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Freight Facts and Figures 2017
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Freight Facts and Figures 2017
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    This 12th edition of Freight Facts and Figures was developed by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. It provides a snapshot of the volume and value of freight flows in the United States; the extent and condition of the physical network over which freight moves; the economic conditions that generate freight movements; the characteristics of the industry that carries freight; and the safety, energy, and environmental implications of freight transportation. This snapshot helps decision makers, planners, and the public understand the magnitude and importance of freight transportation to the economy. An electronic version of this publication is available at www.bts.gov. Chapter 1 summarizes the basic demographic and economic characteristics of the United States that contribute to the demand for raw materials, intermediate goods, and finished products. Chapter 2 identifies the freight that is moved and highlights international trade. Chapter 3 describes the extent and condition of the freight transportation system; volumes of freight moving over the system; and the amount of highway, air, rail, port, and pipeline activities required to move the freight. Chapter 4 presents information on transportation system performance and its effect on freight movement. Chapter 5 focuses on the economic characteristics of the transportation industry that provides transportation services to move freight. Chapter 6 covers the safety aspects, energy consumption, and environmental implications of freight transportation. Many of the tables and figures are based on the Freight Analysis Framework (FAF), version 4, which builds on the 2012 Commodity Flow Survey to estimate all freight flows to, from, and within the United States, except shipments between foreign countries that are transported through the United States. Shipments to and from Puerto Rico are counted with Latin America. The FAF covers all modes of transportation. The truck, rail, water, and pipeline categories include shipments transported by only one mode. Air includes shipments weighing more than 100 pounds moved by air or by air and truck. The multiple modes and mail category includes all other shipments transported by more than one mode, such as bulk products moved by rail and water and mixed cargo hauled by truck and rail. The multiple modes and mail category also includes small shipments sent via postal and courier services. The other and unknown category primarily comprises unidentified modes but includes miscellaneous categories, such as aircraft delivered to customers and shipments through foreign trade zones. Please visit www.bts.gov for FAF data and documentation.

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