U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Vehicle Technologies Office
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.
Value, Tonnage, and Ton-Miles of Shipments by Mode, 2007 CFS
World Vehicle Production (Thousands)
|Parcel, USPS, or Courier
|Other and Unknown Modes
Note: NA = not available due to high sampling variability or poor response quality.
Air includes truck to/from airport.
Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, "U.S. Freight on the Move: Survey Preliminary Data," SR-018, September 2009.
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