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. The above chart depicts the 10
commodity groups having the highest value per ton. 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 time and reliability prevail as prime transport factors.
These products are reflective of the share transportation costs
have on their final value and
the length at which they are transported.