Prices of oil and imported raw materials

Dernière mise à jour le : 03/03/2016

Présentation de l'opération

Organisme producteur :

Insee. Direction des Etudes et Synthèses Economiques (DESE)

Type d'opération :

Prices Index

Objectifs :

The raw materials price index (excluding energy) aims to reflect the trends in the prices of the main raw materials imported by France.

The prices are also available at a disaggregated level, per raw material. At the same time, the prices of North Sea Oil (Brent) and refined products are published.

Caractéristiques techniques

Périodicité de l'opération :


Source d'information :

The prices of each raw material are recorded by external suppliers on the reference markets.

The following products are taken into account by the price indices:

- Food raw materials: arabica, robusta, cocoa, tea, palm oil, sunflower oil, olive oil, broad beans and soybean meal, maize, rice, sugar, beef  meat;

- Agri-industrial raw materials: wool, wood pulp, cotton, natural rubber, cattle hide, sawn tropical timber, sawn coniferous timber

- Mineral raw materials: ores of iron, copper, nickel, aluminium, lead, zinc, titanium, silver, gold, platinum and palladium.

Prices not included in the index are also published, i.e. wheat prices, prices of North Sea oil and refined products: premium petrol, diesel-domestic fuel oil, heavy fuel oil and naphtha.

In addition, the raw material price indices of other institutes are also published.

Méthodologie :

Currently calculated in relation to the base 100 for the year 2000, the price indices for imported raw materials are Laspeyres chain-linked indices.

The weightings represent the proportion of each raw material in the total imports of raw materials. They are updated in March of every year.

The prices of raw materials are spot prices (quantities purchased for immediate delivery, which differ from the prices for forward contracts). These are the reference prices for the market.