To serve customers efficiently, multinational and domestic firms provide tailored logistics and transportation solutions to ensure coordinated goods movement from origin to end user through various supply chain network segments. The United States is among the leading logistics markets based on the Logistics Performance Index.
In the U.S., the logistics of physical items typically involves the integration of information flow, material handling, production, packaging, inventory, transportation, warehousing, and often security. In 2016, the value of American new private sector warehouse construction alone arose to around 19.6 billion U.S. dollars. Logistics services are involved at all levels in the planning and execution of the movement of goods. These may include through air and express delivery services (EDS), freight rail, maritime, or trucking.
In 2016, the total mail volume delivered by United States Postal Service alone was up to over 150 billion units. The export value of U.S.-NAFTA air freight flows in August 2017 amounted to over 2.1 billion U.S. dollars and the volume of rail freight transported in the United States in 2016 amounted to around 2.3 trillion tone kilometers. The overall total U.S. ton-miles of freight are expected to reach over 8 trillions of ton-miles by 2040.
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