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Import/Export Price Indexes

Mountain-Plains: Price Movements of Top Exports and Other Highlights

January 2024

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The Mountain-Plains region, which consists of Utah, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming, exported a total trade dollar value of $60.7 billion in 2022, an increase of 3.6 percent from 2021. Export prices for chemical manufacturing, the largest industry in the region by trade dollar value, declined in December. Export prices for food manufacturing also decreased, and primary metal manufacturing export prices rose over the same period.

Top Six Mountain-Plains Exports by Trade Dollar Value, 2022

  • The Mountain-Plains states accounted for 2.9 percent of total U.S. exports by trade dollar value in 2022.
  • The largest Mountain-Plains export industry in 2022, chemical manufacturing, represented 3.2 percent of total U.S. exports in the category.
  • The top 6 export industries from the Mountain Plains accounted for 72.2 percent of the region's total export trade dollar value in 2022.

U.S. Export Price Indexes: Chemical Manufacturing

  • The price index for chemical manufacturing exports decreased 0.2 percent in December.
  • Export chemical manufacturing prices declined 2.8 percent over the past year.
  • A 4.7-percent decrease in prices for basic chemical manufacturing led the 12-month decline in prices for chemical manufacturing.

U.S. Export Price Indexes: Food Manufacturing

  • Prices for food manufacturing exports fell 0.5 percent in December.
  • Food manufacturing export prices declined 3.2 percent over the past 12 months.
  • A 9.7-percent drop in grain and oilseed milling prices led the over-the-year decline in prices for food manufacturing.

U.S. Export Price Indexes: Primary Metal Manufacturing

  • Prices for export primary metal manufacturing increased 0.9 percent in December.
  • The export price index for primary metal manufacturing declined 5.1 percent from December 2022 to December 2023.
  • A 5.7-percent decline in prices for alumina and aluminum production and processing contributed to the 12-month drop in primary metal manufacturing prices.

Mountain-Plains States by Export Trade Dollar Value, 2022

  • The top 3 Mountain-Plains exporting states—Utah, Missouri, and Kansas—accounted for 2.3 percent of total U.S. exports by trade dollar value in 2022.
  • Utah accounted for 27.3 percent of total Mountain-Plains exports in 2022, Missouri 26.5 percent, and Kansas 23.0 percent.
  • Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming combined for 23.3 percent of Mountain-Plains exports by trade dollar value in 2022.


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Last Modified Date: January 25, 2024