U.S. import and export prices down over the year ending March 2016

April 14, 2016

Over the 12-month period ending March 2016, U.S. import prices decreased 6.2 percent and export prices decreased 6.1 percent. Prices for overall fuel imports decreased 38.3 percent over the past year, as prices for petroleum imports declined 39.5 percent and those for natural gas imports dropped 37.7 percent.

12-month percent change in selected U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes, March 2006–March 2016
Month All imports All exports Fuel imports Nonfuel imports Agricultural exports Nonagricultural exports

Mar 2016

-6.2 -6.1 -38.3 -2.5 -11.1 -5.6

Feb 2016

-6.5 -6.1 -40.3 -2.8 -10.3 -5.7

Jan 2016

-6.5 -5.8 -37.8 -2.9 -12.9 -5.1

Dec 2015

-8.3 -6.6 -41.0 -3.4 -12.9 -5.9

Nov 2015

-9.5 -6.5 -44.3 -3.2 -12.7 -5.8

Oct 2015

-10.7 -6.7 -47.4 -3.2 -11.8 -6.1

Sep 2015

-11.6 -7.3 -50.8 -3.0 -13.8 -6.6

Aug 2015

-11.4 -7.1 -48.2 -2.9 -13.9 -6.3

Jul 2015

-10.5 -6.2 -42.9 -2.6 -14.4 -5.3

Jun 2015

-9.9 -5.8 -40.1 -2.3 -16.8 -4.5

May 2015

-9.7 -6.0 -40.1 -2.2 -17.0 -4.7

Apr 2015

-10.5 -6.3 -45.3 -2.2 -15.7 -5.3

Mar 2015

-10.8 -6.7 -47.7 -1.8 -13.7 -5.8

Feb 2015

-10.2 -5.8 -47.9 -1.1 -9.7 -5.3

Jan 2015

-8.9 -5.0 -43.8 -0.9 -6.4 -4.9

Dec 2014

-5.6 -3.0 -29.1 0.0 -5.2 -2.8

Nov 2014

-3.1 -1.7 -15.9 0.0 -4.2 -1.4

Oct 2014

-2.1 -0.7 -11.2 0.3 -4.6 -0.3

Sep 2014

-1.4 -0.4 -7.9 0.4 -3.7 -0.1

Aug 2014

-0.3 0.4 -3.5 0.7 -1.6 0.5

Jul 2014

0.9 0.4 2.9 0.5 -2.7 0.7

Jun 2014

1.2 0.2 6.2 0.0 -1.2 0.3

May 2014

0.5 0.6 3.8 -0.2 1.4 0.5

Apr 2014

-0.4 -0.1 0.8 -0.6 2.2 -0.2

Mar 2014

-0.5 0.4 1.0 -0.7 -1.4 0.5

Feb 2014

-1.1 -1.0 -0.1 -1.2 -5.9 -0.5

Jan 2014

-1.3 -1.0 -2.2 -1.1 -5.3 -0.5

Dec 2013

-1.1 -1.0 -1.2 -1.2 -6.4 -0.4

Nov 2013

-1.8 -1.5 -4.1 -1.2 -6.6 -0.9

Oct 2013

-1.6 -2.2 -2.2 -1.3 -5.9 -1.7

Sep 2013

-0.7 -1.6 1.2 -1.2 -6.3 -0.9

Aug 2013

0.0 -1.1 4.1 -1.0 -5.6 -0.6

Jul 2013

0.9 0.3 7.7 -1.0 3.1 -0.2

Jun 2013

0.1 0.8 3.8 -1.0 9.6 -0.2

May 2013

-1.8 -0.8 -4.3 -1.1 5.0 -1.6

Apr 2013

-2.7 -0.8 -8.1 -0.7 4.3 -1.5

Mar 2013

-2.1 0.2 -6.6 -0.4 8.7 -0.8

Feb 2013

-0.6 1.5 -2.5 0.1 13.4 0.0

Jan 2013

-1.5 1.2 -6.0 0.0 10.7 0.0

Dec 2012

-2.0 1.1 -7.9 0.0 13.4 -0.3

Nov 2012

-1.4 0.8 -6.2 0.2 10.6 -0.3

Oct 2012

0.0 1.5 -0.8 0.1 11.9 0.2

Sep 2012

-0.6 -0.6 -1.5 -0.4 6.4 -1.5

Aug 2012

-1.8 -0.9 -6.1 -0.4 7.1 -1.9

Jul 2012

-3.3 -1.3 -13.4 0.0 3.9 -1.9

Jun 2012

-2.5 -2.1 -11.5 0.6 -5.8 -1.6

May 2012

-0.8 -0.2 -5.5 0.9 -1.6 0.0

Apr 2012

0.8 0.7 -0.5 1.3 -3.1 1.2

Mar 2012

3.5 1.1 7.9 2.0 -5.4 1.9

Feb 2012

5.1 1.8 13.4 2.4 -5.7 2.8

Jan 2012

6.9 2.6 19.8 2.9 -0.9 3.2

Dec 2011

8.5 3.6 24.9 3.4 1.0 4.0

Nov 2011

10.1 4.8 32.4 3.7 5.4 4.8

Oct 2011

11.1 6.3 34.3 4.8 11.5 5.8

Sep 2011

12.7 9.4 40.9 5.4 22.7 7.9

Aug 2011

12.9 9.4 40.3 5.4 23.2 8.0

Jul 2011

13.7 9.8 44.8 5.4 26.4 8.2

Jun 2011

13.6 10.1 46.1 5.0 31.4 8.0

May 2011

12.9 9.1 43.7 4.5 30.4 7.0

Apr 2011

11.9 9.2 37.3 4.6 33.9 6.8

Mar 2011

10.3 9.5 31.0 4.4 34.0 7.1

Feb 2011

7.6 8.7 21.1 3.8 33.6 6.3

Jan 2011

5.6 7.0 13.9 3.4 22.7 5.4

Dec 2010

5.3 6.5 14.2 3.0 20.5 5.1

Nov 2010

4.1 6.5 8.0 3.0 20.3 5.1

Oct 2010

3.9 5.8 9.5 2.5 16.2 4.8

Sep 2010

3.6 4.9 8.1 2.5 12.2 4.3

Aug 2010

3.8 4.1 8.4 2.7 6.4 3.9

Jul 2010

4.9 3.9 14.7 2.8 2.3 4.1

Jun 2010

4.3 3.7 10.7 2.9 -2.6 4.4

May 2010

8.5 5.6 33.5 3.5 1.5 5.8

Apr 2010

11.2 5.5 54.4 3.2 3.5 5.7

Mar 2010

11.2 4.9 61.7 2.7 7.7 4.6

Feb 2010

11.3 3.4 72.0 1.9 2.0 3.6

Jan 2010

11.4 3.5 77.8 1.3 4.4 3.3

Dec 2009

8.6 3.4 62.2 0.3 9.2 2.9

Nov 2009

3.4 0.4 26.4 -1.1 0.7 0.3

Oct 2009

-5.6 -3.6 -14.2 -3.1 -9.7 -2.9

Sep 2009

-12.0 -5.6 -34.0 -4.2 -16.7 -4.4

Aug 2009

-15.3 -6.2 -41.0 -5.1 -14.1 -5.3

Jul 2009

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

Jun 2009

-17.5 -6.6 -47.6 -4.5 -13.1 -5.9

May 2009

-17.3 -6.6 -50.7 -4.1 -14.7 -5.6

Apr 2009

-16.4 -6.7 -50.8 -3.8 -17.5 -5.4

Mar 2009

-14.9 -6.7 -50.7 -2.8 -22.0 -5.0

Feb 2009

-12.7 -4.5 -49.8 -1.2 -15.4 -3.4

Jan 2009

-12.5 -3.4 -51.4 -0.3 -10.0 -2.7

Dec 2008

-10.1 -2.9 -47.0 1.2 -10.9 -2.2

Nov 2008

-5.9 -0.3 -32.9 2.6 -2.7 0.0

Oct 2008

4.9 4.0 4.5 4.8 6.0 3.8

Sep 2008

13.1 7.0 38.5 6.1 20.1 5.8

Aug 2008

18.1 8.3 60.7 6.6 25.0 6.8

Jul 2008

21.4 10.2 75.2 6.7 39.7 7.6

Jun 2008

21.3 8.7 77.9 6.4 33.1 6.5

May 2008

19.1 8.1 70.2 6.0 33.6 5.7

Apr 2008

16.9 8.0 59.7 6.0 33.3 5.7

Mar 2008

15.2 7.9 57.0 5.1 34.0 5.5

Feb 2008

13.5 6.9 54.6 4.3 30.7 4.8

Jan 2008

13.6 6.8 58.8 3.5 28.5 4.9

Dec 2007

10.6 6.0 42.1 3.1 23.3 4.5

Nov 2007

12.0 6.2 50.8 3.0 23.0 4.7

Oct 2007

9.1 5.6 36.5 2.7 26.8 3.9

Sep 2007

4.8 4.5 15.6 2.1 23.4 2.9

Aug 2007

1.9 3.7 1.3 2.4 17.9 2.5

Jul 2007

2.8 4.0 5.1 2.4 17.8 2.9

Jun 2007

2.3 4.3 3.5 2.1 18.2 3.2

May 2007

1.2 4.6 -2.4 2.4 18.1 3.6

Apr 2007

2.1 5.1 0.5 2.7 18.9 4.0

Mar 2007

2.8 5.4 4.0 2.6 20.1 4.3

Feb 2007

1.2 4.9 -4.6 2.5 17.5 3.8

Jan 2007

0.0 4.1 -10.2 2.8 13.5 3.3

Dec 2006

2.5 4.5 0.9 2.9 13.5 3.7

Nov 2006

1.3 3.9 -4.2 2.8 10.3 3.4

Oct 2006

-1.0 2.9 -13.2 2.6 5.3 2.6

Sep 2006

1.6 3.9 -2.6 2.9 4.6 3.8

Aug 2006

6.0 5.2 17.7 2.9 3.7 5.3

Jul 2006

7.0 4.5 24.3 2.5 2.1 4.7

Jun 2006

7.4 4.2 29.3 2.2 0.2 4.6

May 2006

8.6 3.5 41.0 1.5 -1.5 3.9

Apr 2006

5.8 2.5 27.8 0.6 -0.1 2.6

Mar 2006

4.5 2.3 21.7 0.7 0.7 2.5

Prices for nonfuel imports declined 2.5 percent from March 2015 to March 2016. Over that same period, prices for agricultural exports decreased 11.1 percent and those for nonagricultural exports decreased 5.6 percent.

These data are from the International Price program. Import and export prices are subject to revision. To learn more, see “U.S. Import and Export Prices — March 2016” (HTML) (PDF). See more charts on import and export price trends in Charts related to the latest “U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes” news release.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, U.S. import and export prices down over the year ending March 2016 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/us-import-and-export-prices-down-over-the-year-ending-march-2016.htm (visited September 21, 2019).

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