U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes News Release

Transmission of material in this release is embargoed until                            USDL-14-1898
8:30 a.m. (EDT) Friday, October 10, 2014

Technical information: (202) 691-7101 * MXPinfo@bls.gov * www.bls.gov/mxp
Media contact:	       (202) 691-5902 * PressOffice@bls.gov


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

Prices for U.S. imports fell 0.5 percent in September, after declining 0.6 percent in August and 0.3 percent 
in July, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Each of the 3 monthly decreases was led by 
falling fuel prices. The price index for U.S. exports also declined in September, decreasing 0.2 percent 
following a 0.5-percent drop in August.

Imports

All Imports: Overall import prices continued a 3-month downward trend in September, falling 0.5 percent. 
Prices for imports decreased 1.4 percent from June to September, the largest quarterly drop since the index 
declined 1.4 percent during the final quarter of 2013. In September, fuel prices drove the decrease, although 
nonfuel prices also declined. The price index for overall imports fell 0.9 percent for the year ended in 
September, the largest 12-month decrease since the index fell 1.1 percent in February.

Fuel Imports: Prices for import fuel decreased 2.1 percent in September following a 3.1-percent drop in 
August and a 1.5-percent decline in July. Lower petroleum and natural gas prices contributed to the 
September decline, falling 2.0 percent and 5.0 percent, respectively. Fuel prices decreased 5.8 percent over 
the past 12 months, the largest year-over-year decline since the index fell 8.1 percent between April 2012 
and April 2013. The decrease in fuel prices over the past year was led by a 6.6-percent drop in petroleum 
prices which more than offset a 35.6-percent increase in natural gas prices.

All Imports Excluding Fuel: Nonfuel import prices edged down 0.1 percent in September, after recording 
no change the previous month. In September, lower prices for nonfuel industrial supplies and materials and 
automotive vehicles more than offset an increase in the price index for foods, feeds, and beverages. Despite 
the decline, prices for nonfuel imports rose 0.5 percent over the past year. Higher prices for consumer 
goods; nonfuel industrial supplies and materials; and foods, feeds, and beverages all contributed to the 
advance.

Table A. Percent change in Import and Export Price Indexes, selected categories

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

2013

September

0.3 1.0 0.1 0.4 0.6 0.3

October

-0.6 -3.3 0.1 -0.6 -1.3 -0.5

November

-0.9 -4.2 0.0 0.2 -0.2 0.1

December

0.1 0.7 -0.1 0.4 0.3 0.4

2014

January

0.4 0.8 0.3 0.3 0.0 0.4

February

1.1 5.9 0.0 0.8 1.4 0.6

March

0.5 1.0 0.3 0.9 2.8 0.7

April

-0.6 -2.6 0.0 -1.0 1.5 -1.2

May

0.3 1.2 0.0 0.1 0.3 0.0

June

(r)0.3 (r)1.6 -0.1 -0.5 (r)-1.9 -0.3

July

-0.3 (r)-1.5 (r)0.1 0.1 (r)-1.8 0.3

August

(r)-0.6 (r)-3.1 (r)0.0 -0.5 (r)-3.0 (r)-0.2

September

-0.5 -2.1 -0.1 -0.2 -0.9 -0.2

Sept. 2012 to 2013

-0.7 1.2 -1.2 -1.6 -6.3 -0.9

Sept. 2013 to 2014

-0.9 -5.8 0.5 -0.2 -2.9 0.0

Footnotes
(r) Revised

Exports

All Exports: The price index for exports declined 0.2 percent in September, which continued an overall 
downward trend for the index since April. In September, lower prices for both agricultural exports and 
nonagricultural exports contributed to the decline. Export prices decreased 0.2 percent for the year ended in 
September, the first 12-month decline for the index since a 0.1-percent drop in April. 

Agricultural Exports: Agricultural prices declined 0.9 percent in September following declines of 3.0 
percent, 1.8 percent, and 1.9 percent over the previous 3 months. In September, the decrease was driven by a 
6.2-percent drop in soybean prices, a 2.1-percent decline in meat prices, and a 3.9-percent fall in corn prices. 
The price index for agricultural exports fell 2.9 percent over the past year, led by lower prices for soybeans 
and corn.

All Exports Excluding Agriculture: Prices for nonagricultural exports declined 0.2 percent for the second 
consecutive month in September. Decreasing prices for nonagricultural industrial supplies and materials, 
consumer goods, and automotive vehicles all contributed to the drop in overall nonagricultural prices. The 
price index for nonagricultural prices recorded no change for the year ended in September. Each of the 
major finished goods categories rose over the past 12 months, while nonagricultural industrial supplies and 
materials prices declined. 

                                  SELECTED SEPTEMBER HIGHLIGHTS

Import Prices

Imports by Locality of Origin: Import prices from China edged down 0.1 percent in September, after 
recording no change in August. The September decline was led by lower prices for computers and electronic 
equipment. Prices for imports from Japan also decreased 0.1 percent in September, after remaining 
unchanged the previous month. The price indexes for imports from the European Union, Canada, and 
Mexico all decreased in September, falling 0.9 percent, 0.7 percent, and 0.4 percent, respectively. Lower 
fuel prices contributed to these declines.

Nonfuel Industrial Supplies and Materials: Prices for nonfuel industrial supplies and materials decreased 
0.2 percent in September, after recording no change the previous month. In September, the decrease was 
driven by a 0.5-percent drop in unfinished metals prices, which was led by lower prices for gold and other 
precious metals.

Finished Goods: The price indexes for each of the major finished goods areas were mostly unchanged for 
the second consecutive month in September. Automotive vehicles prices fell 0.1 percent in September, after 
ticking up 0.1 percent in August. In September, prices for capital goods were unchanged for the third 
consecutive month and prices for consumer goods were unchanged for the second consecutive month.

Foods, Feeds, and Beverages: Foods, feeds, and beverages prices increased 0.2 percent in September 
following a 0.6-percent advance in August and a 1.1-percent rise in July. The September advance was 
driven by a 2.2-percent rise in fish and shellfish prices and a 2.4-percent increase in vegetable prices.

Transportation Services: Import air passenger fares decreased 0.3 percent in September following a 4.3-
percent decline in August and a 2.8-percent drop in July. The September fall was led by a 7.2-percent 
decrease in Asian fares, after the 2 previous monthly declines were driven mostly by lower European fares. 
Despite the recent drops, the index for import air passenger fares increased 6.3 percent for the year ended in 
September. Import air freight prices declined 0.5 percent in September, the largest monthly drop since a 0.5-
percent decline in April. Prices for import air freight rose 1.3 percent over the past year.

Export Prices

Nonagricultural Industrial Supplies and Materials: The price index for nonagricultural industrial 
supplies and materials declined 0.5 percent in September following a 0.7-percent drop the previous month. 
Falling fuel and gold prices contributed to both decreases. 

Finished Goods: Capital goods prices ticked up 0.1 percent in September, after recording no change in 
August. In contrast, the price indexes for consumer goods and automotive vehicles each declined in 
September, falling 0.2 percent and 0.1 percent, respectively. Consumer goods prices were unchanged the 
previous month while automotive vehicles prices decreased 0.2 percent.

Transportation Services: Export air passenger fares fell 11.1 percent in September, the largest monthly 
drop since the index declined 12.5 percent in February. The September decrease was caused by a 23.0-
percent decline in Asian fares. Despite the September drop, export air passenger fares increased 2.9 percent 
over the past 12 months. Export air freight prices edged down 0.1 percent in September and advanced 8.6 
percent over the past year. 

Import and Export Price Index data for October 2014 are scheduled for release on Friday, November 
14, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. (EST).

Table 1. U.S. import price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: September 2013 to September 2014
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description End
Use
Relative
import-
ance
Aug.
2014(1)
Index Percent change
Aug.
2014
Sept.
2014
Annual Monthly
Sept.
2013
to
Sept.
2014
May
2014
to
June
2014
June
2014
to
July
2014
July
2014
to
Aug.
2014
Aug.
2014
to
Sept.
2014

All commodities

  100.000 139.3 138.6 -0.9 0.3 -0.3 -0.6 -0.5

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

  75.178 102.4 102.3 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.1

All imports excluding petroleum

  81.418 115.8 115.6 0.7 -0.2 0.0 0.0 -0.2

All imports excluding fuels (Dec. 2001=100)

  80.491 119.7 119.6 0.5 -0.1 0.1 0.0 -0.1

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

5.313 179.5 179.9 2.9 -1.6 1.1 0.6 0.2

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

4.068 197.7 197.2 3.2 -1.5 1.4 0.7 -0.3

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

1.245 138.2 140.5 1.7 -1.9 0.2 -0.1 1.7

Industrial supplies & materials

1

32.562 248.2 244.8 -3.3 0.8 -0.7 -1.9 -1.4

Industrial supplies & materials excluding petroleum

  13.980 161.1 160.4 2.0 -0.2 0.4 -0.7 -0.4

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

  13.053 181.2 180.8 0.9 -0.2 0.6 0.0 -0.2

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

  7.923 170.1 169.7 1.4 -0.1 1.1 0.0 -0.2

Industrial supplies & materials nondurable excluding petroleum

  5.130 149.9 149.0 2.5 -0.4 -0.6 -1.6 -0.6

Fuels & lubricants

10

19.509 334.2 327.2 -5.8 1.6 -1.5 -3.1 -2.1

Petroleum & petroleum products

100

18.582 371.3 363.7 -6.6 1.7 -1.5 -2.8 -2.0

Crude

10000

14.225 387.1 380.8 -6.7 2.2 -1.3 -2.9 -1.6

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

101

0.777 133.2 128.1 29.7 -1.2 0.1 -10.2 -3.8

Gas-natural

10110

0.634 121.1 115.1 35.6 -1.4 0.3 -12.3 -5.0

Paper & paper base stocks

11

0.538 113.6 112.8 -0.4 -0.1 -0.2 0.2 -0.7

Materials associated with nondurable supplies & materials

12

4.661 169.0 168.8 0.3 -0.3 -0.4 -0.1 -0.1

Selected building materials

13

1.044 142.1 142.6 0.8 0.2 0.4 -0.1 0.4

Unfinished metals related to durable goods

14

3.610 244.2 243.1 1.8 -0.6 2.2 -0.3 -0.5

Finished metals related to durable goods

15

1.663 159.5 158.7 1.7 0.5 0.4 0.6 -0.5

Nonmetals related to durable goods

16

1.537 112.5 112.6 0.4 0.3 0.1 0.4 0.1

Capital goods

2

25.010 92.6 92.6 0.2 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0

Electric generating equipment

20

3.033 120.6 120.6 0.9 0.1 0.4 0.1 0.0

Nonelectrical machinery

21

20.043 85.2 85.2 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

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

22

1.934 135.9 136.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.1

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

13.511 112.7 112.6 -0.7 0.0 -0.7 0.1 -0.1

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

23.604 108.3 108.3 0.9 0.1 -0.1 0.0 0.0

Nondurables, manufactured

40

11.450 118.8 118.8 2.3 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.0

Durables, manufactured

41

10.958 97.5 97.5 -0.7 -0.1 -0.2 -0.1 0.0

Nonmanufactured consumer goods

42

1.196 120.8 121.0 4.0 -0.3 0.0 -0.4 0.2

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2012 trade values.

NOTES: Data may be revised in each of the three months after original publication.
Dash = Not available


Table 2. U.S. export price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: September 2013 to September 2014
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description End
Use
Relative
import-
ance
Aug.
2014(1)
Index Percent change
Aug.
2014
Sept.
2014
Annual Monthly
Sept.
2013
to
Sept.
2014
May
2014
to
June
2014
June
2014
to
July
2014
July
2014
to
Aug.
2014
Aug.
2014
to
Sept.
2014

All commodities

  100.000 132.4 132.1 -0.2 -0.5 0.1 -0.5 -0.2

Agricultural commodities

  9.717 210.9 209.1 -2.9 -1.9 -1.8 -3.0 -0.9

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

  81.396 102.5 102.3 0.3 -0.2 0.1 0.0 -0.2

Nonagricultural commodities

  90.282 126.7 126.4 0.0 -0.3 0.3 -0.2 -0.2

Foods, feeds, & beverages

0

8.986 213.4 211.5 -1.7 -1.5 -1.4 -2.7 -0.9

Agricultural foods, feeds & beverages, excluding distilled beverages

00

8.348 216.0 213.9 -2.2 -1.6 -1.6 -3.1 -1.0

Nonagricultural foods (fish, distilled beverages)

01

0.638 192.8 193.0 4.7 -1.4 2.1 1.7 0.1

Industrial supplies & materials

1

33.235 176.6 175.7 -1.5 -1.0 0.6 -0.8 -0.5

Industrial supplies & materials, durable

  11.293 172.4 171.2 -0.8 -0.9 1.2 0.0 -0.7

Industrial supplies & materials, nondurable

  21.943 179.7 179.1 -1.9 -1.1 0.2 -1.2 -0.3

Agricultural industrial supplies & materials

10

1.369 188.2 187.4 -7.3 -3.7 -2.8 -2.6 -0.4

Nonagricultural industrial supplies & materials

  31.866 176.4 175.5 -1.2 -0.9 0.7 -0.7 -0.5

Fuels & lubricants

11

9.617 251.2 250.5 -4.2 -1.5 0.5 -2.8 -0.3

Nonagricultural supplies & materials excluding fuels & building materials

12

21.268 167.9 166.9 0.3 -0.7 1.0 0.3 -0.6

Selected building materials

13

0.981 122.2 121.6 -2.8 -2.0 -1.8 -1.1 -0.5

Capital goods

2

36.486 107.3 107.4 0.8 0.1 -0.2 0.0 0.1

Electrical generating equipment

20

3.715 116.2 116.3 1.0 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.1

Nonelectrical machinery

21

25.751 95.5 95.6 0.2 0.0 -0.2 0.0 0.1

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

22

7.020 156.2 156.2 2.8 0.0 -0.1 0.1 0.0

Automotive vehicles, parts & engines

3

9.489 114.0 113.9 0.5 0.1 0.1 -0.2 -0.1

Consumer goods, excluding automotives

4

11.803 115.4 115.2 0.6 0.0 0.3 0.0 -0.2

Nondurables, manufactured

40

5.439 112.4 112.0 -1.7 0.0 1.3 0.0 -0.4

Durables, manufactured

41

4.977 111.9 111.7 0.0 0.0 -0.4 0.0 -0.2

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2012 trade values.

NOTES: Data may be revised in each of the three months after original publication.
Dash = Not available


Table 3. U.S. import price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: September 2013 to September 2014
[December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
Aug.
2014(1)
Index Percent change
Aug.
2014
Sept.
2014
Annual Monthly
Sept.
2013
to
Sept.
2014
May
2014
to
June
2014
June
2014
to
July
2014
July
2014
to
Aug.
2014
Aug.
2014
to
Sept.
2014

Nonmanufactured articles

  17.141 168.5 165.9 -4.2 1.0 -0.9 -2.9 -1.5

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

1.803 177.5 177.7 3.7 -5.6 2.2 -0.2 0.1

Crop production

111

1.371 184.0 185.0 4.6 -6.6 2.3 -0.3 0.5

Forestry and logging (Dec. 2012=100)

113

0.134 76.2 71.5 -23.9 2.2 -2.1 -3.3 -6.2

Mining

21

15.338 167.2 164.3 -5.0 1.7 -1.1 -3.2 -1.7

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

212

0.248 123.0 123.5 -4.9 0.4 -0.3 -0.2 0.4

Manufactured articles

  82.465 116.4 116.1 0.2 0.1 -0.2 -0.1 -0.3

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

10.607 126.5 126.6 1.9 0.1 0.5 0.4 0.1

Food manufacturing

311

3.133 162.4 162.1 2.7 0.3 0.8 0.9 -0.2

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.941 117.5 117.6 3.2 0.1 1.6 0.1 0.1

Textile mills (Dec. 2011=100)

313

0.358 102.7 102.8 1.9 -0.1 0.5 0.2 0.1

Textile product mills

314

0.764 114.2 114.1 -0.5 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 -0.1

Apparel manufacturing

315

3.751 111.5 111.9 1.4 0.0 0.2 0.3 0.4

Leather and allied product manufacturing

316

1.659 123.6 123.5 1.6 0.0 0.2 0.0 -0.1

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

17.477 136.9 135.7 -0.4 0.2 -0.9 -0.6 -0.9

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.628 121.5 122.1 1.0 0.2 0.9 -0.2 0.5

Paper manufacturing

322

0.985 111.3 111.0 0.4 0.1 0.2 0.3 -0.3

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

323

0.187 99.6 99.6 - 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

3.964 157.0 151.4 -7.2 0.7 -2.4 -3.0 -3.6

Chemical manufacturing

325

8.949 137.3 137.1 2.9 0.0 -0.4 0.1 -0.1

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

1.926 121.7 121.8 -2.2 0.0 -1.0 0.0 0.1

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.838 130.5 130.5 0.6 0.4 -0.2 0.1 0.0

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

54.381 108.2 108.0 0.0 0.0 -0.1 0.1 -0.2

Primary metal manufacturing

331

4.242 160.9 159.6 2.0 -0.2 2.1 -0.2 -0.8

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.692 127.5 127.5 0.6 0.1 0.1 0.4 0.0

Machinery manufacturing

333

6.893 121.4 121.2 0.2 0.0 -0.2 0.0 -0.2

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

15.953 79.9 79.9 -0.9 0.0 -0.2 -0.1 0.0

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

4.124 119.5 119.5 0.2 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.0

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

14.375 111.4 111.2 -0.4 0.0 -0.5 0.1 -0.2

Furniture and related product manufacturing

337

1.366 116.6 116.7 2.4 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.1

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

4.737 122.4 122.2 1.1 -0.1 0.3 -0.1 -0.2

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2012 trade values.

NOTES: Data may be revised in each of the three months after original publication.
Dash = Not available


Table 4. U.S. export price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: September 2013 to September 2014
[December 2005=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description NAICS Relative
import-
ance
Aug.
2014(1)
Index Percent change
Aug.
2014
Sept.
2014
Annual Monthly
Sept.
2013
to
Sept.
2014
May
2014
to
June
2014
June
2014
to
July
2014
July
2014
to
Aug.
2014
Aug.
2014
to
Sept.
2014

Nonmanufactured articles

  6.798 150.4 148.6 -7.5 -2.3 -4.1 -4.5 -1.2

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

11

4.599 179.3 176.4 -11.1 -3.4 -4.3 -5.3 -1.6

Crop production

111

4.388 186.3 183.1 -10.9 -3.2 -4.4 -5.5 -1.7

Mining

21

2.199 88.8 88.3 1.7 0.1 -3.8 -2.7 -0.6

Mining (except oil and gas)

212

1.331 98.5 98.0 -2.6 0.5 -0.8 0.6 -0.5

Manufactured articles

  91.231 120.6 120.4 -0.2 -0.2 0.3 -0.3 -0.2

Manufactured goods, part 1

31

7.298 157.8 157.0 3.8 0.1 0.6 -0.6 -0.5

Food manufacturing

311

5.212 184.4 182.8 5.3 0.5 1.0 -0.7 -0.9

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

312

0.497 111.6 113.3 -9.2 -3.0 -2.7 -3.0 1.5

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

316

0.301 109.8 110.7 - 0.1 2.1 0.4 0.8

Manufactured goods, part 2

32

26.163 131.4 130.9 -2.7 -0.6 0.7 -0.6 -0.4

Wood product manufacturing

321

0.462 124.1 125.4 3.7 -0.2 -0.2 -0.1 1.0

Paper manufacturing

322

1.854 126.2 125.3 2.6 -0.9 0.9 0.9 -0.7

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

324

7.135 159.8 158.9 -7.2 -2.3 1.4 -2.7 -0.6

Chemical manufacturing

325

13.474 128.6 128.1 -1.5 0.1 0.5 0.2 -0.4

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

326

2.180 119.3 119.3 -1.0 0.2 -0.4 0.4 0.0

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

327

0.777 113.2 113.2 1.2 0.0 0.0 -0.1 0.0

Manufactured goods, part 3

33

57.770 112.9 112.8 0.4 -0.2 0.2 -0.1 -0.1

Primary metal manufacturing

331

4.748 150.3 148.6 -1.9 -1.7 3.1 -0.4 -1.1

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

332

2.721 128.0 128.0 -2.4 0.1 0.4 -0.2 0.0

Machinery manufacturing

333

11.791 124.0 124.0 1.1 0.1 -0.1 0.0 0.0

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

334

13.813 87.5 87.5 -1.0 0.0 -0.6 0.0 0.0

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

335

3.507 115.1 114.9 0.7 0.1 0.1 0.2 -0.2

Transportation equipment manufacturing

336

15.720 119.8 119.8 1.5 0.1 0.1 -0.2 0.0

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

337

0.368 109.0 108.7 1.0 0.1 0.1 0.9 -0.3

Miscellaneous manufacturing

339

5.103 125.1 125.3 3.4 0.1 -0.4 0.2 0.2

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2012 trade values.

NOTES: Data may be revised in each of the three months after original publication.
Dash = Not available


Table 5. U.S. import price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: September 2013 to September 2014
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
Aug.
2014(1)
Index Percent change
Aug.
2014
Sept.
2014
Annual Monthly
Sept.
2013
to
Sept.
2014
May
2014
to
June
2014
June
2014
to
July
2014
July
2014
to
Aug.
2014
Aug.
2014
to
Sept.
2014

Live animals; animal products

I

1.336 201.6 203.5 8.8 -1.7 1.7 1.2 0.9

Meat and edible meat offal

02

0.326 273.8 276.7 25.1 2.2 5.5 3.2 1.1

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.679 137.2 139.9 -1.8 -3.6 -1.1 -1.1 2.0

Vegetable products

II

1.641 198.5 199.4 -1.3 -6.8 1.2 -0.2 0.5

Edible vegetables, roots, and tubers

07

0.380 357.6 373.6 -0.4 -13.3 3.2 -2.1 4.5

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

0.408 101.2 99.3 -12.8 -8.5 -3.2 3.4 -1.9

Coffee, tea, mate and spices

09

0.356 253.3 254.2 12.9 -5.1 3.8 1.4 0.4

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

III

0.253 117.3 109.9 -4.9 0.3 0.4 0.9 -6.3

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages, and tobacco

IV

2.542 163.6 163.3 2.9 0.9 0.6 0.6 -0.2

Sugars and sugar confectionary (Dec. 2012=100)

17

0.172 92.0 91.1 1.6 3.5 -2.1 1.8 -1.0

Cocoa and cocoa preparations (Dec. 2009=100)

18

0.256 116.8 114.8 14.3 6.5 0.1 2.3 -1.7

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

19

0.245 131.7 131.6 0.8 0.0 0.1 0.2 -0.1

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

20

0.305 168.2 168.6 2.2 0.7 -0.6 -0.2 0.2

Beverages, spirits, and vinegar

22

0.955 128.2 128.1 2.9 -0.1 1.7 0.2 -0.1

Mineral products

V

19.414 337.0 329.9 -5.7 1.6 -1.5 -3.1 -2.1

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

27

19.153 334.1 327.0 -5.7 1.7 -1.5 -3.2 -2.1

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

8.167 152.5 152.1 2.8 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 -0.3

Inorganic chemicals

28

0.607 307.8 312.9 0.3 -1.2 -5.0 -0.5 1.7

Organic chemicals

29

2.410 136.1 135.2 0.0 -0.3 1.0 -0.2 -0.7

Pharmaceutical products

30

3.372 134.3 134.1 6.8 0.6 0.1 0.0 -0.1

Fertilizers (Dec. 2009=100)

31

0.313 108.1 110.9 3.4 -2.4 1.2 -1.4 2.6

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

32

0.180 105.3 105.3 11.1 -0.2 1.4 2.6 0.0

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

0.464 93.2 93.2 -5.8 -0.1 -0.4 0.0 0.0

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

3.135 146.7 146.5 -2.1 0.1 -0.6 -0.3 -0.1

Plastics and articles thereof

39

2.022 149.9 150.3 1.3 0.1 0.2 -0.1 0.3

Rubber and articles thereof

40

1.113 142.6 141.3 -7.7 0.2 -2.0 -0.6 -0.9

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

VIII

0.615 127.7 127.6 1.7 -0.9 0.1 -0.1 -0.1

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

42

0.579 130.1 130.0 2.4 -0.2 0.1 -0.2 -0.1

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

IX

0.658 147.3 147.9 0.8 0.1 0.9 -0.3 0.4

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

1.043 113.7 113.2 -0.5 -0.1 0.0 0.0 -0.4

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

48

0.687 107.2 106.9 -0.8 0.0 0.1 -0.1 -0.3

Printed matter (Dec. 2013=100)

49

0.194 99.8 99.8 - 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0

Textile and textile articles

XI

4.742 114.5 114.8 0.8 -0.1 0.2 0.2 0.3

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted

61

1.843 102.9 103.6 0.5 -0.1 0.0 0.0 0.7

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted

62

1.732 120.2 120.3 1.7 0.0 0.3 0.6 0.1

Made-up or worn textile articles

63

0.550 107.9 107.6 -0.3 0.1 0.0 -0.1 -0.3

Headgear, umbrellas, artifical flowers, etc.

XII

1.333 122.2 122.1 1.0 0.0 0.2 0.1 -0.1

Footwear and parts of such articles

64

1.151 121.7 121.6 1.3 0.0 0.1 0.2 -0.1

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

XIII

0.775 133.1 133.2 0.4 0.4 -0.2 0.1 0.1

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

68

0.255 125.9 126.2 0.0 0.9 -0.6 0.2 0.2

Ceramic products

69

0.239 141.8 141.6 0.5 0.4 0.0 0.1 -0.1

Glass and glassware

70

0.281 129.6 129.5 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 -0.1

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

XIV

2.682 184.2 181.9 -0.8 -1.3 3.1 -0.9 -1.2

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

5.401 184.4 184.6 3.0 0.4 0.3 0.4 0.1

Iron and steel

72

1.274 222.7 223.9 4.8 -0.2 0.5 -0.4 0.5

Articles of iron or steel

73

1.692 155.0 154.9 1.0 0.4 0.4 0.3 -0.1

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.445 333.6 327.7 -1.3 -0.5 -0.7 2.7 -1.8

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.742 143.9 144.8 6.7 2.2 0.6 1.6 0.6

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

82

0.393 129.1 129.0 -0.2 -0.1 0.0 0.0 -0.1

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.450 138.4 138.6 2.4 0.0 0.1 1.1 0.1

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

XVI

27.130 84.5 84.4 -0.2 0.0 -0.1 0.0 -0.1

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

14.098 89.5 89.4 0.0 0.0 -0.2 0.0 -0.1

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

85

13.032 79.6 79.7 -0.4 0.0 -0.3 0.0 0.1

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

12.030 115.4 115.3 -0.6 0.0 -0.6 0.0 -0.1

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

11.013 114.1 114.0 -0.6 0.0 -0.7 0.0 -0.1

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

88

0.917 120.1 120.2 -0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1

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

XVIII

3.447 104.9 104.6 0.5 0.2 -0.2 0.2 -0.3

Optical, photographic, measuring and medical instruments

90

3.148 101.7 101.4 0.4 0.2 -0.2 0.2 -0.3

Clocks and watches and parts thereof

91

0.241 143.4 143.1 1.4 -0.1 -0.4 0.1 -0.2

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

3.574 114.0 114.1 1.0 0.1 0.4 0.1 0.1

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

94

2.085 118.5 118.6 1.5 0.1 0.6 0.1 0.1

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

1.257 106.0 106.1 0.9 -0.1 0.2 0.1 0.1

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

96

0.232 135.0 134.8 -2.7 0.2 -0.3 0.0 -0.1

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2012 trade values.

NOTES: Data may be revised in each of the three months after original publication.
Dash = Not available


Table 6. U.S. export price indexes and percent changes for selected categories of goods: September 2013 to September 2014
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Harmo-
nized
system
Relative
import-
ance
Aug.
2014(1)
Index Percent change
Aug.
2014
Sept.
2014
Annual Monthly
Sept.
2013
to
Sept.
2014
May
2014
to
June
2014
June
2014
to
July
2014
July
2014
to
Aug.
2014
Aug.
2014
to
Sept.
2014

Live animals; animal products

I

2.301 253.3 254.2 15.7 -1.2 4.0 0.6 0.4

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

02

1.391 200.2 194.9 16.0 1.2 5.3 0.6 -2.6

Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

03

0.372 212.1 213.8 10.0 -1.6 3.3 2.6 0.8

Vegetable products

II

4.300 229.0 226.8 -9.2 -2.9 -3.9 -5.6 -1.0

Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

08

1.054 163.6 174.6 10.5 -4.8 -3.5 -2.6 6.7

Cereals

10

1.029 225.7 219.6 -16.8 -8.7 -3.9 -4.8 -2.7

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

12

1.789 258.3 245.5 -12.9 1.1 -4.6 -7.9 -5.0

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

III

0.247 112.4 107.3 -12.3 -1.0 -1.3 -2.0 -4.5

Prepared foodstuffs, beverages,and tobacco

IV

2.864 163.9 164.0 -1.8 -0.2 -1.4 -2.0 0.1

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

20

0.351 118.1 117.7 4.3 0.0 -0.8 0.0 -0.3

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

22

0.485 110.9 110.7 -2.1 -0.8 0.1 0.1 -0.2

Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed

23

0.670 244.0 245.5 -9.0 -0.8 -5.4 -7.7 0.6

Mineral products

V

9.352 289.1 287.6 -5.7 -1.7 0.3 -2.6 -0.5

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

26

0.464 99.2 98.9 9.8 1.6 1.7 2.7 -0.3

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

27

8.705 284.9 283.4 -6.6 -1.9 0.3 -2.9 -0.5

Products of the chemical or allied industries

VI

10.910 150.5 150.1 -1.6 0.5 0.6 -0.1 -0.3

Inorganic chemicals

28

0.875 170.7 171.8 -4.8 -0.8 -0.6 0.0 0.6

Organic chemicals

29

3.252 169.4 167.7 1.3 0.3 4.0 -0.1 -1.0

Pharmaceutical products

30

2.594 116.0 115.5 -4.1 0.3 0.2 0.0 -0.4

Fertilizers (Dec. 2012=100)

31

0.311 86.5 86.4 -1.9 -0.5 1.4 0.7 -0.1

Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery cosmetic or toilet preparations

33

0.710 133.6 133.1 -1.5 -0.1 0.1 0.0 -0.4

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

34

0.450 116.4 116.1 -4.0 0.4 -3.6 0.2 -0.3

Miscellaneous chemical products

38

1.745 152.0 153.4 -0.7 2.3 -2.6 -0.6 0.9

Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

VII

5.245 151.3 151.1 1.4 -0.1 -0.1 0.7 -0.1

Plastics and articles thereof

39

4.263 146.1 146.2 2.0 -0.1 0.0 0.6 0.1

Rubber and articles thereof

40

0.982 173.1 171.8 -1.4 -0.2 -0.7 0.6 -0.8

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

VIII

0.462 163.1 164.8 16.1 0.3 1.4 1.0 1.0

Woodpulp, recovered paper, and paper products

X

2.315 126.4 124.9 2.0 -1.0 1.3 0.8 -1.2

Woodpulp and recovered paper

47

0.698 131.9 129.8 2.9 -2.8 2.6 1.4 -1.6

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

48

1.190 125.5 123.9 2.4 -0.1 1.1 0.6 -1.3

Textile and textile articles

XI

1.861 129.6 128.8 -2.7 -2.1 -0.9 -1.3 -0.6

Cotton, including yarns and woven fabrics thereof

52

0.550 134.6 131.4 -11.9 -6.6 -3.2 -4.0 -2.4

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

XIII

0.747 120.1 120.1 1.5 0.0 0.0 -0.1 0.0

Glass and glassware

70

0.383 98.6 98.6 1.1 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 0.0

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

XIV

4.479 251.3 248.1 -0.1 -2.0 2.7 -0.4 -1.3

Base metals and articles of base metals

XV

5.352 165.0 164.3 0.1 -0.1 1.0 0.1 -0.4

Iron and steel

72

1.432 191.5 189.1 3.0 -0.7 -0.8 0.7 -1.3

Copper and articles thereof

74

0.608 229.7 226.5 -3.6 0.5 3.1 -0.9 -1.4

Aluminum and articles thereof

76

0.877 126.1 126.0 3.9 0.3 3.5 1.7 -0.1

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

82

0.401 138.0 136.3 2.5 -0.1 0.6 -1.0 -1.2

Miscellaneous articles of base metal

83

0.313 147.1 147.1 -0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

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

XVI

27.888 97.3 97.3 0.2 0.0 -0.3 0.0 0.0

Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof

84

16.855 112.6 112.7 1.1 -0.1 -0.2 -0.1 0.1

Electrical machinery and equipment and parts and accessories thereof

85

11.033 80.7 80.7 -1.1 0.0 -0.5 0.1 0.0

Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

XVII

13.516 130.0 130.0 1.3 0.1 0.1 -0.1 0.0

Motor vehicles and their parts

87

8.794 115.1 115.1 1.1 0.1 0.1 -0.2 0.0

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

XVIII

6.050 108.0 108.1 0.9 0.0 -0.1 0.4 0.1

Miscellaneous manufactured articles

XX

1.427 111.0 110.6 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.5 -0.4

Furniture; stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings nesoi;

94

0.795 123.0 122.1 0.5 0.1 0.0 1.0 -0.7

Toys, games and sports equipment; parts and accessories thereof

95

0.479 89.5 89.5 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2012 trade values.

NOTES: Data may be revised in each of the three months after original publication.
Dash = Not available


Table 7. U.S. import price indexes and percent changes by locality of origin: September 2013 to September 2014
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Relative
import-
ance
Aug.
2014(1)
Index Percent change
Aug.
2014
Sept.
2014
Annual Monthly
Sept.
2013
to
Sept.
2014
May
2014
to
June
2014
June
2014
to
July
2014
July
2014
to
Aug.
2014
Aug.
2014
to
Sept.
2014

Industrialized Countries(2)

100.000 133.4 132.5 0.4 0.1 -0.1 -0.1 -0.7

Nonmanufactured articles

12.677 246.0 242.0 -1.6 1.5 -1.9 -2.8 -1.6

Manufactured articles

86.761 124.4 123.6 0.6 0.0 0.1 0.2 -0.6

Other Countries(3)

100.000 137.7 137.2 -1.6 0.1 -0.3 -0.5 -0.4

Nonmanufactured articles

19.931 344.3 339.2 -5.5 1.0 -0.7 -1.9 -1.5

Manufactured articles

79.824 109.5 109.4 -0.5 -0.1 -0.3 -0.1 -0.1

Canada

100.000 154.5 153.4 -0.4 0.7 -0.4 -0.8 -0.7

Nonmanufactured articles

32.756 237.9 234.3 -0.7 1.5 -2.1 -2.9 -1.5

Manufactured articles

66.384 136.2 135.7 -0.5 0.4 0.4 0.3 -0.4

European Union(4)

100.000 139.4 138.1 1.8 0.1 0.1 0.1 -0.9

Manufactured articles

99.305 135.5 134.3 1.8 0.1 0.1 0.1 -0.9

France (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 123.1 122.9 0.9 0.3 -0.2 0.0 -0.2

Germany (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 119.0 118.5 2.0 0.4 -0.8 0.0 -0.4

United Kingdom (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 132.1 131.8 2.6 0.2 0.7 -0.1 -0.2

Latin America(5)

100.000 170.7 169.7 -3.4 -0.2 -0.6 -0.9 -0.6

Nonmanufactured articles

28.498 357.3 352.6 -8.5 0.7 -1.8 -3.2 -1.3

Manufactured articles

71.094 130.1 129.7 -0.8 -0.5 -0.2 0.1 -0.3

Mexico (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 141.2 140.7 -2.2 -0.1 -0.5 -0.1 -0.4

Nonmanufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

16.490 191.9 189.3 -8.7 -0.2 -2.9 -1.9 -1.4

Manufactured articles (Dec. 2008=100)

83.258 92.9 92.7 -0.7 0.0 0.0 0.2 -0.2

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

100.000 102.5 102.4 -0.7 0.0 -0.2 0.0 -0.1

China (Dec. 2003=100)

100.000 103.9 103.8 0.1 0.0 -0.2 0.0 -0.1

Japan

100.000 98.6 98.5 -1.4 0.0 -0.3 0.0 -0.1

Asian NICs(7)

100.000 89.2 89.3 -1.4 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.1

ASEAN (Dec. 2003=100)(8)

100.000 103.7 103.3 -1.4 -0.3 -0.2 0.0 -0.4

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

100.000 271.4 268.9 0.5 0.1 2.1 0.0 -0.9

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2012 trade values.
(2) Western Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
(3) Eastern Europe, Latin America, OPEC countries, and other countries in Asia, Africa and the Western Hemisphere.
(4) European Union countries.
(5) Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
(6) China, Japan, Australia, Brunei, Indonesia, Macao, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines and the Asian Newly Industrialized Countries.
(7) Asian Newly Industrialized Countries - Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.
(8) Association of Southeast Asian Nations - Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
(9) Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

NOTES: Data may be revised in each of the three months after original publication.
Regions are not mutually exclusive.
Dash = Not available


Table 8. U.S. international price indexes and percent changes for selected transportation services: September 2013 to September 2014
[2000=100, unless otherwise noted]
Description Relative
import-
ance
Aug.
2014(1)
Index Percent change
Aug.
2014
Sept.
2014
Annual Monthly
Sept.
2013
to
Sept.
2014
May
2014
to
June
2014
June
2014
to
July
2014
July
2014
to
Aug.
2014
Aug.
2014
to
Sept.
2014

Air Freight

Import Air Freight

100.000 175.9 175.1 1.3 0.1 -0.3 0.4 -0.5

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

28.418 179.4 176.6 5.7 0.3 -0.6 -0.2 -1.6

Asia

68.421 152.0 152.0 0.1 -0.1 -0.2 0.7 0.0

Export Air Freight

100.000 160.1 160.0 8.6 0.0 -0.2 0.1 -0.1

Europe (Dec. 2006=100)

37.056 143.3 143.2 8.1 0.0 -0.1 0.2 -0.1

Inbound Air Freight

100.000 165.2 164.5 1.9 0.1 -0.2 0.1 -0.4

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

27.376 159.0 157.0 4.9 0.2 -0.3 -0.2 -1.3

Asia

63.058 147.7 147.5 1.0 0.0 -0.1 0.2 -0.1

Outbound Air Freight

100.000 153.1 153.1 5.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0

Europe (Dec. 2003=100)

33.470 171.9 171.9 7.2 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0

Asia

47.144 145.2 145.1 4.4 0.1 0.0 0.0 -0.1

Air Passenger Fares

Import Air Passenger Fares

100.000 193.9 193.3 6.3 6.9 -2.8 -4.3 -0.3

Europe

41.299 208.2 215.5 2.0 8.7 -5.3 -6.9 3.5

Asia

25.062 159.0 147.6 0.9 5.8 -1.9 -3.2 -7.2

Latin America/Caribbean

9.045 173.4 163.8 0.9 0.5 1.7 0.8 -5.5

Export Air Passenger Fares

100.000 214.7 190.9 2.9 4.8 3.6 5.5 -11.1

Europe

25.061 238.8 233.3 4.1 13.2 -0.6 -8.8 -2.3

Asia

32.544 204.5 157.5 1.5 1.4 1.9 19.2 -23.0

Latin America/Caribbean

16.381 192.7 189.2 1.5 1.3 -4.8 2.8 -1.8

Footnotes
(1) Relative importance figures are based on 2012 trade values.

NOTES: Data may be revised in each of the three months after original publication.
Dash = Not available


                                            TECHNICAL NOTE


Import and Export Merchandise and Services Price Indexes -- All indexes use a modified Laspeyres 
formula and are not seasonally adjusted.  Price indexes are reweighted annually, with a two-year lag in 
the weights.  Published series use a base year of 2000=100 where possible.  More detailed index series 
and additional information may be obtained at http://www.bls.gov/mxp, or by calling (202) 691-7101.

Merchandise Goods Classification Systems -- The merchandise price indexes are published using three 
classification systems.  Items are classified by end use according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis 
Classification System, by industry according to the North American Industry Classification System 
(NAICS), and by product category according to the Harmonized System (HS).  While classification by 
end use and product category are self-explanatory, some notes are in order for classifying items by 
industry.  In the NAICS imports and exports tables, items are classified by output industry, not input 
industry.  As an example, NAICS import index 326 (plastics and rubber products manufacturing) 
include outputs such as manufactured plastic rather than inputs such as petroleum.  The NAICS 
classification structure also matches the classification system used by the PPI (Producer Price Index) to 
produce the NAICS primary products indexes.

Import Price Indexes -- Products have been classified by the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United 
States Annotated (TSUSA).  Import prices are based on U.S. dollar prices paid by the U.S. importer.  
The prices are generally either "free on board" (f.o.b.) foreign port or "cost, insurance, and freight" 
(c.i.f.) U.S. port transaction prices, depending on the practices of the individual industry.  The index for 
crude petroleum is calculated from data collected by the U.S. Department of Energy.  

Export Price Indexes -- Products have been classified by the Harmonized Schedule B classification 
system of the U.S. Bureau of the Census.  The prices used are generally either "free alongside ship" 
(f.a.s.) factory or "free on board" (f.o.b.) transaction prices, depending on the practices of the individual 
industry.  Prices used in the grain index, excluding rice, are obtained from the U.S. Department of 
Agriculture.

Services Price Indexes -- Starting in September 2008 the Import Air Passenger Fares Indexes represent 
changes in the average revenue per passenger received by foreign carriers from U.S. residents and are 
calculated from data obtained from an airline consulting service.  These data include tickets sold by 
travel agencies and travel websites.  Tickets sold directly by the airlines are excluded, as are frequent 
flyer tickets generally.  Starting in January 2008 the Export Air Passenger Fares Indexes represent 
changes in the average revenue per passenger received by U.S. carriers from foreign residents and are 
calculated from data collected directly from airlines. These data include frequent flyer tickets and those 
sold by consolidators. Taxes and fees are included in the Import Air Passenger Fares Index and 
excluded from the Export Air Passenger Fares Index. The Air Freight Indexes are calculated from data 
collected directly from airlines. These data exclude mail and passenger baggage. The scope of the service 
being priced is the movement of freight from airport to airport only, and does not include any ground 
transportation or port service. The Air Freight Indexes are presented using two definitions: Balance of 
Payments (which represent transactions between U.S. and foreign residents) and International (which 
represent transactions inbound to and outbound from the U.S.). Fact sheets specifying detailed 
information for each services industry are available at http://www.bls.gov/mxp under "MXP 
Publications."

Import Indexes by Locality of Origin -- Prices used in these indexes are a subset of the data collected 
for the Import Price Indexes.  Beginning with January 2002, the indexes are defined by locality of origin 
using a nomenclature based upon the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).  
Nonmanufactured goods are defined as NAICS 11 and 21 and manufactured goods are defined as 
NAICS 31-33. 

Revision Policy -- To reflect the availability of late reports and corrections by respondents, monthly data 
may be revised in each of the three months after original publication.  After three months, no further 
data revisions take place.  So, for example, data released in the January release will be subject to revision 
in the releases for February, March, and April.

Uses of the Data -- The primary use of the indexes is to deflate trade statistics, notably the foreign trade 
sector of the National Income and Product Accounts constructed by the Department of Commerce.  
Other published indexes are useful for general market analysis.  For trade in international services, 
Balance of Payments indexes are used for deflating National Income and Product Accounts, while 
International indexes are more appropriate for market analysis.  Merchandise and services indexes also 
can be used to study U.S. competitiveness and to compute price elasticities, and the merchandise import 
indexes by country or region of origin are useful in terms of trade analysis.

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). 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: October 10, 2014