Trucks hauled 64 percent of domestic freight by weight, and 71 percent by value, in 2012—the most recent year available in data released Oct. 27 by the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT).
The information is contained in an update of the Freight Analysis Framework (FAF), a joint effort of the agency’s Federal Highway Administration and Bureau of Transportation Statistics. The new FAF includes 2012 dollar value and tonnage of freight shipments by mode of transport: truck, rail, water, air and pipeline.
“The new data underscores the importance of our national transportation system for the movement of freight,” ARTBA Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black said. “We routinely use this type of data in our advocacy efforts and economic analysis to highlight the importance of federal investment to that national system.”
The updated data estimates that in 2012, nearly 17.0 billion tons of goods worth almost $18 trillion were moved throughout the country on all transportation modes. That equates to a pace of moving more than $49 billion of goods per day, up from $45 billion per day in 2007.
U.S. DOT says the data also reaffirms the timeliness of its draft National Freight Strategic Plan, released Oct. 19.
FAF freight projections through 2045 will be available in the upcoming months.