The International Price Program (IPP) produces Import/Export Price Indexes (MXP) containing data on changes in the prices of nonmilitary goods and services traded between the U.S. and the rest of the world.

Announcement

  • NEW Locality of Destination and Terms of Trade Data (HTML)
  • 2018 Publication Changes (PDF)

Next Release:

  • September 2018 U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes are scheduled to be released on October 12, 2018, at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time.

MXP News Releases

U.S. import prices decline 0.6% in August; export prices edge down 0.1%

09/14/2018

Prices for U.S. imports declined 0.6 percent in August following a 0.1-percent drop in July. Import prices advanced 3.7 percent for the 12 months ended in August. The price index for U.S. exports decreased 0.1 percent in August and rose 3.6 percent over the past 12 months.
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  • U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes (Current Month) (HTML) (PDF)
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MXP Databases

MXP Databases

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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Database holds current time series data that are published simultaneously with the Import and Export Price Index News Release. The data query and extraction tool provides users with an interface to select more than 1000 data series. Unique letter/number combinations represent different descriptors that characterize the index type, product or industry classification, geographic coverage, and time period availability. More information on the format of the data can be found at https://download.bls.gov/pub/time.series/ei/ei.txt.

More Tools

  • Series Identifiers Key—Not sure what code to use for what you are looking for? Use this as a guide to how the series codes are defined. The Series Identifiers Key presents all published data series for the Import and Export Price Indexes with detailed descriptions of the data series codes. The purpose of this file is to act as a data dictionary for data users to more easily identify the data series they would like to use.
  • Series Report—Already know the series identifier for the statistic you want? Use this shortcut to retrieve your data.
  • Locality-Based Index Codes Prefixes - Looking for an industry level index by country or region? Use this as a guide to the database codes.
  • Text files (FTP) - For those who want it all. Download a flat file of the entire database or large subset of the database.

MXP Tables

Archives: Previous versions of these tables are available upon request.

MXP Publications

Publications other than the monthly news release are produced in order to provide a comprehensive understanding over a variety of topics including how the import/export price indexes are connected to different aspects of the U.S. economy, how they are used by other agencies and organizations, and more. For a general overview of the price indexes, please review the Overview Pamphlet.

Articles and Research Papers Using MXP Data

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Data Uses and Fact Sheets

MXP Competitiveness Measures

Data users interested in measuring the competitiveness of U.S. goods in domestic and foreign markets can use the U.S. import and export price indexes. The BLS presents a report and accompanying tables to provide more information for users interested in comparing import price indexes to the corresponding Producer Price Indexes. Additionally, the BLS publishes locality of origin indexes measuring import prices from select countries, regions, and groupings; locality of destination indexes measuring export prices to select countries, regions, and groupings; and U.S. terms of trade indexes measuring the purchasing power of U.S. exports relative to imports for all goods by select localities where both a LOO and LOD index is published.

 

MXP Variance Statistics

In order to help users assess the precision of the U.S. import and export price index series, BLS is now providing variance estimates for these figures. Currently, the data are only calculated for the all-import and all-export series. In the future, however, the published variance estimates will also be made available at a more detailed level.



Report

  • Variance Estimates for Changes in the Import and Export Price Indexes, January–December 2017 (PDF)
  • Variance Estimates for Changes in the Import and Export Price Indexes, January–December 2016 (PDF)
  • Variance Estimates for Changes in the Import and Export Price Indexes, January–December 2015 (PDF)
  • Variance Estimates for Changes in the Import and Export Price Indexes, January–December 2014 (PDF)
  • Variance Estimates for Changes in the Import and Export Price Indexes, January–December 2013 (PDF)
  • Variance Estimates for Changes in the Import and Export Price Indexes, January–December 2012 (PDF)
  • Variance Estimates for Changes in the Import and Export Price Indexes, January–December 2011 (PDF)

MXP Presentations

Import and Export Price Index Discussion Series

The Discussion Series are presentations followed by an open discussion of a topic relating to Import and Export prices.

Presentations are usually held every few months in the BLS Conference and Training Center.

To suggest future topics, please email: US_BLS_IPP_Outreach_Group@bls.gov.

To view past presentations, please visit our MXP Presentations page.

International Price Comparisons

The international price program participates in the collection of prices that are used to represent the U.S. in certain international price comparisons.

OECD Purchasing Power Parities

World Bank International Comparisons Program

Penn Tables

MXP Frequently Asked Questions

MXP Special Notices

MXP Notices

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MXP Contacts

Technical Assistance:

  • Telephone: (202) 691-7101
  • E-Mail: Contact us
  • Fax (202) 691-7179
  • Mail:
  • Division of International Prices
    Bureau of Labor Statistics
    2 Massachusetts Avenue N.E.
    Rm. 3955
    Washington, DC 20212

Media Contact:

  • Telephone: (202) 691-5902

Regional Office Assistance:

Information about the Import/Export Price Indexes and other BLS data may be obtained from any of the eight BLS Regional Economic Analysis and Information offices.

BLS Email Subscription Service:

Subscribers to the BLS Email Subscription Service can receive the Import/Export Price Indexes and other BLS news releases; data summaries; and new publication notifications by email. More information about this free service may be found on the BLS News Service Subscription Page.