Table B-6. Estimated Measures of Reliability for Shipment Characteristics by Commodity Group and Mode of Transportation for CBSA of Origin: 2002

Table B-6. Estimated Measures of Reliability for Shipment Characteristics by Commodity Group and Mode of Transportation for CBSA of Origin: 2002

[Estimates are based on data from the Commodity Flow Survey. Because of rounding, estimates may not be additive]

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All Commodities

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles CV of average miles per shipment
CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent
All modes 15.9 29.4 15.4 12.8
Single modes 17.2 3.0 29.6 0.6 15.7 1.5 15.5
Truck 17.4 4.2 29.6 0.5 16.1 1.4 13.2
Rail S S 48.1 0.2 39.9 1.0 30.1
All other Single modes 49.1 0.7 45.5 47.4 8.2
Multiple modes 31.8 2.9 27.1 0.5 26.7 1.4 7.7
Parcel, USPS or courier 34.4 2.9 22.6 22.7 0.1 7.7
All other multiple modes 37.4 0.3 42.2 0.5 36.7 1.4 26.4
Other and unknown modes 44.0 0.8 48.0 0.3 S S S

SCTG 01-05, Agriculture products and fish

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles CV of average miles per shipment
CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent
All modes 43.5 S S 44.5 25.6
Single modes 43.6 0.8 S S 44.6 0.2 25.2
Truck 43.6 0.8 S S 44.6 0.2 25.2
Rail
All other Single modes
Multiple modes
Parcel, USPS or courier
All other multiple modes
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S 31.6

SCTG 06-09, Grains, alcohol, and tobacco products

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles CV of average miles per shipment
CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent
All modes 43.0 48.9 42.5 27.7
Single modes 43.0 48.9 42.5 27.7
Truck 43.0 48.9 42.5 27.7
Rail
All other Single modes
Multiple modes
Parcel, USPS or courier
All other multiple modes
Other and unknown modes

SCTG 10-14, Stones, non-metallic minerals, and metallic ores

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles CV of average miles per shipment
CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent
All modes 36.9 36.8 38.2 24.6
Single modes 36.9 36.8 38.2 24.6
Truck 36.9 36.8 38.2 24.6
Rail
All other Single modes
Multiple modes
Parcel, USPS or courier
All other multiple modes
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S 31.6

SCTG 15-19, Coal and petroleum products

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles CV of average miles per shipment
CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent
All modes S S S S S S 25.5
Single modes S S S S S S 25.5
Truck S S S S S S 25.5
Rail
All other Single modes
Multiple modes
Parcel, USPS or courier
All other multiple modes
Other and unknown modes

SCTG 20-24, Pharmaceutical and chemical products

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles CV of average miles per shipment
CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent
All modes 24.8 32.9 32.8 26.5
Single modes 25.0 1.4 33.0 0.2 32.1 0.7 37.5
Truck 25.1 1.4 33.0 0.2 32.3 0.7 37.3
Rail S S S S S S 30.8
All other Single modes 46.6 S S S S 26.2
Multiple modes 44.7 1.4 S S S S 16.9
Parcel, USPS or courier S S 32.5 39.2 0.4 17.1
All other multiple modes S S S S S S 38.0
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S S

SCTG 25-30, Logs, wood products, and textile and leather

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles CV of average miles per shipment
CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent
All modes 28.3 21.5 16.9 8.6
Single modes 29.1 2.3 21.5 0.2 17.0 0.4 9.4
Truck 29.1 2.4 21.5 0.2 16.9 0.4 11.1
Rail
All other Single modes S S S S S S 21.7
Multiple modes 35.3 2.4 32.9 0.1 27.9 0.4 8.6
Parcel, USPS or courier 35.3 2.4 32.9 0.1 27.9 0.4 8.6
All other multiple modes
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S 40.7

SCTG 31-34, Base metal and machinery

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles CV of average miles per shipment
CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent
All modes 20.2 S S 48.4 32.3
Single modes 23.8 7.3 S S 48.1 3.8 29.9
Truck 23.8 7.3 S S 48.2 3.8 29.9
Rail
All other Single modes S S S S S S 21.6
Multiple modes S S 40.6 0.3 45.0 0.3 20.1
Parcel, USPS or courier S S 40.6 0.3 45.0 0.3 20.1
All other multiple modes
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S S

SCTG 35-38, Electronic, motorized vehicles, and precision instruments

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles CV of average miles per shipment
CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent
All modes 33.4 23.3 25.1 15.2
Single modes 38.1 4.9 24.3 3.2 27.8 4.0 16.7
Truck 37.1 5.3 23.3 3.7 26.1 4.0 15.7
Rail S S S S 44.5 4.8 28.5
All other Single modes S S 45.4 0.6 S S 12.6
Multiple modes 48.8 4.9 41.6 3.3 41.5 3.7 4.7
Parcel, USPS or courier S S 28.3 0.9 26.7 1.5 4.8
All other multiple modes S S S S S S 25.8
Other and unknown modes 36.8 0.5 S S S S S

SCTG 39-43, Furniture, mixed freight and misc manufactured products

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles CV of average miles per shipment
CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent
All modes 28.2 26.3 27.6 24.4
Single modes 29.7 6.1 26.6 3.4 28.1 3.7 42.8
Truck 29.6 6.0 26.6 3.4 28.1 3.7 43.8
Rail
All other Single modes S S S S S S 31.6
Multiple modes 36.5 5.8 48.4 3.3 S S 38.5
Parcel, USPS or courier 36.5 5.8 48.4 3.3 S S 38.5
All other multiple modes
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S 47.7

Commodity Unknown

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles CV of average miles per shipment
CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent
All modes S S S S 40.9 S
Single modes S S S S 43.2 14.4 49.6
Truck S S S S 43.2 14.4 49.6
Rail
All other Single modes
Multiple modes S S S S S S 29.8
Parcel, USPS or courier S S S S S S 29.8
All other multiple modes
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S 31.6

KEY:
– Represents data cell equal to zero or less than 1 unit of measure.
S Estimate does not meet publication standards because of high sampling variability or poor response quality.
CV Coefficient of variation of number

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SOURCE: Bureau of Transportation Statistics (USDOT) and U.S. Census Bureau, 2002 Commodity Flow Survey, Metropolitan Data, December 2004.