Most of us have heard the old saying “If you bought it, a truck brought it.” Apparently a more accurate, but slightly less catchy version is “If you bought it, there’s a 73.7% chance that a truck brought it.” According to the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, trucks moved $10 trillion of the country’s $13.6 trillion in freight during 2012.
Looking at the percentage of freight value is only one way gauge volume however. In 2012, trucks moved 8 billion of the 11.7 billion tons that were shipped.
For-hire fleets carried 48.5% of all freight while private trucks hauled 25.2%. Just over 50% of the total tonnage traveled less than 50 miles, and more than 60% of tonnage traveled less than 250 miles.
When freight is measured by ton-miles (measurement of weight multiplied by distance shipped), rail moved more than trucking with 44.5% beating out trucking’s 38.1%.
This data is from the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Commodity Flow Survey which is published once every five years. All data currently available is preliminary data and won’t be finalized until the official release of the report in December of 2014.
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