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, 2002
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.