Import prices in the US increased 1.2 percent month-over-month in March of 2021, after advancing 1.3 percent in February and slightly above market forecasts of 1 percent. Import fuel prices rose 6.3 percent, petroleum advanced 6.7 percent and natural gas 3.6 percent. Excluding fuel, prices went up at a slower 0.8 percent, mainly due to industrial supplies and materials; foods, feeds, and beverages; capital goods; and consumer goods. The 4.1 percent increase from December to March was the largest 3-month rise for import prices since the index advanced 5.8 percent in May of 2011. Year-on-year, import prices jumped 6.9 percent, the largest annual rise since January of 2012. source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Import Prices in the United States averaged 109.67 points from 1982 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 147.50 points in July of 2008 and a record low of 75 points in March of 1986. This page provides - United States Import Prices - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. United States Import Prices - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on May of 2021.

Import Prices in the United States is expected to be 126.00 points by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Import Prices in the United States to stand at 128.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United States Import Prices is projected to trend around 128.00 points in 2022 and 128.74 points in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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United States Import Prices

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
129.70 128.10 147.50 75.00 1982 - 2021 points Monthly
NSA, 2000=100


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-03-16 12:30 PM Import Prices YoY Feb 3% 1% 1%
2021-03-16 12:30 PM Import Prices MoM Feb 1.3% 1.4% 1.2% 1.2%
2021-04-14 12:30 PM Import Prices YoY Mar 6.9% 3% 6.3%
2021-04-14 12:30 PM Import Prices MoM Mar 1.2% 1.3% 1% 0.7%


News Stream
US Import Prices Rise More than Expected
Import prices in the US increased 1.2 percent month-over-month in March of 2021, after advancing 1.3 percent in February and slightly above market forecasts of 1 percent. Import fuel prices rose 6.3 percent, petroleum advanced 6.7 percent and natural gas 3.6 percent. Excluding fuel, prices went up at a slower 0.8 percent, mainly due to industrial supplies and materials; foods, feeds, and beverages; capital goods; and consumer goods. The 4.1 percent increase from December to March was the largest 3-month rise for import prices since the index advanced 5.8 percent in May of 2011. Year-on-year, import prices jumped 6.9 percent, the most since January of 2012.
2021-04-14
US Import Prices Rise More than Forecast
Import prices in the US increased 1.3 percent month-over-month in February of 2021, easing from an upwardly revised 1.4 percent rise in January, which was the largest monthly advance since March 2012. Still, the reading came in above market expectations of 1.2 percent. Nonfuel import prices increased 0.4 percent (vs 0.9 percent in January), due to higher prices for nonfuel industrial supplies and materials; foods, feeds, and beverages; capital goods; consumer goods; and automotive vehicles. Meantime, prices for import fuel advanced 11.1 percent, the most since July 2020, mainly due to an 11.3 percent rise in petroleum prices and an 11.2 percent advance in natural gas prices. Year-on-year, import prices jumped 3 percent, the most since October 2018 as petroleum cost surged.
2021-03-16
US Import Prices Rise the Most Since 2012
Import prices in the US jumped 1.4 percent month-over-month in January of 2021, following a revised 1.0 percent rise in December and above market forecasts of 1.0 percent. It was the biggest increase since March of 2012, mainly due to an increase in both fuel and nonfuel prices. Year-on-year, import prices advanced 0.9 percent, the first yearly gain since January of 2020 and the largest since October of 2017, following a 0.3 percent drop in the prior month.
2021-02-18
US Import Prices Rise the Most in 4 Months
Import prices in the US jumped 0.9 percent month-over-month in December of 2020, following an upwardly revised 0.2 percent rise in November and above market forecasts of 0.7 percent. It is the biggest increase since August, boosted by a 7.8 percent rise in fuel cost. Also, prices of nonfuel industrial supplies and materials prices advanced 2.3 percent, led by unfinished metals, chemicals, and lumber. Year-on-year, import prices went down 0.3 percent. The last time the index rose on a 12-month basis was a 0.5 percent increase in January 2020.
2021-01-14

United States Import Prices
In the United States, Import Prices correspond to the rate of change in the prices of goods and services purchased by residents of that country from, and supplied by, foreign sellers. Import Prices are heavily affected by exchange rates.