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Value of Freight Shipments

The Value of Freight Shipments table shows that in 2002:

  • Electronic, electrical, and office equipment was the leading commodity, comprising 11 percent of all freight shipped, up from 9 percent in 1993.
  • $948 billion worth of this top commodity group was shipped, and an 80-percent increase in this commodity group since 1993.

From 1993 to 2002, mixed freight shipments grew the fastest in value, increasing from $207 billion to $858 billion, at 17 percent annually. The next fastest was pharmaceuticals, which grew from $163 billion to $427 billion—an 11 percent annual rate.