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Transborder freight between the U.S. and North American countries (Canada and Mexico) in December 2020: Total Transborder freight: $96.8 billion of transborder freight moved by all modes of transportation, up 0.9% compared to November 2020 and up 0.4% compared to December 2019. Most-used mode: Trucks moved $60.5 billion of freight, down 3.5% compared to November 2020, up 5.8% compared to December 2019. Second most-used mode: Railways moved $14.1 billion of freight, up 1.6% compared to November 2020, down 2.0% compared to December 2019.

North American Transborder Freight up 0.4% in December 2020 from December 2019

Friday, February 26, 2021

Goods moved on America’s transportation network rose in value and tonnage from 2012 to 2017, according to the latest version of the Freight Analysis Framework (FAF5), the most comprehensive publicly available dataset of freight movement, jointly released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).

New Freight Benchmark Shows Value and Weight of Goods Moved on America’s Transportation Network Rose Over a Five-Year Period

Friday, February 26, 2021

Resumed Trade with China and Consumer Activity in Late Quarters Leaves Top U.S. Container Ports with Solid 2020

In February and March 2020, America’s top maritime ports experienced a downturn in container activity as COVID-19 hit the nation. However, the resumption of shipping activity in later months, due to the reopening of China trade and pent-up U.S. consumer demand, left container port activity levels about even for the year.

Updated: Tuesday, February 23, 2021

FAF4 Frequently Asked Questions


The CFS primarily covers the mining, manufacturing, and wholesale sectors. FAF is comprehensive and integrates additional data to estimate volumes of shipments from industries that are not covered by the CFS, including foreign trade. The CFS provides the building blocks for the FAF:

Updated: Friday, February 19, 2021

Freight Analysis Framework Version 4 (FAF4)

About the Freight Analysis Framework

The Freight Analysis Framework (FAF), produced through a partnership between BTS and FHWA, integrates data from a variety of sources to create a comprehensive picture of freight movement among states and major metropolitan areas by all modes of transportation. Starting with data from the Commodity Flow Survey (CFS) and international trade data from the Census Bureau, FAF incorporates data from agriculture, extraction, utility, construction, service, and other sectors.

Updated: Friday, February 19, 2021

The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI), which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, rose 2.7% in December from November, rising to the highest level since the start of the pandemic, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS).  The index reached the level of 136.3, the highest level since 136.9 in January 2020.

December 2020 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) Rose to Highest Level since Start of Pandemic

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
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