Background Note | HBS Case Collection | February 1988 (Revised August 2000)

Note on the U.S. Freight Transportation Industry

by Janice H. Hammond and John E. P. Morrison


Describes the major modes of domestic freight transportation (motor carrier, rail, air, water, and pipelines). Examines the characteristics of the transportation service that each mode provides and discusses changes in the industry that have resulted from recent regulatory reform. Intended to provide background information for the transportation cases used in the Business Logistics course.

Keywords: Change; Governing Rules, Regulations, and Reforms; Industry Structures; Logistics; Service Operations; Transportation; United States;


Hammond, Janice H., and John E. P. Morrison. "Note on the U.S. Freight Transportation Industry." Harvard Business School Background Note 688-080, February 1988. (Revised August 2000.)