U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes News Release

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

U.S. import prices declined 0.2 percent in July, after increasing each of the 2 previous months, the U.S. 
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The July decrease was driven by falling fuel prices. Prices for 
U.S. exports were unchanged in July following a 0.4-percent decrease in June. In July, declining agricultural 
prices offset higher nonagricultural prices.

Imports

All Imports: Overall import prices fell 0.2 percent in July, the first monthly decline for the index since a 
0.6-percent drop in April. Import prices ticked up 0.1 percent in June and rose 0.3 percent in May. The price 
index for overall imports advanced 0.8 percent over the past 12 months, a similar movement to the 0.9-
percent increase from July 2012 to July 2013. Both higher fuel and nonfuel prices contributed to the most 
recent year-over-year increase, in contrast to the rise for the year ended in July 2013 which was driven 
solely by higher fuel prices.      

Fuel Imports: Import fuel prices fell 1.2 percent in July, after rising 1.0 percent in June and 1.3 percent in 
May. The July decrease was led by a 1.2-percent drop in petroleum prices which more than offset a 1.8-
percent increase in natural gas prices. Despite the July decline, import fuel prices rose 2.6 percent over the 
past year, after increasing 7.7 percent between July 2012 and July 2013. A 1.7-percent rise in petroleum 
prices and a 44.1-percent jump in natural gas prices both contributed to the year-over-year increase for fuel 
prices in July.           

All Imports Excluding Fuel: Nonfuel prices were unchanged for the third time in the past 4 months in 
July, after edging down 0.1 percent in June. The price indexes for nonfuel industrial supplies and materials; 
foods, feeds, and beverages; and consumer goods all rose in July, but lower automotive vehicles prices 
offset the increases. Capital goods prices were unchanged. Prices for nonfuel imports advanced 0.4 percent 
for the year ended in July, led by 0.3-percent increases in March and January.     

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

July

0.1 1.7 -0.4 -0.2 -0.3 -0.2

August

0.4 2.6 -0.2 -0.5 -4.2 0.0

September

0.3 1.0 0.1 0.4 0.6 0.3

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

(r)-0.6 -2.6 0.0 -1.0 1.5 (r)-1.2

May

0.3 (r)1.3 0.0 0.1 0.3 0.1

June

0.1 (r)1.0 -0.1 -0.4 (r)-1.7 -0.3

July

-0.2 -1.2 0.0 0.0 -2.2 0.3

July 2012 to 2013

0.9 7.7 -1.0 0.3 3.1 -0.2

July 2013 to 2014

0.8 2.6 0.4 0.4 -2.9 0.9

Footnotes
(r) Revised


Exports

All Exports: Prices for overall exports recorded no change in July following a 0.4-percent decline in June. 
Export prices fell 1.3 percent over the past 4 months, after increasing 1.7 percent over February and March. 
Overall, the price index for U.S. exports rose 0.4 percent over the past 12 months. Rising nonagricultural 
prices between July 2013 and July 2014 more than offset a drop in agricultural prices.         

Agricultural Exports: The price index for agricultural exports fell 2.2 percent in July, the largest monthly 
drop since the index fell 4.2 percent in August 2013. The July decline followed a 1.7-percent decrease the 
previous month. A 5.6-percent decline in soybean prices, a 7.6-percent drop in corn prices, and an 8.2-
percent decrease in cotton prices were the largest contributors to the July decline. Agricultural export prices 
fell 2.9 percent over the past year, driven by lower prices for soybeans, corn, and vegetables. 

All Exports Excluding Agriculture: Nonagricultural export prices advanced 0.3 percent in July following 
a 0.3-percent decline in June. The July increase was led by higher prices for nonagricultural industrial 
supplies and materials and consumer goods. Capital goods prices edged down 0.1 percent and automotive 
vehicles prices were unchanged.  


                                     SELECTED JULY HIGHLIGHTS


Import Prices

Imports by Locality of Origin: Import prices from China fell 0.2 percent in July, the largest monthly 
decline since a 0.6-percent drop in May 2013. The July decrease was led by a 0.2-percent decrease in 
computer and electronic products prices. Despite the July decline, prices for imports from China advanced 
0.3 percent over the past year. The price index for imports from Japan decreased 0.3 percent in July, after 
recording no change the previous month. Import prices from Japan have trended down since the end of 2012 
and fell 1.6 percent over the past 12 months. Prices for imports from Mexico and Canada also declined in 
July, decreasing 0.4 percent and 0.2 percent, respectively. In contrast, import prices from the European 
Union ticked up 0.1 percent in July.       

Nonfuel Industrial Supplies and Materials: Nonfuel industrial supplies and materials prices increased 0.5 
percent in July following a 0.2-percent decline in June. The July advance was driven by 5.8-percent rises in 
the price indexes for gold and other precious metals.      

Finished Goods: The price index for import automotive vehicles declined 0.8 percent in July, the first 
monthly decrease for the index since a 0.1-percent decline in February and the largest 1-month drop since 
the index fell 1.1 percent in December 1992. The July decline was driven by a 1.1-percent drop in passenger 
car prices. In contrast, consumer goods prices ticked up 0.1 percent in July, after recording no change in 
each of the 2 previous months. Capital goods prices were unchanged in July.  

Foods, Feeds, and Beverages: Prices for foods, feeds, and beverages rose 1.0 percent in July following a 
1.6-percent decrease in June. Higher prices for meat, alcohol, coffee, and vegetables all contributed to the 
increase in July.   

Transportation Services: Import air passenger fares decreased 2.8 percent in July, the first monthly drop 
since a 3.4-percent decline in March. The July decrease was led by a 5.3-percent decline in European fares. 
Despite the July drop, import air passenger fares increased 2.6 percent over the past 12 months. Import air 
freight prices decreased 0.3 percent in July, but rose 1.8 percent over the past year.      


Export Prices

Nonagricultural Industrial Supplies and Materials: Nonagricultural industrial supplies and materials 
prices advanced 0.9 percent in July, after falling 0.9 percent the previous month. The July increase was 
driven by a 4.2-percent rise in nonferrous metal prices, although a 0.5-percent advance in fuel prices also 
contributed to the increase.

Finished Goods: Prices for the major finished goods areas were mixed in July. Consumer goods prices rose 
0.3 percent, led by a 1.7-percent advance for medicinal, dental, and pharmaceutical prices. In contrast, 
capital goods prices edged down 0.1 percent, driven by a 1.2-percent drop in computers, peripherals, and 
semiconductor prices. Automotive vehicles prices were unchanged in July.   

Transportation Services: Export air passenger fares advanced 3.5 percent in July following a 4.8-percent 
increase in June. The index increased 0.4 percent for the year ended in July, led by a 3.3-percent rise in 
Asian fares. The price index for export air freight fell 0.2 percent in July, but increased 9.4 percent over the 
past 12 months. 

Import and Export Price Index data for August 2014 are scheduled for release on Friday, September 
12, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. (EDT).    


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

All commodities

  100.000 140.3 140.0 0.8 -0.6 0.3 0.1 -0.2

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

  74.618 102.4 102.3 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.0 -0.1

All imports excluding petroleum

  80.837 115.8 115.8 0.7 -0.3 -0.2 -0.1 0.0

All imports excluding fuels (Dec. 2001=100)

  79.812 119.6 119.6 0.4 0.0 0.0 -0.1 0.0

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

5.194 176.8 178.5 3.0 -0.7 -0.6 -1.6 1.0

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

3.957 193.8 196.1 2.6 -0.7 -0.4 -1.5 1.2

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

1.237 138.3 138.5 4.2 -0.9 -1.2 -1.8 0.1

Industrial supplies & materials

1

33.071 253.9 252.5 1.8 -1.6 0.7 0.6 -0.6

Industrial supplies & materials excluding petroleum

  13.908 161.6 162.2 2.2 -2.4 -0.9 -0.2 0.4

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

  12.883 180.1 181.0 0.7 0.1 -0.2 -0.2 0.5

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

  7.777 168.2 170.0 1.8 0.1 0.1 0.0 1.1

Industrial supplies & materials nondurable excluding petroleum

  5.106 153.1 152.4 2.8 -5.2 -2.2 -0.5 -0.5

Fuels & lubricants

10

20.187 348.3 344.2 2.6 -2.6 1.3 1.0 -1.2

Petroleum & petroleum products

100

19.163 385.7 380.9 1.7 -1.1 1.9 1.1 -1.2

Crude

10000

14.771 405.0 397.1 1.7 0.3 1.4 2.5 -2.0

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

101

0.858 148.2 150.2 36.2 -24.3 -10.4 -1.2 1.3

Gas-natural

10110

0.716 137.7 140.2 44.1 -27.2 -12.4 -1.4 1.8

Paper & paper base stocks

11

0.535 113.7 113.5 0.1 -0.2 1.0 0.1 -0.2

Materials associated with nondurable supplies & materials

12

4.644 169.6 168.8 -0.7 0.0 -0.6 -0.4 -0.5

Selected building materials

13

1.032 141.6 142.2 0.9 -0.6 -0.6 0.2 0.4

Unfinished metals related to durable goods

14

3.519 239.7 244.8 3.3 0.5 0.1 -0.3 2.1

Finished metals related to durable goods

15

1.634 157.9 158.3 1.8 -0.6 0.4 0.5 0.3

Nonmetals related to durable goods

16

1.519 112.0 112.1 -1.6 0.1 0.1 0.3 0.1

Capital goods

2

24.797 92.5 92.5 -0.1 -0.1 0.3 0.0 0.0

Electric generating equipment

20

2.990 119.8 120.4 0.8 0.3 0.4 -0.1 0.5

Nonelectrical machinery

21

19.889 85.2 85.1 -0.2 -0.1 0.4 0.0 -0.1

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

22

1.917 135.7 135.7 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1 0.0

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

13.501 113.5 112.6 -0.9 0.2 0.0 0.1 -0.8

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

23.437 108.3 108.4 0.9 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.1

Nondurables, manufactured

40

11.331 118.5 118.6 2.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.1

Durables, manufactured

41

10.913 97.8 97.8 -0.7 0.1 0.0 -0.1 0.0

Nonmanufactured consumer goods

42

1.193 121.3 121.3 4.2 1.1 0.0 -0.3 0.0

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: July 2013 to July 2014
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description End
Use
Relative
import-
ance
June
2014(1)
Index Percent change
June
2014
July
2014
Annual Monthly
July
2013
to
July
2014
Mar.
2014
to
Apr.
2014
Apr.
2014
to
May
2014
May
2014
to
June
2014
June
2014
to
July
2014

All commodities

  100.000 133.1 133.1 0.4 -1.0 0.1 -0.4 0.0

Agricultural commodities

  10.170 221.8 217.0 -2.9 1.5 0.3 -1.7 -2.2

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

  80.883 102.4 102.6 0.6 0.2 0.0 -0.2 0.2

Nonagricultural commodities

  89.832 126.7 127.1 0.9 -1.2 0.1 -0.3 0.3

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

9.326 222.6 219.1 -1.7 1.9 0.4 -1.5 -1.6

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

8.715 226.6 222.5 -2.3 1.8 0.6 -1.6 -1.8

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

0.611 185.7 189.6 5.7 2.2 -1.8 -1.4 2.1

Industrial supplies & materials

1

33.153 177.0 178.1 0.8 -3.7 -0.1 -1.0 0.6

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

  11.097 170.3 172.5 0.5 0.3 -0.2 -0.8 1.3

Industrial supplies & materials, nondurable

  22.058 181.6 182.0 1.0 -5.6 -0.1 -1.0 0.2

Agricultural industrial supplies & materials

10

1.455 201.0 192.4 -6.3 -0.3 -1.3 -2.7 -4.3

Nonagricultural industrial supplies & materials

  31.699 176.3 177.8 1.1 -3.8 -0.1 -0.9 0.9

Fuels & lubricants

11

9.793 257.1 258.5 2.1 -11.5 0.2 -1.4 0.5

Nonagricultural supplies & materials excluding fuels & building materials

12

20.901 165.8 167.6 1.0 0.1 -0.2 -0.6 1.1

Selected building materials

13

1.005 125.7 123.6 -0.2 0.3 -0.8 -2.0 -1.7

Capital goods

2

36.365 107.5 107.4 0.8 0.1 0.3 0.0 -0.1

Electrical generating equipment

20

3.679 115.7 116.1 0.7 -0.2 0.6 0.0 0.3

Nonelectrical machinery

21

25.686 95.8 95.6 0.1 0.0 0.3 0.0 -0.2

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

22

7.000 156.6 156.5 3.1 0.3 0.2 0.1 -0.1

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

9.448 114.1 114.1 0.5 0.4 0.1 0.1 0.0

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

11.709 115.1 115.5 0.3 0.3 -0.1 0.1 0.3

Nondurables, manufactured

40

5.344 111.0 112.4 -2.1 0.1 -0.1 0.0 1.3

Durables, manufactured

41

4.974 112.4 112.1 0.4 0.1 0.0 0.1 -0.3

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: July 2013 to July 2014
[December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
June
2014(1)
Index Percent change
June
2014
July
2014
Annual Monthly
July
2013
to
July
2014
Mar.
2014
to
Apr.
2014
Apr.
2014
to
May
2014
May
2014
to
June
2014
June
2014
to
July
2014

Nonmanufactured articles

  17.730 175.5 173.2 3.8 -1.8 0.1 1.3 -1.3

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

1.761 174.6 178.2 3.8 -1.0 -3.1 -5.5 2.1

Crop production

111

1.340 181.0 184.8 4.5 -1.7 -3.1 -6.7 2.1

Forestry and logging (Dec. 2012=100)

113

0.140 80.1 78.5 -20.1 -3.7 -6.8 2.6 -2.0

Mining

21

15.969 175.3 172.3 3.8 -1.9 0.5 2.0 -1.7

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

212

0.247 123.7 123.3 -5.3 0.6 -1.8 0.4 -0.3

Manufactured articles

  81.876 116.4 116.5 0.5 -0.2 0.3 -0.2 0.1

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

10.440 125.4 126.0 1.9 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.5

Food manufacturing

311

3.063 159.9 161.1 3.5 -0.3 -0.3 0.3 0.8

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.918 115.5 117.4 3.3 0.1 -0.2 0.1 1.6

Textile mills (Dec. 2011=100)

313

0.353 102.0 102.5 1.5 0.0 0.0 -0.1 0.5

Textile product mills

314

0.759 114.3 114.4 -0.3 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 0.1

Apparel manufacturing

315

3.702 110.9 111.0 0.6 0.4 0.1 -0.1 0.1

Leather and allied product manufacturing

316

1.645 123.4 123.6 1.7 0.3 0.2 -0.1 0.2

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

17.448 137.6 137.6 1.0 -1.3 0.9 -0.7 0.0

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.619 120.7 121.8 1.7 -1.1 -0.7 0.1 0.9

Paper manufacturing

322

0.974 110.8 111.0 0.2 0.1 0.5 0.1 0.2

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

323

0.186 99.6 99.6 - 0.0 -0.5 0.0 0.0

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

4.004 159.8 161.7 1.1 -5.3 4.2 -3.0 1.2

Chemical manufacturing

325

8.900 137.5 136.9 1.9 0.0 -0.1 -0.1 -0.4

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

1.932 122.9 121.3 -3.3 -0.1 -0.2 0.0 -1.3

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.833 130.6 130.3 0.9 0.0 -0.2 0.4 -0.2

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

53.987 108.1 108.1 0.0 0.1 0.2 -0.1 0.0

Primary metal manufacturing

331

4.135 157.9 161.0 3.5 0.1 0.4 -0.1 2.0

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.660 126.9 126.9 0.0 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.0

Machinery manufacturing

333

6.851 121.6 121.3 0.1 -0.1 0.1 0.1 -0.2

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

15.898 80.2 80.1 -1.0 0.0 0.4 -0.1 -0.1

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

4.066 118.7 119.0 -0.3 0.2 0.3 -0.1 0.3

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

14.345 111.9 111.3 -0.3 0.2 0.0 0.0 -0.5

Furniture and related product manufacturing

337

1.343 115.4 115.4 1.1 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.0

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

4.689 122.0 122.5 1.5 -0.2 0.1 -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 4. U.S. export price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: July 2013 to July 2014
[December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
June
2014(1)
Index Percent change
June
2014
July
2014
Annual Monthly
July
2013
to
July
2014
Mar.
2014
to
Apr.
2014
Apr.
2014
to
May
2014
May
2014
to
June
2014
June
2014
to
July
2014

Nonmanufactured articles

  7.411 165.0 158.3 -6.2 -13.7 -0.1 -2.0 -4.1

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

5.073 198.9 189.5 -10.2 0.6 0.0 -3.0 -4.7

Crop production

111

4.854 207.3 197.4 -10.3 0.8 0.6 -2.9 -4.8

Mining

21

2.338 94.9 92.4 5.0 -34.5 -0.3 0.1 -2.6

Mining (except oil and gas)

212

1.326 98.7 97.9 -5.0 -1.1 -0.6 0.5 -0.8

Manufactured articles

  90.670 120.6 121.0 0.6 -0.3 0.1 -0.2 0.3

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

7.262 157.9 158.5 4.3 1.7 0.4 0.1 0.4

Food manufacturing

311

5.163 183.7 184.9 6.1 2.6 0.7 0.4 0.7

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.523 118.0 114.5 -9.2 -0.6 -1.9 -3.2 -3.0

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

316

0.292 107.1 109.8 - 1.5 0.5 0.1 2.5

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

25.992 131.3 132.2 -0.7 -2.2 0.1 -0.6 0.7

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.460 124.4 124.6 3.6 0.4 0.2 -0.2 0.2

Paper manufacturing

322

1.811 124.0 125.1 2.5 -0.3 0.0 -0.9 0.9

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

7.198 162.1 164.1 0.2 -7.6 0.5 -2.2 1.2

Chemical manufacturing

325

13.305 127.7 128.6 -1.5 0.1 -0.2 0.1 0.7

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

2.167 119.3 118.8 -0.9 0.3 0.2 0.2 -0.4

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.773 113.3 113.3 1.6 0.4 0.2 0.0 0.0

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

57.416 112.9 113.0 0.6 0.2 0.1 -0.1 0.1

Primary metal manufacturing

331

4.597 146.3 151.0 0.5 1.0 -1.1 -1.6 3.2

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.701 127.8 128.3 -1.8 0.2 0.0 0.1 0.4

Machinery manufacturing

333

11.727 124.0 124.1 1.4 0.0 0.4 0.0 0.1

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

13.812 88.0 87.6 -1.4 0.0 0.2 -0.1 -0.5

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

3.473 114.6 114.8 0.3 0.1 0.1 -0.1 0.2

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

15.651 120.0 120.1 1.8 0.3 0.1 0.1 0.1

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

337

0.362 107.9 108.0 0.2 0.5 0.1 0.1 0.1

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

5.094 125.6 124.8 2.5 0.5 -0.2 0.2 -0.6

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: July 2013 to July 2014
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
June
2014(1)
Index Percent change
June
2014
July
2014
Annual Monthly
July
2013
to
July
2014
Mar.
2014
to
Apr.
2014
Apr.
2014
to
May
2014
May
2014
to
June
2014
June
2014
to
July
2014

Live animals; animal products

I

1.290 196.1 199.7 10.5 1.4 -1.0 -1.6 1.8

Meat and edible meat offal

02

0.296 250.1 263.2 18.0 4.4 -0.9 2.0 5.2

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.693 141.0 139.8 3.6 -1.0 -1.2 -3.4 -0.9

Vegetable products

II

1.615 196.9 199.0 -1.4 -1.2 0.6 -6.8 1.1

Edible vegetables, roots, and tubers

07

0.373 354.0 365.3 3.4 -1.7 15.3 -13.3 3.2

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

0.408 102.0 98.1 -11.8 -0.5 -12.3 -8.6 -3.8

Coffee, tea, mate and spices

09

0.337 241.2 250.7 8.7 -7.5 6.6 -4.9 3.9

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

III

0.248 115.9 115.4 -0.6 -1.1 -0.3 0.4 -0.4

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages, and tobacco

IV

2.495 161.7 162.6 3.1 0.2 -0.1 0.9 0.6

Sugars and sugar confectionary (Dec. 2012=100)

17

0.172 92.3 90.5 -4.1 0.0 1.7 3.5 -2.0

Cocoa and cocoa preparations (Dec. 2009=100)

18

0.248 114.1 114.2 25.2 2.1 -1.2 6.5 0.1

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

19

0.243 131.3 131.4 0.6 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.1

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

20

0.306 170.0 169.0 1.9 -0.1 0.5 0.7 -0.6

Beverages, spirits, and vinegar

22

0.931 125.8 127.8 2.8 0.0 -0.1 -0.1 1.6

Mineral products

V

20.089 351.2 347.0 2.6 -2.4 1.3 1.1 -1.2

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

27

19.830 348.4 344.2 2.8 -2.5 1.4 1.1 -1.2

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

8.112 152.5 152.5 2.5 0.3 0.0 -0.1 0.0

Inorganic chemicals

28

0.638 325.5 308.9 -6.2 5.6 2.5 -1.2 -5.1

Organic chemicals

29

2.375 135.1 136.1 1.1 -0.7 -1.0 -0.3 0.7

Pharmaceutical products

30

3.341 134.0 134.3 7.0 0.1 0.3 0.5 0.2

Fertilizers (Dec. 2009=100)

31

0.311 108.4 110.5 -4.9 -1.3 -1.2 -2.3 1.9

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

32

0.172 101.2 102.8 8.9 0.4 -0.4 -0.2 1.6

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

0.463 93.5 93.2 -6.0 0.6 -0.1 -0.2 -0.3

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

3.138 147.9 146.7 -2.8 -0.3 -0.4 0.1 -0.8

Plastics and articles thereof

39

2.006 149.8 149.9 1.4 -0.1 0.0 0.1 0.1

Rubber and articles thereof

40

1.132 146.2 142.7 -9.5 -0.7 -1.2 0.2 -2.4

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

VIII

0.611 127.7 127.8 1.8 -0.2 0.5 -0.9 0.1

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

42

0.575 130.2 130.3 2.7 -0.1 0.5 -0.2 0.1

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

IX

0.649 146.5 147.7 1.0 -0.9 -0.9 0.2 0.8

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

1.036 113.7 113.6 -0.3 -0.3 0.4 0.0 -0.1

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

48

0.683 107.2 107.3 -0.3 0.1 -0.1 0.0 0.1

Printed matter (Dec. 2013=100)

49

0.192 99.5 99.5 - 0.0 -0.1 0.0 0.0

Textile and textile articles

XI

4.687 114.0 114.1 0.3 0.2 0.0 -0.2 0.1

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted

61

1.830 102.9 102.9 -0.2 0.3 0.0 -0.1 0.0

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted

62

1.699 118.8 119.1 1.0 0.3 -0.1 -0.3 0.3

Made-up or worn textile articles

63

0.546 108.0 108.0 0.1 0.0 -0.1 0.1 0.0

Headgear, umbrellas, artifical flowers, etc.

XII

1.320 121.9 122.1 1.1 0.3 0.2 0.0 0.2

Footwear and parts of such articles

64

1.140 121.4 121.5 1.3 0.4 0.2 0.0 0.1

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

XIII

0.770 133.2 132.9 0.4 -0.2 -0.2 0.4 -0.2

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

68

0.254 126.4 125.4 -0.2 -0.3 -0.4 0.9 -0.8

Ceramic products

69

0.237 141.6 141.6 0.4 0.1 -0.1 0.4 0.0

Glass and glassware

70

0.279 129.6 129.6 0.9 -0.2 -0.1 0.0 0.0

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

XIV

2.604 180.2 185.8 3.2 0.1 -0.9 -1.0 3.1

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

5.322 183.0 183.6 2.5 -0.3 0.8 0.4 0.3

Iron and steel

72

1.264 222.5 223.4 4.0 0.0 0.5 -0.2 0.4

Articles of iron or steel

73

1.669 154.0 154.5 0.3 -0.8 0.4 0.4 0.3

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.433 327.2 324.9 0.8 -3.2 1.7 -0.5 -0.7

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.720 140.8 141.7 4.0 0.2 1.0 2.2 0.6

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

82

0.390 129.1 129.1 -0.1 0.4 0.0 -0.1 0.0

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.441 136.7 136.8 1.1 0.4 0.1 0.0 0.1

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

XVI

26.973 84.6 84.5 -0.5 0.0 0.2 0.0 -0.1

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

14.013 89.6 89.5 -0.2 -0.1 0.6 -0.1 -0.1

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

85

12.960 79.8 79.7 -0.7 0.3 0.0 0.0 -0.1

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

12.013 116.1 115.4 -0.4 0.1 0.0 0.0 -0.6

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

11.006 114.9 114.1 -0.5 0.2 0.0 0.0 -0.7

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

88

0.907 119.8 119.8 -0.3 -0.3 -0.3 0.1 0.0

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

XVIII

3.422 104.9 104.8 0.8 0.1 0.0 0.2 -0.1

Optical, photographic, measuring and medical instruments

90

3.125 101.7 101.7 0.8 0.0 0.1 0.2 0.0

Clocks and watches and parts thereof

91

0.241 143.9 143.1 1.3 0.3 -0.1 -0.1 -0.6

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

3.524 113.3 113.6 0.5 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.3

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

94

2.050 117.4 117.9 0.9 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.4

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

1.242 105.5 105.8 0.6 0.2 0.0 -0.2 0.3

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

96

0.232 135.7 135.1 -2.5 0.0 -0.3 0.4 -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 6. U.S. export price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: July 2013 to July 2014
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
June
2014(1)
Index Percent change
June
2014
July
2014
Annual Monthly
July
2013
to
July
2014
Mar.
2014
to
Apr.
2014
Apr.
2014
to
May
2014
May
2014
to
June
2014
June
2014
to
July
2014

Live animals; animal products

I

2.187 242.0 249.7 14.6 4.7 0.0 -1.3 3.2

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

02

1.306 189.0 196.9 16.6 6.1 2.1 1.2 4.2

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.349 200.2 206.8 11.7 3.0 -2.7 -1.6 3.3

Vegetable products

II

4.722 252.8 242.7 -9.4 0.7 0.8 -2.9 -4.0

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

1.117 174.3 168.0 8.9 -4.4 0.6 -4.8 -3.6

Cereals

10

1.118 246.5 237.0 -19.0 2.9 1.7 -8.7 -3.9

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

12

2.025 293.9 280.5 -8.0 2.3 0.3 1.1 -4.6

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

III

0.253 115.7 114.6 -12.7 1.8 0.1 -1.4 -1.0

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages,and tobacco

IV

2.947 169.5 167.1 0.1 1.3 -0.2 -0.2 -1.4

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

20

0.352 119.0 118.1 4.9 1.9 0.0 0.0 -0.8

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

22

0.482 110.7 110.8 -1.8 0.5 0.1 -0.8 0.1

Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed

23

0.763 279.6 263.7 -3.3 1.3 -0.6 -0.8 -5.7

Mineral products

V

9.519 295.9 297.3 0.7 -13.5 0.2 -1.7 0.5

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

26

0.442 95.0 96.5 6.3 -1.1 2.1 1.6 1.6

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

27

8.894 292.6 293.9 0.4 -14.3 0.1 -1.9 0.4

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

10.790 149.6 150.5 -1.8 -0.2 -0.1 0.4 0.6

Inorganic chemicals

28

0.872 171.7 170.5 -8.0 -1.4 0.5 -0.8 -0.7

Organic chemicals

29

3.103 163.0 169.6 3.9 -0.2 0.2 0.3 4.0

Pharmaceutical products

30

2.565 115.7 115.9 -4.8 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.2

Fertilizers (Dec. 2012=100)

31

0.300 84.1 84.1 -10.9 12.4 -0.6 -0.8 0.0

Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery cosmetic or toilet preparations

33

0.703 133.4 133.6 -3.5 -0.1 0.2 -0.1 0.1

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

34

0.463 120.7 115.8 -4.2 0.0 0.3 0.5 -4.1

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

1.784 156.7 152.7 -1.0 -1.8 -1.2 2.2 -2.6

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

5.191 150.5 150.9 1.1 0.2 -0.1 -0.1 0.3

Plastics and articles thereof

39

4.212 145.2 145.8 2.3 0.1 0.0 -0.1 0.4

Rubber and articles thereof

40

0.979 173.4 172.4 -4.1 0.5 -0.1 -0.2 -0.6

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

VIII

0.448 159.0 161.5 10.6 1.0 0.1 0.2 1.6

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

2.255 123.8 125.5 1.9 -0.5 -0.4 -1.0 1.4

Woodpulp and recovered paper

47

0.668 126.8 130.3 0.0 0.6 -1.2 -2.8 2.8

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

48

1.163 123.4 124.7 3.7 -1.3 0.2 -0.1 1.1

Textile and textile articles

XI

1.916 134.2 132.0 0.0 -0.8 -0.3 -0.9 -1.6

Cotton, including yarns and woven fabrics thereof

52

0.607 149.4 140.1 -5.0 -1.4 -1.0 -3.7 -6.2

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

XIII

0.744 120.2 120.2 1.5 0.3 0.3 0.0 0.0

Glass and glassware

70

0.381 98.7 98.7 1.2 0.4 0.5 -0.1 0.0

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

XIV

4.365 246.2 252.2 3.1 1.8 -1.4 -1.6 2.4

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

5.265 163.2 165.1 0.8 -0.6 0.6 -0.1 1.2

Iron and steel

72

1.427 191.8 190.1 4.1 0.8 1.1 -0.7 -0.9

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.592 225.0 233.5 1.2 -4.1 0.2 0.5 3.8

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.829 119.8 124.0 1.9 -2.3 2.0 0.3 3.5

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

82

0.401 138.6 141.6 6.6 -0.7 0.3 -0.1 2.2

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.311 147.1 147.1 -0.1 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0

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

XVI

27.845 97.7 97.4 0.1 0.0 0.3 0.0 -0.3

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

16.832 113.0 112.9 1.3 0.1 0.4 0.0 -0.1

Electrical machinery and equipment and parts and accessories thereof

85

11.013 81.0 80.7 -1.8 -0.1 0.1 0.0 -0.4

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

13.443 130.0 130.0 1.4 0.3 0.1 0.1 0.0

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

8.747 115.2 115.3 1.1 0.3 0.1 0.1 0.1

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

XVIII

6.004 107.7 107.5 0.4 0.2 0.0 0.0 -0.2

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

1.413 110.5 110.5 -0.4 0.4 -0.3 0.0 0.0

Furniture; stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings nesoi;

94

0.783 121.8 121.8 -0.7 0.5 -0.6 0.1 0.0

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

0.476 89.5 89.5 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0

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: July 2013 to July 2014
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Relative
import-
ance
June
2014(1)
Index Percent change
June
2014
July
2014
Annual Monthly
July
2013
to
July
2014
Mar.
2014
to
Apr.
2014
Apr.
2014
to
May
2014
May
2014
to
June
2014
June
2014
to
July
2014

Industrialized Countries(2)

100.000 133.9 133.8 1.4 -1.3 0.2 0.2 -0.1

Nonmanufactured articles

13.256 258.2 254.6 4.6 -5.6 -0.4 1.5 -1.4

Manufactured articles

86.171 124.0 124.2 1.0 -0.6 0.3 0.0 0.2

Other Countries(3)

100.000 138.4 138.0 -0.1 -0.1 0.3 -0.2 -0.3

Nonmanufactured articles

20.303 352.4 347.5 1.4 0.3 0.4 0.8 -1.4

Manufactured articles

79.453 109.5 109.5 -0.5 -0.2 0.3 -0.5 0.0

Canada

100.000 156.5 156.2 2.4 -2.7 -0.3 0.7 -0.2

Nonmanufactured articles

34.025 250.3 246.3 5.4 -5.8 -0.4 1.5 -1.6

Manufactured articles

65.120 135.3 136.1 0.5 -1.0 -0.3 0.4 0.6

European Union(4)

100.000 139.1 139.2 2.5 0.5 0.4 0.1 0.1

Manufactured articles

99.309 135.3 135.3 2.4 0.4 0.4 0.1 0.0

France (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 123.3 123.1 1.2 -0.1 0.6 0.3 -0.2

Germany (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 120.0 119.0 2.7 0.5 0.2 0.4 -0.8

United Kingdom (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 131.3 132.2 3.6 0.7 0.5 0.2 0.7

Latin America(5)

100.000 173.3 172.5 -1.0 -0.1 0.3 -0.3 -0.5

Nonmanufactured articles

29.444 374.6 371.5 -1.0 0.7 0.4 0.3 -0.8

Manufactured articles

70.166 130.3 129.9 -0.8 -0.5 0.3 -0.5 -0.3

Mexico (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 142.0 141.5 -1.4 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 -0.4

Nonmanufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

17.151 200.7 197.0 -1.9 -0.1 -0.1 -0.6 -1.8

Manufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

82.599 92.7 92.7 -1.1 -0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0

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

100.000 102.7 102.5 -0.6 -0.1 0.0 0.0 -0.2

China (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 104.1 103.9 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0 -0.2

Japan

100.000 98.9 98.6 -1.6 -0.2 -0.1 0.0 -0.3

Asian NICs(7)

100.000 88.9 88.9 -2.3 -0.4 0.0 0.0 0.0

ASEAN (Dec. 2003=100)(8)

100.000 103.8 103.6 -0.9 -0.2 -0.2 -0.3 -0.2

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

100.000 264.8 264.3 1.3 0.4 -1.0 -0.3 -0.2

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: July 2013 to July 2014
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Relative
import-
ance
June
2014(1)
Index Percent change
June
2014
July
2014
Annual Monthly
July
2013
to
July
2014
Mar.
2014
to
Apr.
2014
Apr.
2014
to
May
2014
May
2014
to
June
2014
June
2014
to
July
2014

Air Freight

Import Air Freight

100.000 175.7 175.2 1.8 -0.5 -0.1 0.0 -0.3

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

28.314 180.7 179.5 8.8 -0.6 0.1 0.2 -0.7

Asia

67.392 151.3 151.0 -0.3 -0.5 -0.1 -0.1 -0.2

Export Air Freight

100.000 160.3 159.9 9.4 0.2 5.8 0.0 -0.2

Europe (Dec. 2006=100)

35.556 143.2 143.0 8.7 0.1 5.4 0.0 -0.1

Inbound Air Freight

100.000 165.3 165.0 2.7 -0.2 0.5 0.1 -0.2

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

27.208 159.6 159.2 7.4 -0.3 0.1 0.1 -0.3

Asia

62.386 147.6 147.4 1.3 -0.3 0.8 0.0 -0.1

Outbound Air Freight

100.000 153.2 153.2 5.4 -0.2 3.2 0.1 0.0

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

33.477 172.0 172.0 7.6 -0.1 3.6 0.2 0.0

Asia

47.138 145.2 145.2 4.6 -0.4 2.9 0.1 0.0

Air Passenger Fares

Import Air Passenger Fares

100.000 208.5 202.7 2.6 0.3 2.1 6.9 -2.8

Europe

43.557 236.1 223.7 1.8 -1.4 3.8 8.7 -5.3

Asia

24.528 167.4 164.3 -1.6 -1.2 8.3 5.8 -1.9

Latin America/Caribbean

8.213 169.3 172.1 -2.1 3.2 -3.3 0.5 1.7

Export Air Passenger Fares

100.000 196.6 203.5 0.4 3.0 2.0 4.8 3.5

Europe

30.206 263.5 261.9 -0.7 3.1 4.3 13.2 -0.6

Asia

29.258 168.3 171.5 3.3 2.2 8.8 1.4 1.9

Latin America/Caribbean

18.275 196.8 187.4 -8.7 -2.0 -2.3 1.3 -4.8

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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Last Modified Date: August 14, 2014