Table 1-17 Major Commodities Shipped via U.S. Domestic Ocean Trades, 2000

Table 1-17
Major Commodities Shipped via U.S. Domestic Ocean Trades, 2000

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  Billions ton-miles Million metric tons Average haul-miles
Coal and coke 8.5 13.1 649
Petroleum 190 152.9 1,243
Crude 78.8 43.2 1,824
Products 111.2 109.7 1,014
Chemicals 24.9 12.5 1,992
Crude materials 6.4 12.5 512
Primary manufactured goods 3.6 6.5 554
Farm products 9.9 5.3 1,868
Manufactured goods 14.2 7.9 1,797
Other 0.0 0.0 0
Total 257.5 210.7  

SOURCE: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center, Waterborne Commerce of the United States, calender year 2000, Part 5, National Summaries (Fort Belvoir, VA: February 2001)

  • Petroleum (crude and product) accounted for 73 percent of domestic deep-sea tons and ton-miles.
  • Crude materials accounted for 6 percent of the total tons, but only 3 percent of the ton-miles, reflecting a short average length of haul. Crude materials include such commodities as forest products; pulp waste; paper; soil, gravel, and stone; iron ore and scrap; sulfur, clay, and silt; and slag.