The International Price Program (IPP) produces Import/Export Price Indexes (MXP) containing data on changes in the prices of nonmilitary goods and services traded between the U.S. and the rest of the world.
- January 2019 U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes are scheduled to be
released on February 15, 2019, at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time.
U.S. import prices fell 1.0 percent in December after decreasing 1.9 percent in
November. The price index for U.S. exports dropped 0.6 percent in December, following
a 0.8-percent decline in November. Import prices decreased 0.6 percent in 2018 and
export prices advanced 1.1 percent.
- U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes (Current Month) (HTML) (PDF)
- Select Import and Export Price Indexes, 12-month percent changes (Interactive Charts)
- Subscribe to the BLS News Service—Receive the U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes news release by e-mail.
- Upcoming Release Dates for the rest of this calendar year.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Database holds current time series data that are published simultaneously with the Import and Export Price Index News Release.
The data query and extraction tool provides users with an interface to select more than 1000 data series. Unique letter/number combinations represent different descriptors that characterize the index type,
product or industry classification, geographic coverage, and time period availability. More information on the format of the data can be found at https://download.bls.gov/pub/time.series/ei/ei.txt.
- Series Identifiers Key—Not sure what code to use for what you are looking for? Use this as a guide to how the series codes are defined. The Series Identifiers Key presents all published data series for the Import and Export Price Indexes with detailed descriptions of the data series codes. The purpose of this file is to act as a data dictionary for data users to more easily identify the data series they would like to use.
- Series Report—Already know the series identifier for the statistic you want? Use this shortcut to retrieve your data.
- Locality-Based Index Codes Prefixes - Looking for an industry level index by country or region? Use this as a guide to the database codes.
- Text files (FTP) - For those who want it all. Download a flat file of the entire database or large subset of the database.
Archives: Previous versions of these tables are available upon request.
Publications other than the monthly news release are produced in order to provide a comprehensive understanding over a variety of topics including
how the import/export price indexes are connected to different aspects of the U.S. economy, how they are used by other agencies and organizations, and
more. For a general overview of the price indexes, please review the Overview Pamphlet.
Articles and Research Papers Using MXP Data
Country of Origin
Data Uses and Fact Sheets
Data users interested in measuring the competitiveness of U.S. goods in domestic and foreign markets can use the U.S. import and export price indexes. The BLS presents a report and accompanying tables to provide more information for users interested in comparing import price indexes to the corresponding Producer Price Indexes. Additionally, the BLS publishes locality of origin indexes measuring import prices from select countries, regions, and groupings; locality of destination indexes measuring export prices to select countries, regions, and groupings; and U.S. terms of trade indexes measuring the purchasing power of U.S. exports relative to imports for all goods by select localities where both a LOO and LOD index is published.
In order to help users assess the precision of the U.S. import and export price index series, BLS is now providing variance estimates for these figures. Currently, the data are only calculated for the all-import and all-export series. In the future, however, the published variance estimates will also be made available at a more detailed level.
- Variance Estimates for Changes in the Import and Export Price Indexes, January–December 2017 (PDF)
- Variance Estimates for Changes in the Import and Export Price Indexes, January–December 2016 (PDF)
- Variance Estimates for Changes in the Import and Export Price Indexes, January–December 2015 (PDF)
- Variance Estimates for Changes in the Import and Export Price Indexes, January–December 2014 (PDF)
- Variance Estimates for Changes in the Import and Export Price Indexes, January–December 2013 (PDF)
- Variance Estimates for Changes in the Import and Export Price Indexes, January–December 2012 (PDF)
- Variance Estimates for Changes in the Import and Export Price Indexes, January–December 2011 (PDF)
Import and Export Price Index Discussion Series
The Discussion Series are presentations followed by an open discussion of a topic relating to Import
and Export prices.
Presentations are usually held every few months in the BLS Conference and Training Center.
To suggest future topics, please email: US_BLS_IPP_Outreach_Group@bls.gov.
To view past presentations, please visit our MXP Presentations page.
The international price program participates in the collection of prices that are used to represent the U.S. in certain international price comparisons.
OECD Purchasing Power Parities
World Bank International Comparisons Program
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Division of International Prices
Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Washington, DC 20212
- Telephone: (202) 691-5902
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Information about the Import/Export Price Indexes and other BLS data may be obtained from
any of the eight BLS Regional Economic Analysis
and Information offices.
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