U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes News Release

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

U.S. import prices advanced 0.6 percent in March, after a 0.9-percent increase in February, the U.S. Bureau 
of Labor Statistics reported today. Higher fuel prices and nonfuel prices each contributed to the rise in 
import prices in March. U.S. export prices increased 0.8 percent in March following a 0.7-percent advance 
the previous month. 

Imports

All Imports: Import prices rose 0.6 percent in March and increased 1.9 percent over the first quarter of 
2014. The advance from December 2013 to March 2014 was the largest 3-month rise since the index 
increased 2.5 percent between July and October 2012. Despite the recent advances, import prices fell 0.6 
percent over the past year. Import prices have not recorded a 12-month rise since the index increased 0.9 
percent for the year ended July 2013.

Fuel Imports: Fuel prices advanced 1.2 percent in March following a 5.3-percent rise the previous month. 
The March increase was driven by a 21.7-percent advance in natural gas prices. The price index for natural 
gas rose 177.7 percent for the 6-month period from September 2013 to March 2014. Petroleum prices also 
advanced in March, ticking up 0.1 percent. Overall fuel prices increased 0.8 percent for the year ended in 
March as a 115.3-percent jump in natural gas prices more than offset a 2.4-percent drop in petroleum prices. 
The increase in natural gas prices over the past 12 months was the largest year-over-year advance for the 
index since a 122.3-percent rise in October 2005 in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. 

All Imports Excluding Fuel: Prices for nonfuel imports also increased in March, rising 0.3 percent, after 
edging down 0.1 percent in February. The March increase was led by a 3.7-percent advance in foods, feeds, 
and beverages prices, although higher nonfuel industrial supplies and materials prices and prices for capital 
goods also contributed to the advance. The price indexes for consumer goods and automotive vehicles 
recorded no change in March. Despite the March rise, nonfuel import prices declined 0.8 percent over the 
past 12 months.   

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

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

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

February

0.9 (r)5.3 (r)-0.1 (r)0.7 (r)1.4 0.6

March

0.6 1.2 0.3 0.8 2.7 0.5

Mar. 2012 to 2013

-2.1 -6.6 -0.4 0.2 8.7 -0.8

Mar. 2013 to 2014

-0.6 0.8 -0.8 0.2 -1.6 0.4

Footnotes
(r) Revised

Exports

All Exports: Export prices advanced 0.8 percent in March, the largest monthly increase for the index since 
a 0.8-percent rise in September 2012. Rising prices for both agricultural exports and nonagricultural exports 
each contributed to the advance in export prices. Prices for exports also rose over the past year, increasing 
0.2 percent. The year-over-year advance was the first 12-month rise since a 0.3-percent increase between 
July 2012 and July 2013. 

Agricultural Exports: The price index for agricultural exports increased 2.7 percent in March, after a 1.4-
percent advance in February. The March rise was driven by a 6.6-percent increase in soybeans prices, a 7.8-
percent gain in wheat prices, a 2.8-percent advance in meat prices, and a 7.0-percent rise in corn prices. 
Prices for agricultural exports decreased 1.6 percent for the year ended in March, led by falling prices over 
the past year for corn, soybeans, and wheat. 

All Exports Excluding Agriculture: Prices for nonagricultural exports increased 0.5 percent in March 
following a 0.6-percent rise in February. Higher prices for nonagricultural industrial supplies and materials, 
capital goods, and consumer goods all contributed to the advance. The price index for automotive vehicles 
was unchanged in March.


                                      SELECTED MARCH HIGHLIGHTS

Import Prices

Imports by Locality of Origin: Import prices from China edged down 0.1 percent in March, after 
increasing 0.2 percent the previous month. The March decline was driven by a 1.0-percent decrease in the 
price index for communications equipment manufacturing. Prices for imports from China fell 0.3 percent 
over the past year. The price index for imports from Japan ticked up 0.1 percent in March, the first monthly 
advance for the index since a 0.1-percent increase in October 2012. Import prices from Canada rose 1.7 
percent in March, led by higher natural gas prices. The price indexes for imports from Mexico and the 
European Union also advanced in March, rising 1.0 percent and 0.1 percent, respectively. 

Nonfuel Industrial Supplies and Materials: Nonfuel industrial supplies and materials increased 0.6 
percent in March, after ticking up 0.1 percent in February. The March advance was driven by a 1.0-percent 
rise in chemicals prices and a 0.8-percent increase in unfinished metals prices.  

Finished Goods: Import finished goods prices were mostly unchanged in March. The price index for capital 
goods ticked up 0.1 percent, led by a 0.8-percent rise in semiconductor prices. Despite the advance, prices 
for capital goods fell 0.6 percent over the past 12 months. Consumer goods prices and prices for automotive 
vehicles each recorded no change in March.  

Foods, Feeds, and Beverages: Prices for foods, feeds, and beverages rose 3.7 percent in March, the largest 
monthly gain for the index since a 4.3-percent increase in March 2011. The March 2014 advance was driven 
by a 14.0-percent rise in fruit prices, the largest one-month increase for that index since the index was first 
published monthly in December 1993.

Transportation Services: Import air passenger fares declined 3.4 percent in March, led by a 5.1-percent 
drop in European fares and a 3.4-percent decrease in Asian fares. Despite the March decrease, import air 
passenger fares rose 4.8 percent over the past year. Import air freight prices increased 0.4 percent in March, 
after decreasing 0.6 percent in February. The price index for import air freight advanced 1.2 percent for the 
year ended in March. 

Export Prices

Nonagricultural Industrial Supplies and Materials: Nonagricultural industrial supplies and materials 
prices advanced 1.3 percent in March following a 1.6-percent increase the previous month. A 2.5-percent 
rise in fuel prices was the largest contributor to the advance in March.  

Finished Goods: Finished goods prices were mostly up in March. Capital goods prices increased 0.2 
percent following a 0.3-percent advance in February and a 0.2-percent rise in January. Prices for consumer 
goods advanced 0.3 percent, after falling 0.4 percent the previous month. The price index for automotive 
vehicles was unchanged in March. 

Transportation Services: Export air passenger fares increased 4.3 percent in March, as higher Asian fares, 
Latin American/Caribbean fares, and European fares all contributed to the advance. Despite the March rise, 
export air passenger fares declined 3.0 percent over the past 12 months. The price index for export air 
freight was unchanged in March and rose 1.5 percent over the past year. 


Import and Export Price Index data for April 2014 are scheduled for release on Tuesday, May 13, 
2014 at 8:30 a.m. (EDT). 

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

All commodities

  100.000 139.6 140.4 -0.6 0.1 0.4 0.9 0.6

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

  74.723 102.0 102.2 -1.2 -0.2 0.3 -0.1 0.2

All imports excluding petroleum

  81.244 115.9 116.6 0.1 0.2 0.5 0.1 0.6

All imports excluding fuels (Dec. 2001=100)

  79.909 119.2 119.6 -0.8 -0.1 0.3 -0.1 0.3

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

5.186 175.7 182.2 4.9 0.5 0.6 -0.7 3.7

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

3.895 189.9 199.1 2.4 0.7 -0.1 -1.0 4.8

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

1.291 143.7 143.8 13.8 -0.3 3.1 0.3 0.1

Industrial supplies & materials

1

32.949 251.8 254.1 -1.4 0.3 0.7 3.2 0.9

Industrial supplies & materials excluding petroleum

  14.193 164.5 168.0 0.5 1.0 1.3 1.4 2.1

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

  12.858 178.9 179.9 -4.6 -0.4 0.2 0.1 0.6

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

  7.758 167.0 168.0 -5.6 -0.5 -0.6 0.7 0.6

Industrial supplies & materials nondurable excluding petroleum

  5.099 160.6 167.0 8.5 2.9 3.6 2.2 4.0

Fuels & lubricants

10

20.092 345.1 349.1 0.8 0.7 1.0 5.3 1.2

Petroleum & petroleum products

100

18.757 375.8 376.2 -2.4 -0.2 0.3 4.7 0.1

Crude

10000

14.017 382.5 387.5 -2.5 -1.0 0.5 4.4 1.3

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

101

1.162 199.9 236.4 90.8 26.4 17.2 17.1 18.3

Gas-natural

10110

1.011 193.7 235.8 115.3 31.2 21.4 18.9 21.7

Paper & paper base stocks

11

0.537 113.6 112.6 -0.1 -0.3 -0.5 0.3 -0.9

Materials associated with nondurable supplies & materials

12

4.636 168.5 169.7 -3.0 -0.3 1.3 -1.0 0.7

Selected building materials

13

1.049 143.2 143.0 -4.0 -0.1 0.1 0.5 -0.1

Unfinished metals related to durable goods

14

3.492 236.8 238.8 -9.4 -1.0 -0.7 1.2 0.8

Finished metals related to durable goods

15

1.625 156.3 157.5 -1.9 0.1 0.0 0.3 0.8

Nonmetals related to durable goods

16

1.519 111.4 111.6 -2.4 -0.2 -1.1 0.3 0.2

Capital goods

2

24.854 92.3 92.4 -0.6 -0.1 0.1 -0.3 0.1

Electric generating equipment

20

2.995 119.4 119.4 -0.1 0.0 0.2 -0.1 0.0

Nonelectrical machinery

21

19.926 85.0 85.1 -0.8 -0.1 0.1 -0.4 0.1

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

22

1.932 136.2 136.2 0.3 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.0

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

13.523 113.1 113.1 -1.6 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1 0.0

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

23.488 108.1 108.1 0.4 -0.2 0.7 0.1 0.0

Nondurables, manufactured

40

11.326 117.9 117.8 1.7 0.0 1.3 0.1 -0.1

Durables, manufactured

41

10.975 97.9 97.9 -1.3 -0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0

Nonmanufactured consumer goods

42

1.187 120.2 120.4 3.4 0.0 1.2 1.4 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 2. U.S. export price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: March 2013 to March 2014
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description End
Use
Relative
import-
ance
Feb.
2014(1)
Index Percent change
Feb.
2014
Mar.
2014
Annual Monthly
Mar.
2013
to
Mar.
2014
Nov.
2013
to
Dec.
2013
Dec.
2013
to
Jan.
2014
Jan.
2014
to
Feb.
2014
Feb.
2014
to
Mar.
2014

All commodities

  100.000 133.6 134.7 0.2 0.4 0.3 0.7 0.8

Agricultural commodities

  9.842 215.6 221.4 -1.6 0.3 -0.1 1.4 2.7

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

  80.355 102.2 102.5 -0.6 -0.1 0.3 0.2 0.3

Nonagricultural commodities

  90.158 127.7 128.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.6 0.5

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

8.965 214.8 220.7 -2.1 0.5 -0.4 1.2 2.7

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

8.350 218.1 224.4 -2.2 0.5 -0.3 1.2 2.9

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

0.615 187.5 187.1 -2.1 1.1 -2.5 1.5 -0.2

Industrial supplies & materials

1

34.044 182.6 184.8 0.9 1.0 0.9 1.7 1.2

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

  11.046 170.2 171.4 -6.2 -0.8 -0.3 -0.1 0.7

Industrial supplies & materials, nondurable

  22.997 190.1 193.0 4.8 2.0 1.4 2.5 1.5

Agricultural industrial supplies & materials

10

1.492 206.9 209.6 2.2 0.0 0.9 2.7 1.3

Nonagricultural industrial supplies & materials

  32.552 181.8 184.1 0.9 1.0 0.9 1.6 1.3

Fuels & lubricants

11

10.680 281.5 288.5 9.1 4.5 1.9 4.1 2.5

Nonagricultural supplies & materials excluding fuels & building materials

12

20.847 166.1 167.2 -3.0 -0.4 0.3 0.5 0.7

Selected building materials

13

1.025 128.8 128.8 6.7 0.4 1.7 0.1 0.0

Capital goods

2

36.031 107.0 107.2 0.5 0.0 0.2 0.3 0.2

Electrical generating equipment

20

3.640 114.9 115.6 0.6 0.0 0.3 -0.1 0.6

Nonelectrical machinery

21

25.463 95.3 95.5 -0.1 -0.1 0.1 -0.1 0.2

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

22

6.928 155.6 156.0 2.9 0.1 0.8 1.6 0.3

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

9.366 113.6 113.6 0.1 0.0 0.1 -0.1 0.0

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

11.594 114.4 114.7 -0.9 0.1 -0.1 -0.4 0.3

Nondurables, manufactured

40

5.325 111.1 110.8 -3.7 -0.1 -1.6 -1.2 -0.3

Durables, manufactured

41

4.949 112.3 112.1 -0.2 0.1 0.5 -0.1 -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: March 2013 to March 2014
[December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
Feb.
2014(1)
Index Percent change
Feb.
2014
Mar.
2014
Annual Monthly
Mar.
2013
to
Mar.
2014
Nov.
2013
to
Dec.
2013
Dec.
2013
to
Jan.
2014
Jan.
2014
to
Feb.
2014
Feb.
2014
to
Mar.
2014

Nonmanufactured articles

  17.399 171.4 176.7 3.2 0.6 1.4 4.7 3.1

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

1.733 171.0 191.8 8.4 1.7 -0.1 -1.9 12.2

Crop production

111

1.297 174.4 203.1 11.1 2.8 -0.7 -2.8 16.5

Forestry and logging (Dec. 2012=100)

113

0.158 90.1 87.0 -17.2 -3.5 1.2 -1.9 -3.4

Mining

21

15.666 171.2 174.7 2.6 0.5 1.6 5.5 2.0

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

212

0.253 126.0 124.9 -6.8 0.4 -4.8 1.5 -0.9

Manufactured articles

  82.200 116.3 116.4 -1.0 -0.1 0.3 0.3 0.1

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

10.433 124.7 125.4 1.5 -0.1 0.4 0.1 0.6

Food manufacturing

311

3.056 158.8 160.8 4.7 -0.6 1.1 0.6 1.3

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.921 115.3 115.4 1.7 0.1 0.3 0.3 0.1

Textile mills (Dec. 2011=100)

313

0.355 102.1 102.1 0.2 0.5 0.5 0.0 0.0

Textile product mills

314

0.763 114.4 114.3 -0.9 -0.1 0.2 -0.2 -0.1

Apparel manufacturing

315

3.699 110.2 110.6 0.0 0.2 -0.1 -0.3 0.4

Leather and allied product manufacturing

316

1.638 122.3 122.8 1.2 0.0 0.2 0.2 0.4

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

17.702 138.9 138.0 -1.1 0.4 1.0 1.2 -0.6

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.634 122.9 122.8 -5.5 -0.2 0.1 0.6 -0.1

Paper manufacturing

322

0.978 110.7 110.2 0.1 -0.1 -0.3 -0.1 -0.5

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

323

0.188 100.2 100.2 - - 0.2 0.0 0.0

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

4.227 167.9 163.1 -3.7 1.7 -0.9 6.1 -2.9

Chemical manufacturing

325

8.890 136.7 136.9 0.4 0.0 2.5 -0.2 0.1

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

1.949 123.4 123.2 -3.0 0.1 -0.6 -0.2 -0.2

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.836 130.4 130.3 1.1 0.0 0.2 0.2 -0.1

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

54.065 107.8 107.9 -1.6 -0.2 0.0 0.0 0.1

Primary metal manufacturing

331

4.105 156.0 157.2 -9.0 -0.9 -0.4 1.0 0.8

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.659 126.2 126.5 -2.2 -0.2 0.0 -0.1 0.2

Machinery manufacturing

333

6.879 121.4 121.6 0.0 -0.1 0.6 -0.2 0.2

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

15.943 80.1 80.1 -1.4 -0.1 -0.1 -0.4 0.0

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

4.075 118.4 118.3 -1.3 -0.3 -0.3 0.0 -0.1

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

14.374 111.6 111.6 -0.9 0.0 0.0 -0.1 0.0

Furniture and related product manufacturing

337

1.342 114.8 115.1 0.7 0.1 0.3 -0.1 0.3

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

4.688 121.4 122.2 1.1 -0.2 0.2 0.2 0.7

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: March 2013 to March 2014
[December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
Feb.
2014(1)
Index Percent change
Feb.
2014
Mar.
2014
Annual Monthly
Mar.
2013
to
Mar.
2014
Nov.
2013
to
Dec.
2013
Dec.
2013
to
Jan.
2014
Jan.
2014
to
Feb.
2014
Feb.
2014
to
Mar.
2014

Nonmanufactured articles

  7.972 178.8 187.1 7.5 1.3 5.2 5.9 4.6

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

4.964 196.1 202.9 -5.8 0.4 -0.1 1.2 3.5

Crop production

111

4.569 202.7 209.8 -6.3 0.3 0.2 1.4 3.5

Mining

21

3.008 123.1 131.1 40.2 3.8 16.6 14.6 6.5

Mining (except oil and gas)

212

1.338 100.4 100.1 -6.5 -0.1 0.0 -0.8 -0.3

Manufactured articles

  90.134 120.8 121.4 -0.2 0.3 -0.1 0.4 0.5

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

6.958 152.5 154.2 1.4 0.5 0.0 0.7 1.1

Food manufacturing

311

4.856 174.2 176.7 1.1 0.5 -0.2 0.6 1.4

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.550 125.1 125.1 -2.4 -0.6 -2.1 2.9 0.0

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

316

0.277 102.2 104.9 - - 1.4 0.8 2.6

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

26.390 134.3 135.2 0.1 1.1 -0.4 0.5 0.7

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.454 123.8 127.1 9.6 0.1 0.8 -0.3 2.7

Paper manufacturing

322

1.812 125.0 125.6 3.9 0.1 0.5 1.3 0.5

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

7.724 175.3 178.8 4.6 5.0 -0.6 1.9 2.0

Chemical manufacturing

325

13.222 127.9 128.0 -3.0 -0.2 -0.5 -0.1 0.1

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

2.139 118.6 118.0 -1.3 -0.3 -0.8 -0.3 -0.5

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.761 112.4 112.6 1.5 0.0 0.0 0.4 0.2

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

56.786 112.5 112.8 -0.6 -0.1 0.1 0.3 0.3

Primary metal manufacturing

331

4.561 146.3 148.7 -11.2 -1.7 -1.7 1.2 1.6

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.759 131.5 130.5 -1.1 0.4 0.0 -0.2 -0.8

Machinery manufacturing

333

11.575 123.4 123.5 1.2 0.1 0.3 0.0 0.1

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

13.665 87.7 87.9 -1.5 -0.2 -0.1 -0.2 0.2

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

3.441 114.4 115.0 1.1 0.0 0.5 0.2 0.5

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

15.452 119.4 119.5 1.4 0.0 0.3 0.7 0.1

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

337

0.353 106.1 106.1 0.6 0.0 0.3 -1.4 0.0

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

4.979 123.7 125.2 2.4 0.3 0.9 0.5 1.2

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 5. U.S. import price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: March 2013 to March 2014
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
Feb.
2014(1)
Index Percent change
Feb.
2014
Mar.
2014
Annual Monthly
Mar.
2013
to
Mar.
2014
Nov.
2013
to
Dec.
2013
Dec.
2013
to
Jan.
2014
Jan.
2014
to
Feb.
2014
Feb.
2014
to
Mar.
2014

Live animals; animal products

I

1.294 195.6 198.7 15.3 -0.2 2.8 1.2 1.6

Meat and edible meat offal

02

0.276 231.9 242.7 11.7 0.8 0.9 3.2 4.7

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.736 149.0 149.1 19.1 -0.6 4.1 0.4 0.1

Vegetable products

II

1.615 195.7 211.1 -1.6 2.7 -0.1 -3.2 7.9

Edible vegetables, roots, and tubers

07

0.348 328.0 352.9 -6.7 4.4 2.1 -18.2 7.6

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

0.439 109.0 127.7 7.7 2.0 -1.4 -1.4 17.2

Coffee, tea, mate and spices

09

0.331 235.6 254.4 1.6 3.8 -2.7 7.1 8.0

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

III

0.240 111.3 119.7 0.3 -0.4 -2.2 -1.2 7.5

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages, and tobacco

IV

2.473 159.4 160.4 1.9 -0.5 0.2 0.3 0.6

Sugars and sugar confectionary (Dec. 2012=100)

17

0.162 86.4 87.6 -13.1 -2.1 -1.9 0.8 1.4

Cocoa and cocoa preparations (Dec. 2009=100)

18

0.217 99.2 106.2 23.1 -0.9 0.4 -1.7 7.1

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

19

0.244 131.3 131.2 -0.5 0.0 0.5 0.0 -0.1

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

20

0.306 169.1 169.0 4.9 -2.6 1.9 2.7 -0.1

Beverages, spirits, and vinegar

22

0.937 126.0 125.8 1.0 0.2 0.2 0.3 -0.2

Mineral products

V

19.931 346.6 351.0 0.7 0.6 0.9 5.5 1.3

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

27

19.667 343.7 348.1 0.8 0.6 1.0 5.6 1.3

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

8.118 151.8 152.0 0.4 0.1 2.3 0.0 0.1

Inorganic chemicals

28

0.594 301.7 305.1 -16.5 -0.7 -0.4 -2.3 1.1

Organic chemicals

29

2.428 137.4 137.0 -0.8 0.9 0.1 0.4 -0.3

Pharmaceutical products

30

3.332 133.0 132.6 7.5 -0.1 5.5 0.2 -0.3

Fertilizers (Dec. 2009=100)

31

0.313 108.1 114.1 -12.2 -0.5 3.7 -1.0 5.6

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

32

0.171 100.2 100.4 6.9 -0.3 6.6 -0.1 0.2

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

0.465 93.4 93.4 -9.1 -1.1 -2.3 -0.1 0.0

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

3.152 147.7 147.4 -3.8 -0.4 0.5 -1.1 -0.2

Plastics and articles thereof

39

1.986 147.5 147.5 -0.4 -0.3 1.3 -1.3 0.0

Rubber and articles thereof

40

1.166 149.7 148.5 -9.3 -0.7 -0.7 -0.6 -0.8

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

VIII

0.613 127.6 128.5 1.7 0.1 1.0 0.1 0.7

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

42

0.566 128.8 129.8 1.9 0.1 0.9 0.1 0.8

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

IX

0.664 149.0 148.9 -5.9 -0.3 0.1 0.5 -0.1

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

1.044 114.0 113.4 0.2 -0.1 -0.3 0.0 -0.5

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

48

0.686 107.2 107.2 0.0 -0.2 -0.4 -0.2 0.0

Printed matter (Dec. 2013=100)

49

0.194 99.8 99.7 - - 0.0 -0.2 -0.1

Textile and textile articles

XI

4.698 113.7 113.9 -0.3 0.1 -0.1 -0.2 0.2

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted

61

1.826 102.1 102.8 -1.2 0.0 -0.1 -0.6 0.7

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted

62

1.708 118.8 118.8 1.4 0.2 -0.1 0.1 0.0

Made-up or worn textile articles

63

0.548 107.8 107.7 -0.1 0.0 0.4 -0.2 -0.1

Headgear, umbrellas, artifical flowers, etc.

XII

1.316 120.9 121.0 0.0 -0.1 -0.1 0.0 0.1

Footwear and parts of such articles

64

1.135 120.2 120.3 0.1 0.0 -0.1 0.1 0.1

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

XIII

0.775 133.2 133.1 0.8 0.0 0.2 0.0 -0.1

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

68

0.256 126.3 126.1 0.6 -0.1 0.2 0.0 -0.2

Ceramic products

69

0.237 140.9 140.9 0.4 0.1 -0.1 0.0 0.0

Glass and glassware

70

0.282 130.2 130.2 1.4 -0.1 0.3 0.0 0.0

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

XIV

2.595 178.6 183.6 -8.8 -1.9 -1.0 1.2 2.8

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

5.295 181.1 181.3 -2.4 0.1 0.2 0.4 0.1

Iron and steel

72

1.263 221.1 220.7 0.2 0.9 0.3 1.1 -0.2

Articles of iron or steel

73

1.665 152.8 154.8 -1.7 -0.1 -0.6 0.1 1.3

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.461 345.9 334.3 -6.2 0.2 3.3 0.3 -3.4

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.700 136.0 136.1 -3.4 -1.2 0.3 0.9 0.1

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

82

0.392 129.0 128.7 -0.7 0.1 -0.7 0.0 -0.2

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.440 135.8 135.9 -0.2 0.1 0.2 -0.1 0.1

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

XVI

27.088 84.5 84.5 -1.1 -0.1 0.1 -0.1 0.0

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

14.057 89.4 89.5 -0.4 -0.2 0.2 -0.2 0.1

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

85

13.031 79.7 79.7 -1.6 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 0.0

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

12.062 116.0 115.9 -0.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.1

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

11.044 114.7 114.6 -0.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.1

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

88

0.918 120.4 120.3 0.2 -0.1 0.2 0.0 -0.1

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

XVIII

3.409 103.9 104.2 0.5 -0.2 0.3 -0.6 0.3

Optical, photographic, measuring and medical instruments

90

3.110 100.7 101.0 0.5 -0.1 0.2 -0.6 0.3

Clocks and watches and parts thereof

91

0.241 143.5 144.0 1.3 -0.3 1.6 -0.3 0.3

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

3.537 113.1 113.2 0.1 0.0 -0.1 0.0 0.1

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

94

2.053 116.9 117.2 0.1 -0.2 0.1 -0.2 0.3

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

1.250 105.6 105.7 0.5 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.1

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

96

0.234 136.1 135.7 -2.0 0.1 -2.0 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 6. U.S. export price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: March 2013 to March 2014
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
Feb.
2014(1)
Index Percent change
Feb.
2014
Mar.
2014
Annual Monthly
Mar.
2013
to
Mar.
2014
Nov.
2013
to
Dec.
2013
Dec.
2013
to
Jan.
2014
Jan.
2014
to
Feb.
2014
Feb.
2014
to
Mar.
2014

Live animals; animal products

I

2.034 226.5 234.3 7.4 0.8 -1.7 1.8 3.4

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

02

1.146 166.9 172.4 1.9 0.5 -1.6 0.8 3.3

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.352 203.6 202.6 -0.3 2.3 -2.6 2.4 -0.5

Vegetable products

II

4.580 246.7 255.7 -6.5 0.0 0.5 0.4 3.6

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

1.214 190.6 187.6 20.5 -0.6 6.9 1.5 -1.6

Cereals

10

1.090 241.8 257.9 -17.7 -0.7 -2.9 1.8 6.7

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

12

1.834 267.9 283.3 -4.4 3.8 -1.6 0.6 5.7

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

III

0.241 111.2 115.4 -14.6 0.3 -1.6 -3.0 3.8

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages,and tobacco

IV

2.888 167.2 167.9 0.5 0.5 0.1 0.7 0.4

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

20

0.338 114.9 114.6 1.8 1.4 1.1 -0.2 -0.3

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

22

0.478 110.6 110.9 -2.2 -0.4 -0.5 -1.3 0.3

Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed

23

0.749 276.0 281.5 5.7 1.8 -0.9 4.8 2.0

Mineral products

V

10.565 330.5 339.5 9.8 4.3 2.3 4.2 2.7

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

26

0.429 92.7 92.5 -5.3 -1.3 3.3 -1.4 -0.2

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

27

9.958 329.7 339.3 10.8 4.6 2.3 4.5 2.9

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

10.716 149.5 149.6 -3.2 0.0 -0.4 -0.6 0.1

Inorganic chemicals

28

0.891 175.9 175.3 -5.2 -0.6 -0.7 0.6 -0.3

Organic chemicals

29

3.105 163.6 163.6 -2.7 0.2 1.6 -0.1 0.0

Pharmaceutical products

30

2.539 114.9 114.8 -7.1 -0.3 -2.7 -2.3 -0.1

Fertilizers (Dec. 2012=100)

31

0.257 72.3 74.3 -23.5 -4.1 -7.8 3.7 2.8

Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery cosmetic or toilet preparations

33

0.700 133.3 133.4 -3.8 0.3 -0.1 -1.8 0.1

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

34

0.464 121.4 118.8 -0.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 -2.1

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

1.784 157.2 158.1 3.5 1.0 1.0 -0.1 0.6

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

5.145 150.1 150.5 0.2 -0.1 0.0 0.5 0.3

Plastics and articles thereof

39

4.180 145.0 145.3 1.7 -0.2 0.3 0.6 0.2

Rubber and articles thereof

40

0.965 172.0 172.9 -5.8 0.1 -0.9 -0.2 0.5

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

VIII

0.430 153.7 157.0 8.7 1.2 1.5 1.3 2.1

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

2.274 125.6 126.2 4.6 -0.5 1.0 1.6 0.5

Woodpulp and recovered paper

47

0.685 130.9 131.5 4.2 -1.6 1.0 2.5 0.5

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

48

1.163 124.1 124.9 5.4 -0.1 1.2 1.6 0.6

Textile and textile articles

XI

1.940 136.8 136.8 5.4 0.1 2.6 1.3 0.0

Cotton, including yarns and woven fabrics thereof

52

0.634 157.0 158.2 9.1 -0.8 5.2 3.9 0.8

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

XIII

0.732 119.1 119.4 1.2 0.0 0.1 0.3 0.3

Glass and glassware

70

0.375 97.7 97.7 0.3 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.0

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

XIV

4.262 241.9 249.6 -9.9 -1.8 -0.8 1.3 3.2

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

5.307 165.5 165.2 -2.5 0.2 0.8 -0.8 -0.2

Iron and steel

72

1.381 186.7 190.3 -2.4 0.9 1.7 -2.0 1.9

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.609 232.7 229.4 -8.6 -1.3 2.1 -2.5 -1.4

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.838 121.9 119.8 -4.1 -0.9 0.5 1.1 -1.7

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

82

0.399 138.7 139.3 5.8 0.9 1.2 -0.1 0.4

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.309 146.9 147.0 0.5 -0.1 -0.1 0.1 0.1

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

XVI

27.546 97.2 97.4 -0.1 -0.1 0.1 0.2 0.2

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

16.621 112.3 112.5 1.0 -0.1 0.2 0.4 0.2

Electrical machinery and equipment and parts and accessories thereof

85

10.925 80.9 81.1 -1.6 -0.1 -0.1 0.0 0.2

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

13.289 129.3 129.5 1.3 0.0 0.5 0.1 0.2

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

8.664 114.8 114.8 1.0 -0.1 0.7 -0.2 0.0

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

XVIII

5.948 107.4 107.5 0.2 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.1

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

1.403 110.4 110.3 -0.5 0.0 0.5 0.0 -0.1

Furniture; stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings nesoi;

94

0.776 121.5 121.4 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.0 -0.1

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

0.474 89.6 89.6 -1.5 0.0 1.4 -0.1 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: March 2013 to March 2014
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Relative
import-
ance
Feb.
2014(1)
Index Percent change
Feb.
2014
Mar.
2014
Annual Monthly
Mar.
2013
to
Mar.
2014
Nov.
2013
to
Dec.
2013
Dec.
2013
to
Jan.
2014
Jan.
2014
to
Feb.
2014
Feb.
2014
to
Mar.
2014

Industrialized Countries(2)

100.000 133.1 134.1 1.2 -0.2 0.9 1.5 0.8

Nonmanufactured articles

12.986 251.5 263.2 18.2 -0.3 5.5 10.9 4.7

Manufactured articles

86.449 123.7 123.9 -1.0 -0.2 0.3 0.3 0.2

Other Countries(3)

100.000 138.4 138.6 -1.6 0.1 0.1 0.6 0.1

Nonmanufactured articles

19.771 343.3 350.5 -3.9 0.5 -0.2 1.7 2.1

Manufactured articles

79.972 110.3 109.9 -0.8 0.0 0.2 0.3 -0.4

Canada

100.000 155.0 157.7 3.8 -0.1 1.9 3.3 1.7

Nonmanufactured articles

33.436 243.6 255.5 20.3 -0.1 6.4 11.1 4.9

Manufactured articles

65.700 135.2 135.5 -3.1 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 0.2

European Union(4)

100.000 137.7 137.8 1.5 -0.2 0.9 0.1 0.1

France (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 123.3 122.2 0.1 0.0 0.2 0.4 -0.9

Germany (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 118.3 118.6 2.3 -0.2 1.0 -0.2 0.3

United Kingdom (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 129.1 129.5 0.4 -0.2 0.1 -0.1 0.3

Latin America(5)

100.000 172.8 173.5 -3.0 0.5 0.1 0.6 0.4

Nonmanufactured articles

28.554 362.3 371.7 -4.8 1.8 -0.3 1.2 2.6

Manufactured articles

71.032 131.5 130.9 -1.9 0.0 0.2 0.3 -0.5

Mexico (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 140.5 141.9 -2.9 0.1 0.1 -0.4 1.0

Nonmanufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

16.227 187.9 200.5 -6.4 2.4 0.4 -1.6 6.7

Manufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

83.525 92.7 92.7 -1.8 -0.3 0.0 -0.2 0.0

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

100.000 102.8 102.8 -1.1 -0.1 -0.1 -0.2 0.0

China (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 103.9 103.8 -0.3 0.1 -0.1 0.2 -0.1

Japan

100.000 99.0 99.1 -2.9 -0.3 -0.2 -0.1 0.1

Asian NICs(7)

100.000 89.5 89.4 -0.7 -1.2 -0.3 0.0 -0.1

ASEAN (Dec. 2003=100)(8)

100.000 104.3 104.5 0.6 -0.1 -0.2 -0.4 0.2

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

100.000 264.6 268.4 -3.6 -0.7 1.1 3.3 1.4

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: March 2013 to March 2014
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Relative
import-
ance
Feb.
2014(1)
Index Percent change
Feb.
2014
Mar.
2014
Annual Monthly
Mar.
2013
to
Mar.
2014
Nov.
2013
to
Dec.
2013
Dec.
2013
to
Jan.
2014
Jan.
2014
to
Feb.
2014
Feb.
2014
to
Mar.
2014

Air Freight

Import Air Freight

100.000 176.1 176.8 1.2 -0.6 0.0 -0.6 0.4

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

28.367 181.4 182.1 7.3 -0.8 1.6 -0.5 0.4

Asia

67.368 151.6 152.2 -0.7 -0.5 -0.6 -0.7 0.4

Export Air Freight

100.000 151.2 151.2 1.5 -0.2 2.4 0.2 0.0

Europe (Dec. 2006=100)

35.753 135.9 135.7 1.7 -0.2 2.3 0.4 -0.1

Inbound Air Freight

100.000 163.0 164.9 0.7 -0.4 -0.4 -0.7 1.2

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

27.580 159.6 160.2 5.3 -0.6 1.9 -0.2 0.4

Asia

61.889 144.4 146.8 -1.0 -0.4 -1.4 -1.0 1.7

Outbound Air Freight

100.000 147.6 148.2 -0.2 0.1 0.6 0.0 0.4

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

33.207 164.4 164.4 2.0 0.0 0.4 -0.1 0.0

Asia

47.308 140.5 141.5 -0.9 0.2 0.8 0.1 0.7

Air Passenger Fares

Import Air Passenger Fares

100.000 197.1 190.4 4.8 7.1 -6.4 0.3 -3.4

Europe

43.675 223.7 212.4 3.0 -2.5 -0.7 3.2 -5.1

Asia

23.740 153.1 147.9 0.2 15.6 -8.2 -3.4 -3.4

Latin America/Caribbean

8.502 165.7 168.7 0.5 10.0 -10.4 -1.4 1.8

Export Air Passenger Fares

100.000 172.4 179.8 -3.0 8.5 2.5 -12.5 4.3

Europe

27.468 210.2 216.6 -2.3 -2.4 -2.7 0.0 3.0

Asia

28.409 143.4 149.3 -6.9 9.5 11.9 -21.3 4.1

Latin America/Caribbean

21.111 199.4 208.4 4.9 9.3 2.9 -7.6 4.5

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: April 10, 2014