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Prices for U.S. exports up 3.8 percent over year ended April 2018

May 23, 2018

The price index for U.S. exports increased 3.8 percent over the year ended April 2018, the largest 12-month increase since November 2011. Prices for transportation equipment exports, which account for 18.1 percent of U.S. exports, increased 1.6 percent over the past year.

U.S. export prices 12-month percent change, selected industries, April 2018
Industry Percent change Relative importance, March 2018

Transportation equipment manufacturing

1.6% 18.100%

Computer and electronic product manufacturing

1.6 14.140

Chemical manufacturing

4.8 13.357

Machinery manufacturing

1.4 8.906

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing

19.1 6.217

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

1.8 5.445

Miscellaneous manufacturing

1.4 5.373

Food manufacturing

2.3 4.790

Primary metal manufacturing

7.0 3.956

Electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing

2.3 3.804


15.5 3.201

Fabricated metal product manufacturing

2.5 3.011

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing

0.5 2.231

Paper manufacturing

9.6 1.657

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing

3.3 0.832

Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing

10.0 0.694

Textile mills

2.3 0.634

Furniture and related product manufacturing

1.0 0.401

Leather and allied product manufacturing

-3.1 0.270

Prices for computer and electronic product exports, which account for 14.1 percent of exports, increased 1.6 percent over the past year. Prices for chemical exports, which make up 13.4 percent of exports, increased 4.8 percent.

Petroleum and coal product export prices increased 19.1 percent, and mining product export prices increased 15.5 percent.

Export prices for agricultural, forestry, fishing and hunting goods increased 1.8 percent over the April 2017–April 2018 period.

These data are from the International Price program. Import and export price changes may be revised in each of the 3 months after original publication. For more information, see "U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes — April 2018" (HTML) (PDF). See more charts on import and export price trends.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Prices for U.S. exports up 3.8 percent over year ended April 2018 at (visited June 23, 2024).

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