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International Price Program: Overview

The U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes are derived from a monthly business survey of U.S. companies that import and export goods and two services: air freight and air passenger fares. The indexes are commonly referred to as the MXPI where M is used for imports and X for exports. The survey records the price changes of the same item over time; each item in the market basket is used to calculate price indexes that measure the average change in prices of imports and exports of industries and products.

Quick Facts: International Price Program
Subject areas Prices
Key measures
  • Import price indexes
  • Export price indexes
How the data are obtained Survey of businesses
Classification system Geography, Industry, Commodity
Periodicity of data availability Monthly
Geographic detail International, National
Scope Private sector
Key products
Program webpage

www.bls.gov/mxp

Last Modified Date: June 22, 2020