Logistics: December 27, 2004

Archives

Military planners have to keep costs in mind, even where there is a war going on. One of the larger costs is for moving stuff (troops, equipment, supplies.) The cost of moving all this stuff varies greatly depending on how you do it. Moving by railroad costs about three cents per ton mile (moving one ton one mile.) Moving by trucks is about ten times more expensive (30 cents a ton mile.) Moving by inland waterways (barges, or coastal freighters) is about one cent per ton mile, moving material using oceanic shipping is even cheaper. Moving gas or liquids by pipeline costs about two cents per ton mile. Air freight costs about 80 cents per ton mile. Price will vary depending on the condition of the infrastructure (roads, rail lines, barge canals and ports), and does not include the cost of building the infrastructure in the first place.

 


Article Archive

Logistics: Current 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 


X

ad
0
20

Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close