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Table 1c. Export Shipment Characteristics by Export Mode of Transportation: Percentage of Total for 2012 and 2007

Monday, July 13, 2015

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(Estimates are based on data from the 2012 and 2007 Commodity Flow Survey. Because of rounding, estimates may not be additive)

Export mode of transportation Value Tons
2012 2007 2012 2007
All modes 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Truck (1) 20.6 17.8 12.3 12.0
 For-hire truck 16.5 X 8.7 X
 Private truck 4.0 X 3.6 X
Rail 4.2 4.0 10.2 10.6
Water 40.6 35.1 76.1 72.6
Air (includes truck and air) 32.6 32.1 0.7 0.8
Pipeline (2) S S S S
Parcel, U.S. Postal Service, or courier 1.8 6.6 Z 0.1
Other modes 0.0 4.4 0.0 3.8

KEY: S = Withheld because estimate did not meet publication standards.

X = Not applicable.

Z = Rounds to zero.

(1) “Truck” as a single mode includes shipments that were made by only private truck or only for-hire truck.

(2) Estimates for pipeline exclude shipments of crude petroleum (SCTG 16).

NOTES: Value-of-shipments estimates have not been adjusted for price changes. Appendix B tables provide estimated measures of sampling variability. The Introduction and appendixes give information on confidentiality protection, sampling error, nonsampling error, sample design and definitions. Links to this information on the Internet may be found at <>.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 Economic Census: Transportation Commodity Flow Survey, December 2014.