Soybean Logistics Overview
- When being transported to a domestic destination, more than 55% of soybeans go by truck, and about 40% by train.
- When being transported to a port for export shipping, about 50% of soybeans travel by barge, 30% by rail and more than 10% by truck.
- Most U.S. soybean exports are shipped in bulk in large ocean-going vessels.
- Approximately 60% of all U.S. soybean exports are shipped through the port of New Orleans.
- Most of the remainder of the exports are shipped through the ports of the Pacific Northwest.
- Approximately two-thirds of all U.S. soybean exports are shipped to customers in Asia. Europe, Mexico and the Middle East are also major export markets.