- The South region shipped 5.2 billion tons, or 41.6%, of U.S. shipments of goods in 2017 valued at $5.4 trillion. The Midwest followed with 3.9 billion tons or 31.0% of goods shipped, valued at $3.9 trillion.
- Manufacturing establishments shipped 4.7 billion tons of commodities worth $5.7 trillion in 2017. Wholesale establishments shipped 4.4 billion tons of commodities worth $6.8 trillion.
- Trucks as a single domestic mode of transportation hauled approximately 70.9%, or 8.8 billion tons of the total tonnage. These shipments accounted for 71.6%, or $10.4 trillion of the total value of commodities shipped in 2017.
- An estimated 57.9% of all tonnage traveled less than 50 miles in 2017.
- Hazardous material shipments weighed 3.0 billion tons and accounted for $1.7 trillion in 2017.
About the Commodity Flow Survey
The Commodity Flow Survey provides estimates for the nation, the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and selected metropolitan areas.
The Commodity Flow Survey does not include establishments classified in forestry, fishing, utilities, construction, transportation, and most retail and services industries. Farms and government-owned entities (except government-owned liquor wholesalers) are also excluded. The survey does not capture information on imports to the United States; however, domestic portions of imported shipments can be included if they pass through a sampled establishment. All comparisons made in this release have been tested and found to be statistically significant at the 90% confidence level, unless otherwise noted. All estimates include measures of sampling variability. For more information, please visit the Commodity Flow Survey website.
Statistics are based on data from the 2017 and 2012 Commodity Flow Surveys and include data only for businesses with paid employees. All dollar values are expressed in current dollars for the period shown, i.e., they are not adjusted for inflation and do not reflect changes in prices. For more information about the survey (including information on comparability, confidentiality protection, sampling error, nonsampling error and definitions), see the Commodity Flow Survey methodology.
All comparisons made in this release have been tested and found to be statistically significant at the 90% confidence level, unless otherwise noted. All estimates include measures of sampling variability. For more information, please visit the Commodity Flow Survey website.