Fact #602: December 21, 2009
Freight Statistics by Mode, 2007 Commodity Flow Survey
Results from the 2007 Commodity Flow Survey (CFS) show that about 70% of all freight movement in the U.S. is by truck, in terms of the shipment value and tonnage. Rail moves about 15% of freight tons, but moves those tons over great distances, accounting for 37% of ton-miles. Parcel delivery, US Postal Service (USPS) or courier service account for 13.5% of shipments by value, but less than half of one percent by tonnage.
|Transportation Mode||Shipment Value||Tons Shipped||Ton-Miles|
|Parcel, USPS, or Courier||13.5%||0.3%||0.8%|
|Other and Unknown Modes||2.9%||2.3%||1.4%|
|All Modes||$11.8 trillion||13.0 billion||3.5 trillion|
Note: NA = not available due to high sampling variability or poor response quality.