The Freight Analysis Framework (FAF), produced through a partnership between BTS and FHWA, integrates data from various sources to create a comprehensive picture of freight movement among states and major metropolitan areas by all modes of transportation. The 2017 Commodity Flow Survey (CFS) and international trade data from the Census Bureau serve as the backbone of FAF and are integrated with ancillary data sources that capture goods movement in agriculture, resource extraction, utility, construction, retail, services, and other sectors.
The initial version of FAF5 (FAF5.0) provides estimates for tonnage (unit: thousand tons) and value (unit: million dollars) by origin-destination pair of FAF regions, commodity type, and mode. Note that ton-miles will be available in a later release. In FAF5.0, the data are available for the base year 2017 only. The data for recent years (2018-2019), forecasted years (2020 - 2050) in 5-year increments, and the previous base years 1997 - 2012 in 5-year increments, will be released in later version updates. The information may be accessed through the Data Tabulation Tool and downloaded as either a complete database or in summary files.
For questions regarding FAF contact FAF@dot.gov
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