Grain Transportation Report Datasets

The links below contain the data used to create the tables and figures found in the USDA's Grain Transportation Report. These data series are aggregated from non-confidential and non-copyrighted sources. Below you will find the title of the table or figure. The line below the title gives a brief description for each of the files, followed by the source. If you have any questions about any of the files please contact us at

  • Table 1: Grain Transport Cost Indicators (xlsx) - Weekly changes in truck, rail, barge, and ocean freight rates using diesel prices, nearby secondary rail market rates, Illinois barge rates, and ocean freight rates from U.S. Gulf and PNW to Japan as proxies.

    Source: Transportation & Marketing Programs/AMS/USDA
            Source: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 
              Source: Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration/USDA
            Source: O'Neil Commodity Consulting
  • Figure 17: Grain Vessel Rates, U.S. to Japan (xlsx) - Compares the monthly ocean freight rates for shipping bulk grain and the spread between the U.S. Gulf and PNW to Japan to the same period a year earlier and 4-year average.