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In 2015, more than 18 billion tons of freight were moved in the United States, by several different modes. The total value of this freight was over $19 trillion. On-road shipping by truck represented about two-thirds of domestic shipping. About 10% of the freight tonnage was moved by rail, but rail only represented 4% of total freight value. Conversely, multiple-mode freight was 2% of freight tonnage, but 12% of the total value.

Freight Tonnage and Value by Mode, 2015

Graphic showing freight tonnage and value by mode (truck; rail; water; air, air & truck; multiple modes & mail; pipeline; other & unknown; no domestic mode) in 2015. See datset for more infomation.

Note: Data do not include imports and exports that pass through the United States from a foreign origin to a foreign destination by any mode.

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, 2016 Freight Quick Facts Report, Table 1.

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