U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes News Release

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


U.S. import prices increased 1.3 percent in November, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today, 
following a 1.0 percent advance the previous month. Rising prices for fuel and nonfuel imports contributed 
to both the November and October increases. Prices for U.S. exports also rose in November, increasing 1.5 
percent after advancing 0.8 percent in October.


Imports

All Imports: Import prices advanced 1.3 percent in November following a 1.0 percent increase in October.  
The November rise was the largest monthly advance since a 1.5 percent increase in November 2009 and 
marked the first time since May and June 2009 that import prices rose by at least 1.0 percent in consecutive 
months. The price index for overall imports increased 3.7 percent over the past 12 months, similar to the 
year-over-year increases recorded in each of the three previous months. 

Fuel Imports: Fuel prices rose 3.7 percent in November after advancing 3.8 percent the previous month. The 
November increase was driven by a 4.1 percent rise in petroleum prices, which more than offset a 3.8 percent 
drop in natural gas prices. The price index for fuels advanced 6.3 percent for the year ended in November, 
led by a 7.4 percent increase in petroleum prices. In contrast, prices for natural gas declined 15.2 percent 
over the past year.       

All Imports Excluding Fuel: Prices for nonfuel imports rose 0.8 percent following 0.3 percent advances in 
each of the three previous months. The November increase was the largest one-month advance for the index 
since a 1.1 percent rise in April 2008.  Higher prices for nonfuel industrial supplies and materials were the 
largest factor for the overall increase in nonfuel prices; however, increasing finished goods and food prices 
also contributed to the November advance. Nonfuel import prices increased 3.0 percent for the November 
2009-2010 period.   


Table A. Percent changes
Month IMPORTS EXPORTS
All
imports
Fuel
imports
Nonfuel
imports
All
exports
Agri-
cultural
exports
Non-
agricultural
exports

2009

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

-0.8 -5.1 0.4 0.5 1.6 0.3

June

-1.2 -3.8 -0.4 -0.7 0.0 -0.8

July

0.0 1.0 -0.3 -0.2 -0.2 -0.2

August

0.4 1.0 0.3 0.8 4.2 0.5

September

(r)0.0 (r)-1.5 0.3 0.6 (r)2.4 (r)0.4

October

(r)1.0 (r)3.8 0.3 0.8 (r)2.9 (r)0.6

November

1.3 3.7 0.8 1.5 8.0 0.8

Nov. 2008 to 2009

3.4 26.4 -1.1 0.4 0.7 0.3

Nov. 2009 to 2010

3.7 6.3 3.0 6.5 21.0 5.1

Footnotes
(r) Revised


Exports

All Exports: Export prices increased 1.5 percent in November, the largest monthly advance for the index 
since a 1.5 percent rise in July 2008. The November increase in export prices followed advances of 0.8 
percent in October, 0.6 percent in September, and 0.8 percent in August. Prices for both agricultural and 
nonagricultural exports continued to move higher. The price index for overall exports rose 6.5 percent over 
the past year, the largest 12-month advance since a 7.0 percent increase between September 2007 and 
September 2008.

Agricultural Exports: Prices for agricultural exports rose 8.0 percent in November, the largest one-month 
jump in the index since publication began on a monthly basis in December 1988. Higher prices for corn, 
cotton, soybeans, and wheat all contributed towards the increase in agricultural prices in November. 
Agricultural prices advanced 21.0 percent for the year ended in November, the largest 12-month rise since 
the index increased 25.0 percent for the August 2007-2008 period. Over the past 12 months, cotton prices 
rose 81.4 percent, corn prices 43.7 percent, wheat prices 40.1 percent, and soybeans prices 19.3 percent. 

All Exports Excluding Agriculture: The price index for nonagricultural exports advanced 0.8 percent, the 
largest monthly increase since a 1.3 percent rise in April. Prices for both nonagricultural industrial materials 
and finished goods contributed to the November increase. Nonagricultural prices rose 5.1 percent over the 
past 12 months. 


 			
				      SELECTED NOVEMBER HIGHLIGHTS

Import Prices

Nonfuel Industrial Supplies and Materials: Nonfuel industrial supplies and materials prices rose 2.6 
percent in November after increasing 1.8 percent the previous month. The advances for both months were 
driven by increases in unfinished metals prices, up 4.8 percent in November and 3.1 percent in October. 
Higher prices for gold, other precious metals, copper, and aluminum were all contributing factors. The 
November rise in nonfuel industrial supplies and materials prices was also impacted by a 2.4 percent advance 
in chemicals prices.      

Finished Goods: Finished goods prices were mostly up in November. The price indexes for automotive 
vehicles and consumer goods rose 0.5 percent and 0.3 percent, respectively, while capital goods prices were 
unchanged. Capital goods prices excluding computers advanced 0.3 percent, but a 0.9 percent drop in 
computer prices offset the increase.
 
Foods, Feeds, and Beverages: Prices for import foods, feeds, and beverages rose 2.4 percent in November, 
led by an 11.2 percent increase in coffee prices and a 6.0 percent advance in prices for bakery and 
confectionary products. The increase in coffee prices resumed an upward trend following a 1.8 percent drop 
in October. Import coffee prices rose 40.7 percent over the past year.   

Imports by Locality of Origin: Import prices from China increased 0.2 percent in November after rising 0.4 
percent the previous month. The October advance was the largest monthly jump for the index since a 0.8 
percent rise in July 2008. The price index for imports from China rose 0.7 percent over the past year. Prices 
of imports from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union also advanced in November, rising 1.4 percent, 
0.9 percent, and 0.8 percent, respectively. In contrast, the price index for imports from Japan fell 0.1 percent 
in November after increasing 0.4 percent the previous month.  

Transportation Services: Import air passenger fares decreased 1.3 percent in November, driven by a 3.2 
percent drop in European fares. Despite the decline, overall import air passenger fares rose 12.8 percent over 
the past year. Import air freight prices advanced 3.5 percent in November and 11.8 percent over the past 12 
months.  

Export Prices
 
Nonagricultural Industrial Supplies and Materials: Nonagricultural industrial supplies and materials 
prices rose 1.8 percent following a 1.5 percent advance in October. Higher prices for metals, fuels, and 
chemicals led the increases for each month. 
 
Finished Goods: Prices for each of the major finished goods categories increased in November. Capital 
goods prices rose 0.3 percent. A 0.7 percent rise in computer prices as well as a 0.2 percent advance in 
capital goods prices excluding computers contributed to the overall increase. Prices for consumer goods and 
automotive vehicles also rose in November, increasing 0.4 percent and 0.2 percent, respectively.         

Transportation Services: Export air passenger fares declined 3.6 percent in November, led by a 13.5 
percent drop in European fares. Overall export air passenger fares increased 16.7 percent for the year ended 
in November. In contrast, export air freight prices advanced 0.7 percent in November and 4.4 percent over 
the past year. 
		
Import and Export Price Index data for December 2010 are scheduled for release on Wednesday, 
January 12, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. (EST).

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

All commodities

  100.000 127.0 128.7 3.7 0.4 0.0 1.0 1.3

All imports excluding petroleum

  80.606 111.3 112.1 2.7 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.7

All imports excluding fuels (Dec. 2001=100)

  79.228 115.1 116.0 3.0 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.8

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

4.995 156.3 160.0 12.2 2.1 0.6 2.0 2.4

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

3.869 174.6 179.4 12.5 2.4 0.5 2.0 2.7

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

1.126 115.0 116.1 11.1 1.2 1.2 1.6 1.0

Industrial supplies & materials

1

35.399 206.1 212.7 9.1 0.7 -0.4 3.0 3.2

Industrial supplies & materials excluding petroleum

  16.006 153.4 156.8 11.0 -0.3 0.6 1.6 2.2

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

  14.628 171.9 176.4 13.2 0.1 1.1 1.8 2.6

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

  9.194 165.7 170.3 14.3 -0.1 1.2 1.9 2.8

Industrial supplies & materials nondurable excluding petroleum

  5.435 139.1 140.9 6.7 -0.6 -0.1 1.2 1.3

Fuels & lubricants

10

20.770 256.5 265.9 6.3 1.0 -1.5 3.8 3.7

Petroleum & petroleum products

100

19.392 280.9 292.3 7.4 1.4 -1.4 4.2 4.1

Crude

10000

14.365 287.8 298.2 6.3 1.5 -1.1 4.1 3.6

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

101

1.118 116.9 113.7 -11.5 -4.5 -4.4 -1.5 -2.7

Gas-natural

10110

0.808 100.8 97.0 -15.2 -4.9 -5.9 -2.1 -3.8

Paper & paper base stocks

11

0.742 117.1 118.4 15.6 -0.3 1.1 -0.3 1.1

Materials associated with nondurable supplies & materials

12

4.768 150.4 154.1 10.5 0.3 0.8 1.8 2.5

Selected building materials

13

1.331 125.2 126.5 6.8 -1.0 -0.3 0.5 1.0

Unfinished metals related to durable goods

14

4.357 252.0 264.2 24.1 0.2 2.2 3.1 4.8

Finished metals related to durable goods

15

1.878 150.1 152.2 9.3 0.3 1.2 1.6 1.4

Nonmetals related to durable goods

16

1.552 107.9 108.5 3.1 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.6

Capital goods

2

23.122 91.7 91.7 -0.2 0.2 0.1 0.0 0.0

Electric generating equipment

20

2.949 112.4 113.1 1.9 0.5 0.3 -0.1 0.6

Nonelectrical machinery

21

18.181 86.1 86.0 -0.5 0.2 0.1 0.0 -0.1

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

22

1.992 121.7 121.8 -0.9 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.1

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

12.141 109.7 110.2 1.2 0.2 0.2 0.4 0.5

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

24.342 103.7 104.0 -0.3 -0.1 0.1 -0.5 0.3

Nondurables, manufactured

40

11.476 109.5 109.8 1.8 0.2 0.1 -0.5 0.3

Durables, manufactured

41

11.645 98.0 98.3 -2.6 -0.5 0.1 -0.7 0.3

Nonmanufactured consumer goods

42

1.221 103.6 103.6 2.5 1.2 -0.1 0.6 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 2. U.S. export price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: November 2009 to November 2010
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description End
Use
Relative
import-
ance
Oct.
2010(1)
Index Percent change
Oct.
2010
Nov.
2010
Annual Monthly
Nov.
2009
to
Nov.
2010
July
2010
to
Aug.
2010
Aug.
2010
to
Sept.
2010
Sept.
2010
to
Oct.
2010
Oct.
2010
to
Nov.
2010

All commodities

  100.000 124.7 126.6 6.5 0.8 0.6 0.8 1.5

Agricultural commodities

  9.499 181.2 195.7 21.0 4.2 2.4 2.9 8.0

Nonagricultural commodities

  90.503 120.7 121.7 5.1 0.5 0.4 0.6 0.8

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

8.505 179.1 191.0 17.9 4.3 2.1 2.5 6.6

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

7.914 182.2 195.1 18.5 4.7 2.1 2.6 7.1

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

0.591 152.8 153.3 9.6 -0.3 1.5 2.3 0.3

Industrial supplies & materials

1

32.027 165.3 169.2 14.7 1.5 0.9 1.7 2.4

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

  12.428 169.5 171.9 11.6 0.2 1.3 1.4 1.4

Industrial supplies & materials, nondurable

  19.599 163.7 168.4 16.7 2.4 0.6 1.9 2.9

Agricultural industrial supplies & materials

10

1.585 180.8 203.8 34.3 1.6 4.0 4.4 12.7

Nonagricultural industrial supplies & materials

  30.443 164.9 167.9 13.8 1.5 0.7 1.5 1.8

Fuels & lubricants

11

6.109 219.2 226.9 22.9 5.4 -0.7 2.9 3.5

Nonagricultural supplies & materials excluding fuels & building materials

12

23.338 160.0 162.3 12.1 0.6 1.2 1.3 1.4

Selected building materials

13

0.996 116.8 117.2 3.7 -0.5 -0.1 -0.3 0.3

Capital goods

2

37.560 103.4 103.7 0.4 0.0 0.1 -0.1 0.3

Electrical generating equipment

20

3.505 109.2 109.7 0.7 0.1 0.0 0.6 0.5

Nonelectrical machinery

21

27.356 94.0 94.4 -0.2 0.0 0.1 -0.3 0.4

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

22

6.698 140.4 140.6 3.0 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.1

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

9.023 108.9 109.1 0.8 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.2

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

12.886 112.5 112.9 3.2 -0.1 1.0 0.6 0.4

Nondurables, manufactured

40

5.882 113.4 114.2 4.0 0.5 0.6 0.4 0.7

Durables, manufactured

41

5.708 111.0 111.1 1.6 -0.8 1.6 1.0 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 3. U.S. import price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: November 2009 to November 2010
[December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
Oct.
2010(1)
Index Percent change
Oct.
2010
Nov.
2010
Annual Monthly
Nov.
2009
to
Nov.
2010
July
2010
to
Aug.
2010
Aug.
2010
to
Sept.
2010
Sept.
2010
to
Oct.
2010
Oct.
2010
to
Nov.
2010

Nonmanufactured articles

  18.198 129.0 133.2 7.1 1.5 -1.3 3.5 3.3

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

1.900 156.7 161.7 19.0 4.3 -0.3 2.2 3.2

Crop production

111

1.345 162.5 167.4 16.7 5.4 -0.9 1.9 3.0

Mining

21

16.298 126.1 130.1 5.8 1.1 -1.4 3.8 3.2

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

212

0.544 138.9 139.8 7.4 -0.8 0.1 -0.3 0.6

Manufactured articles

  81.242 110.6 111.7 2.9 0.1 0.3 0.4 1.0

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

10.370 112.0 113.2 5.3 0.5 0.4 0.9 1.1

Food manufacturing

311

2.767 135.7 139.3 16.3 1.6 0.9 2.3 2.7

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.914 109.1 110.2 1.8 0.5 -0.1 0.5 1.0

Textile product mills

314

0.792 103.9 104.4 4.0 0.1 0.3 0.2 0.5

Apparel manufacturing

315

3.967 102.3 102.9 1.2 0.1 0.1 0.5 0.6

Leather and allied product manufacturing

316

1.527 108.5 108.5 1.3 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.0

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

17.972 122.3 124.7 6.2 0.2 -0.2 0.7 2.0

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.802 102.5 104.3 11.2 -1.2 -0.3 0.6 1.8

Paper manufacturing

322

1.264 110.3 111.1 10.5 -0.2 0.7 0.0 0.7

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

4.019 125.4 132.3 8.5 0.4 -2.1 3.8 5.5

Chemical manufacturing

325

8.962 126.0 127.5 5.1 0.2 0.5 -0.3 1.2

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

1.811 116.1 116.4 3.2 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.3

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

1.007 123.1 123.3 3.4 0.0 0.2 0.7 0.2

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

52.900 106.8 107.4 1.3 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.6

Primary metal manufacturing

331

5.048 165.1 171.8 22.3 0.2 2.0 2.8 4.1

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.744 120.0 120.5 3.7 0.3 0.1 0.8 0.4

Machinery manufacturing

333

6.808 114.4 114.8 1.7 0.4 0.2 0.6 0.3

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

14.664 85.5 85.2 -4.2 -0.5 0.1 -0.9 -0.4

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

3.798 112.6 113.1 0.4 0.3 0.1 -0.2 0.4

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

13.367 106.6 107.0 0.7 0.2 0.1 0.4 0.4

Furniture and related product manufacturing

337

1.326 106.7 106.7 -1.0 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.0

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

5.146 113.0 113.8 1.1 0.1 0.2 0.3 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 4. U.S. export price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: November 2009 to November 2010
[December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
Oct.
2010(1)
Index Percent change
Oct.
2010
Nov.
2010
Annual Monthly
Nov.
2009
to
Nov.
2010
July
2010
to
Aug.
2010
Aug.
2010
to
Sept.
2010
Sept.
2010
to
Oct.
2010
Oct.
2010
to
Nov.
2010

Nonmanufactured articles

  7.433 148.1 162.4 32.1 5.9 3.5 2.4 9.7

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

5.154 162.3 183.6 31.1 7.3 3.8 3.5 13.1

Crop production

111

4.798 168.0 191.6 32.9 8.0 4.1 3.8 14.0

Mining

21

2.279 113.0 114.8 35.4 3.0 2.7 0.1 1.6

Mining (except oil and gas)

212

1.847 134.2 135.7 46.5 3.4 2.4 0.8 1.1

Manufactured articles

  89.749 113.5 114.6 4.7 0.5 0.3 0.6 1.0

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

6.812 131.1 133.8 10.0 0.4 0.9 1.6 2.1

Food manufacturing

311

4.621 147.1 150.6 10.4 0.5 1.0 1.7 2.4

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.554 114.9 115.4 6.9 1.4 1.2 2.0 0.4

Apparel manufacturing

315

0.375 105.6 105.6 2.7 0.0 0.9 0.0 0.0

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

23.899 121.7 123.7 10.1 2.0 0.2 1.2 1.6

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.442 113.5 118.9 9.7 -0.8 -0.5 -0.3 4.8

Paper manufacturing

322

2.029 123.4 123.4 11.2 -0.1 1.0 -0.4 0.0

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

3.725 127.2 133.9 18.6 8.8 -2.9 4.6 5.3

Chemical manufacturing

325

14.836 123.5 125.1 9.7 1.0 0.7 0.9 1.3

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

2.037 108.0 107.4 0.1 0.6 0.1 0.1 -0.6

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.830 114.2 114.9 2.7 0.2 0.4 0.8 0.6

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

59.038 108.7 109.3 2.0 -0.2 0.3 0.3 0.6

Primary metal manufacturing

331

5.099 152.1 157.0 18.7 -0.9 1.5 2.5 3.2

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.722 121.8 122.1 0.6 -0.1 0.2 0.3 0.2

Machinery manufacturing

333

12.426 115.0 115.4 2.3 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.3

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

15.073 91.1 91.4 -2.1 -0.2 0.1 -0.4 0.3

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

3.365 108.6 109.6 1.5 0.0 0.3 0.4 0.9

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

14.973 111.6 111.7 1.5 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.1

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

5.029 112.6 112.5 1.8 -0.6 1.3 0.9 -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 5. U.S. import price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: November 2009 to November 2010
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
Oct.
2010(1)
Index Percent change
Oct.
2010
Nov.
2010
Annual Monthly
Nov.
2009
to
Nov.
2010
July
2010
to
Aug.
2010
Aug.
2010
to
Sept.
2010
Sept.
2010
to
Oct.
2010
Oct.
2010
to
Nov.
2010

Live animals; animal products

I

1.174 150.9 152.6 15.4 1.8 1.6 1.9 1.1

Meat and edible meat offal

02

0.259 183.8 183.0 16.0 1.4 0.3 0.3 -0.4

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.626 116.8 118.2 17.8 1.7 2.3 3.1 1.2

Vegetable products

II

1.586 181.7 184.6 15.6 4.8 0.1 2.0 1.6

Edible vegetables, roots, and tubers

07

0.399 310.4 305.1 2.1 9.6 -4.6 -1.2 -1.7

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

0.430 114.0 113.6 15.6 2.8 3.2 1.8 -0.4

Coffee, tea, mate and spices

09

0.337 199.5 218.1 35.6 3.2 4.5 -1.0 9.3

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

III

0.239 117.6 124.8 - 6.3 2.0 5.0 6.1

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages, and tobacco

IV

2.342 145.1 148.7 7.6 0.5 -0.2 1.3 2.5

Cocoa and cocoa preparations (Dec. 2009=100)

18

0.193 93.4 95.5 - -1.4 -2.0 -1.0 2.2

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

19

0.268 128.1 138.7 24.1 -0.2 -0.1 2.9 8.3

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

20

0.303 137.9 145.5 14.9 0.4 0.1 6.5 5.5

Beverages, spirits, and vinegar

22

0.900 118.7 120.4 1.9 0.4 -0.1 0.6 1.4

Mineral products

V

20.746 258.4 267.5 6.2 0.9 -1.5 3.6 3.5

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

25

0.190 103.1 104.9 - 0.0 0.0 0.7 1.7

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

27

20.309 254.8 263.9 6.0 0.9 -1.6 3.7 3.6

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

8.278 140.0 142.0 5.9 0.3 0.6 0.2 1.4

Inorganic chemicals

28

1.064 307.8 322.6 31.6 -0.2 4.1 7.7 4.8

Organic chemicals

29

2.752 134.1 134.9 4.7 0.5 -0.1 0.4 0.6

Pharmaceutical products

30

2.730 114.4 114.6 -0.5 0.2 0.1 -3.3 0.2

Fertilizers (Dec. 2009=100)

31

0.312 101.6 106.0 - -0.6 1.2 1.6 4.3

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

32

0.162 106.3 106.9 1.1 0.3 -0.4 -0.1 0.6

Essential oils and resinoids (Dec. 2001=100)

33

0.408 119.9 124.6 3.9 2.3 0.7 1.1 3.9

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

0.506 95.8 98.3 9.0 0.2 0.8 2.0 2.6

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

3.041 139.1 140.6 9.1 0.2 0.4 0.8 1.1

Plastics and articles thereof

39

1.880 132.2 133.3 6.4 0.2 0.3 -0.2 0.8

Rubber and articles thereof

40

1.161 152.4 154.5 13.7 0.3 0.4 2.5 1.4

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

VIII

0.591 115.1 115.0 1.2 0.1 0.3 0.0 -0.1

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

42

0.536 115.2 115.1 0.4 0.1 0.3 0.0 -0.1

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

IX

0.822 123.8 125.7 10.4 -1.5 -0.4 0.6 1.5

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

1.406 113.9 114.7 8.4 -0.2 0.8 0.0 0.7

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

47

0.226 128.1 129.8 - -2.5 2.4 -1.8 1.3

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

48

0.911 106.6 107.2 5.8 0.3 0.3 0.6 0.6

Printed matter

49

0.270 122.4 122.7 2.3 0.2 0.7 0.0 0.2

Textile and textile articles

XI

4.996 104.3 105.1 1.9 0.2 0.1 0.5 0.8

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted

61

1.925 100.0 100.8 1.4 0.2 0.2 0.7 0.8

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted

62

1.864 103.4 103.8 1.1 0.1 -0.1 0.5 0.4

Made-up or worn textile articles

63

0.543 96.1 96.8 5.6 0.1 0.3 0.3 0.7

Headgear, umbrellas, artifical flowers, etc.

XII

1.224 108.6 108.6 1.1 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.0

Footwear and parts of such articles

64

1.042 107.8 107.9 1.4 0.2 0.3 0.2 0.1

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

XIII

0.889 125.8 126.1 1.4 0.1 0.2 1.3 0.2

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

68

0.315 119.0 118.6 0.9 0.0 0.3 0.7 -0.3

Ceramic products

69

0.273 138.2 138.3 -1.0 -0.4 0.1 0.0 0.1

Glass and glassware

70

0.301 119.4 120.6 4.1 0.4 0.1 3.1 1.0

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

XIV

2.882 166.4 173.7 16.1 -0.6 0.9 3.2 4.4

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

6.176 183.4 187.5 13.8 0.6 1.6 1.2 2.2

Iron and steel

72

1.371 226.3 230.4 17.1 -2.1 0.1 -1.1 1.8

Articles of iron or steel

73

1.884 152.7 152.5 10.1 0.6 0.9 0.4 -0.1

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.725 352.1 372.9 23.3 2.4 5.6 5.7 5.9

Nickel and articles thereof (Dec. 2009=100)

75

0.192 126.4 133.8 - 1.4 3.3 3.4 5.9

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.843 138.9 144.3 17.3 2.7 1.8 2.4 3.9

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

82

0.364 118.9 119.2 2.0 0.3 0.1 0.6 0.3

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.410 127.4 127.5 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.2 0.1

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

XVI

25.110 85.9 85.9 -1.6 -0.1 0.1 -0.3 0.0

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

12.787 88.4 88.3 0.0 0.2 0.2 0.1 -0.1

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

85

12.323 83.5 83.5 -3.2 -0.4 0.0 -0.8 0.0

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

11.332 110.8 111.3 0.8 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.5

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

10.240 109.9 110.5 1.0 0.2 0.1 0.4 0.5

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

88

0.995 113.7 113.8 -1.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1

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

XVIII

3.245 101.1 101.3 -1.1 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.2

Optical, photographic, measuring and medical instruments

90

2.937 98.8 98.9 -1.2 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.1

Clocks and watches and parts thereof

91

0.229 123.1 123.7 -1.0 0.9 -0.2 0.5 0.5

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

3.858 107.1 107.1 -0.2 0.1 0.1 0.4 0.0

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

94

1.960 109.9 110.0 -1.0 0.2 0.1 0.2 0.1

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

1.690 101.4 101.3 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.5 -0.1

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

96

0.208 123.9 123.9 6.1 1.0 1.0 1.1 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: November 2009 to November 2010
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
Oct.
2010(1)
Index Percent change
Oct.
2010
Nov.
2010
Annual Monthly
Nov.
2009
to
Nov.
2010
July
2010
to
Aug.
2010
Aug.
2010
to
Sept.
2010
Sept.
2010
to
Oct.
2010
Oct.
2010
to
Nov.
2010

Live animals; animal products

I

1.815 180.4 181.2 19.8 -0.1 1.9 2.7 0.4

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

02

1.033 148.3 149.5 23.8 -0.7 -0.4 3.1 0.8

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.335 162.0 162.0 19.6 -0.7 2.6 3.4 0.0

Vegetable products

II

4.598 200.9 223.1 21.0 7.6 2.7 2.7 11.1

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

0.727 122.5 126.8 17.5 -1.1 -1.3 4.0 3.5

Cereals

10

1.990 222.6 259.2 38.2 13.0 9.9 2.8 16.4

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

12

1.401 215.5 241.2 15.1 8.0 -3.4 3.7 11.9

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

III

0.327 116.4 128.3 - 0.4 1.5 5.8 10.2

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages,and tobacco

IV

2.496 144.4 146.4 4.2 1.4 0.4 1.0 1.4

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

20

0.337 104.1 103.3 - 0.0 -1.7 0.3 -0.8

Miscellaneous edible preparations

21

0.404 118.9 118.9 -0.3 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.0

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

22

0.332 105.3 106.1 2.2 0.7 0.6 2.1 0.8

Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed

23

0.618 203.5 217.5 11.0 4.1 1.2 2.4 6.9

Mineral products

V

6.070 261.7 271.6 23.8 5.8 -0.6 2.7 3.8

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

27

5.340 252.7 262.9 23.3 6.0 -1.0 2.9 4.0

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

12.045 147.0 148.8 9.3 0.7 0.7 0.8 1.2

Inorganic chemicals

28

1.083 189.6 191.4 14.3 -0.3 0.1 1.9 0.9

Organic chemicals

29

3.038 153.8 155.5 9.0 1.3 0.6 -0.6 1.1

Pharmaceutical products

30

2.966 125.0 126.5 8.0 0.7 0.9 0.7 1.2

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

32

0.536 117.1 117.4 2.0 0.1 0.3 0.3 0.3

Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery cosmetic or toilet preparations

33

0.712 125.3 126.5 -0.3 1.3 0.5 0.5 1.0

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

34

0.433 120.0 121.2 3.3 0.8 3.1 -2.4 1.0

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

2.055 142.6 142.8 7.1 0.4 -0.3 -0.1 0.1

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

5.017 138.2 139.3 4.2 0.8 0.4 0.0 0.8

Plastics and articles thereof

39

4.069 131.8 133.1 4.2 0.8 0.5 0.1 1.0

Rubber and articles thereof

40

0.948 167.0 167.0 4.1 0.4 0.1 -0.3 0.0

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

VIII

0.373 121.2 122.1 20.7 0.1 -0.2 0.4 0.7

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

IX

0.547 109.2 110.6 6.6 -0.8 -0.4 -0.2 1.3

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

2.579 123.0 123.8 13.5 0.8 1.2 0.7 0.7

Woodpulp and recovered paper

47

0.747 141.7 146.2 38.7 0.4 3.6 1.9 3.2

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

48

1.336 118.3 117.8 7.4 1.1 0.4 0.0 -0.4

Printed material

49

0.497 117.2 117.2 0.8 0.1 0.1 0.9 0.0

Textile and textile articles

XI

2.148 124.8 135.9 24.6 1.2 3.0 3.4 8.9

Cotton, including yarns and woven fabrics thereof

52

0.822 162.4 200.0 75.7 3.6 7.8 9.8 23.2

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

XIII

0.779 116.1 116.3 1.6 0.2 0.3 0.0 0.2

Glass and glassware

70

0.414 98.2 98.6 1.0 0.4 0.5 0.2 0.4

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

XIV

5.240 224.2 231.0 23.7 -1.5 2.8 4.0 3.0

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

5.882 164.6 164.9 8.1 1.3 1.5 0.5 0.2

Iron and steel

72

1.712 192.1 188.0 9.0 0.8 2.0 -1.8 -2.1

Articles of iron or steel

73

1.495 159.1 159.9 1.5 -0.1 0.6 -0.3 0.5

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.623 247.4 252.5 23.9 6.9 2.8 4.2 2.1

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.899 126.9 129.7 14.1 2.2 2.7 2.9 2.2

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

82

0.409 125.5 125.5 1.4 0.0 0.0 1.1 0.0

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.309 124.7 124.2 1.6 -0.4 -0.5 0.4 -0.4

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

XVI

29.504 95.1 95.6 0.0 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1 0.5

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

17.337 106.3 106.9 0.8 -0.1 -0.2 -0.2 0.6

Electrical machinery and equipment and parts and accessories thereof

85

12.167 82.9 83.2 -1.2 -0.2 0.2 -0.1 0.4

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

13.089 121.8 122.0 1.6 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.2

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

8.410 108.7 108.9 1.0 0.1 0.0 0.2 0.2

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

89

0.291 101.7 101.7 - 0.6 0.7 0.0 0.0

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

XVIII

5.858 106.8 107.0 -1.4 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.2

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

1.488 107.7 107.7 -0.6 -0.3 0.2 -0.2 0.0

Furniture; stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings nesoi;

94

0.746 118.9 118.9 -0.3 -0.2 0.3 0.0 0.0

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

0.630 92.1 92.2 -1.1 -0.6 0.1 -0.4 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 7. U.S. import price indexes and percent changes by locality of origin: November 2009 to November 2010
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Percent
of
U.S.
imports(1)
Index Percent change
Oct.
2010
Nov.
2010
Annual Monthly
Nov.
2009
to
Nov.
2010
July
2010
to
Aug.
2010
Aug.
2010
to
Sept.
2010
Sept.
2010
to
Oct.
2010
Oct.
2010
to
Nov.
2010

Industrialized Countries(2)

41.082 124.6 126.2 2.5 0.2 -0.4 0.2 1.3

Nonmanufactured articles

5.687 191.6 196.2 0.3 -0.5 -2.7 1.8 2.4

Manufactured articles

34.943 119.0 120.5 2.7 0.3 -0.1 -0.2 1.3

Other Countries(3)

58.918 124.9 126.6 3.7 0.4 0.1 1.0 1.4

Nonmanufactured articles

15.714 262.9 272.6 8.4 2.1 -0.7 3.5 3.7

Manufactured articles

43.010 105.5 106.2 2.1 -0.1 0.3 0.2 0.7

Canada

15.923 141.7 143.7 5.4 0.4 -0.3 1.3 1.4

Nonmanufactured articles

5.257 188.2 192.6 1.9 -0.7 -2.7 3.4 2.3

Manufactured articles

10.335 133.2 134.6 6.4 0.7 0.5 0.5 1.1

European Union(4)

16.799 128.2 129.2 1.8 0.6 0.2 -0.2 0.8

Nonmanufactured articles

0.211 251.9 257.6 3.7 2.3 -0.1 0.0 2.3

Manufactured articles

16.491 125.6 126.6 1.7 0.6 0.1 -0.2 0.8

France (Dec. 2003=100)

1.948 121.2 121.6 -1.9 0.2 0.1 -0.2 0.3

Germany (Dec. 2003=100)

4.572 112.2 112.6 0.4 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.4

United Kingdom (Dec. 2003=100)

2.566 126.6 127.2 2.8 0.6 0.3 0.5 0.5

Latin America(5)

17.999 157.8 160.6 4.0 0.6 -0.1 1.5 1.8

Nonmanufactured articles

6.186 288.0 297.4 6.3 2.1 -0.7 3.3 3.3

Manufactured articles

11.730 130.3 131.7 2.5 -0.2 0.2 0.6 1.1

Mexico (Dec. 2003=100)

10.275 137.6 138.8 1.8 0.1 0.2 1.2 0.9

Nonmanufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

2.141 154.4 158.6 6.2 2.4 0.1 4.7 2.7

Manufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

8.085 96.0 96.3 0.3 -0.6 0.2 0.2 0.3

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

31.500 101.2 101.3 1.4 0.0 0.3 -0.2 0.1

China (Dec. 2003=100)

16.449 100.9 101.1 0.7 0.0 0.0 0.4 0.2

Japan

6.678 99.4 99.3 1.8 0.2 0.2 0.4 -0.1

Asian NICs(7)

5.003 87.6 87.2 1.6 0.0 0.1 -1.1 -0.5

ASEAN (Dec. 2003=100)(8)

5.274 97.9 98.9 2.1 0.4 0.5 0.6 1.0

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

5.380 203.7 209.3 3.7 0.9 0.4 0.1 2.7

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: November 2009 to November 2010
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Relative
import-
ance
Oct.
2010(1)
Index Percent change
Oct.
2010
Nov.
2010
Annual Monthly
Nov.
2009
to
Nov.
2010
July
2010
to
Aug.
2010
Aug.
2010
to
Sept.
2010
Sept.
2010
to
Oct.
2010
Oct.
2010
to
Nov.
2010

Air Freight

Import Air Freight

100.000 164.8 170.5 11.8 1.3 0.2 1.0 3.5

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

22.281 135.9 142.0 3.0 4.3 1.0 3.2 4.5

Asia

75.894 152.2 157.2 14.7 0.6 0.1 0.3 3.3

Export Air Freight

100.000 126.3 127.2 4.4 0.5 0.4 0.5 0.7

Europe (Dec. 2006=100)

32.909 115.0 115.2 3.8 0.1 -0.5 0.6 0.2

Inbound Air Freight

100.000 149.5 153.2 9.2 1.2 0.3 1.6 2.5

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

22.536 127.2 131.9 3.3 3.8 1.4 2.2 3.7

Asia

66.854 137.9 141.4 11.3 0.6 0.0 0.7 2.5

Outbound Air Freight

100.000 124.4 124.8 10.2 0.1 0.9 1.3 0.3

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

41.171 143.8 144.3 11.3 0.2 -0.2 1.8 0.3

Asia

42.002 113.1 113.4 8.9 0.1 1.3 1.3 0.3

Air Passenger Fares

Import Air Passenger Fares

100.000 168.6 166.4 12.8 -4.1 -3.1 4.8 -1.3

Europe

43.356 187.2 181.3 13.6 -5.9 -3.0 5.8 -3.2

Asia

27.908 145.5 142.8 12.9 -4.5 -6.4 3.9 -1.9

Latin America/Caribbean

12.778 150.0 156.7 20.4 1.0 -2.8 5.0 4.5

Export Air Passenger Fares

100.000 171.4 165.2 16.7 1.3 -8.2 -0.9 -3.6

Europe

33.605 214.6 185.6 4.2 -6.6 -6.8 -0.7 -13.5

Asia

30.442 155.3 162.3 41.4 19.5 -15.6 -6.0 4.5

Latin America/Caribbean

21.785 176.4 188.2 27.2 -2.3 -0.5 4.9 6.7

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


                                          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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