Regional Freight Profile

Trading Partners

The largest component of Nashville freight flows are inbound freight flows from other locations within Tennessee. This is consistent with growing urban regions which consume goods in the process of expanding the physical infrastructure and supporting the daily consumption patterns of the local population. The only top trading partner for which Nashville is a net exporter is the state of Louisiana. Overall, the top trading partners reflect the fact that the bulk of trade is either within Tennessee or with neighboring states.

Top Trading Partners, All Modes, 2012

State Outbound Inbound Total % of Total
Tennessee (remainder) 5,379,425 10,016,215 15,395,641 20%
Kentucky 3,438,273 8,244,475 11,682,747 15%
Illinois 1,086,834 5,145,090 6,231,924 8%
Alabama 2,759,165 3,375,309 6,134,475 8%
Nashville region 5,373,721 5,373,721 5,373,721 7%
Indiana 1,540,686 2,759,773 4,300,460 6%
Georgia 1,793,352 2,199,126 3,992,478 5%
Ohio 815,063 2,024,101 2,839,164 4%
Missouri 708,333 1,853,213 2,561,546 3%
Texas 919,903 1,055,374 1,975,276 3%
North Carolina 671,824 980,592 1,652,416 2%
Louisiana 936,118 668,344 1,604,462 2%
Mississippi 665,003 859,887 1,524,890 2%
Other 5,350,784 6,804,934 12,155,717 16%
Total 31,438,484 51,360,154 77,424,917 100%

Top Trading Partners, Truck, 2012

BEA Region To From Total % of Total
Nashville BEA Region (excluding 7-county MPO Area) 2,559,880 4,225,966 6,785,847 10%
Nashville Area MPO Region (7-county region) 5,220,954   5,220,954 8%
Memphis, TN 1,416,099 3,022,757 4,438,857 7%
Huntsville, AL 1,268,092 1,876,560 3,144,651 5%
Chattanooga, TN 887,576 1,977,289 2,864,866 4%
Atlanta, GA 1,179,988 1,623,224 2,803,212 4%
St. Louis, MO 819,062 1,692,551 2,511,613 4%
Louisville, KY 955,152 1,418,493 2,373,645 4%
Evansville, IN 1,216,741 1,119,548 2,336,289 4%
Birmingham, AL 1,018,019 981,950 1,999,969 3%
Partners with 2-3% of Total Tonnage 2,661,974 4,506,060 7,168,035 11%
Knoxville, TN 816,089 1,124,902 1,940,990 3%
Lexington, KY 674,788 1,133,595 1,808,383 3%
Indianapolis, IN 526,458 1,254,110 1,780,569 3%
Paducah, KY 644,639 993,453 1,638,093 2%
Partners with 1-2% of Total Tonnage 1,791,400 3,094,442 4,885,842 7%
Cincinnati, OH 293,175 649,779 942,954 1%
Chicago, IL 381,219 534,664 915,883 1%
Little Rock, AR 263,636 575,262 838,898 1%
Tupelo, MS 322,668 505,577 828,244 1%
Detroit, MI 288,274 395,451 683,725 1%
Columbus, OH 242,428 433,709 676,138 1%
Other 8,777,109 10,843,028 19,620,137 30%
Total 29,772,046 36,381,869 66,153,915 100%

Top Trading Partners, Rail Carload, 2012

State To From Total % of Total
Tennessee
(outside of MPO region)
234,440 222,800 457,240 20%
Ohio 29,720 193,520 223,240 10%
Florida 104,800 69,440 174,240 8%
Illinois 11,556 142,520 154,076 7%
Indiana 3,600 131,084 134,684 6%
Alabama 42,836 90,160 132,996 6%
North Carolina 7,440 99,940 107,380 5%
Michigan 3,600 102,920 106,520 5%
Pennsylvania 59,720 35,320 95,040 4%
Louisiana   82,976 82,976 4%
Texas   69,760 69,760 3%
Partners with 2-3% of Total Tonnage 88,296 32,360 120,656 5%
New York 57,920 7,120 65,040 3%
Mississippi 30,376 25,240 55,616 3%
Partners with 1-2% of Total Tonnage 97,200 87,740 184,940 8%
Ontario 7,200 34,280 41,480 2%
Maryland 24,200 14,880 39,080 2%
Georgia 6,080 31,580 37,660 2%
New Jersey 30,640 7,000 37,640 2%
Massachusetts 29,080   29,080 1%
Partners with 0.5-1% of Total Tonnage 29,684 126,565 156,249 7%
Kentucky 8,112 12,365 20,477 1%
Arizona   18,760 18,760 1%
South Carolina   18,120 18,120 1%
British Columbia   18,080 18,080 1%
Washington   17,280 17,280 1%
Tennessee (Nashville) 14,372   14,372 1%
Quebec 7,200 6,200 13,400 1%
Minnesota   12,560 12,560 1%
Virginia   12,040 12,040 1%
Alberta   11,160 11,160 1%
All Others with Less than 0.5% of Total Tonnage 5,752 61,880 67,632 3%
Total 718,644 1,548,985 2,267,629 100%

Top Trading Partners, Intermodal, 2012

Metropolitan Area To From Total % of Total
Savannah, GA 248,480 100,320 348,800 40%
Charleston, SC 155,040 72,880 227,920 26%
Chicago, IL 38,280 155,760 194,040 22%
Other 73,360 36,360 109,720 13%
Total 515,160 365,320 880,480 100%
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