US import prices rose 0.6 percent from a month earlier in March 2019, following a revised 1 percent gain in February and beating market expectations of 0.4 percent. Import fuel prices climbed 6.4 percent in March after increasing 9.7 percent in February, boosted by both petroleum (4.7 percent) and natural gas (42.3 percent). Meanwhile, nonfuel import costs dropped 0.2 percent, reversing a 0.2 percent gain in February, as falling prices for capital goods, consumer goods, and nonfuel industrial supplies and materials more than offset an increase in the prices for foods, feeds, and beverages. Year-on-year, import prices were unchanged, with upward pressure coming from fuel prices, in particular natural gas prices, which posted the largest advance since March 2014; while nonfuel import prices declined 0.8 percent, the biggest drop since August 2016. Import Prices in the United States averaged 108.77 Index Points from 1982 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 147.50 Index Points in July of 2008 and a record low of 75 Index Points in March of 1986.