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 9.9 22.5 14.9 8.3
Single modes 10.6 4.0 22.9 0.5 15.5 2.3 19.2
Truck 11.3 4.2 23.1 0.8 15.5 2.5 20.8
Rail S S S S S S 25.8
All other Single modes S S S S 41.7 13.7
Multiple modes 27.5 4.0 34.1 0.3 42.7 2.1 5.8
Parcel, USPS or courier 27.7 3.6 11.4 12.9 0.2 5.9
All other multiple modes S S S S S S 26.1
Other and unknown modes 28.6 1.0 32.0 0.4 40.7 0.3 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 S S S S S S 31.0
Single modes S S S S S S 31.0
Truck S S S S S S 31.0
Rail
All other Single modes
Multiple modes
Parcel, USPS or courier
All other multiple modes
Other and unknown modes

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 24.3 14.8 19.8 S
Single modes 21.9 1.3 14.8 1.1 20.0 1.0 S
Truck 21.5 1.8 14.7 1.5 17.7 2.8 S
Rail S S S S S S 30.2
All other Single modes S S S S S S 31.6
Multiple modes S S S S S S 32.1
Parcel, USPS or courier S S S S S S 32.1
All other multiple modes
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S 44.4

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 30.6 8.6 22.1 23.1
Single modes 30.7 0.2 8.6 0.6 22.2 0.5 23.2
Truck 30.7 0.2 8.6 0.6 22.2 0.5 23.2
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 S

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 28.5 33.3 37.4 11.9
Single modes 28.5 33.3 37.4 11.9
Truck 28.5 33.3 37.4 11.9
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 20.9 34.2 28.6 17.8
Single modes 30.8 11.0 34.1 0.6 29.7 3.2 23.8
Truck 20.6 11.0 31.8 5.6 31.8 5.6 20.4
Rail S S S S S S 29.8
All other Single modes S S S S S S 29.4
Multiple modes 49.5 11.0 32.2 0.8 45.1 3.2 19.7
Parcel, USPS or courier S S 38.4 0.7 S S 16.7
All other multiple modes S S S S S S 27.9
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 14.1 46.4 24.4 9.4
Single modes 13.9 4.2 47.1 1.1 24.5 2.9 17.9
Truck 13.9 4.3 47.3 1.5 24.5 2.9 21.5
Rail S S S S S S 30.4
All other Single modes S S S S S S 28.7
Multiple modes 29.2 3.6 29.8 1.1 33.1 2.6 6.6
Parcel, USPS or courier 29.2 3.6 31.2 1.0 33.6 2.6 6.6
All other multiple modes S S S S S S 29.9
Other and unknown modes 47.5 0.8 41.6 0.2 40.5 0.4 24.9

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 19.8 S S 19.7 16.0
Single modes 20.6 2.6 S S 20.0 0.6 S
Truck 20.8 2.8 S S 20.0 0.6 S
Rail
All other Single modes S S S S S S 20.7
Multiple modes 32.1 2.3 27.7 0.2 41.4 0.4 10.1
Parcel, USPS or courier 32.1 2.3 27.7 0.2 41.4 0.4 10.1
All other multiple modes
Other and unknown modes S S 46.9 0.6 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 26.0 36.9 40.2 12.6
Single modes 30.9 7.8 41.2 5.4 47.5 7.3 25.0
Truck 31.5 8.1 41.7 6.2 48.4 8.1 25.4
Rail S S S S S S 29.9
All other Single modes S S S S S S 24.2
Multiple modes 48.6 7.2 S S S S 10.1
Parcel, USPS or courier 48.6 5.8 33.2 1.1 36.6 2.5 10.1
All other multiple modes S S S S S S 30.5
Other and unknown modes 38.2 3.5 31.4 3.4 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 14.9 14.0 13.3 14.2
Single modes 14.3 1.8 14.1 0.8 13.4 0.7 33.1
Truck 14.3 1.8 14.1 0.8 13.4 0.7 32.8
Rail
All other Single modes 49.6 S S S S 25.1
Multiple modes 28.4 1.5 28.7 0.1 30.6 0.7 10.8
Parcel, USPS or courier 28.4 1.5 28.7 0.1 30.6 0.7 10.8
All other multiple modes
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S S

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 42.7 46.3 S S 24.2
Single modes 44.8 16.1 46.4 17.9 S S 27.2
Truck 48.0 15.3 48.4 17.0 S S 26.9
Rail S S S S S S 31.6
All other Single modes
Multiple modes S S 44.9 17.9 S S 27.5
Parcel, USPS or courier S S 44.9 17.9 S S 27.5
All other multiple modes
Other and unknown modes

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.