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Trucks transported the vast majority of freight by both weight and value in 2018 (68% and 73%, respectively). While pipelines and rail together accounted for over 25% of freight tonnage, they accounted for just over 12% of freight value. Domestic freight movement in 2018 totaled 16.5 billion tons with a total value of $14.8 billion.

Pie charts showing tons of freight transported by various modes and value of freight by various modes in 2018. Trucks transported the most freight in comparison to all other modes of transport.

Notes: Air transport includes freight movement to the airport. “Multiple modes & mail” includes parcel, U.S. Postal Service, or courier; truck and rail; truck and water; rail and water; and other multiple modes.

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, Freight Analysis Framework, Version 4.5.1, December 2019. Data Tabulation Tool queried July 2, 2020.

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