Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation
Statistics, based on data from the preliminary 2002 Commodity Flow Survey
data, January 2004.
Top 10 Commodity Groups Ranked by Value Per Ton, United States,
Different goods have different values, often expressed as a ratio
of value per ton. While the average ratio was about $700
for all the freight transported in the United States, many products
have a significantly higher ratio. Pharmaceutical and electronic products
have the highest ratio, well above $16,000 per ton. The higher the
ratio, the less transport costs are playing as a factor in freight distribution
and the more the dimensions of time and reliability prevail.