U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes News Release

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

U.S. import prices fell 0.4 percent in April following a 0.4-percent advance the previous month, the U.S. 
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Declining fuel prices drove the April decrease. U.S. export prices 
decreased 1.0 percent in April, after rising 1.0 percent in March. 

Imports

All Imports: Import prices declined 0.4 percent in April, after increasing 1.8 percent in the first quarter of 
2014. The April drop was the first monthly decrease since the index fell 0.9 percent in November 2013. 
Import prices also fell 0.3 percent over the past 12 months and have not recorded a year-over-year advance 
since the index increased 0.9 percent from July 2012 to July 2013.  

Fuel Imports: Fuel prices declined 1.7 percent in April, the first decrease for the index since a 4.2-percent 
drop in November 2013. Falling prices for both petroleum and natural gas contributed to the April drop in 
import prices. Overall fuel prices advanced 1.3 percent for the year ended in April driven by rising prices for 
both petroleum and natural gas. Petroleum prices declined 0.7 percent in April following a 5.5 percent 
increase over the previous 3 months. Prices for petroleum ticked up 0.1 percent over the past year, the first 
overall advance since a 1.1-percent rise for the year ended in September 2013. The price index for natural 
gas fell 18.5 percent in April following a 6-month period between September 2013 and March 2014 when 
the index jumped 157.8 percent. Despite the downturn in April, natural gas prices increased 41.1 percent 
over the past 12 months.         

All Imports Excluding Fuel: The price index for nonfuel imports recorded no change in April, after rising 
0.3 percent in March. Prices for nonfuel imports decreased 0.7 percent over the past year led by lower prices 
for nonfuel industrial supplies and materials, automotive vehicles, and capital goods. The price indexes for 
foods, feeds, and beverages and consumer goods rose between April 2013 and April 2014, up 4.2 percent 
and 0.2 percent, respectively.   


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

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)0.8 0.3 0.3 (r)0.0 0.4

February

(r)1.1 (r)6.0 -0.1 (r)0.8 1.4 0.6

March

(r)0.4 (r)0.6 0.3 (r)1.0 (r)2.8 (r)0.8

April

-0.4 -1.7 0.0 -1.0 1.4 -1.2

Apr. 2012 to 2013

-2.7 -8.1 -0.7 -0.8 4.3 -1.5

Apr. 2013 to 2014

-0.3 1.3 -0.7 0.1 2.1 -0.1

Footnotes
(r) Revised


Exports 

All Exports: Export prices fell 1.0 percent in April, after rising in each of the previous 5 months. The April 
decrease was the largest monthly decline since the index fell 1.7 percent in June 2012, and was led by lower 
nonagricultural prices which more than offset rising agricultural prices. The price index for overall exports 
increased 0.1 percent for the year ended in April following a 0.4-percent year-over-year rise the previous 
month.      

Agricultural Exports: Prices for agricultural exports increased 1.4 percent in April following a 2.8-percent 
rise in March. A 6.0-percent advance in meat prices drove the increase in agricultural prices, although 
higher prices for soybeans, wheat, and corn also contributed to the overall advance. The price index for 
agricultural exports increased 2.1 percent over the past 12 months led by higher fruit, meat, and soybeans 
prices.                         

All Exports Excluding Agriculture: The price index for nonagricultural exports fell 1.2 percent in April, 
after rising in each of the previous 5 months. The decrease was driven by a 3.6-percent drop in 
nonagricultural industrial supplies and materials prices which more than offset rising prices for each of the 
major finished goods categories. Overall nonagricultural export prices fell 0.1 percent between April 2013 
and April 2014, driven by lower prices for nonagricultural industrial supplies and materials and consumer 
goods. 


                                       SELECTED APRIL HIGHLIGHTS


Import Prices

Imports by Locality of Origin: Prices for imports from China edged down 0.1 percent for the second 
consecutive month in April. Import prices from China declined 0.4 percent over the past 12 months. The 
price index for imports from Japan fell 0.1 percent in April, after rising 0.2 percent in March. Import prices 
from Canada declined 1.6 percent in April, led by lower fuel prices. In contrast, the price index for imports 
from the European Union advanced 0.3 percent in April following a 0.2-percent increase the previous 
month. Import prices from Mexico were unchanged in April after a 1.1-percent rise in March.    

Nonfuel Industrial Supplies and Materials: The price index for nonfuel industrial supplies and materials 
rose 0.1 percent in April, after a 0.6-percent increase in March. The April advance was mostly led by a 3.5-
percent rise in fertilizer, pesticides, and insecticides prices, although a 2.0-percent increase in nonmonetary 
gold prices also contributed to the increase.    

Finished Goods: Each of the major finished goods prices increased in April. The price indexes for 
consumer goods and automotive vehicles each rose 0.2 percent in April, after recording no change the 
previous month. Capital goods prices ticked up 0.1 percent in April.   

Foods, Feeds, and Beverages: Prices for foods, feeds, and beverages declined 0.7 percent in April 
following a 3.4-percent advance in March. A 10.7-percent downturn in coffee prices in April, which had 
increased 10.1 percent in March, more than offset a 3.4-percent April increase in meat prices.

Transportation Services: Import air passenger fares advanced 0.3 percent in April, after a 3.4-percent 
decrease the previous month. The April increase was led by a 3.2-percent rise in Latin American/Caribbean 
fares which more than offset lower European and Asian fares. The index for import air passenger fares 
increased 4.8 percent over the past 12 months. Import air freight prices fell 0.5 percent in April following a 
0.2-percent advance in March. Prices for import air freight rose 1.8 percent for the year ended in April.     


Export Prices

Nonagricultural Industrial Supplies and Materials: The price index for nonagricultural industrial 
supplies and materials fell 3.6 percent in April, the largest monthly decline for the index since a 3.9-percent 
drop in June 2012. The April 2014 decrease was driven by a 10.4-percent decline in fuel prices.  

Finished Goods: Finished goods prices increased for each of the major end-use categories. Capital goods 
prices advanced 0.1 percent in April, after rising 0.2 percent in March. The price indexes for consumer 
goods and automotive vehicles each advanced 0.3 percent in April. The rise in consumer goods prices 
followed a 0.3-percent advance in March while prices for automotive vehicles were unchanged over the 
same period.  

Transportation Services: Export air passenger fares rose 3.2 percent in April, after a 4.1-percent increase 
the previous month. The April advance was led by a 3.8-percent increase in European fares and a 2.2-
percent rise in Asian fares. The index for export air passenger fares advanced 2.7 percent over the past 12 
months. Export air freight prices increased 0.2 percent in April and 1.4 percent over the past year. 

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


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

All commodities

  100.000 140.3 139.8 -0.3 0.4 1.1 0.4 -0.4

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

  74.463 102.1 102.2 -1.0 0.3 -0.1 0.1 0.1

All imports excluding petroleum

  81.253 116.4 116.2 -0.3 0.4 0.2 0.4 -0.2

All imports excluding fuels (Dec. 2001=100)

  79.801 119.6 119.6 -0.7 0.3 -0.1 0.3 0.0

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

5.338 181.7 180.5 4.2 0.6 -0.7 3.4 -0.7

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

4.051 198.4 197.2 2.4 -0.1 -1.0 4.4 -0.6

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

1.287 143.9 142.6 10.2 3.1 0.3 0.1 -0.9

Industrial supplies & materials

1

33.078 253.9 251.3 -0.8 0.5 3.7 0.6 -1.0

Industrial supplies & materials excluding petroleum

  14.330 166.9 164.3 -1.6 1.3 1.6 1.3 -1.6

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

  12.878 180.0 180.2 -3.7 0.2 0.1 0.6 0.1

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

  7.770 168.0 168.1 -4.7 -0.6 0.7 0.6 0.1

Industrial supplies & materials nondurable excluding petroleum

  5.108 164.7 159.0 2.1 3.5 2.7 2.1 -3.5

Fuels & lubricants

10

20.201 348.6 342.5 1.3 0.8 6.0 0.6 -1.7

Petroleum & petroleum products

100

18.749 377.3 374.6 0.1 0.1 5.3 0.1 -0.7

Crude

10000

14.169 388.4 388.3 0.7 0.5 5.3 0.6 0.0

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

101

1.280 221.1 184.5 32.4 17.0 19.8 8.2 -16.6

Gas-natural

10110

1.138 218.9 178.4 41.1 21.2 22.3 10.0 -18.5

Paper & paper base stocks

11

0.530 112.7 112.5 -0.2 -0.5 0.3 -0.8 -0.2

Materials associated with nondurable supplies & materials

12

4.651 169.8 170.1 -2.4 1.3 -0.9 0.7 0.2

Selected building materials

13

1.043 143.0 142.0 -5.9 0.1 0.5 -0.1 -0.7

Unfinished metals related to durable goods

14

3.511 239.1 240.4 -6.9 -0.7 1.2 1.0 0.5

Finished metals related to durable goods

15

1.629 157.4 156.4 -2.0 0.0 0.3 0.8 -0.6

Nonmetals related to durable goods

16

1.514 111.6 111.8 -2.1 -1.0 0.3 0.1 0.2

Capital goods

2

24.748 92.3 92.4 -0.4 0.0 -0.2 0.0 0.1

Electric generating equipment

20

2.971 119.0 119.1 -0.5 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1 0.1

Nonelectrical machinery

21

19.852 85.0 85.0 -0.6 0.0 -0.2 0.0 0.0

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

22

1.925 136.3 136.3 0.3 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.0

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

13.462 113.1 113.3 -1.0 -0.1 -0.1 0.0 0.2

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

23.375 108.0 108.2 0.2 0.7 0.0 0.0 0.2

Nondurables, manufactured

40

11.276 117.9 118.1 1.3 1.3 0.1 0.0 0.2

Durables, manufactured

41

10.915 97.8 97.9 -1.3 0.0 -0.1 0.0 0.1

Nonmanufactured consumer goods

42

1.184 120.4 121.8 4.5 1.2 1.4 0.2 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 2. U.S. export price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: April 2013 to April 2014
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description End
Use
Relative
import-
ance
Mar.
2014(1)
Index Percent change
Mar.
2014
Apr.
2014
Annual Monthly
Apr.
2013
to
Apr.
2014
Dec.
2013
to
Jan.
2014
Jan.
2014
to
Feb.
2014
Feb.
2014
to
Mar.
2014
Mar.
2014
to
Apr.
2014

All commodities

  100.000 135.0 133.7 0.1 0.3 0.8 1.0 -1.0

Agricultural commodities

  10.017 221.6 224.7 2.1 0.0 1.4 2.8 1.4

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

  79.817 102.5 102.6 -0.4 0.2 0.2 0.4 0.1

Nonagricultural commodities

  89.983 128.7 127.2 -0.1 0.4 0.6 0.8 -1.2

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

9.125 220.9 224.6 2.0 -0.4 1.3 2.7 1.7

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

8.518 224.7 228.3 2.0 -0.3 1.3 2.9 1.6

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

0.607 186.9 191.8 0.7 -2.5 1.5 -0.3 2.6

Industrial supplies & materials

1

34.353 186.1 179.8 -0.8 0.9 1.8 1.8 -3.4

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

  11.032 171.7 172.2 -5.4 -0.3 0.0 0.8 0.3

Industrial supplies & materials, nondurable

  23.321 194.7 184.7 1.7 1.4 2.6 2.3 -5.1

Agricultural industrial supplies & materials

10

1.499 210.0 209.8 2.4 0.9 1.9 2.3 -0.1

Nonagricultural industrial supplies & materials

  32.854 185.4 178.8 -1.0 0.9 1.7 1.8 -3.6

Fuels & lubricants

11

11.058 294.4 263.7 2.6 1.9 4.6 4.1 -10.4

Nonagricultural supplies & materials excluding fuels & building materials

12

20.782 167.2 167.1 -2.7 0.4 0.4 0.7 -0.1

Selected building materials

13

1.014 128.8 128.9 5.6 1.7 0.1 0.0 0.1

Capital goods

2

35.726 107.1 107.2 0.7 0.1 0.3 0.2 0.1

Electrical generating equipment

20

3.613 115.2 115.2 0.3 0.3 -0.1 0.3 0.0

Nonelectrical machinery

21

25.242 95.5 95.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 -0.1

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

22

6.872 155.9 156.4 3.2 0.8 1.5 0.3 0.3

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

9.273 113.6 113.9 0.4 0.1 -0.1 0.0 0.3

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

11.523 114.9 115.2 -0.3 -0.1 -0.3 0.3 0.3

Nondurables, manufactured

40

5.269 111.0 111.0 -3.0 -1.5 -1.2 -0.2 0.0

Durables, manufactured

41

4.897 112.2 112.4 0.1 0.5 0.0 -0.2 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: April 2013 to April 2014
[December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
Mar.
2014(1)
Index Percent change
Mar.
2014
Apr.
2014
Annual Monthly
Apr.
2013
to
Apr.
2014
Dec.
2013
to
Jan.
2014
Jan.
2014
to
Feb.
2014
Feb.
2014
to
Mar.
2014
Mar.
2014
to
Apr.
2014

Nonmanufactured articles

  17.796 176.2 173.6 3.7 1.4 5.6 1.9 -1.5

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

1.940 192.5 190.9 9.8 -0.1 -1.8 12.4 -0.8

Crop production

111

1.502 203.1 199.8 12.6 -0.7 -2.7 16.3 -1.6

Forestry and logging (Dec. 2012=100)

113

0.152 87.0 83.8 -18.9 1.2 -1.9 -3.4 -3.7

Mining

21

15.856 174.1 171.4 3.0 1.5 6.5 0.8 -1.6

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

212

0.250 124.8 125.4 -6.1 -4.8 1.2 -0.6 0.5

Manufactured articles

  81.804 116.4 116.3 -0.8 0.3 0.2 0.2 -0.1

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

10.428 125.3 125.3 1.5 0.4 0.1 0.5 0.0

Food manufacturing

311

3.068 160.2 159.4 3.4 1.1 0.6 0.9 -0.5

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.918 115.5 115.6 2.0 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.1

Textile mills (Dec. 2011=100)

313

0.354 102.1 102.1 0.3 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0

Textile product mills

314

0.760 114.5 114.4 -0.9 0.2 -0.1 0.0 -0.1

Apparel manufacturing

315

3.691 110.6 110.8 0.3 0.0 -0.3 0.3 0.2

Leather and allied product manufacturing

316

1.637 122.9 123.3 1.4 0.2 0.2 0.5 0.3

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

17.527 138.3 137.6 -1.1 0.7 1.2 -0.1 -0.5

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.630 122.7 121.4 -8.8 0.1 0.6 -0.2 -1.1

Paper manufacturing

322

0.968 110.2 110.3 0.2 -0.3 -0.1 -0.5 0.1

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

323

0.187 100.1 100.1 - 0.2 0.0 -0.1 0.0

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

4.106 163.9 160.0 -2.9 -1.8 5.4 -0.8 -2.4

Chemical manufacturing

325

8.870 137.1 137.3 0.3 2.5 -0.1 0.2 0.1

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

1.935 123.1 123.0 -2.5 -0.7 -0.2 -0.2 -0.1

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.831 130.3 130.4 1.1 0.2 0.2 -0.1 0.1

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

53.849 107.9 108.0 -1.1 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.1

Primary metal manufacturing

331

4.115 157.2 157.5 -6.7 -0.5 1.0 0.9 0.2

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.650 126.4 126.8 -1.9 0.0 -0.1 0.2 0.3

Machinery manufacturing

333

6.842 121.4 121.4 0.2 0.5 -0.2 0.0 0.0

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

15.860 80.1 80.2 -1.1 -0.2 -0.2 0.0 0.1

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

4.055 118.4 118.3 -1.1 -0.2 0.0 -0.1 -0.1

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

14.300 111.6 111.8 -0.4 0.0 -0.1 0.0 0.2

Furniture and related product manufacturing

337

1.339 115.1 115.2 0.7 0.3 -0.1 0.3 0.1

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

4.688 122.0 121.7 0.6 0.2 0.2 0.6 -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 4. U.S. export price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: April 2013 to April 2014
[December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
Mar.
2014(1)
Index Percent change
Mar.
2014
Apr.
2014
Annual Monthly
Apr.
2013
to
Apr.
2014
Dec.
2013
to
Jan.
2014
Jan.
2014
to
Feb.
2014
Feb.
2014
to
Mar.
2014
Mar.
2014
to
Apr.
2014

Nonmanufactured articles

  8.604 195.3 174.2 3.0 5.2 6.9 8.2 -10.8

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

5.094 203.6 204.7 -1.2 -0.1 1.2 3.8 0.5

Crop production

111

4.690 210.6 212.1 -0.8 0.2 1.4 3.9 0.7

Mining

21

3.510 145.3 105.7 12.9 16.6 17.5 15.1 -27.3

Mining (except oil and gas)

212

1.320 100.2 99.0 -7.0 0.1 -0.9 -0.2 -1.2

Manufactured articles

  89.485 121.4 120.8 -0.2 -0.1 0.4 0.5 -0.5

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

6.961 154.3 156.9 3.5 0.0 0.7 1.2 1.7

Food manufacturing

311

4.875 176.9 181.1 4.1 -0.1 0.6 1.5 2.4

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.543 124.9 124.8 -2.0 -2.1 2.7 0.0 -0.1

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

316

0.281 104.9 106.5 - 1.4 0.8 2.6 1.5

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

26.233 135.1 131.9 -1.3 -0.4 0.5 0.6 -2.4

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.461 127.1 131.3 12.0 0.8 -0.3 2.7 3.3

Paper manufacturing

322

1.798 125.5 124.8 3.1 0.5 1.3 0.4 -0.6

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

7.773 178.5 164.2 0.1 -0.6 1.9 1.8 -8.0

Chemical manufacturing

325

13.067 127.9 127.8 -2.8 -0.4 -0.2 0.0 -0.1

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

2.105 118.1 118.4 -1.9 -0.7 -0.3 -0.5 0.3

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.754 112.7 113.1 1.7 0.0 0.4 0.2 0.4

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

56.291 112.8 113.1 -0.2 0.1 0.3 0.3 0.3

Primary metal manufacturing

331

4.584 148.8 150.4 -9.2 -1.7 1.2 1.7 1.1

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.718 131.1 131.4 -0.7 0.0 0.0 -0.5 0.2

Machinery manufacturing

333

11.446 123.4 123.4 1.1 0.2 0.0 0.1 0.0

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

13.522 87.9 87.8 -1.1 -0.1 -0.2 0.2 -0.1

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

3.406 114.6 114.8 0.7 0.5 0.2 0.2 0.2

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

15.282 119.5 119.8 1.6 0.3 0.6 0.2 0.3

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

337

0.353 107.2 107.9 2.0 0.3 -1.4 1.0 0.7

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

4.979 125.2 125.8 2.9 1.0 0.4 1.2 0.5

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


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

Live animals; animal products

I

1.307 198.5 202.4 15.3 2.8 1.1 1.6 2.0

Meat and edible meat offal

02

0.281 237.1 246.6 12.4 0.9 2.1 3.3 4.0

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.734 149.2 149.5 16.0 4.1 0.5 0.1 0.2

Vegetable products

II

1.733 211.1 209.2 -0.4 -0.1 -3.1 7.8 -0.9

Edible vegetables, roots, and tubers

07

0.372 352.9 353.8 7.0 2.1 -18.2 7.6 0.3

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

0.512 127.8 128.1 2.2 -1.4 -1.1 16.8 0.2

Coffee, tea, mate and spices

09

0.355 254.1 230.2 -4.1 -2.7 7.1 7.9 -9.4

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

III

0.250 116.8 115.3 -2.2 -2.2 -0.7 4.4 -1.3

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages, and tobacco

IV

2.472 160.1 160.4 2.2 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.2

Sugars and sugar confectionary (Dec. 2012=100)

17

0.163 87.6 87.5 -10.2 -1.9 0.8 1.4 -0.1

Cocoa and cocoa preparations (Dec. 2009=100)

18

0.231 106.2 108.4 26.6 0.4 -1.7 7.1 2.1

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

19

0.243 131.2 131.3 -0.5 0.5 0.0 -0.1 0.1

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

20

0.304 168.5 169.0 4.7 1.9 2.4 -0.1 0.3

Beverages, spirits, and vinegar

22

0.933 126.0 126.0 1.5 0.2 0.3 0.0 0.0

Mineral products

V

20.052 350.3 344.7 1.3 0.7 6.1 0.7 -1.6

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

27

19.788 347.4 341.7 1.4 0.8 6.2 0.6 -1.6

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

8.099 152.2 152.8 0.5 2.2 0.1 0.2 0.4

Inorganic chemicals

28

0.598 305.2 323.9 -9.6 -0.4 -2.2 1.1 6.1

Organic chemicals

29

2.413 137.2 136.4 -0.2 0.1 0.5 -0.2 -0.6

Pharmaceutical products

30

3.313 132.8 133.2 5.4 5.5 0.2 -0.2 0.3

Fertilizers (Dec. 2009=100)

31

0.328 113.9 112.4 -12.5 3.7 -1.0 5.4 -1.3

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

32

0.173 101.4 102.2 9.0 6.2 0.6 0.9 0.8

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

0.462 93.2 93.4 -8.1 -2.3 -0.2 -0.1 0.2

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

3.131 147.5 147.1 -3.8 0.5 -1.0 -0.1 -0.3

Plastics and articles thereof

39

1.979 147.7 147.7 -0.5 1.2 -1.2 0.1 0.0

Rubber and articles thereof

40

1.152 148.5 147.5 -8.9 -0.7 -0.6 -0.8 -0.7

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

VIII

0.614 128.4 128.2 1.3 0.7 0.2 0.8 -0.2

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

42

0.568 129.8 129.7 1.7 0.9 0.1 0.8 -0.1

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

IX

0.660 148.8 147.3 -9.5 0.1 0.5 -0.1 -1.0

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

1.034 113.5 113.2 -0.1 -0.3 0.0 -0.4 -0.3

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

48

0.683 107.2 107.3 0.2 -0.4 -0.2 0.0 0.1

Printed matter (Dec. 2013=100)

49

0.193 99.6 99.6 - 0.0 -0.2 -0.2 0.0

Textile and textile articles

XI

4.689 114.0 114.1 0.1 0.0 -0.3 0.3 0.1

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted

61

1.829 102.8 102.7 -1.2 -0.1 -0.5 0.6 -0.1

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted

62

1.701 118.8 119.2 1.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3

Made-up or worn textile articles

63

0.546 107.9 107.9 -0.3 0.4 -0.1 0.0 0.0

Headgear, umbrellas, artifical flowers, etc.

XII

1.315 121.3 121.8 0.5 0.0 0.1 0.2 0.4

Footwear and parts of such articles

64

1.135 120.7 121.2 0.6 0.0 0.2 0.2 0.4

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

XIII

0.770 133.2 133.1 0.9 0.2 0.0 0.0 -0.1

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

68

0.254 126.2 125.9 0.6 0.2 0.0 -0.1 -0.2

Ceramic products

69

0.236 140.9 141.1 0.4 -0.1 0.0 0.0 0.1

Glass and glassware

70

0.280 130.2 130.1 1.6 0.3 0.0 0.0 -0.1

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

XIV

2.656 183.6 183.7 -7.6 -1.0 1.2 2.8 0.1

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

5.274 181.2 180.8 -1.4 0.2 0.3 0.2 -0.2

Iron and steel

72

1.259 221.5 221.4 1.1 0.3 1.1 0.1 0.0

Articles of iron or steel

73

1.670 154.1 153.1 -2.2 -0.7 -0.3 1.2 -0.6

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.443 334.3 323.5 -5.5 3.3 0.3 -3.4 -3.2

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.697 136.1 136.4 -1.4 0.3 0.9 0.1 0.2

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

82

0.390 128.7 129.4 0.2 -0.7 0.0 -0.2 0.5

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.439 135.9 136.6 0.4 0.2 -0.1 0.1 0.5

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

XVI

26.927 84.4 84.4 -0.9 0.0 -0.1 0.0 0.0

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

13.978 89.3 89.2 -0.6 0.1 -0.2 0.0 -0.1

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

85

12.949 79.6 79.9 -1.2 0.0 -0.1 -0.1 0.4

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

12.000 115.9 116.1 -0.3 0.0 0.0 -0.1 0.2

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

10.987 114.6 114.8 -0.3 0.0 -0.1 0.0 0.2

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

88

0.913 120.4 120.3 0.2 0.2 0.1 -0.1 -0.1

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

XVIII

3.416 104.6 104.7 0.9 0.4 -0.4 0.4 0.1

Optical, photographic, measuring and medical instruments

90

3.118 101.4 101.4 0.7 0.3 -0.4 0.4 0.0

Clocks and watches and parts thereof

91

0.241 144.0 144.8 2.8 1.6 -0.3 0.3 0.6

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

3.520 113.0 113.1 0.0 -0.1 -0.2 0.1 0.1

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

94

2.050 117.3 117.4 0.3 0.1 -0.1 0.3 0.1

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

1.238 105.1 105.0 -0.2 0.0 -0.2 -0.1 -0.1

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

96

0.232 135.5 135.4 -2.2 -2.1 0.1 -0.4 -0.1

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

Live animals; animal products

I

2.079 234.0 243.8 11.1 -1.7 2.1 3.1 4.2

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

02

1.170 172.1 181.3 7.4 -1.6 1.1 2.8 5.3

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.347 202.3 208.2 2.7 -2.6 2.4 -0.6 2.9

Vegetable products

II

4.711 256.4 255.2 -2.3 0.6 0.4 3.8 -0.5

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

1.200 190.3 172.7 15.3 6.9 1.8 -0.5 -9.2

Cereals

10

1.151 257.9 265.5 -10.7 -2.9 1.8 6.7 2.9

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

12

1.920 283.3 289.8 3.4 -1.6 0.6 5.7 2.3

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

III

0.247 115.1 117.1 -14.8 -1.6 -3.0 3.5 1.7

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages,and tobacco

IV

2.872 167.9 169.8 1.7 0.1 0.6 0.5 1.1

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

20

0.340 116.9 119.2 5.2 1.1 -0.3 1.8 2.0

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

22

0.475 110.9 111.5 -1.6 -0.5 -1.3 0.3 0.5

Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed

23

0.752 280.0 284.3 6.4 -0.9 4.7 1.6 1.5

Mineral products

V

10.987 347.2 305.5 2.1 2.3 4.7 4.5 -12.0

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

26

0.424 92.6 91.7 -4.6 3.3 -1.3 -0.2 -1.0

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

27

10.387 347.5 303.5 2.5 2.3 5.1 4.8 -12.7

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

10.610 149.6 149.2 -3.3 -0.3 -0.6 0.0 -0.3

Inorganic chemicals

28

0.875 174.7 171.8 -7.8 -0.7 0.6 -0.7 -1.7

Organic chemicals

29

3.055 162.6 161.9 -2.9 1.4 -0.2 -0.2 -0.4

Pharmaceutical products

30

2.523 115.4 115.5 -5.7 -2.6 -2.0 -0.1 0.1

Fertilizers (Dec. 2012=100)

31

0.267 75.9 85.3 -13.1 -5.2 3.2 2.6 12.4

Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery cosmetic or toilet preparations

33

0.693 133.4 133.4 -3.8 -0.1 -1.8 0.1 0.0

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

34

0.453 119.8 119.8 0.1 0.0 0.0 -1.3 0.0

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

1.776 158.1 155.2 1.6 1.0 -0.1 0.6 -1.8

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

5.100 150.3 150.4 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.1 0.1

Plastics and articles thereof

39

4.139 145.0 145.0 1.3 0.3 0.6 0.1 0.0

Rubber and articles thereof

40

0.961 173.1 173.6 -5.3 -0.9 -0.2 0.6 0.3

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

VIII

0.435 157.0 158.6 8.6 1.5 1.3 2.1 1.0

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

2.259 126.1 125.1 3.0 0.9 1.6 0.5 -0.8

Woodpulp and recovered paper

47

0.680 131.3 132.1 3.1 0.9 2.6 0.3 0.6

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

48

1.158 124.9 122.6 3.4 1.2 1.6 0.7 -1.8

Textile and textile articles

XI

1.925 137.0 136.4 4.8 2.6 0.7 0.8 -0.4

Cotton, including yarns and woven fabrics thereof

52

0.636 159.0 157.4 8.9 5.2 2.0 3.2 -1.0

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

XIII

0.727 119.5 119.8 1.4 0.1 0.4 0.3 0.3

Glass and glassware

70

0.372 97.9 98.1 0.6 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.2

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

XIV

4.354 249.7 254.4 -7.1 -0.8 1.3 3.2 1.9

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

5.249 165.4 164.5 -2.4 0.8 -0.8 -0.1 -0.5

Iron and steel

72

1.389 189.8 191.3 -0.6 1.7 -2.0 1.7 0.8

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.603 233.0 223.0 -9.1 2.1 -2.5 0.1 -4.3

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.816 119.9 117.1 -5.6 0.5 1.1 -1.6 -2.3

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

82

0.397 139.4 137.3 3.5 1.2 0.0 0.4 -1.5

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.306 147.0 147.1 0.5 -0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1

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

XVI

27.314 97.4 97.4 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.0

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

16.475 112.5 112.6 1.1 0.2 0.5 0.1 0.1

Electrical machinery and equipment and parts and accessories thereof

85

10.839 81.1 80.9 -1.2 -0.1 0.0 0.2 -0.2

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

13.155 129.4 129.8 1.3 0.5 0.1 0.2 0.3

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

8.561 114.6 114.9 0.9 0.5 -0.2 0.0 0.3

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

XVIII

5.893 107.5 107.7 0.5 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.2

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

1.390 110.5 111.0 0.1 0.5 0.0 0.1 0.5

Furniture; stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings nesoi;

94

0.770 121.8 122.5 1.1 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.6

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

0.469 89.6 89.8 -1.2 1.4 -0.1 0.0 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 7. U.S. import price indexes and percent changes by locality of origin: April 2013 to April 2014
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Relative
import-
ance
Mar.
2014(1)
Index Percent change
Mar.
2014
Apr.
2014
Annual Monthly
Apr.
2013
to
Apr.
2014
Dec.
2013
to
Jan.
2014
Jan.
2014
to
Feb.
2014
Feb.
2014
to
Mar.
2014
Mar.
2014
to
Apr.
2014

Industrialized Countries(2)

100.000 134.6 133.9 1.2 0.8 2.1 0.6 -0.5

Nonmanufactured articles

13.745 269.1 260.5 13.2 5.5 15.0 3.2 -3.2

Manufactured articles

85.704 124.0 123.8 -0.5 0.2 0.4 0.2 -0.2

Other Countries(3)

100.000 138.5 138.3 -0.7 0.1 0.7 0.0 -0.1

Nonmanufactured articles

20.034 348.0 347.4 -0.7 -0.1 2.2 0.9 -0.2

Manufactured articles

79.709 110.0 109.8 -0.5 0.1 0.3 -0.2 -0.2

Canada

100.000 159.1 156.5 2.5 1.9 4.7 1.3 -1.6

Nonmanufactured articles

34.982 261.5 252.6 14.6 6.4 15.4 3.4 -3.4

Manufactured articles

64.193 135.6 134.7 -3.0 0.0 -0.1 0.3 -0.7

European Union(4)

100.000 137.9 138.3 1.9 0.8 0.1 0.2 0.3

Manufactured articles

99.319 134.1 134.5 1.9 0.8 0.1 0.1 0.3

France (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 122.3 122.3 0.5 0.2 0.4 -0.8 0.0

Germany (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 118.7 119.3 3.0 1.0 -0.2 0.3 0.5

United Kingdom (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 129.6 130.5 1.9 0.3 -0.2 0.2 0.7

Latin America(5)

100.000 173.4 172.7 -1.5 0.1 0.8 0.1 -0.4

Nonmanufactured articles

28.950 368.5 367.7 -2.3 -0.3 1.8 1.1 -0.2

Manufactured articles

70.632 131.2 130.6 -1.0 0.2 0.5 -0.4 -0.5

Mexico (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 142.3 142.3 -1.5 0.1 -0.3 1.1 0.0

Nonmanufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

17.224 202.1 202.7 -1.1 0.4 -0.7 6.6 0.3

Manufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

82.531 92.8 92.7 -1.5 0.1 -0.2 0.0 -0.1

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

100.000 102.8 102.7 -1.1 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1

China (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 103.8 103.7 -0.4 -0.1 0.2 -0.1 -0.1

Japan

100.000 99.2 99.1 -2.2 -0.2 -0.1 0.2 -0.1

Asian NICs(7)

100.000 89.3 89.3 -1.9 -0.2 -0.1 -0.2 0.0

ASEAN (Dec. 2003=100)(8)

100.000 104.5 104.1 -0.4 -0.2 -0.4 0.2 -0.4

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

100.000 267.2 267.1 -1.5 1.2 3.4 0.8 0.0

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

Air Freight

Import Air Freight

100.000 176.6 175.8 1.8 0.1 -0.6 0.2 -0.5

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

28.278 181.3 180.2 10.6 1.7 -0.5 -0.2 -0.6

Asia

67.467 152.2 151.5 -0.8 -0.6 -0.7 0.4 -0.5

Export Air Freight

100.000 151.2 151.5 1.4 2.4 0.2 0.0 0.2

Europe (Dec. 2006=100)

35.694 135.7 135.9 1.3 2.3 0.4 -0.1 0.1

Inbound Air Freight

100.000 164.7 164.3 0.9 -0.4 -0.7 1.0 -0.2

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

27.308 159.7 159.3 7.4 2.0 -0.2 0.0 -0.3

Asia

62.267 146.8 146.4 -1.2 -1.4 -1.0 1.7 -0.3

Outbound Air Freight

100.000 148.6 148.3 -0.2 0.9 0.0 0.4 -0.2

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

33.263 165.8 165.7 3.0 1.2 0.0 0.0 -0.1

Asia

47.351 141.5 141.0 -1.3 0.8 0.1 0.7 -0.4

Air Passenger Fares

Import Air Passenger Fares

100.000 190.4 191.0 4.8 -6.4 0.3 -3.4 0.3

Europe

42.903 212.4 209.4 0.1 -0.7 3.2 -5.1 -1.4

Asia

23.737 147.9 146.1 -2.9 -8.2 -3.4 -3.4 -1.2

Latin America/Caribbean

8.960 168.7 174.1 3.7 -10.4 -1.4 1.8 3.2

Export Air Passenger Fares

100.000 179.5 185.3 2.7 2.5 -12.5 4.1 3.2

Europe

27.199 216.6 224.8 6.0 -2.7 0.0 3.0 3.8

Asia

28.433 149.3 152.6 -0.7 11.9 -21.3 4.1 2.2

Latin America/Caribbean

21.108 207.5 199.2 3.9 2.9 -7.6 4.1 -4.0

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


                                            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: May 13, 2014