8 -4.6 -1.8 -3.1 -1.7 -2.1

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

  81.506 102.3 101.9 0.0 0.1 0.0 -0.2 -0.4

Nonagricultural commodities

  90.415 126.4 125.3 -0.4 0.2 -0.2 -0.2 -0.9

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

8.867 209.7 205.2 -3.4 -1.4 -2.9 -1.5 -2.1

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

8.228 212.1 207.2 -3.9 -1.6 -3.3 -1.6 -2.3

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

0.639 192.5 191.2 1.8 2.0 1.5 0.1 -0.7

Industrial supplies & materials

1

33.181 175.6 172.2 -2.3 0.6 -0.7 -0.6 -1.9

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

  11.235 170.9 168.1 -2.6 1.2 -0.1 -0.8 -1.6

Industrial supplies & materials, nondurable

  21.945 179.1 175.2 -2.1 0.2 -1.0 -0.5 -2.2

Agricultural industrial supplies & materials

10

1.356 185.7 183.5 -8.8 -2.8 -2.3 -1.6 -1.2

Nonagricultural industrial supplies & materials

  31.824 175.5 172.0 -1.9 0.7 -0.6 -0.6 -2.0

Fuels & lubricants

11

9.626 250.5 239.0 -4.4 0.5 -2.5 -0.6 -4.6

Nonagricultural supplies & materials excluding fuels & building materials

12

21.217 166.8 165.3 -0.5 1.0 0.2 -0.6 -0.9

Selected building materials

13

0.981 121.7 121.5 -3.2 -1.8 -1.1 -0.4 -0.2

Capital goods

2

36.596 107.2 107.0 0.6 -0.3 0.1 -0.1 -0.2

Electrical generating equipment

20

3.722 116.0 115.3 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.1 -0.6

Nonelectrical machinery

21

25.818 95.4 95.2 0.0 -0.2 0.0 -0.1 -0.2

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

22

7.057 156.4 156.4 3.0 -0.1 0.1 0.0 0.0

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

9.528 114.0 114.2 0.5 0.1 -0.2 0.0 0.2

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

11.828 115.2 114.9 0.3 0.3 0.1 -0.3 -0.3

Nondurables, manufactured

40

5.449 112.2 111.8 -2.0 1.3 0.1 -0.3 -0.4

Durables, manufactured

41

4.984 111.7 111.5 -0.1 -0.3 -0.1 -0.2 -0.2

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2012 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 2013 to October 2014
[December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
Sept.
2014(1)
Index Percent change
Sept.
2014
Oct.
2014
Annual Monthly
Oct.
2013
to
Oct.
2014
June
2014
to
July
2014
July
2014
to
Aug.
2014
Aug.
2014
to
Sept.
2014
Sept.
2014
to
Oct.
2014

Nonmanufactured articles

  16.726 163.1 153.9 -8.3 -0.8 -4.1 -2.0 -5.6

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

1.821 177.9 186.1 7.1 2.2 0.0 0.0 4.6

Crop production

111

1.390 185.1 196.9 9.4 2.3 -0.2 0.5 6.4

Forestry and logging (Dec. 2012=100)

113

0.128 72.4 68.8 -26.6 -2.2 -2.9 -5.2 -5.0

Mining

21

14.905 161.2 150.0 -10.1 -1.1 -4.6 -2.2 -6.9

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

212

0.249 122.4 118.2 -8.7 -0.3 -0.2 -0.5 -3.4

Manufactured articles

  82.877 116.1 115.7 -0.2 -0.2 0.0 -0.3 -0.3

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

10.702 126.7 126.5 1.7 0.5 0.4 0.2 -0.2

Food manufacturing

311

3.151 162.1 161.2 2.1 0.8 0.9 -0.1 -0.6

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.949 117.6 117.6 2.9 1.6 0.1 0.1 0.0

Textile mills (Dec. 2011=100)

313

0.361 102.7 103.5 2.5 0.4 0.3 0.0 0.8

Textile product mills

314

0.769 114.2 113.8 -0.8 0.0 0.0 -0.1 -0.4

Apparel manufacturing

315

3.798 112.1 112.0 1.4 0.2 0.4 0.4 -0.1

Leather and allied product manufacturing

316

1.673 123.7 123.9 1.9 0.2 0.2 -0.1 0.2

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

17.477 135.8 134.8 -0.8 -0.9 -0.2 -1.2 -0.7

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.636 122.1 120.9 -0.6 0.9 -0.2 0.5 -1.0

Paper manufacturing

322

0.991 111.1 110.9 -0.3 0.3 0.3 -0.3 -0.2

Printing and related support activities (Dec. 2013=100)

323

0.189 99.8 99.8 - 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.0

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

3.896 153.2 145.6 -9.1 -2.4 -1.2 -4.2 -5.0

Chemical manufacturing

325

8.978 136.7 137.7 3.1 -0.4 0.1 -0.4 0.7

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

1.943 121.8 121.9 -1.9 -0.9 -0.1 0.1 0.1

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.844 130.4 130.5 0.5 -0.2 0.0 0.0 0.1

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

54.699 108.0 107.6 -0.4 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 -0.4

Primary metal manufacturing

331

4.245 159.7 155.4 -0.8 2.1 -0.1 -0.8 -2.7

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.717 127.7 127.8 1.3 0.1 0.4 0.2 0.1

Machinery manufacturing

333

6.935 121.2 120.7 -0.2 -0.2 0.0 -0.2 -0.4

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

16.018 79.7 79.6 -1.1 -0.4 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

4.150 119.3 119.2 0.1 0.3 0.3 -0.1 -0.1

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

14.493 111.4 111.4 -0.3 -0.4 0.1 -0.1 0.0

Furniture and related product manufacturing

337

1.377 116.7 116.7 1.9 0.3 0.3 0.1 0.0

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

4.764 122.2 121.7 0.6 0.3 -0.1 -0.2 -0.4

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2012 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 2013 to October 2014
[December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
Sept.
2014(1)
Index Percent change
Sept.
2014
Oct.
2014
Annual Monthly
Oct.
2013
to
Oct.
2014
June
2014
to
July
2014
July
2014
to
Aug.
2014
Aug.
2014
to
Sept.
2014
Sept.
2014
to
Oct.
2014

Nonmanufactured articles

  6.726 148.3 143.6 -9.6 -4.1 -4.4 -1.5 -3.2

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

4.534 176.1 168.5 -13.2 -4.3 -5.2 -1.9 -4.3

Crop production

111

4.321 182.8 174.4 -13.0 -4.4 -5.3 -2.0 -4.6

Mining

21

2.192 88.1 87.5 -1.0 -3.8 -2.7 -0.8 -0.7

Mining (except oil and gas)

212

1.324 97.6 96.0 -5.3 -0.8 0.7 -1.0 -1.6

Manufactured articles

  91.321 120.3 119.4 -0.5 0.3 -0.3 -0.2 -0.7

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

7.241 155.9 155.1 2.7 0.6 -0.9 -1.0 -0.5

Food manufacturing

311

5.153 181.6 180.7 4.1 1.0 -1.0 -1.1 -0.5

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.494 110.5 107.9 -12.1 -2.7 -2.4 -1.5 -2.4

Leather and allied product manufacturing (Dec. 2013=100)

316

0.301 109.2 109.0 - 1.6 0.2 0.2 -0.2

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

26.184 131.0 128.6 -2.8 0.7 -0.5 -0.4 -1.8

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.468 125.4 125.4 2.3 -0.2 -0.1 1.0 0.0

Paper manufacturing

322

1.847 125.3 125.8 3.0 0.9 0.9 -0.7 0.4

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

7.138 159.2 149.6 -7.4 1.4 -2.6 -0.6 -6.0

Chemical manufacturing

325

13.480 128.1 127.6 -1.6 0.5 0.2 -0.4 -0.4

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

2.185 119.2 119.1 -1.0 -0.3 0.3 0.0 -0.1

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.780 113.2 113.0 1.0 0.0 -0.1 0.0 -0.2

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

57.896 112.7 112.4 0.2 0.2 -0.1 -0.2 -0.3

Primary metal manufacturing

331

4.710 148.5 144.8 -4.0 3.1 -0.4 -1.2 -2.5

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.729 127.9 128.0 -2.4 0.4 -0.2 -0.1 0.1

Machinery manufacturing

333

11.815 123.8 123.7 0.8 -0.2 0.0 -0.1 -0.1

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

13.845 87.4 87.0 -1.1 -0.6 0.1 -0.2 -0.5

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

3.508 114.7 115.0 0.8 0.0 0.0 -0.1 0.3

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

15.790 119.9 120.0 1.5 0.1 -0.1 0.0 0.1

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

337

0.368 108.7 109.3 1.7 0.1 0.9 -0.3 0.6

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

5.131 125.3 124.8 3.0 -0.3 0.2 0.1 -0.4

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2012 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 2013 to October 2014
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
Sept.
2014(1)
Index Percent change
Sept.
2014
Oct.
2014
Annual Monthly
Oct.
2013
to
Oct.
2014
June
2014
to
July
2014
July
2014
to
Aug.
2014
Aug.
2014
to
Sept.
2014
Sept.
2014
to
Oct.
2014

Live animals; animal products

I

1.357 203.2 203.7 7.3 1.8 1.3 0.6 0.2

Meat and edible meat offal

02

0.328 272.9 268.1 19.7 5.2 2.9 0.1 -1.8

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.700 140.3 141.7 -2.6 -0.9 -0.7 1.6 1.0

Vegetable products

II

1.661 199.5 210.1 4.7 1.2 -0.1 0.4 5.3

Edible vegetables, roots, and tubers

07

0.399 373.6 462.0 19.5 3.2 -2.1 4.5 23.7

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

0.404 99.5 95.3 -13.8 -3.2 3.8 -2.1 -4.2

Coffee, tea, mate and spices

09

0.360 254.2 262.9 18.1 3.8 1.4 0.4 3.4

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

III

0.240 110.5 112.2 -3.0 0.4 0.7 -5.6 1.5

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages, and tobacco

IV

2.562 163.6 162.6 2.1 0.6 0.6 0.0 -0.6

Sugars and sugar confectionary (Dec. 2012=100)

17

0.171 90.5 89.7 0.2 -2.3 1.6 -1.2 -0.9

Cocoa and cocoa preparations (Dec. 2009=100)

18

0.258 116.8 118.5 16.2 0.4 2.3 -0.3 1.5

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

19

0.250 133.1 133.7 2.3 0.5 0.6 0.3 0.5

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

20

0.306 167.4 163.6 -1.0 -0.9 -0.6 0.2 -2.3

Beverages, spirits, and vinegar

22

0.962 128.0 128.2 2.7 1.6 0.3 -0.2 0.2

Mineral products

V

18.905 325.6 304.3 -10.0 -1.5 -3.9 -2.6 -6.5

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

27

18.649 322.8 301.6 -10.0 -1.5 -3.9 -2.6 -6.6

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

8.201 151.9 152.6 3.0 -0.1 -0.1 -0.3 0.5

Inorganic chemicals

28

0.622 312.8 332.5 7.1 -5.0 -0.5 1.7 6.3

Organic chemicals

29

2.414 135.3 134.2 -0.7 1.0 -0.1 -0.7 -0.8

Pharmaceutical products

30

3.385 133.8 133.4 6.1 0.1 -0.1 -0.3 -0.3

Fertilizers (Dec. 2009=100)

31

0.317 108.6 117.6 10.9 -1.1 -0.8 2.3 8.3

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

32

0.182 105.3 106.5 13.2 1.4 2.6 0.0 1.1

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

0.468 93.2 93.2 -4.7 -0.4 0.0 0.0 0.0

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

3.146 146.1 146.2 -2.1 -0.6 -0.1 -0.5 0.1

Plastics and articles thereof

39

2.032 149.5 150.2 1.3 0.2 0.0 -0.4 0.5

Rubber and articles thereof

40

1.114 141.6 140.6 -7.8 -1.9 -0.5 -0.8 -0.7

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

VIII

0.621 128.1 128.1 1.9 0.2 -0.1 0.2 0.0

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

42

0.585 130.5 130.6 2.8 0.2 0.0 0.1 0.1

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

IX

0.666 147.9 146.6 -0.5 0.9 -0.3 0.4 -0.9

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

1.048 113.3 113.0 -1.2 0.0 0.1 -0.4 -0.3

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

48

0.691 107.0 107.0 -0.9 0.0 0.0 -0.2 0.0

Printed matter (Dec. 2013=100)

49

0.196 99.9 99.8 - 0.0 0.1 0.0 -0.1

Textile and textile articles

XI

4.799 115.0 115.0 1.0 0.2 0.2 0.4 0.0

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted

61

1.875 103.9 104.0 1.2 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.1

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted

62

1.747 120.3 120.2 1.3 0.4 0.6 0.0 -0.1

Made-up or worn textile articles

63

0.553 107.7 107.3 -0.6 0.0 -0.1 -0.2 -0.4

Headgear, umbrellas, artifical flowers, etc.

XII

1.344 122.3 122.5 1.2 0.2 0.2 0.0 0.2

Footwear and parts of such articles

64

1.159 121.6 121.8 1.4 0.1 0.2 -0.1 0.2

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

XIII

0.781 133.1 133.0 0.0 -0.2 0.1 0.0 -0.1

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

68

0.258 126.1 126.1 -0.1 -0.6 0.2 0.2 0.0

Ceramic products

69

0.241 141.6 141.7 0.6 0.0 0.1 -0.1 0.1

Glass and glassware

70

0.283 129.5 129.3 -0.2 0.0 -0.1 0.0 -0.2

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

XIV

2.669 182.0 175.9 -3.9 3.1 -0.9 -1.2 -3.4

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

5.456 184.9 183.0 1.9 0.4 0.4 0.2 -1.0

Iron and steel

72

1.289 223.5 221.5 2.9 0.5 -0.4 0.3 -0.9

Articles of iron or steel

73

1.714 155.9 155.7 1.6 0.5 0.4 0.3 -0.1

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.441 327.7 325.1 -3.1 -0.7 2.7 -1.8 -0.8

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.752 144.8 142.4 4.9 0.6 1.6 0.6 -1.7

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

82

0.396 129.0 129.1 -0.2 0.0 0.0 -0.1 0.1

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.453 138.4 137.7 1.8 0.1 1.0 0.1 -0.5

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

XVI

27.281 84.3 84.1 -0.6 -0.2 0.0 -0.1 -0.2

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

14.201 89.5 89.3 -0.1 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 -0.2

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

85

13.080 79.3 79.1 -1.0 -0.4 -0.1 -0.1 -0.3

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

12.119 115.4 115.6 -0.3 -0.5 0.0 -0.1 0.2

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

11.093 114.1 114.3 -0.3 -0.6 0.0 -0.1 0.2

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

88

0.924 120.2 120.2 -0.1 0.2 0.0 0.1 0.0

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

XVIII

3.462 104.5 104.1 -0.1 -0.2 0.2 -0.4 -0.4

Optical, photographic, measuring and medical instruments

90

3.162 101.3 101.0 -0.1 -0.2 0.2 -0.4 -0.3

Clocks and watches and parts thereof

91

0.243 143.1 141.0 -0.3 -0.4 0.1 -0.2 -1.5

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

3.599 114.0 114.0 0.6 0.4 0.1 0.0 0.0

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

94

2.099 118.4 118.5 1.1 0.6 0.1 -0.1 0.1

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

1.266 106.0 106.0 0.6 0.2 0.0 0.1 0.0

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

96

0.234 134.9 134.8 -2.7 -0.3 0.0 -0.1 -0.1

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2012 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 2013 to October 2014
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
Sept.
2014(1)
Index Percent change
Sept.
2014
Oct.
2014
Annual Monthly
Oct.
2013
to
Oct.
2014
June
2014
to
July
2014
July
2014
to
Aug.
2014
Aug.
2014
to
Sept.
2014
Sept.
2014
to
Oct.
2014

Live animals; animal products

I

2.251 246.9 246.8 11.1 3.9 -0.5 -1.4 0.0

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

02

1.364 195.5 198.0 19.1 5.3 0.6 -2.3 1.3

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.374 212.8 208.2 4.2 3.1 2.4 0.6 -2.2

Vegetable products

II

4.261 226.1 218.3 -10.3 -3.9 -5.4 -1.5 -3.4

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

1.118 172.9 190.0 15.6 -3.5 -1.5 4.5 9.9

Cereals

10

1.005 219.6 207.6 -17.7 -3.9 -4.8 -2.7 -5.5

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

12

1.706 245.5 215.3 -19.8 -4.6 -7.9 -5.0 -12.3

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

III

0.236 107.3 106.1 -12.6 -1.3 -2.0 -4.5 -1.1

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages,and tobacco

IV

2.865 163.3 161.2 -2.8 -1.4 -1.9 -0.5 -1.3

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

20

0.351 117.7 117.7 4.5 -0.8 0.0 -0.3 0.0

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

22

0.486 110.7 109.9 -2.6 0.1 0.1 -0.2 -0.7

Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed

23

0.666 241.8 231.0 -12.9 -5.5 -7.0 -1.6 -4.5

Mineral products

V

9.341 287.8 274.3 -6.2 0.3 -2.5 -0.6 -4.7

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

26

0.459 97.8 95.5 4.4 1.7 2.7 -1.4 -2.4

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

27

8.702 283.8 269.9 -6.7 0.3 -2.8 -0.6 -4.9

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

10.914 150.0 149.1 -1.8 0.6 -0.1 -0.3 -0.6

Inorganic chemicals

28

0.884 172.0 174.6 -2.2 -0.6 0.2 0.6 1.5

Organic chemicals

29

3.220 167.1 164.8 1.8 3.9 -0.1 -1.2 -1.4

Pharmaceutical products

30

2.590 115.5 114.5 -5.2 0.2 0.0 -0.4 -0.9

Fertilizers (Dec. 2012=100)

31

0.311 86.3 82.8 -3.7 1.4 0.7 -0.2 -4.1

Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery cosmetic or toilet preparations

33

0.710 133.1 133.1 -1.7 0.1 0.0 -0.4 0.0

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

34

0.457 117.8 118.1 -2.7 -3.2 0.5 0.4 0.3

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

1.768 153.4 153.7 -0.7 -2.6 -0.7 1.0 0.2

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

5.253 151.0 151.0 0.7 -0.1 0.6 -0.1 0.0

Plastics and articles thereof

39

4.276 146.1 146.1 1.0 0.0 0.6 0.0 0.0

Rubber and articles thereof

40

0.977 171.5 171.6 -0.5 -0.6 0.2 -0.7 0.1

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

VIII

0.466 164.1 163.9 12.5 1.6 0.9 0.6 -0.1

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

2.303 125.3 125.9 2.6 1.4 0.9 -1.0 0.5

Woodpulp and recovered paper

47

0.690 129.8 129.2 1.4 2.6 1.4 -1.6 -0.5

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

48

1.178 123.9 125.0 3.6 1.1 0.6 -1.3 0.9

Textile and textile articles

XI

1.855 128.8 128.8 -2.4 -0.9 -1.2 -0.7 0.0

Cotton, including yarns and woven fabrics thereof

52

0.539 131.5 131.4 -11.7 -3.2 -4.0 -2.3 -0.1

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

XIII

0.750 120.1 120.0 1.2 0.0 -0.1 0.0 -0.1

Glass and glassware

70

0.384 98.6 98.4 1.0 0.0 -0.1 0.0 -0.2

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

XIV

4.438 248.1 241.5 -1.9 2.7 -0.4 -1.3 -2.7

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

5.347 164.3 162.3 -1.7 1.0 0.1 -0.4 -1.2

Iron and steel

72

1.421 189.3 189.5 2.4 -0.8 0.7 -1.2 0.1

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.598 225.1 206.8 -13.0 3.1 -0.9 -2.0 -8.1

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.880 126.0 124.5 3.1 3.5 1.7 -0.1 -1.2

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

82

0.398 136.4 136.4 1.3 0.6 -1.0 -1.2 0.0

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.314 147.1 147.1 -0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

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

XVI

27.971 97.2 97.0 0.1 -0.3 0.0 -0.1 -0.2

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

16.943 112.8 112.8 1.3 -0.1 -0.1 0.1 0.0

Electrical machinery and equipment and parts and accessories thereof

85

11.028 80.4 79.9 -1.6 -0.5 0.0 -0.2 -0.6

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

13.556 129.9 130.1 1.2 0.0 -0.1 0.0 0.2

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

8.817 115.0 115.2 0.8 0.0 -0.1 -0.1 0.2

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

XVIII

6.072 108.0 107.8 0.7 -0.1 0.4 0.0 -0.2

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

1.427 110.6 111.3 1.0 0.0 0.5 -0.4 0.6

Furniture; stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings nesoi;

94

0.792 122.1 123.4 1.1 0.0 1.0 -0.7 1.1

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

0.480 89.5 89.6 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2012 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 2013 to October 2014
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Relative
import-
ance
Sept.
2014(1)
Index Percent change
Sept.
2014
Oct.
2014
Annual Monthly
Oct.
2013
to
Oct.
2014
June
2014
to
July
2014
July
2014
to
Aug.
2014
Aug.
2014
to
Sept.
2014
Sept.
2014
to
Oct.
2014

Industrialized Countries(2)

100.000 131.7 130.4 -0.5 -0.1 -0.7 -0.7 -1.0

Nonmanufactured articles

12.171 233.2 219.9 -5.4 -1.9 -7.7 -0.2 -5.7

Manufactured articles

87.236 123.5 123.2 0.2 0.1 0.2 -0.7 -0.2

Other Countries(3)

100.000 136.9 134.9 -2.7 -0.3 -0.6 -0.5 -1.5

Nonmanufactured articles

19.450 333.9 314.2 -10.0 -0.6 -2.8 -2.1 -5.9

Manufactured articles

80.307 109.5 109.1 -0.7 -0.3 0.1 -0.2 -0.4

Canada

100.000 151.1 147.6 -1.9 -0.6 -2.4 -0.5 -2.3

Nonmanufactured articles

31.767 225.6 212.3 -4.7 -2.1 -7.8 0.0 -5.9

Manufactured articles

67.329 135.1 134.3 -0.8 0.2 0.3 -0.7 -0.6

European Union(4)

100.000 138.3 138.0 1.2 0.1 0.2 -0.9 -0.2

Manufactured articles

99.303 134.5 134.2 1.2 0.2 0.1 -0.9 -0.2

France (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 123.1 123.4 1.1 -0.2 0.1 -0.1 0.2

Germany (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 118.4 118.0 0.6 -0.8 0.0 -0.5 -0.3

United Kingdom (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 131.8 131.0 1.7 0.7 -0.1 -0.2 -0.6

Latin America(5)

100.000 168.7 165.8 -4.7 -0.6 -1.0 -1.1 -1.7

Nonmanufactured articles

27.949 346.2 330.3 -11.3 -1.8 -3.7 -2.6 -4.6

Manufactured articles

71.646 129.5 128.7 -1.8 -0.2 0.1 -0.5 -0.6

Mexico (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 140.0 138.7 -2.6 -0.4 -0.2 -0.8 -0.9

Nonmanufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

16.153 186.4 179.8 -9.3 -2.9 -2.3 -2.5 -3.5

Manufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

83.592 92.5 92.1 -1.2 0.1 0.2 -0.5 -0.4

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

100.000 102.3 102.4 -0.7 -0.2 0.0 -0.2 0.1

China (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 103.8 103.9 0.3 -0.2 0.0 -0.1 0.1

Japan

100.000 98.5 98.6 -1.1 -0.3 0.0 -0.1 0.1

Asian NICs(7)

100.000 89.4 89.4 -1.3 0.0 0.3 0.2 0.0

ASEAN (Dec. 2003=100)(8)

100.000 102.4 102.7 -2.1 -0.2 0.0 -1.3 0.3

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

100.000 265.1 248.9 -4.9 2.1 -1.5 -0.9 -6.1

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2012 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 2013 to October 2014
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Relative
import-
ance
Sept.
2014(1)
Index Percent change
Sept.
2014
Oct.
2014
Annual Monthly
Oct.
2013
to
Oct.
2014
June
2014
to
July
2014
July
2014
to
Aug.
2014
Aug.
2014
to
Sept.
2014
Sept.
2014
to
Oct.
2014

Air Freight

Import Air Freight

100.000 174.6 172.5 -1.0 -0.2 0.3 -0.7 -1.2

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

28.153 176.4 171.6 1.7 -0.6 -0.3 -1.6 -2.7

Asia

68.664 151.4 150.4 -1.8 -0.1 0.6 -0.4 -0.7

Export Air Freight

100.000 159.5 158.8 7.4 -0.2 0.1 -0.4 -0.4

Europe (Dec. 2006=100)

35.662 143.0 143.0 7.4 -0.1 0.2 -0.2 0.0

Inbound Air Freight

100.000 164.4 163.1 0.2 0.0 0.1 -0.6 -0.8

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

27.241 157.5 154.7 2.5 0.1 -0.2 -1.3 -1.8

Asia

63.129 147.1 146.5 -0.5 -0.1 0.2 -0.4 -0.4

Outbound Air Freight

100.000 153.0 152.9 4.6 0.0 0.0 -0.1 -0.1

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

33.490 171.9 171.9 6.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Asia

47.102 144.9 144.9 3.9 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 0.0

Air Passenger Fares

Import Air Passenger Fares

100.000 193.3 197.9 4.4 -2.8 -4.3 -0.3 2.4

Europe

42.875 215.5 220.5 0.8 -5.3 -6.9 3.5 2.3

Asia

23.330 147.6 149.7 0.1 -1.9 -3.2 -7.2 1.4

Latin America/Caribbean

8.569 163.8 171.2 4.3 1.7 0.8 -5.5 4.5

Export Air Passenger Fares

100.000 190.2 186.0 3.2 3.6 5.5 -11.4 -2.2

Europe

27.640 233.3 230.7 6.7 -0.6 -8.8 -2.3 -1.1

Asia

28.296 157.5 152.1 1.8 1.9 19.2 -23.0 -3.4

Latin America/Caribbean

18.227 189.9 190.7 -2.5 -4.8 2.8 -1.5 0.4

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2012 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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Additional Information -- More detailed data are available on the Import/Export Price Indexes home 
page at (http://www.bls.gov/mxp). For technical assistance in using the BLS Internet site, send e-mail to 
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Last Modified Date: November 14, 2014