5-5 Value of U.S. International Merchandise Trade by Mode of Transportation: 2008

5-5 Value of U.S. International Merchandise Trade by Mode of Transportation: 2008

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(Millions of current U.S. dollars)

  Exports Modal % Imports Modal % Total trade Total modal %
Total 1,300,136 100.0 2,100,141 100.0 3,400,277 100.0
Water 471,536 36.3 1,152,327 54.9 1,623,863 47.8
Air 388,347 29.9 417,227 19.9 805,574 23.7
Truck 278,857 21.4 275,577 13.1 554,434 16.3
Rail 51,403 4.0 89,022 4.2 140,424 4.1
Pipeline 5,564 0.4 82,212 3.9 87,775 2.6
Other, unknown & miscellaneous 104,430 8.0 83,777 4.0 188,206 5.5

Notes: Numbers may not add to totals due to rounding.

Excludes intransit data (merchandise shipped from one foreign country to another via a U.S. port).

Imports-Excludes imports valued at less than $1,250. Import value is based on U.S. general imports, customs value basis.

Exports-Excludes exports valued at less than $2,500. Export value is FAS (free alongside ship) and represents the value of exports at the port of export, including the transaction price and inland freight, insurance, and other charges. The data for other, unknown & miscellaneous are derived by deducting the sum of water, air, truck, rail and pipeline from the total value of merchandise trade.

Sources: Total, water and air-U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Division, FT920 U.S. Merchandise Trade: Selected Highlights, December 2008, available at http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/Press-Release/ft920_index.html as of September 2009. Truck, rail, and pipeline -U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Transborder Freight Data, available at http://www.bts.gov/programs/international/transborder/TBDR_QA.html as of September 2009.