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American manufacturers and related industries shipped 11.7 billion tons of freight worth $13.6 trillion in 2012, and that trucks carried 70% of the freight both by weight and value, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics and Census Bureau reported.
The preliminary figures from the agencies’ Commodity Flow Survey show that trucks carried 8 billion tons of freight worth $10 trillion, the agencies said Dec. 10.
“The Commodity Flow Survey showed once again that trucks move the vast, vast majority of freight in the United States,” ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello said in a statement.
The survey is conducted every five years. It covers about three-fourths of the freight shipped in the United States and excludes imports, freight from farms, crude oil production and some small categories, BTS and Census said.