Freight Shipment in United States

United states of America interconnected network of highways, rail-roads, airports, pipelines, and waterways and ports is essential to most economic activities in the country and enabling opportunity to access markets throughout the United States and the world.

Here we want to give a short report about freight shipments in United States. We used information from sources like Commodity Flow Survey (CFS) and other data sources. We also try to show changes in freight movements during some years. We also try to discuss the relationship between transportation and economic activities and showing the trends in length of haul, shipment size, and commodities shipped.


United States transportation system, with giving services to more than 7 million domestic businesses and more than 300 million residents while employing 1 out of 7 United States workers is the largest transportation system in the world.

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) estimates that in average 2.4 percent increase in commercial freight transportation will be happened per year.


Freight Volumes by Mode (Freight Number with reference to The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS)   

Trucks carried 59.9 percent of U.S.-NAFTA freight and were the most heavily utilized mode for moving goods to and from both U.S.-NAFTA partners. Trucks accounted for $348.7 billion of the $640.2 billion of imports (54.5 percent) and $365.9 billion of the $552.5 billion of exports (66.2 percent)

Rail remained the second largest mode, moving 14.9 percent of all U.S.-NAFTA freight, followed by vessel, 8.7 percent; pipeline, 7.9 percent and air, 3.7 percent. The surface transportation modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried 82.7 percent of the total U.S.-NAFTA freight flows.

Although trucks carry almost three-fifths of U.S.-NAFTA freight, 59.9 percent in 2014, its share has decreased by 3.7 percentage points from 2004, the first year of BTS data for all modes. During the last decade, pipeline’s percentage share rose 2.5 points while vessel rose 2.2 points.

From every 10 Dollars produced in US, more than 1 dollar is related to transportation activity. Transportation employs more than 20 million people in America both in direct transportation and in non transportation industries.

There are some international portals trying to facilitate the freight related industries all over the world and one of those networks is Wtleads. You can use Wtleads Freight quote form for posting your shipping cost request.