Transportation Economic Trends

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Costs Faced by Businesses Purchasing Transportation Services

This page discusses the costs faced by businesses purchasing transportation services. Businesses purchase transportation services to acquire raw materials, move the goods they produce, and transport personnel. The cost for transportation services are an indicator of the price that businesses face when purchasing transportation services Costs Faced by Producers discusses the costs faced by businesses that produce transportation services to move people and goods.
2020 Year-in-Review
In 2020, the amount received for producing air, rail, truck, and water transportation services fell from their all-time high level in 2019, suggesting a decrease in the cost businesses face for these transportation services.

Costs Faced by Businesses Purchasing Transportation Services
The Producer Price Index (PPI) for producing transportation services measure the average change over time in the amount received by producers for selling their transportation services—an indicator of the cost for transportation services, e.g., airfare, that businesses face. 
The PPIs do not reflect the full cost to purchase transportation services, because they do not include sales and excises taxes that businesses and households pay for the services.

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Recommended citation
U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Transportation Economic Trends (Washington, DC: 2020).

Bureau of Transportation Statistics
The Bureau of Transportation Statistics, part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, is the preeminent source of statistics on commercial aviation, multimodal freight activity, and transportation economics, and provides context to decision makers and the public for understanding statistics on transportation.