Trucks accounted for 73.1% of the total value of commodities shipped in 2012, a value of more than $10 trillion, a U.S. Census Bureau survey reports. The Commodity Flow Survey is conducted in conjunction with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics every five years.
The survey provides information on the origin and destination, value, weight, mode of transportation, distance, and ton-miles of commodities shipped. It found that 55.9% of all shipments traveled less than 50 miles. For-hire truck shipments traveled an average of 508 miles while private truck shipments averaged 58 miles. See thefull report.