As you’re optimizing your supply chain, you may compare freight modes and wonder if you’re using the right mix for your business.
Below, we’ve rounded-up statistics and data on air, rail, ocean, and over-the-road freight. By perusing these numbers, you’ll get a sense of how other companies are leveraging modes within the United States and across the globe. You may also gain some new insights around mixing up your freight modes to support your organization’s goals and your budget. First, we’ll start with some stats on U.S. domestic freight.
How Far Does Freight Move in The U.S.?
As you may know, some modes of transportation are better suited for longer distances, while others shine at short distances. As you make decisions in this arena, you might find it useful to understand just how far most freight moves within the United States.
As you can see from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics data below: The majority of the freight in the U.S. travels fewer than 100 miles.
- Additionally, more than half travels fewer than 250 miles.
- Finally, 76.5% travels 749 miles or fewer.
Now, if we look at freight by weight, instead of value, you might be curious whether the picture will change. The answer? Not really! The largest percentage of goods, both by weight and value, travels fewer than 100 miles. Additionally:
- More than half of freight (measured by weight) moves fewer than 100 miles.
- Plus, 83.1% moves 499 miles or fewer.