Australian commercial vehicles hauled approximately 214,789 million ton-kilometers of freight throughout the country in 2017 and 2018, a new study by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) found.

Crude materials like stone, sand and gravel were the most transported type of road freight, accounting for about 30 percent of the total amount cited above. Manufactured goods were next at about 12 percent, while food and live animals made up approximately 11 percent of all freight.

The statistics point to a considerable increase in transported freight over a period of only two years.

“The 2017-18 figure represents a 5 per cent increase in ton-kilometers (one tonne moved on road over one kilometer) since 2016,” said Laura Binns, ABS Transport Statistics Director.

She went on to state that articulated trucks are to thank for the majority of the transportation, despite their relatively small number.

“Articulated trucks carried the bulk of Australian road freight, transporting 165,336 million ton-kilometers, 77 per cent of the total road freight task,” Binns explained. “This is despite articulated trucks comprising less than 1.0 per cent of all vehicles on Australian roads.”

Vehicles registered in Victoria hauled the most freight (55,450 million ton-kilometers) of all Australian states and territories. Next was Queensland with 49,038 million, followed by New South Wales with 48,709 million, and then Western Australia with 35,953 million.

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