U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes News Release

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			      U.S. IMPORT AND EXPORT PRICE INDEXES - AUGUST 2013

Prices for U.S. imports were unchanged in August, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today, after 
ticking up 0.1 percent in July. In August, higher fuel prices were offset by declining nonfuel prices. U.S. 
export prices fell 0.5 percent in August following a 0.1 percent decrease the previous month.  

Imports

All Imports: Import prices have recorded little change the past 2 months, after decreasing 1.8 percent over 
the prior 4 months. The recent decline contributed to a 0.4 percent drop in import prices for the year ended 
in August. The decrease from August 2012 to August 2013 was led by lower nonfuel prices, which more 
than offset higher fuel prices.     

Fuel Imports: The price index for import fuel rose 0.5 percent in August, after advancing 1.8 percent in 
July. The increases for both months were led by rising petroleum prices, which advanced 0.8 percent in 
August and 2.7 percent in July. In contrast, natural gas prices fell 9.0 percent in August, after decreasing 
22.2 percent the previous month. Overall fuel prices advanced 2.2 percent over the past 12 months, as the 
price indexes for both petroleum and natural gas rose from August 2012 to August 2013, advancing 1.9 
percent and 13.8 percent, respectively.             

All Imports Excluding Fuel: Prices for nonfuel imports continued to trend down in August, falling 0.2 
percent. The August decrease followed a 0.4 percent drop in July, and was the sixth consecutive monthly 
decline. Falling prices for nonfuel industrial supplies and materials and finished goods drove the August 
drop in nonfuel import prices. The price index for nonfuel imports also decreased over the past year, 
declining 1.0 percent.     

Table A. Import and export price indexes, selected categories
 Percent changes

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

2012

August

1.2 6.1 -0.2 0.9 4.8 0.4

September

1.0 3.9 0.2 0.8 1.3 0.7

October

0.3 0.1 0.2 0.1 -1.7 0.3

November

-0.7 -2.2 -0.2 -0.6 0.5 -0.7

December

-0.6 -2.2 -0.1 -0.1 0.1 -0.2

2013

January

0.5 1.9 0.2 0.4 -1.2 0.5

February

0.9 3.6 0.1 0.7 2.0 0.6

March

-0.1 0.0 -0.1 -0.5 -1.8 -0.3

April

-0.7 -2.4 -0.2 -0.6 -2.1 -0.5

May

-0.6 -1.7 -0.4 -0.5 (r)1.1 -0.7

June

-0.4 -0.8 -0.3 (r)-0.2 0.8 -0.2

July

(r)0.1 (r)1.8 -0.4 -0.1 -0.3 (r)-0.2

August

0.0 0.5 -0.2 -0.5 -4.3 -0.1

Aug. 2011 to 2012

-1.8 -6.1 -0.4 -0.9 7.1 -1.9

Aug. 2012 to 2013

-0.4 2.2 -1.0 -1.1 -5.7 -0.6

Footnotes
(r) Revised

Exports

All Exports: Prices for U.S. exports continued to trend down in August, decreasing 0.5 percent. The index 
for overall export prices has not recorded a monthly advance since a 0.7 percent increase in February. Lower 
prices for both agricultural and nonagricultural exports contributed to the August decline. Overall export 
prices fell 1.1 percent for the year ended in August, the largest 12-month drop since the index decreased 1.3 
percent between July 2011 and July 2012.       

Agricultural Exports: The price index for agricultural exports declined 4.3 percent in August, the largest 
monthly decrease since the index fell 6.5 percent in October 2011. A 15.9 percent decrease in soybean prices 
and a 14.5 percent drop in corn prices drove the August decline in agricultural prices. Prices for agricultural 
exports fell 5.7 percent over the past 12 months, the first year-over-year decline in export agricultural prices 
since the index fell 5.8 percent for the year ended in June 2012. Lower soybean and corn prices also were 
the primary contributors to the decline in agricultural prices over the past year.                     

All Exports Excluding Agriculture: Nonagricultural export prices edged down 0.1 percent in August 
following a 0.2 percent decline for the previous month. Falling finished goods prices more than offset an 
increase in the price index for nonagricultural industrial supplies and materials. The price index for 
nonagricultural exports decreased 0.6 percent over the past 12 months, led by lower prices for 
nonagricultural industrial supplies and materials and consumer goods. 

					  SELECTED AUGUST HIGHLIGHTS

Import Prices

Imports by Locality of Origin: Import prices from Japan edged down 0.1 percent in August, after 
declining 0.5 percent in July. Prices for imports from Japan decreased 2.6 percent over the past 12 months, 
paralleling the decline in the value of the yen relative to the U.S. dollar. The 12-month decrease for August 
was the largest year-over-year drop in the index since a 2.9 percent decline for the year ended in November 
2002. Prices for imports from the European Union also fell 0.1 percent in August. The price index for 
imports from China recorded no change for the third consecutive month in August. Import prices from 
China have not increased on a monthly basis since a 0.1 percent advance in February 2012, and fell 1.3 
percent over the past year. Prices for imports from Canada also were unchanged in August, following a 0.1 
percent decline the previous month. In contrast, import prices from Mexico rose 0.3 percent in August. 

Nonfuel Industrial Supplies and Materials: Nonfuel industrial supplies and materials prices fell 0.8 percent 
in August following a 1.7 percent decline the previous month. Decreasing metals prices were the largest 
contributor to the drop in both August and July.  
 
Finished Goods: Prices for each of the major finished goods categories edged down 0.1 percent in August. 
Capital goods prices have not recorded a monthly increase since the index rose 0.2 percent in September 
2012, and fell 0.8 percent over the past year. Prices for automotive vehicles also continued a downward 
trend over the past 5 months as the index decreased 1.4 percent between February and August. The 0.1 
percent decline in consumer goods prices in August followed a 0.2 percent decrease in July.  

Foods, Feeds, and Beverages: Prices for foods, feeds, and beverages rose 0.3 percent in August, after a 0.6 
percent advance the previous month. The increase was led by a 2.8 percent rise in fish and shellfish prices, 
which more than offset a 4.4 percent decline in vegetable prices. 

Transportation Services: Import air passenger fares declined for the second consecutive month, falling 7.9 
percent in August following a 3.9 percent drop in July. The decreases for both months were driven by lower 
European and Asian fares. The index for import air passenger fares fell 0.5 percent over the past year. Import 
air freight prices fell 0.3 percent in August and 0.8 percent over the past 12 months. 

Export Prices

Nonagricultural Industrial Supplies and Materials: Nonagricultural industrial supplies and materials 
prices rose 0.2 percent in August, after declining 0.6 percent in July as higher fuel prices more than offset 
lower metals prices. 

Finished Goods: Prices for each of the major finished goods areas decreased in August. Consumer goods 
prices fell 0.6 percent, the largest monthly drop since a similar decline in July 2012. The price indexes for 
capital goods and automotive vehicles each edged down 0.1 percent. 

Transportation Services: Export air passenger fares increased 2.6 percent for the second consecutive month 
in August. The August increase was driven by a 24.7 percent advance in Asian fares. Despite the recent 
increases, export air passenger fares fell 4.9 percent for the year ended in August. Export air freight prices 
were unchanged in August and up 2.1 percent over the past year. 

Import and Export Price Index data for September 2013 are scheduled for release on Thursday, 
October 10, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. (EDT).

Table 1. U.S. import price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: August 2012 to August 2013
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description End
Use
Relative
import-
ance
July
2013(1)
Index Percent change
July
2013
Aug.
2013
Annual Monthly
Aug.
2012
to
Aug.
2013
Apr.
2013
to
May
2013
May
2013
to
June
2013
June
2013
to
July
2013
July
2013
to
Aug.
2013

All commodities

  100.000 138.9 138.9 -0.4 -0.6 -0.4 0.1 0.0

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

  73.677 102.1 101.9 -1.3 -0.4 -0.3 -0.4 -0.2

All imports excluding petroleum

  79.633 115.0 114.8 -0.9 -0.3 -0.3 -0.6 -0.2

All imports excluding fuels (Dec. 2001=100)

  78.760 119.1 118.9 -1.0 -0.4 -0.3 -0.4 -0.2

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

5.083 173.3 173.9 2.8 0.5 -1.0 0.6 0.3

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

3.875 191.0 190.7 0.0 0.2 -1.5 0.5 -0.2

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

1.208 133.2 135.9 12.8 1.5 0.6 0.8 2.0

Industrial supplies & materials

1

34.278 248.2 248.3 -0.5 -1.6 -0.8 0.4 0.0

Industrial supplies & materials excluding petroleum

  13.910 158.7 157.0 -3.7 -1.1 -1.0 -2.9 -1.1

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

  13.037 179.8 178.4 -4.6 -1.3 -0.9 -1.7 -0.8

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

  7.649 167.1 166.0 -4.6 -2.2 -1.3 -1.8 -0.7

Industrial supplies & materials nondurable excluding petroleum

  5.388 148.4 146.0 -2.7 0.1 -0.6 -4.1 -1.6

Fuels & lubricants

10

21.241 335.7 337.5 2.2 -1.7 -0.8 1.8 0.5

Petroleum & petroleum products

100

20.368 374.8 377.7 1.9 -1.8 -0.7 2.7 0.8

Crude

10000

15.749 392.2 393.5 3.6 -1.0 -0.7 3.6 0.3

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

101

0.666 110.0 102.0 11.5 0.7 -2.4 -19.7 -7.3

Gas-natural

10110

0.548 96.9 88.2 13.8 1.3 -2.8 -22.2 -9.0

Paper & paper base stocks

11

0.566 113.5 113.6 0.4 0.5 -0.1 0.3 0.1

Materials associated with nondurable supplies & materials

12

4.902 170.1 168.4 -5.0 -0.1 -0.5 -1.8 -1.0

Selected building materials

13

1.003 141.0 139.8 0.1 -1.7 -3.2 -1.8 -0.9

Unfinished metals related to durable goods

14

3.465 237.2 234.8 -8.0 -3.9 -1.8 -2.7 -1.0

Finished metals related to durable goods

15

1.562 155.6 155.6 -3.7 -0.4 -0.3 -1.8 0.0

Nonmetals related to durable goods

16

1.539 113.8 113.3 -0.9 -0.4 -0.2 0.2 -0.4

Capital goods

2

24.133 92.6 92.5 -0.8 -0.1 -0.1 0.0 -0.1

Electric generating equipment

20

3.014 119.3 119.5 0.2 -0.2 0.0 -0.2 0.2

Nonelectrical machinery

21

19.247 85.4 85.2 -1.0 -0.1 -0.1 0.1 -0.2

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

22

1.873 135.8 135.7 1.2 -0.1 -0.1 0.1 -0.1

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

12.178 113.5 113.4 -1.0 -0.3 -0.2 -0.4 -0.1

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

24.329 107.4 107.3 0.0 -0.4 0.0 -0.2 -0.1

Nondurables, manufactured

40

11.883 116.0 116.0 1.0 -0.6 0.1 0.0 0.0

Durables, manufactured

41

11.118 98.4 98.4 -1.1 -0.1 -0.2 -0.5 0.0

Nonmanufactured consumer goods

42

1.328 116.4 116.4 0.9 0.3 -0.4 0.0 0.0

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2011 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: August 2012 to August 2013
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description End
Use
Relative
import-
ance
July
2013(1)
Index Percent change
July
2013
Aug.
2013
Annual Monthly
Aug.
2012
to
Aug.
2013
Apr.
2013
to
May
2013
May
2013
to
June
2013
June
2013
to
July
2013
July
2013
to
Aug.
2013

All commodities

  100.000 132.6 131.9 -1.1 -0.5 -0.2 -0.1 -0.5

Agricultural commodities

  10.603 223.5 214.0 -5.7 1.1 0.8 -0.3 -4.3

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

  81.004 102.0 101.7 -0.5 -0.5 -0.2 -0.3 -0.3

Nonagricultural commodities

  89.397 126.0 125.9 -0.6 -0.7 -0.2 -0.2 -0.1

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

9.814 222.9 213.3 -6.9 0.8 0.9 -0.4 -4.3

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

9.160 227.6 216.9 -7.0 1.2 1.0 -0.5 -4.7

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

0.654 179.6 181.9 -6.0 -4.5 -2.0 0.7 1.3

Industrial supplies & materials

1

33.625 176.5 176.7 -1.9 -1.5 -0.6 -0.6 0.1

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

  11.569 171.5 170.1 -6.3 -2.5 -1.1 -2.3 -0.8

Industrial supplies & materials, nondurable

  22.057 180.1 181.1 0.4 -1.0 -0.3 0.4 0.6

Agricultural industrial supplies & materials

10

1.443 205.9 203.4 3.1 0.4 -0.9 1.0 -1.2

Nonagricultural industrial supplies & materials

  32.182 175.6 175.9 -2.2 -1.6 -0.6 -0.6 0.2

Fuels & lubricants

11

9.182 253.0 258.0 -1.3 -2.3 -0.2 0.9 2.0

Nonagricultural supplies & materials excluding fuels & building materials

12

21.960 165.9 164.8 -3.0 -1.5 -0.7 -1.3 -0.7

Selected building materials

13

1.040 123.3 123.4 4.0 0.2 0.2 0.7 0.1

Capital goods

2

35.597 106.6 106.5 0.9 -0.1 0.1 0.1 -0.1

Electrical generating equipment

20

3.524 115.4 115.8 1.9 0.0 -0.3 0.8 0.3

Nonelectrical machinery

21

25.865 95.5 95.4 0.7 -0.1 0.1 0.1 -0.1

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

22

6.207 151.7 151.7 1.7 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

8.983 113.5 113.4 0.5 -0.1 0.0 0.1 -0.1

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

11.981 115.3 114.6 -1.5 -0.2 0.0 0.0 -0.6

Nondurables, manufactured

40

5.509 115.3 114.6 -0.3 0.3 0.2 0.3 -0.6

Durables, manufactured

41

5.088 111.5 111.2 -2.9 -0.6 -0.1 0.0 -0.3

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2011 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: August 2012 to August 2013
[December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
July
2013(1)
Index Percent change
July
2013
Aug.
2013
Annual Monthly
Aug.
2012
to
Aug.
2013
Apr.
2013
to
May
2013
May
2013
to
June
2013
June
2013
to
July
2013
July
2013
to
Aug.
2013

Nonmanufactured articles

  18.696 167.5 167.7 4.2 -0.7 -1.0 1.8 0.1

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

1.826 171.9 171.6 2.1 1.2 -1.6 -0.6 -0.2

Crop production

111

1.282 176.9 176.4 0.7 2.0 -2.2 0.0 -0.3

Forestry and logging (Dec. 2012=100)

113

0.192 98.3 94.0 - 2.0 -0.1 -6.6 -4.4

Mining

21

16.870 166.7 167.0 4.4 -1.0 -0.9 2.1 0.2

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

212

0.316 130.2 130.0 -9.3 0.2 -1.1 -1.6 -0.2

Manufactured articles

  80.849 115.9 115.8 -1.4 -0.6 -0.3 -0.3 -0.1

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

10.573 123.7 123.6 -0.6 0.2 -0.1 0.0 -0.1

Food manufacturing

311

2.900 155.6 155.6 -1.2 0.9 -0.4 0.5 0.0

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.880 113.6 113.4 1.9 0.2 -0.3 0.4 -0.2

Textile mills (Dec. 2011=100)

313

0.388 100.7 100.7 -1.2 -0.2 -0.3 -0.6 0.0

Textile product mills

314

0.787 114.7 114.6 -1.0 0.1 0.1 -0.8 -0.1

Apparel manufacturing

315

3.947 110.2 110.1 -1.3 -0.3 0.2 -0.2 -0.1

Leather and allied product manufacturing

316

1.670 121.6 121.7 0.8 -0.1 0.3 -0.2 0.1

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

17.789 135.9 136.3 -1.7 -1.7 -0.3 -0.3 0.3

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.593 119.9 118.8 0.1 -2.9 -4.9 -2.5 -0.9

Paper manufacturing

322

1.042 110.8 110.8 0.1 0.4 -0.1 0.4 0.0

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

4.126 158.1 162.0 -5.1 -4.5 -0.2 0.6 2.5

Chemical manufacturing

325

9.166 134.4 133.7 -0.3 -1.0 -0.2 -0.6 -0.5

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

1.940 125.4 125.2 -1.7 -0.2 -0.4 0.0 -0.2

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.838 129.0 129.2 -0.6 0.1 0.1 -0.2 0.2

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

52.487 108.1 107.9 -1.4 -0.4 -0.3 -0.4 -0.2

Primary metal manufacturing

331

4.050 155.8 154.2 -8.6 -3.4 -1.8 -2.7 -1.0

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.644 126.9 126.9 -2.1 -0.6 -0.2 -0.9 0.0

Machinery manufacturing

333

6.638 121.3 121.0 0.0 0.2 -0.1 0.1 -0.2

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

16.068 80.9 80.8 -1.7 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 -0.1

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

4.029 119.3 119.3 0.6 -0.2 0.0 -0.1 0.0

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

12.945 111.5 111.4 -0.4 -0.2 -0.2 -0.4 -0.1

Furniture and related product manufacturing

337

1.258 114.1 113.8 0.3 0.0 -0.2 -0.1 -0.3

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

4.856 120.7 120.8 -0.2 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1 0.1

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2011 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: August 2012 to August 2013
[December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
July
2013(1)
Index Percent change
July
2013
Aug.
2013
Annual Monthly
Aug.
2012
to
Aug.
2013
Apr.
2013
to
May
2013
May
2013
to
June
2013
June
2013
to
July
2013
July
2013
to
Aug.
2013

Nonmanufactured articles

  7.811 168.7 157.7 -12.1 1.7 -0.1 -1.9 -6.5

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

5.807 211.1 195.0 -12.3 1.9 0.7 -0.7 -7.6

Crop production

111

5.378 220.1 202.3 -12.3 2.7 1.2 -1.0 -8.1

Mining

21

2.004 87.9 84.9 -11.7 1.1 -2.0 -5.2 -3.4

Mining (except oil and gas)

212

1.391 103.0 100.3 -15.9 -0.1 -0.8 -2.4 -2.6

Manufactured articles

  89.842 120.3 120.3 -0.1 -0.6 -0.1 0.0 0.0

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

7.082 152.0 151.6 1.9 -0.5 0.5 0.3 -0.3

Food manufacturing

311

4.973 174.1 173.9 2.2 -0.9 0.6 0.3 -0.1

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.572 127.0 124.8 -0.6 -0.2 0.1 -0.2 -1.7

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

26.519 133.0 133.7 0.5 -0.8 -0.1 0.5 0.5

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.429 119.5 118.3 3.6 0.3 0.3 1.4 -1.0

Paper manufacturing

322

1.835 122.0 121.6 1.6 0.4 0.4 -0.1 -0.3

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

6.976 163.7 168.3 0.2 -3.0 0.3 2.6 2.8

Chemical manufacturing

325

14.256 130.4 130.0 -0.2 -0.2 -0.4 -0.3 -0.3

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

2.235 119.9 119.8 2.1 0.3 -0.4 -0.6 -0.1

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.787 111.0 111.0 -0.6 -0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

56.242 112.3 112.1 -0.5 -0.5 -0.2 -0.2 -0.2

Primary metal manufacturing

331

4.645 150.0 147.4 -11.2 -4.2 -2.3 -3.4 -1.7

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.753 130.7 130.9 -0.5 -0.5 -0.1 -0.6 0.2

Machinery manufacturing

333

11.729 122.5 122.5 1.4 0.1 0.0 0.3 0.0

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

14.249 88.7 88.4 -0.9 -0.2 0.1 0.0 -0.3

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

3.344 114.5 114.9 2.4 0.1 -0.2 0.5 0.3

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

14.230 118.0 118.0 1.1 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0

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

337

0.323 107.8 107.9 4.8 -0.4 0.2 2.1 0.1

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

4.969 121.7 121.1 -0.5 -0.6 0.2 -0.1 -0.5

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2011 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: August 2012 to August 2013
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
July
2013(1)
Index Percent change
July
2013
Aug.
2013
Annual Monthly
Aug.
2012
to
Aug.
2013
Apr.
2013
to
May
2013
May
2013
to
June
2013
June
2013
to
July
2013
July
2013
to
Aug.
2013

Live animals; animal products

I

1.173 181.3 185.5 15.1 0.9 1.6 0.8 2.3

Meat and edible meat offal

02

0.257 222.3 226.1 3.5 0.0 0.0 1.2 1.7

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.660 135.9 139.8 22.6 2.4 2.7 0.3 2.9

Vegetable products

II

1.582 201.9 199.9 -5.9 1.4 -4.1 -1.1 -1.0

Edible vegetables, roots, and tubers

07

0.366 353.3 353.6 19.1 6.8 -1.6 1.7 0.1

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

0.415 111.3 112.8 -2.9 -2.2 -10.0 0.8 1.3

Coffee, tea, mate and spices

09

0.359 230.9 229.5 -15.1 0.1 -1.9 -2.0 -0.6

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

III

0.250 116.1 115.1 -8.4 -0.9 -0.3 -0.3 -0.9

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages, and tobacco

IV

2.418 157.6 158.4 0.9 0.4 -0.8 0.8 0.5

Sugars and sugar confectionary (Dec. 2012=100)

17

0.201 94.4 90.7 - -2.0 -3.9 2.8 -3.9

Cocoa and cocoa preparations (Dec. 2009=100)

18

0.206 91.2 100.0 19.6 2.5 2.7 1.2 9.6

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

19

0.239 130.0 129.9 1.4 -0.3 -0.6 -0.5 -0.1

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

20

0.319 166.0 164.8 -2.9 2.1 0.2 0.5 -0.7

Beverages, spirits, and vinegar

22

0.869 124.3 124.2 2.2 0.4 -0.4 0.2 -0.1

Mineral products

V

21.211 338.5 340.2 2.3 -1.6 -0.7 1.9 0.5

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

27

20.929 335.3 337.0 2.5 -1.7 -0.8 1.9 0.5

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

8.582 148.8 148.2 -1.3 -1.1 -0.3 -0.8 -0.4

Inorganic chemicals

28

0.756 333.3 322.5 -18.3 -1.6 -1.5 -3.9 -3.2

Organic chemicals

29

2.608 134.5 134.6 -3.0 -1.0 -0.1 -0.5 0.1

Pharmaceutical products

30

3.433 125.5 125.5 7.4 -1.1 0.0 0.4 0.0

Fertilizers (Dec. 2009=100)

31

0.370 116.3 110.7 -18.8 -1.9 0.1 -7.8 -4.8

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

32

0.165 94.1 93.9 -9.3 0.1 -0.1 0.3 -0.2

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

0.470 98.5 98.6 -3.1 -0.6 -1.2 -1.3 0.1

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

3.200 150.9 150.4 -0.5 -0.3 -0.2 -0.8 -0.3

Plastics and articles thereof

39

1.974 147.8 148.0 3.9 -0.5 0.1 -0.1 0.1

Rubber and articles thereof

40

1.226 157.7 156.0 -7.1 -0.1 -0.7 -1.9 -1.1

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

VIII

0.599 125.5 125.5 -0.6 -0.5 -0.4 0.1 0.0

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

42

0.567 126.9 126.9 -0.1 0.0 -0.5 0.0 0.0

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

IX

0.630 146.2 143.8 0.0 -2.7 -4.9 -2.9 -1.6

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

1.142 114.0 113.9 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.4 -0.1

Pulp wood, waste paper, and paperboard (Dec. 2011=100)

47

0.181 104.0 103.3 1.4 2.3 -0.3 -0.4 -0.7

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

48

0.759 107.7 107.9 -0.2 -0.2 0.1 0.7 0.2

Textile and textile articles

XI

4.970 113.7 113.6 -1.1 -0.1 0.1 -0.3 -0.1

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted

61

1.944 103.0 102.9 -2.6 -0.6 0.1 -0.4 -0.1

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted

62

1.841 117.7 117.9 0.4 0.2 0.3 0.0 0.2

Made-up or worn textile articles

63

0.551 107.9 107.8 -0.6 0.1 0.2 -0.6 -0.1

Headgear, umbrellas, artifical flowers, etc.

XII

1.369 120.9 121.1 0.7 -0.2 0.2 -0.3 0.2

Footwear and parts of such articles

64

1.173 120.1 120.2 0.5 -0.2 0.2 -0.3 0.1

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

XIII

0.771 132.0 132.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 -0.1 0.1

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

68

0.249 125.7 126.4 0.8 0.3 0.2 -0.1 0.6

Ceramic products

69

0.243 141.1 140.9 -0.8 0.0 0.1 0.4 -0.1

Glass and glassware

70

0.279 127.2 127.3 0.3 -0.1 0.1 -0.6 0.1

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

XIV

2.990 180.0 179.5 -8.2 -3.9 -2.5 -3.3 -0.3

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

4.945 179.5 179.0 -3.3 -0.9 -0.1 -1.0 -0.3

Iron and steel

72

1.140 215.4 216.4 -6.4 -0.9 -0.6 -0.2 0.5

Articles of iron or steel

73

1.488 154.6 154.0 -4.1 -0.1 -0.4 -0.8 -0.4

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.447 322.2 320.5 -5.6 -2.9 2.3 -5.2 -0.5

Nickel and articles thereof (Dec. 2009=100)

75

0.130 87.7 85.5 -12.2 -4.4 -4.5 -4.0 -2.5

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.672 136.2 135.2 0.9 -1.4 0.8 -1.0 -0.7

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

82

0.388 129.2 129.2 0.8 0.1 0.1 -0.2 0.0

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.432 135.3 135.4 -0.4 0.0 -0.2 -0.3 0.1

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

XVI

26.532 84.9 84.8 -1.1 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

13.764 89.8 89.6 -0.1 0.0 0.0 0.1 -0.2

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

85

12.768 80.3 80.2 -2.0 -0.2 -0.1 -0.4 -0.1

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

10.731 115.8 115.8 -0.3 0.0 -0.2 -0.3 0.0

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

9.786 114.5 114.5 -0.5 0.0 -0.2 -0.4 0.0

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

88

0.875 120.1 120.1 1.1 -0.1 0.0 0.1 0.0

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

XVIII

3.365 104.0 103.9 0.0 0.0 -0.1 0.3 -0.1

Optical, photographic, measuring and medical instruments

90

3.052 100.8 100.8 -0.6 0.0 -0.1 0.2 0.0

Clocks and watches and parts thereof

91

0.254 141.3 141.0 8.5 -0.1 -0.6 1.0 -0.2

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

3.480 113.0 112.8 0.2 0.0 -0.1 0.0 -0.2

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

94

1.943 116.8 116.5 0.1 0.0 -0.3 0.0 -0.3

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

1.341 105.2 105.1 0.1 -0.1 0.1 0.0 -0.1

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

96

0.195 138.5 139.0 1.6 -0.1 0.0 0.1 0.4

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2011 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: August 2012 to August 2013
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
July
2013(1)
Index Percent change
July
2013
Aug.
2013
Annual Monthly
Aug.
2012
to
Aug.
2013
Apr.
2013
to
May
2013
May
2013
to
June
2013
June
2013
to
July
2013
July
2013
to
Aug.
2013

Live animals; animal products

I

2.075 217.8 216.2 2.3 -2.5 0.4 1.3 -0.7

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

02

1.194 168.8 166.2 0.5 -1.7 0.8 0.9 -1.5

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.372 185.5 188.9 -10.4 -6.9 -2.9 1.1 1.8

Vegetable products

II

5.356 267.9 246.6 -12.7 2.6 1.4 -1.4 -8.0

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

0.991 154.2 160.2 20.0 4.8 -1.3 -0.5 3.9

Cereals

10

2.001 292.5 268.9 -20.8 2.7 0.5 -4.7 -8.1

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

12

1.801 305.0 264.0 -17.9 2.4 4.4 1.8 -13.4

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

III

0.301 131.3 126.6 -12.5 -0.7 -3.1 -0.8 -3.6

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages,and tobacco

IV

3.022 167.1 167.0 1.8 -0.5 0.7 0.0 -0.1

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

20

0.333 112.6 112.7 0.4 -0.2 0.0 -0.4 0.1

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

22

0.609 112.8 112.6 2.6 -0.2 -0.2 -0.1 -0.2

Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed

23

0.768 274.4 271.5 1.2 -3.0 3.2 2.5 -1.1

Mineral products

V

9.094 295.2 300.2 -2.5 -2.0 -0.1 0.8 1.7

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

26

0.444 90.8 87.1 - -2.6 -0.7 -2.3 -4.1

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

27

8.468 292.7 298.6 -1.9 -2.1 0.0 1.0 2.0

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

11.473 153.1 152.7 -0.9 0.1 -0.5 -0.5 -0.3

Inorganic chemicals

28

1.029 185.0 180.8 -2.1 1.1 -1.5 -0.3 -2.3

Organic chemicals

29

3.194 162.3 164.0 -0.2 -1.3 -0.8 -0.6 1.0

Pharmaceutical products

30

2.685 122.6 121.9 -1.8 0.2 -0.2 0.1 -0.6

Fertilizers (Dec. 2012=100)

31

0.374 94.3 91.1 - -1.9 -1.1 -0.9 -3.4

Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery cosmetic or toilet preparations

33

0.725 138.4 135.7 -1.0 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 -2.0

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

34

0.455 120.9 120.8 -1.8 -0.3 0.1 1.2 -0.1

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

1.765 154.0 153.8 0.3 2.4 0.1 -1.6 -0.1

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

5.284 149.1 148.2 1.0 -0.2 -0.3 -0.4 -0.6

Plastics and articles thereof

39

4.264 142.3 142.2 3.3 -0.3 -0.2 -0.1 -0.1

Rubber and articles thereof

40

1.020 180.1 174.5 -8.1 -0.1 -0.2 -1.6 -3.1

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

VIII

0.406 146.0 144.7 9.5 0.4 0.0 -0.4 -0.9

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

IX

0.590 114.0 113.6 3.3 -0.1 -0.2 0.6 -0.4

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

2.299 123.1 122.0 5.4 0.4 0.7 0.3 -0.9

Woodpulp and recovered paper

47

0.631 130.3 125.7 7.9 0.7 2.4 -1.4 -3.5

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

48

1.214 120.3 120.4 2.8 0.4 -0.1 1.1 0.1

Printed material

49

0.455 132.0 132.0 9.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0

Textile and textile articles

XI

1.862 132.3 131.9 5.1 0.7 0.3 0.7 -0.3

Cotton, including yarns and woven fabrics thereof

52

0.519 147.5 146.4 10.1 0.6 -1.5 2.9 -0.7

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

XIII

0.764 118.4 118.3 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.2 -0.1

Glass and glassware

70

0.391 97.5 97.4 -1.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.1

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

XIV

4.636 244.5 241.1 -11.3 -4.6 -2.8 -3.7 -1.4

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

5.249 163.8 164.3 -4.3 -1.7 0.1 -1.2 0.3

Iron and steel

72

1.441 182.8 183.8 -9.9 -2.9 -0.1 -2.1 0.5

Articles of iron or steel

73

1.318 168.3 169.1 -2.3 0.0 -0.4 -0.7 0.5

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.585 230.7 231.9 -4.3 -5.9 2.6 -2.6 0.5

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.836 121.8 121.7 -1.4 -0.9 -0.3 -0.6 -0.1

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

82

0.406 132.7 132.7 0.8 0.1 -0.1 0.0 0.0

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.326 146.9 146.9 0.6 0.4 0.1 -0.1 0.0

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

XVI

28.096 97.3 97.2 0.4 -0.1 0.0 0.1 -0.1

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

16.789 111.4 111.4 0.8 0.0 0.1 -0.1 0.0

Electrical machinery and equipment and parts and accessories thereof

85

11.307 82.1 81.8 -0.4 -0.1 -0.1 0.5 -0.4

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

12.068 128.2 128.2 1.2 -0.1 -0.1 0.2 0.0

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

8.184 114.0 114.0 1.0 -0.2 0.0 0.3 0.0

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

XVIII

5.923 107.1 107.0 0.9 -0.2 0.1 0.0 -0.1

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

1.350 111.0 111.0 0.6 -0.2 -0.2 0.5 0.0

Furniture; stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings nesoi;

94

0.734 122.6 122.8 2.4 -0.1 0.6 0.7 0.2

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

0.507 89.7 89.5 -1.5 -0.3 -1.1 0.1 -0.2

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2011 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: August 2012 to August 2013
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Relative
import-
ance
July
2013(1)
Index Percent change
July
2013
Aug.
2013
Annual Monthly
Aug.
2012
to
Aug.
2013
Apr.
2013
to
May
2013
May
2013
to
June
2013
June
2013
to
July
2013
July
2013
to
Aug.
2013

Industrialized Countries(2)

100.000 131.8 131.4 1.2 -0.1 -0.5 0.2 -0.3

Nonmanufactured articles

12.489 244.9 243.2 15.8 4.6 -0.7 2.5 -0.7

Manufactured articles

86.931 122.8 122.5 -0.5 -0.6 -0.6 -0.1 -0.2

Other Countries(3)

100.000 138.0 138.4 -0.9 -0.7 -0.2 0.0 0.3

Nonmanufactured articles

22.322 342.8 344.8 0.3 -2.2 -1.0 1.1 0.6

Manufactured articles

77.342 109.8 110.0 -1.3 -0.2 0.0 -0.4 0.2

Canada

100.000 152.8 152.8 3.7 0.6 -0.5 -0.1 0.0

Nonmanufactured articles

31.112 234.4 232.9 18.4 4.7 -0.7 2.4 -0.6

Manufactured articles

67.904 135.3 135.7 -1.7 -1.1 -0.3 -1.2 0.3

European Union(4)

100.000 135.4 135.2 0.5 -0.3 -0.1 0.1 -0.1

Nonmanufactured articles

1.012 349.7 349.8 -7.3 -4.1 -0.3 0.3 0.0

Manufactured articles

98.809 131.7 131.5 0.5 -0.2 -0.2 0.2 -0.2

France (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 121.6 121.5 1.4 0.2 -0.1 -0.2 -0.1

Germany (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 115.9 115.8 1.6 0.0 -0.1 0.2 -0.1

United Kingdom (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 127.1 126.9 -5.3 -0.3 0.0 -0.5 -0.2

Latin America(5)

100.000 173.6 174.2 -1.1 -0.8 -0.3 0.1 0.3

Nonmanufactured articles

32.173 371.5 374.8 0.8 -1.5 -0.5 0.8 0.9

Manufactured articles

67.464 130.9 131.0 -1.7 -0.4 -0.2 -0.2 0.1

Mexico (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 143.1 143.5 -0.8 -0.1 -0.8 0.0 0.3

Nonmanufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

18.818 197.9 201.6 0.9 -0.7 -3.4 0.7 1.9

Manufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

80.881 93.8 93.6 -1.1 0.0 -0.2 -0.1 -0.2

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

100.000 103.0 103.0 -1.3 -0.4 -0.1 -0.3 0.0

China (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 103.5 103.5 -1.3 -0.6 0.0 0.0 0.0

Japan

100.000 100.1 100.0 -2.6 -0.4 -0.3 -0.5 -0.1

Asian NICs(7)

100.000 91.0 90.9 0.1 0.2 0.1 -0.3 -0.1

ASEAN (Dec. 2003=100)(8)

100.000 104.5 104.5 0.0 0.2 0.0 -0.2 0.0

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

100.000 262.8 262.8 -0.7 -2.4 -2.0 1.3 0.0

Footnotes
(1) Relative figures are based on 2011 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: August 2012 to August 2013
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Relative
import-
ance
July
2013(1)
Index Percent change
July
2013
Aug.
2013
Annual Monthly
Aug.
2012
to
Aug.
2013
Apr.
2013
to
May
2013
May
2013
to
June
2013
June
2013
to
July
2013
July
2013
to
Aug.
2013

Air Freight

Import Air Freight

100.000 172.4 171.9 -0.8 -0.2 -0.3 0.3 -0.3

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

22.042 165.0 163.2 4.5 0.6 -0.2 0.9 -1.1

Asia

73.621 151.9 151.8 -2.4 -0.5 -0.3 0.3 -0.1

Export Air Freight

100.000 146.2 146.2 2.1 -1.1 -0.9 -0.1 0.0

Europe (Dec. 2006=100)

35.926 131.6 131.8 1.4 -1.0 -0.7 -0.2 0.2

Inbound Air Freight

100.000 160.7 160.5 -0.3 -0.6 -0.8 0.1 -0.1

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

22.130 148.2 147.0 2.7 0.1 -0.4 0.3 -0.8

Asia

67.270 145.6 145.6 -1.4 -0.9 -1.0 0.1 0.0

Outbound Air Freight

100.000 145.0 145.4 0.4 -0.9 -1.3 -0.3 0.3

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

28.069 159.9 159.9 -2.0 -0.2 -0.1 -0.4 0.0

Asia

52.238 138.1 138.7 1.8 -1.3 -1.8 -0.2 0.4

Air Passenger Fares

Import Air Passenger Fares

100.000 197.5 181.8 -0.5 2.0 10.7 -3.9 -7.9

Europe

42.784 219.8 201.9 6.2 -0.4 14.6 -8.0 -8.1

Asia

26.400 166.9 156.4 -3.0 3.2 11.4 -3.5 -6.3

Latin America/Caribbean

9.224 175.8 173.2 0.4 -1.7 5.0 1.5 -1.5

Export Air Passenger Fares

100.000 198.8 203.9 -4.9 5.2 2.1 2.6 2.6

Europe

31.367 262.1 249.8 2.8 4.5 16.4 1.6 -4.7

Asia

27.245 163.9 204.4 -11.0 8.3 -0.3 -1.3 24.7

Latin America/Caribbean

20.188 191.0 191.7 -13.6 -4.9 -1.0 5.9 0.4

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2011 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.

E-Mail Subscription -- The U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes news release is available through an 
e-mail subscription service at (http://www.bls.gov/bls/list.htm).
 
Additional Information -- More detailed data are available on the Import/Export Price Indexes home 
page at (http://www.bls.gov/mxp).  Flat Files and the FTP server are available for users requiring access 
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: September 12, 2013