This report forecasts volume hauled and revenues generated by the US domestic waterway freight industry in ton-miles and dollars, respectively, to 2019. Total volume hauled is segmented by waterway type in terms of internal, coastwise, and Great Lakes and other waterways. Total US freight revenues and volumes are also forecast to 2019. For 2004 through 2014, total freight is segmented by mode as follows: trucking, pipeline, railroad, water, and air.
To illustrate historical trends, total volume, total revenues, and the various volume segments are provided in annual series from 2004 to 2014. A Market Environment section provides pertinent background on historical industry size and trends, key economic indicators, NAFTA trade, environmental and regulatory factors, waterborne freight by commodity, competing transport modes, and total freight shipments by mode. A Segmentation and Forecasts section defines waterborne freight, discusses market drivers and constraints, identifies substitute services when applicable, and assesses the impact of key drivers and constraints on each waterborne freight segment over the forecast period.
Further analysis includes an Industry Structure section, which surveys the US waterborne freight industry and profiles the leading domestic firms competing to serve US demand. A one-page, introductory Highlights section summarizes key findings from this 27-page report, and a Resources section lists contributing sources as well as resources available for further research.