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U.S. logistics industry - Statistics & Facts

The logistics industry in the United States is a highly integrated supply chain network that links producers and consumers through multiple transportation modes, including air and express delivery services, freight rail, maritime and truck transport.

The importance of logistics in the United States

The United States is among the leading logistics markets based on the Logistics Performance Index. The logistics of physical items typically involves the integration of information flow, material handling, production, packaging, inventory, transportation, warehousing, and often security. Logistics services are involved at all levels in the planning and execution of the movement of goods. These may include air and express delivery services, freight rail, maritime, or trucking.

Movement of goods by transport mode

The export value of U.S.-NAFTA air freight flows in 2020 amounted to almost 26.1 billion U.S. dollars, while the volume of rail freight transported within the country amounted to just over 2.1 trillion tonne-kilometers. The overall total U.S. ton-miles of freight are expected to reach 7.67 trillions of ton-miles by 2045.

Leading logistics companies in the United States

To serve customers efficiently, multinational and domestic firms provide tailored logistics and transportation solutions to ensure the coordinated movement of goods from origin to the end user through various supply chain network segments. The leading logistics companies in the U.S. include: XPO Logistics Inc., UPS Supply Chain Solutions, DHL Supply Chain, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, and C.H. Robinson. UPS was the leading North American for-hire carrier in 2020 based on revenue, while FedEx Freight was the leading less-than-truckload carrier in that year.

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In the following 4 chapters, you will quickly find the 22 most important statistics relating to "Logistics industry in the U.S.".

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