U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes News Release

 
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                            U.S. IMPORT AND EXPORT PRICE INDEXES - JULY 2010                           

U.S. import prices increased 0.2 percent in July, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today, 
following declines in each of the two previous months. The advance was led by higher fuel prices, which 
more than offset a second consecutive drop in nonfuel prices. In contrast, export prices decreased in July, 
falling 0.2 percent after falling 0.7 percent in June.


Imports 

All Imports: Import prices ticked up 0.2 percent in July following declines of 1.3 percent and 0.8 percent, 
respectively, in the previous two months. Despite the July increase, the index fell 2.0 percent over the past 
quarter, the largest three-month decline since the quarter ended in February 2009. The price index for overall 
imports rose 4.9 percent for the year ended in July. 

Fuel Imports: The increase in import prices was driven by a 2.1 percent advance in fuel prices. Import fuel 
prices had declined 4.9 percent and 5.1 percent, respectively, in June and May prior to the upturn in July. 
Most of the increase in fuel prices resulted from a 2.0 percent advance in petroleum prices. A 5.3 percent rise 
in natural gas prices also contributed to the increase. Fuel prices rose 14.8 percent over the past year, while 
both the price indexes for petroleum and natural gas also increased over the same period, rising 14.4 percent 
and 29.1 percent, respectively.   

All Imports Excluding Fuel: In contrast, nonfuel prices fell 0.3 percent in July after a 0.5 percent decline in 
June. Those were the first monthly decreases since a 0.2 percent drop in July 2009 and the largest since a 0.6 
percent decline in March 2009. The July decline was driven by a 1.2 percent decrease in the price index for 
nonfuel industrial supplies and materials while foods, feeds, and beverages prices advanced and the major 
finished goods categories were mixed. Despite the recent declines, nonfuel import prices advanced 2.8 
percent over the past 12 months. 


Table A. Percent changes

Month IMPORTS EXPORTS
All
imports
Fuel
imports
Nonfuel
imports
All
exports
Agri-
cultural
exports
Non-
agricultural
exports

2009

July

-0.6 -2.6 -0.2 -0.3 -4.9 0.1

August

1.5 7.0 0.4 0.6 0.2 0.7

September

0.2 -1.3 0.4 -0.2 -2.9 0.1

October

0.8 3.0 0.4 0.0 -0.7 0.1

November

1.5 6.3 0.3 0.8 3.9 0.5

December

0.2 -0.2 0.4 0.7 1.8 0.6

2010

January

1.2 4.4 0.4 0.8 1.3 0.7

February

-0.1 -0.7 0.1 -0.3 -4.0 0.1

March

0.4 1.4 0.2 0.7 1.9 0.6

April

1.1 2.6 0.6 1.1 -0.4 1.3

May

(r)-0.8 (r)-5.1 0.5 (r)0.5 (r)1.6 (r)0.3

June

-1.3 (r)-4.9 (r)-0.5 (r)-0.7 (r)0.0 (r)-0.8

July

0.2 2.1 -0.3 -0.2 -0.1 -0.2

July 2008 to 2009

-19.1 -50.6 -5.3 -8.3 -22.5 -6.6

July 2009 to 2010

4.9 14.8 2.8 3.9 2.4 4.1

Footnotes
(r) Revised


Exports

All Exports: Export prices fell for the second month in a row in July, declining 0.2 percent following a 0.7 
percent decrease in June. The June and July drops represented the first time export prices have fallen in 
consecutive months since February and March 2009. Approximately 91 percent of the overall decrease was 
attributable to falling nonagricultural prices. Despite the recent declines, overall export prices rose 3.9 
percent for the July 2009-2010 period. 

Agricultural Exports: The price index for agricultural exports also fell in July, edging down 0.1 percent 
after recording no change the previous month. Agricultural prices rose 2.4 percent over the past year, led by 
higher prices for cotton and meat, which increased 43.3 percent and 13.1 percent, respectively.

All Exports Excluding Agriculture: Nonagricultural export prices fell 0.2 percent in July following a 0.8 
percent decline in June. Prices for nonagricultural exports decreased 0.6 percent over the past quarter, the 
largest three-month decline since a 1.8 percent drop for the quarter ended February 2009. Falling 
nonagricultural industrial supplies and materials prices, capital goods prices, and prices for automotive 
vehicles all contributed to the decrease in July. Notwithstanding the declines over the past two months, the 
price index for nonagricultural exports rose 4.1 percent for the year ended in July. 
 					
                                         
                                         
                                          SELECTED JULY HIGHLIGHTS

Import Prices

Nonfuel Industrial Supplies and Materials: Nonfuel industrial supplies and materials prices decreased 1.2 
percent after a 1.5 percent drop the previous month. Those declines countered an upward trend over the past 
year. Lower prices for unfinished metals and building materials, down 2.5 percent and 5.2 percent, 
respectively, each contributed to the July decline. Despite the declines in June and July, the price index for 
nonfuel industrial supplies and materials rose 14.5 percent over the past year.     

Finished Goods: Finished goods prices were mixed in July with the price indexes for consumer goods and 
capital goods declining 0.2 percent and 0.1 percent, respectively, and automotive vehicles prices rising 0.4 
percent. The drop in consumer goods prices was led by a 4.1 percent decrease in prices for home 
entertainment equipment while lower computers, peripherals, and semiconductors prices drove the decrease 
in capital goods prices. 
 
Foods, Feeds, and Beverages: Prices for foods, feeds, and beverages rose 0.4 percent in July after a 1.7 
percent decline the previous month. Higher prices for coffee, bakery and confectionery products, and fish 
and shellfish were the main contributors to the advance.   

Imports by Locality of Origin: Import prices from China ticked up 0.1 percent in July. In contrast, the price 
indexes for imports from Mexico, the European Union, and Canada all decreased in July, falling 0.7 percent, 
0.2 percent, and 0.1 percent, respectively. Prices for imports from Japan were unchanged in July following a 
0.2 percent advance the previous month.

Transportation Services: Import air passenger fares fell 1.3 percent in July, led by a 3.9 percent decline in 
European fares. The downturn in overall import air passenger fares followed a 9.2 percent increase the 
previous month. Over the past year, import air passenger fares rose 21.3 percent. The price index for import 
air freight also fell in July, decreasing 1.1 percent after a 0.9 percent decline in June.


Export Prices
 
Nonagricultural Industrial Supplies and Materials: The price index for nonagricultural industrial supplies 
and materials fell 0.4 percent in July following a 1.7 percent drop in June. The July decline was led by a 1.6 
percent drop in fuel prices, although lower prices for chemicals and steelmaking materials also contributed to 
the overall decrease. 
 
Finished Goods: Overall, finished goods prices recorded little movement in July as the prices indexes for 
capital goods and automotive vehicles each ticked down 0.1 percent while consumer goods prices rose 0.2 
percent. The drop in capital goods prices was driven by a 0.8 percent decline in prices for computers, 
peripherals, and semiconductors.     

Transportation Services: Export air passenger fares rose 4.8 percent in July as higher prices for Asian fares, 
European fares, and Latin American and Caribbean fares air contributed to the rise. In contrast, export air 
freight prices decreased 1.4 percent, led by a 1.9 percent drop in the price index for European air freight.
		
Import and Export Price Index data for August 2010 are scheduled for release on Wednesday, 
September 15, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. (EDT).

Table 1. U.S. import price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: July 2009 to July 2010
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description End
Use
Relative
import-
ance
June
2010(1)
Index Percent change
June
2010
July
2010
Annual Monthly
July
2009
to
July
2010
Mar.
2010
to
Apr.
2010
Apr.
2010
to
May
2010
May
2010
to
June
2010
June
2010
to
July
2010

All commodities

  100.000 125.0 125.2 4.9 1.1 -0.8 -1.3 0.2

All imports excluding petroleum

  81.454 110.7 110.5 3.1 0.5 0.5 -0.5 -0.2

All imports excluding fuels (Dec. 2001=100)

  79.994 114.4 114.1 2.8 0.6 0.5 -0.5 -0.3

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

4.823 148.6 149.2 8.0 1.1 1.4 -1.7 0.4

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

3.735 165.8 166.0 8.4 1.0 1.4 -2.4 0.1

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

1.088 109.4 111.3 6.8 1.6 1.3 0.6 1.7

Industrial supplies & materials

1

34.648 198.5 200.0 14.7 2.8 -2.4 -3.5 0.8

Industrial supplies & materials excluding petroleum

  16.102 151.9 150.8 15.0 1.7 1.2 -1.4 -0.7

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

  14.642 169.4 167.3 14.5 3.0 1.7 -1.5 -1.2

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

  9.250 164.0 160.8 16.1 3.5 2.1 -2.0 -2.0

Industrial supplies & materials nondurable excluding petroleum

  5.392 137.8 138.9 13.7 -0.7 0.1 -0.6 0.8

Fuels & lubricants

10

20.006 243.2 248.4 14.8 2.6 -5.1 -4.9 2.1

Petroleum & petroleum products

100

18.546 264.4 269.8 14.4 3.6 -5.3 -5.2 2.0

Crude

10000

13.791 271.9 279.3 15.5 4.1 -6.6 -3.6 2.7

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

101

1.217 125.2 130.1 24.5 -10.8 -2.6 -0.1 3.9

Gas-natural

10110

0.892 109.5 115.3 29.1 -14.1 -3.6 -0.1 5.3

Paper & paper base stocks

11

0.744 115.5 116.9 18.0 1.8 2.9 2.5 1.2

Materials associated with nondurable supplies & materials

12

4.725 146.7 146.7 10.9 2.2 0.5 -1.3 0.0

Selected building materials

13

1.424 131.8 124.9 5.8 2.0 2.7 -1.3 -5.2

Unfinished metals related to durable goods

14

4.300 244.7 238.7 29.2 5.6 3.0 -3.7 -2.5

Finished metals related to durable goods

15

1.869 147.0 146.8 9.9 2.7 1.3 -0.7 -0.1

Nonmetals related to durable goods

16

1.580 108.1 108.2 5.3 0.3 0.5 0.2 0.1

Capital goods

2

23.433 91.5 91.4 -0.5 0.1 0.1 -0.1 -0.1

Electric generating equipment

20

2.964 111.1 111.3 1.0 0.4 -0.2 -0.1 0.2

Nonelectrical machinery

21

18.451 86.0 85.8 -0.8 0.0 0.2 -0.1 -0.2

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

22

2.018 121.3 121.4 -1.4 0.0 0.0 -0.2 0.1

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

12.188 108.4 108.8 0.6 0.3 0.0 -0.1 0.4

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

24.908 104.4 104.2 0.1 0.0 0.1 -0.2 -0.2

Nondurables, manufactured

40

11.635 109.2 109.6 1.7 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.4

Durables, manufactured

41

12.047 99.8 99.1 -1.5 0.1 0.0 -0.4 -0.7

Nonmanufactured consumer goods

42

1.226 102.4 101.9 0.6 -0.5 1.0 -0.6 -0.5

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2008 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: July 2009 to July 2010
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description End
Use
Relative
import-
ance
June
2010(1)
Index Percent change
June
2010
July
2010
Annual Monthly
July
2009
to
July
2010
Mar.
2010
to
Apr.
2010
Apr.
2010
to
May
2010
May
2010
to
June
2010
June
2010
to
July
2010

All commodities

  100.000 122.2 122.0 3.9 1.1 0.5 -0.7 -0.2

Agricultural commodities

  8.841 165.3 165.1 2.4 -0.4 1.6 0.0 -0.1

Nonagricultural commodities

  91.157 119.1 118.9 4.1 1.3 0.3 -0.8 -0.2

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

7.968 164.4 164.0 -0.5 -0.5 1.5 -0.4 -0.2

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

7.388 166.7 166.2 -0.8 -0.7 1.7 -0.4 -0.3

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

0.580 146.7 147.0 3.4 1.3 -0.3 -0.4 0.2

Industrial supplies & materials

1

31.597 159.8 159.2 13.2 3.2 1.4 -1.5 -0.4

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

  12.389 165.5 165.4 14.0 3.2 1.3 -1.3 -0.1

Industrial supplies & materials, nondurable

  19.207 157.1 156.3 12.9 3.1 1.5 -1.6 -0.5

Agricultural industrial supplies & materials

10

1.453 162.4 163.8 21.4 0.9 1.3 2.1 0.9

Nonagricultural industrial supplies & materials

  30.143 159.9 159.3 12.9 3.3 1.4 -1.7 -0.4

Fuels & lubricants

11

5.912 207.9 204.5 23.2 6.2 2.9 -3.4 -1.6

Nonagricultural supplies & materials excluding fuels & building materials

12

23.198 155.8 155.7 11.4 2.6 1.0 -1.3 -0.1

Selected building materials

13

1.033 118.7 117.8 4.4 1.6 0.3 0.4 -0.8

Capital goods

2

38.378 103.5 103.4 0.2 0.1 -0.1 -0.3 -0.1

Electrical generating equipment

20

3.590 109.6 109.1 2.0 -0.9 0.4 0.4 -0.5

Nonelectrical machinery

21

27.986 94.2 94.2 -0.3 0.3 -0.3 -0.5 0.0

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

22

6.801 139.7 140.1 2.0 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.3

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

9.176 108.5 108.4 0.5 -0.1 0.0 0.0 -0.1

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

12.880 110.1 110.3 1.3 0.6 -0.1 -0.6 0.2

Nondurables, manufactured

40

5.883 111.1 110.7 1.8 0.4 -0.1 -1.0 -0.4

Durables, manufactured

41

5.680 108.2 109.0 -0.5 0.4 -0.1 0.2 0.7

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2008 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: July 2009 to July 2010
[December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
June
2010(1)
Index Percent change
June
2010
July
2010
Annual Monthly
July
2009
to
July
2010
Mar.
2010
to
Apr.
2010
Apr.
2010
to
May
2010
May
2010
to
June
2010
June
2010
to
July
2010

Nonmanufactured articles

  17.577 122.8 125.6 16.6 2.4 -4.8 -3.7 2.3

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

1.829 148.6 147.8 14.9 1.6 3.4 -4.0 -0.5

Crop production

111

1.287 153.2 152.1 12.3 0.7 4.3 -5.0 -0.7

Mining

21

15.748 120.0 123.2 16.9 2.5 -5.6 -3.7 2.7

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

212

0.553 139.2 141.0 10.6 0.2 1.3 4.0 1.3

Manufactured articles

  81.891 109.8 109.6 2.7 0.7 0.3 -0.9 -0.2

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

10.259 109.1 109.9 3.1 0.4 0.4 0.1 0.7

Food manufacturing

311

2.635 127.3 129.3 11.4 1.4 1.7 0.5 1.6

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.920 108.2 108.4 1.0 -0.1 -0.2 -0.7 0.2

Textile product mills

314

0.790 102.2 103.5 4.1 0.3 0.9 0.5 1.3

Apparel manufacturing

315

3.979 101.1 101.3 -0.7 0.0 -0.4 0.0 0.2

Leather and allied product manufacturing

316

1.529 107.0 107.6 0.5 0.2 0.1 0.3 0.6

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

18.036 120.9 120.4 6.7 1.6 -0.2 -2.3 -0.4

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.882 110.9 100.3 7.5 3.1 4.4 -2.5 -9.6

Paper manufacturing

322

1.267 108.8 109.8 10.9 1.1 1.9 1.8 0.9

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

3.828 117.7 118.1 9.0 3.2 -3.1 -8.7 0.3

Chemical manufacturing

325

9.118 126.3 125.9 6.3 1.2 0.2 -0.6 -0.3

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

1.828 115.4 115.9 3.6 0.0 1.1 0.2 0.4

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

1.005 121.1 122.1 1.9 0.2 0.1 0.2 0.8

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

53.597 106.5 106.1 1.3 0.6 0.4 -0.6 -0.4

Primary metal manufacturing

331

5.013 161.6 157.7 26.4 5.5 3.0 -3.3 -2.4

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.749 118.4 118.7 2.4 0.9 0.6 0.1 0.3

Machinery manufacturing

333

6.819 112.9 113.0 0.9 0.0 0.0 -0.3 0.1

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

15.201 87.3 86.5 -2.8 -0.2 0.1 -0.5 -0.9

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

3.847 112.3 112.6 0.1 0.4 -0.1 0.1 0.3

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

13.441 105.6 105.8 0.2 0.3 -0.1 -0.1 0.2

Furniture and related product manufacturing

337

1.336 105.9 105.8 -2.9 0.0 0.0 0.1 -0.1

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

5.190 112.3 112.4 0.4 -0.1 0.3 -0.1 0.1

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2008 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: July 2009 to July 2010
[December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
June
2010(1)
Index Percent change
June
2010
July
2010
Annual Monthly
July
2009
to
July
2010
Mar.
2010
to
Apr.
2010
Apr.
2010
to
May
2010
May
2010
to
June
2010
June
2010
to
July
2010

Nonmanufactured articles

  6.864 133.9 131.8 10.1 1.3 5.3 -0.6 -1.6

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

4.598 141.7 140.8 0.6 -0.9 1.8 -1.0 -0.6

Crop production

111

4.228 144.9 144.0 -0.3 -1.1 1.8 -1.2 -0.6

Mining

21

2.266 110.0 106.3 41.7 6.8 13.3 0.3 -3.4

Mining (except oil and gas)

212

1.796 127.7 125.8 45.3 9.4 17.2 0.7 -1.5

Manufactured articles

  90.411 111.9 112.0 3.3 1.0 0.2 -0.6 0.1

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

6.728 126.8 127.4 5.7 1.0 0.9 0.5 0.5

Food manufacturing

311

4.557 142.0 142.9 5.5 1.2 0.9 0.3 0.6

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.531 107.8 109.8 2.7 -2.1 2.2 1.9 1.9

Apparel manufacturing

315

0.380 104.7 104.7 2.0 -0.7 0.0 2.4 0.0

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

23.675 118.0 117.8 7.0 2.3 0.1 -1.7 -0.2

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.462 116.1 115.4 9.9 3.0 1.0 0.0 -0.6

Paper manufacturing

322

2.033 121.0 123.1 12.5 1.7 2.7 2.2 1.7

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

3.504 117.1 115.1 19.0 6.5 -2.0 -6.7 -1.7

Chemical manufacturing

325

14.785 120.5 120.3 6.0 1.9 0.2 -1.3 -0.2

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

2.054 106.6 107.0 -0.8 -0.6 1.0 -0.4 0.4

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.837 112.7 112.9 1.5 -0.2 -0.6 -0.4 0.2

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

60.009 108.2 108.3 1.7 0.5 0.1 -0.2 0.1

Primary metal manufacturing

331

5.043 147.2 148.1 23.1 2.7 2.7 0.3 0.6

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.764 121.1 121.5 0.3 0.7 0.1 -0.3 0.3

Machinery manufacturing

333

12.666 114.7 114.9 2.1 0.3 0.0 -0.1 0.2

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

15.498 91.7 91.3 -2.4 0.4 -0.4 -0.9 -0.4

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

3.423 108.1 108.3 1.0 -1.6 0.0 0.2 0.2

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

15.239 111.2 111.3 0.9 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

5.021 110.0 110.8 0.2 1.3 -0.1 -0.4 0.7

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2008 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: July 2009 to July 2010
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
June
2010(1)
Index Percent change
June
2010
July
2010
Annual Monthly
July
2009
to
July
2010
Mar.
2010
to
Apr.
2010
Apr.
2010
to
May
2010
May
2010
to
June
2010
June
2010
to
July
2010

Live animals; animal products

I

1.128 142.8 142.7 10.2 3.2 2.7 -1.1 -0.1

Meat and edible meat offal

02

0.264 184.4 181.4 18.2 3.4 4.2 -1.9 -1.6

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.580 106.5 108.1 9.0 2.4 2.4 0.1 1.5

Vegetable products

II

1.498 169.0 168.6 9.8 1.2 2.6 -4.4 -0.2

Edible vegetables, roots, and tubers

07

0.425 326.2 300.6 6.4 -3.7 4.9 -5.4 -7.8

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

0.408 106.6 105.5 9.7 5.6 2.7 -7.5 -1.0

Coffee, tea, mate and spices

09

0.293 171.1 184.5 25.3 6.8 -1.9 1.7 7.8

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

III

0.210 101.7 103.6 - 0.6 -0.7 -1.9 1.9

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages, and tobacco

IV

2.318 141.4 143.8 6.6 0.0 0.9 0.1 1.7

Cocoa and cocoa preparations (Dec. 2009=100)

18

0.203 96.8 96.4 - 0.2 4.7 -7.7 -0.4

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

19

0.248 116.8 125.0 12.1 0.1 1.9 1.9 7.0

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

20

0.290 130.0 129.5 3.5 -0.7 0.7 -0.4 -0.4

Beverages, spirits, and vinegar

22

0.905 117.5 117.9 1.3 -0.1 -0.1 -0.9 0.3

Mineral products

V

20.050 245.9 251.4 15.1 2.6 -5.1 -4.5 2.2

Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plaster materials, lime & cement (Dec. 2009=100)

25

0.191 102.0 102.4 - 1.7 0.2 -0.4 0.4

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

27

19.608 242.2 247.7 15.0 2.7 -5.2 -4.7 2.3

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

8.380 139.5 138.9 7.0 0.8 0.5 -1.1 -0.4

Inorganic chemicals

28

0.974 277.5 276.8 36.0 1.9 3.5 -4.0 -0.3

Organic chemicals

29

2.789 133.8 133.2 6.2 0.8 0.3 -1.0 -0.4

Pharmaceutical products

30

2.857 117.9 118.0 3.4 0.2 -0.1 -0.1 0.1

Fertilizers (Dec. 2009=100)

31

0.315 101.1 101.0 - 1.2 -2.2 -3.0 -0.1

Tanning & dyeing extracts; dye & pigments; varnish & paints; putty

32

0.165 106.9 105.3 0.8 -0.9 -1.4 -2.3 -1.5

Essential oils and resinoids (Dec. 2001=100)

33

0.404 116.9 114.7 -4.7 0.8 -0.3 -2.0 -1.9

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

0.510 95.1 95.5 6.6 1.2 0.5 0.0 0.4

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

3.047 137.2 137.6 9.2 1.6 0.7 -0.1 0.3

Plastics and articles thereof

39

1.904 131.8 132.2 7.0 2.1 0.2 -0.2 0.3

Rubber and articles thereof

40

1.143 147.7 148.1 13.3 1.0 1.5 -0.1 0.3

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

VIII

0.598 114.5 114.7 1.3 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.2

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

42

0.543 114.9 114.8 0.5 -0.1 -0.1 0.1 -0.1

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

IX

0.906 134.3 122.3 7.7 3.1 4.2 -2.0 -8.9

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

1.410 112.5 113.3 8.0 0.8 1.7 1.5 0.7

Pulp wood, waste paper, and paperboard (Dec. 2009=100)

47

0.231 129.1 130.6 - 3.5 5.6 6.2 1.2

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

48

0.907 104.5 105.5 2.4 0.5 1.1 0.8 1.0

Printed matter

49

0.272 121.4 121.5 1.2 0.2 0.5 0.1 0.1

Textile and textile articles

XI

5.007 103.0 103.3 0.5 0.0 -0.1 0.1 0.3

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted

61

1.920 98.2 98.8 -0.9 0.3 -0.5 0.2 0.6

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted

62

1.878 102.6 102.4 -0.7 -0.2 -0.3 -0.3 -0.2

Made-up or worn textile articles

63

0.539 93.9 95.5 5.3 0.1 1.4 0.2 1.7

Headgear, umbrellas, artifical flowers, etc.

XII

1.224 106.9 107.6 0.0 0.1 0.3 0.3 0.7

Footwear and parts of such articles

64

1.042 106.1 106.9 0.2 0.3 0.2 0.4 0.8

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

XIII

0.890 123.9 124.3 -0.4 -0.1 0.0 -0.2 0.3

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

68

0.316 117.3 117.8 0.2 -0.2 0.0 -0.2 0.4

Ceramic products

69

0.280 139.7 139.7 0.2 0.0 -0.1 -0.1 0.0

Glass and glassware

70

0.294 114.8 115.1 -1.9 -0.1 0.1 -0.3 0.3

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

XIV

2.840 161.5 160.8 14.6 2.1 2.4 -0.2 -0.4

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

6.180 180.7 177.9 16.1 4.2 1.8 -2.6 -1.5

Iron and steel

72

1.473 239.3 232.6 30.1 5.8 2.2 0.3 -2.8

Articles of iron or steel

73

1.889 150.7 151.9 10.9 1.9 1.9 1.1 0.8

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.654 312.7 305.7 24.6 7.1 -0.6 -9.5 -2.2

Nickel and articles thereof (Dec. 2009=100)

75

0.201 130.4 116.8 - 17.3 13.9 -12.2 -10.4

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.818 132.8 129.7 18.6 4.9 1.6 -6.3 -2.3

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

82

0.367 117.9 117.9 0.4 0.3 -0.1 -0.1 0.0

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.414 126.6 127.1 -2.3 -0.2 -0.2 -0.2 0.4

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

XVI

25.683 86.5 86.1 -1.0 0.0 0.1 -0.3 -0.5

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

12.910 87.8 87.7 -0.7 0.0 0.1 -0.3 -0.1

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

85

12.773 85.2 84.5 -1.4 0.0 0.0 -0.4 -0.8

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

11.390 109.7 110.1 0.3 0.4 0.0 -0.2 0.4

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

10.285 108.7 109.1 0.3 0.4 0.0 -0.2 0.4

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

88

1.011 113.8 113.8 -1.6 0.1 0.0 -0.3 0.0

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

XVIII

3.286 100.8 101.0 -1.3 -0.1 0.0 -0.3 0.2

Optical, photographic, measuring and medical instruments

90

2.977 98.6 98.8 -1.2 -0.1 -0.1 -0.2 0.2

Clocks and watches and parts thereof

91

0.230 121.6 121.6 -1.8 0.1 0.0 -0.7 0.0

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

3.893 106.4 106.4 -1.4 -0.2 0.0 0.1 0.0

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

94

1.981 109.3 109.3 -2.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

1.708 100.9 101.0 -0.5 -0.4 0.0 0.1 0.1

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

96

0.204 119.8 119.8 3.2 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.0

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2008 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: July 2009 to July 2010
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
June
2010(1)
Index Percent change
June
2010
July
2010
Annual Monthly
July
2009
to
July
2010
Mar.
2010
to
Apr.
2010
Apr.
2010
to
May
2010
May
2010
to
June
2010
June
2010
to
July
2010

Live animals; animal products

I

1.766 172.0 174.0 10.7 2.7 1.7 0.5 1.2

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

02

1.019 143.4 148.0 15.8 4.4 3.9 -1.1 3.2

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.320 151.7 152.9 8.6 1.9 -0.7 -0.1 0.8

Vegetable products

II

4.147 177.5 176.9 -5.7 -2.2 2.1 -1.9 -0.3

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

0.794 131.0 120.7 17.5 6.7 -3.6 1.9 -7.9

Cereals

10

1.564 171.4 174.5 -4.9 -6.8 6.1 -5.5 1.8

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

12

1.302 196.2 199.2 -12.9 -1.2 2.0 -0.4 1.5

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

III

0.314 109.4 107.9 - 5.3 4.5 -2.0 -1.4

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages,and tobacco

IV

2.457 139.2 140.3 0.2 -0.8 0.4 1.0 0.8

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

20

0.350 105.7 106.0 - 1.8 1.3 0.0 0.3

Miscellaneous edible preparations

21

0.408 117.7 117.5 -0.3 -0.7 0.2 -0.3 -0.2

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

22

0.329 102.3 101.8 0.1 -1.8 0.1 -0.6 -0.5

Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed

23

0.558 180.1 187.4 -11.4 -3.0 0.6 4.7 4.1

Mineral products

V

5.862 247.6 242.0 27.8 6.7 3.8 -3.7 -2.3

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

27

5.152 238.8 233.5 27.9 6.7 2.7 -4.1 -2.2

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

12.039 144.0 143.6 5.1 1.8 0.3 -1.2 -0.3

Inorganic chemicals

28

1.077 184.7 187.9 -1.6 2.1 4.7 1.4 1.7

Organic chemicals

29

3.065 152.0 149.9 7.4 4.4 -0.7 -2.4 -1.4

Pharmaceutical products

30

2.926 120.8 121.2 4.6 0.5 -0.4 -1.6 0.3

Tanning or dyeing extracts, dyes, paints, varnish, putty, & inks

32

0.532 113.8 116.4 1.9 2.0 0.0 -2.1 2.3

Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery cosmetic or toilet preparations

33

0.717 123.7 122.5 -1.8 0.6 0.6 -1.0 -1.0

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

34

0.434 117.7 118.0 2.3 1.2 1.0 -0.4 0.3

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

2.097 142.5 144.5 9.4 1.0 0.6 0.6 1.4

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

5.075 137.0 137.1 3.1 1.7 0.6 -1.2 0.1

Plastics and articles thereof

39

4.116 130.6 130.6 1.6 2.2 0.6 -1.6 0.0

Rubber and articles thereof

40

0.959 165.4 166.1 9.1 -0.3 0.7 -0.1 0.4

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

VIII

0.380 121.0 119.9 39.4 3.1 1.3 -0.7 -0.9

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

IX

0.568 111.1 110.6 9.5 1.9 0.6 0.3 -0.5

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

2.519 117.6 120.1 12.3 1.2 1.8 0.1 2.1

Woodpulp and recovered paper

47

0.701 130.2 133.7 41.5 0.6 5.5 -1.3 2.7

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

48

1.315 114.0 117.1 6.1 1.7 0.7 1.0 2.7

Printed material

49

0.504 116.4 116.0 -0.9 0.4 0.1 -0.3 -0.3

Textile and textile articles

XI

2.031 115.7 115.9 12.3 1.3 0.3 1.3 0.2

Cotton, including yarns and woven fabrics thereof

52

0.683 132.2 132.9 39.2 3.0 0.9 2.7 0.5

Stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, ceramics, glass etc. (Dec. 2008=100)

XIII

0.793 115.8 115.5 1.0 0.0 -0.6 -0.3 -0.3

Glass and glassware

70

0.418 97.2 97.1 -0.4 -0.5 -1.0 -0.5 -0.1

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

XIV

5.028 210.8 213.6 22.8 3.0 1.9 1.2 1.3

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

5.854 160.5 160.2 10.6 4.0 -0.3 -3.7 -0.2

Iron and steel

72

1.767 194.3 193.3 24.1 8.4 0.0 -5.7 -0.5

Articles of iron or steel

73

1.518 158.3 159.0 -0.6 1.1 0.3 -0.3 0.4

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.558 217.0 216.1 24.5 4.7 -5.8 -4.4 -0.4

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.853 117.8 117.5 13.0 4.6 0.2 -8.8 -0.3

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

82

0.413 124.0 124.0 0.7 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 0.0

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.317 125.0 125.5 3.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.4

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

XVI

30.224 95.4 95.3 -0.1 -0.1 -0.2 -0.4 -0.1

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

17.776 106.8 106.8 1.3 0.5 -0.2 -0.5 0.0

Electrical machinery and equipment and parts and accessories thereof

85

12.448 83.1 82.9 -2.0 -0.6 -0.4 -0.2 -0.2

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

13.321 121.5 121.6 0.9 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

8.566 108.5 108.4 0.7 0.3 0.0 0.0 -0.1

Ships, boats and floating structures (Dec. 2009=100)

89

0.293 100.1 100.1 - -0.1 0.0 0.1 0.0

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

XVIII

5.949 106.3 106.6 -1.2 0.3 0.0 -0.2 0.3

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

1.525 108.1 108.0 0.6 0.2 0.2 0.0 -0.1

Furniture; stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings nesoi;

94

0.761 118.9 118.7 1.7 0.5 0.3 0.2 -0.2

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

0.650 92.9 92.9 -0.5 0.0 0.0 -0.3 0.0

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2008 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: July 2009 to July 2010
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Percent
of
U.S.
imports(1)
Index Percent change
June
2010
July
2010
Annual Monthly
July
2009
to
July
2010
Mar.
2010
to
Apr.
2010
Apr.
2010
to
May
2010
May
2010
to
June
2010
June
2010
to
July
2010

Industrialized Countries(2)

41.082 124.2 124.5 4.5 0.4 -0.4 -1.2 0.2

Nonmanufactured articles

5.687 188.8 193.0 14.6 -0.9 -7.2 -2.1 2.2

Manufactured articles

34.943 118.9 118.9 3.6 0.6 0.5 -1.1 0.0

Other Countries(3)

58.918 122.7 123.3 4.8 1.4 -1.1 -1.4 0.5

Nonmanufactured articles

15.714 248.3 254.5 16.8 3.6 -4.3 -4.1 2.5

Manufactured articles

43.010 105.0 104.9 1.5 0.7 0.0 -0.7 -0.1

Canada

15.923 140.0 139.9 9.1 0.4 -1.2 -1.8 -0.1

Nonmanufactured articles

5.257 182.4 186.9 15.9 -1.4 -7.7 -2.0 2.5

Manufactured articles

10.335 132.7 131.5 7.3 1.1 1.4 -1.6 -0.9

European Union(4)

16.799 127.6 127.4 2.2 0.3 0.1 -0.9 -0.2

Nonmanufactured articles

0.211 249.5 253.7 10.8 3.2 -4.1 -0.2 1.7

Manufactured articles

16.491 125.1 124.9 2.1 0.2 0.2 -1.0 -0.2

France (Dec. 2003=100)

1.948 121.1 121.2 -0.3 0.0 0.0 -0.4 0.1

Germany (Dec. 2003=100)

4.572 111.3 110.8 1.5 0.0 -0.3 -1.2 -0.4

United Kingdom (Dec. 2003=100)

2.566 125.1 125.2 3.6 0.1 0.1 -0.7 0.1

Latin America(5)

17.999 154.4 154.8 7.1 1.7 -2.1 -1.4 0.3

Nonmanufactured articles

6.186 269.9 275.7 13.5 2.5 -6.1 -2.1 2.1

Manufactured articles

11.730 130.3 129.4 3.8 1.3 -0.2 -1.1 -0.7

Mexico (Dec. 2003=100)

10.275 136.9 135.9 3.8 1.3 -1.3 -0.8 -0.7

Nonmanufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

2.141 144.6 146.4 15.5 3.7 -5.7 -4.5 1.2

Manufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

8.085 97.2 96.0 0.4 0.5 0.0 0.3 -1.2

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

31.500 101.0 101.1 1.7 0.4 0.5 -0.1 0.1

China (Dec. 2003=100)

16.449 100.4 100.5 0.2 0.2 0.3 -0.2 0.1

Japan

6.678 98.6 98.6 1.6 0.2 0.1 0.2 0.0

Asian NICs(7)

5.003 88.1 88.4 3.4 0.2 0.9 0.1 0.3

ASEAN (Dec. 2003=100)(8)

5.274 95.9 96.2 -0.6 0.8 -0.3 -0.1 0.3

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

5.380 204.8 208.6 14.4 3.1 -2.1 -2.2 1.9

Footnotes
(1) Percentage of trade figures are based on 2008 trade values.
(2) Includes Western Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
(3) Includes Eastern Europe, Latin America, OPEC countries, and other countries in Asia, Africa and the Western Hemisphere.
(4) Includes European Union countries.
(5) Includes Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
(6) Includes China, Japan, Australia, Brunei, Indonesia, Macao, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines and Asian Newly Industrialized Countries.
(7) Asian Newly Industrialized Countries. Includes Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.
(8) Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Includes Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
(9) Includes 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: July 2009 to July 2010
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Relative
import-
ance
June
2010(1)
Index Percent change
June
2010
July
2010
Annual Monthly
July
2009
to
July
2010
Mar.
2010
to
Apr.
2010
Apr.
2010
to
May
2010
May
2010
to
June
2010
June
2010
to
July
2010

Air Freight

Import Air Freight

100.000 162.5 160.7 20.5 1.3 2.2 -0.9 -1.1

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

19.711 126.4 124.8 -4.2 0.2 0.8 -5.5 -1.3

Asia

71.658 151.1 150.7 30.7 1.6 1.5 0.3 -0.3

Export Air Freight

100.000 126.4 124.6 4.4 -0.3 0.6 1.6 -1.4

Europe (Dec. 2006=100)

33.441 117.0 114.8 6.0 -0.2 -0.5 3.2 -1.9

Inbound Air Freight

100.000 146.8 144.7 15.5 0.4 1.4 -0.1 -1.4

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

21.583 119.7 118.2 -3.7 -0.3 0.9 -3.9 -1.3

Asia

67.447 136.6 135.8 25.6 0.7 1.3 0.5 -0.6

Outbound Air Freight

100.000 122.4 121.6 8.2 0.9 1.4 1.2 -0.7

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

41.350 142.1 141.2 10.7 2.1 0.4 1.8 -0.6

Asia

41.831 110.9 110.1 7.6 -0.5 1.9 0.8 -0.7

Air Passenger Fares

Import Air Passenger Fares

100.000 175.3 173.1 21.3 4.2 2.9 9.2 -1.3

Europe

44.908 201.7 193.9 28.4 5.2 3.7 13.7 -3.9

Asia

28.708 155.6 156.8 15.8 3.6 6.6 11.5 0.8

Latin America/Caribbean

11.506 140.5 145.4 18.4 7.0 -4.9 1.6 3.5

Export Air Passenger Fares

100.000 176.2 184.6 29.6 3.0 0.6 7.8 4.8

Europe

36.669 240.8 247.7 33.1 4.5 0.6 16.5 2.9

Asia

29.588 155.1 164.6 46.4 -0.1 6.0 2.4 6.1

Latin America/Caribbean

20.354 169.5 173.8 16.2 3.3 -3.9 5.6 2.5

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2008 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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to either a large volume of time series data or other related documentation. The FTP site can be accessed 
at ftp://ftp.bls.gov.   For technical assistance in using the BLS Internet site, send e-mail to 
(labstat.helpdesk@bls.gov).  For Import/Export Price Index data requests, send e-mail to 
(mxpinfo@bls.gov). 

Information from this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request.  
Voice phone: 202-691-5200; Federal Relay Service: 1-800-877-8339.

Last Modified Date: August 12, 2010