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 20.4 31.3 9.1 9.7
Single modes 24.2 2.8 31.9 0.9 7.5 2.2 17.5
Truck 22.3 2.2 34.7 4.6 12.9 3.7 13.1
Rail 25.1 0.8 31.9 3.6 17.5 4.7 19.1
All other Single modes 45.6 2.1 22.2 0.7 S S 6.3
Multiple modes 8.4 1.3 23.0 0.6 26.7 2.1 8.5
Parcel, USPS or courier 7.9 1.2 15.2 13.7 0.1 8.7
All other multiple modes 29.5 0.3 25.1 0.5 28.5 2.1 7.5
Other and unknown modes 40.6 2.3 27.1 0.4 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 12.1 27.3 26.0 S
Single modes 11.5 2.6 28.4 3.4 32.1 9.2 S
Truck 13.6 5.2 32.3 8.3 33.9 9.9 S
Rail S S S S S S 27.9
All other Single modes S S S S S S 29.8
Multiple modes 39.2 1.5 31.2 2.3 31.1 8.6 S
Parcel, USPS or courier S S S S S S 29.0
All other multiple modes 37.4 1.3 31.2 2.2 31.1 8.6 18.0
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S 41.7

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 20.0 33.4 28.6 S
Single modes 21.0 2.8 35.7 4.1 23.2 11.3 S
Truck 21.1 2.8 35.8 4.2 23.3 11.3 S
Rail S S S S S S 29.8
All other Single modes S S S S S S 31.6
Multiple modes S S S S S S 23.3
Parcel, USPS or courier S S S S S S 28.1
All other multiple modes S S S S S S 24.0
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S 46.4

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 S S S S S S S
Single modes S S S S S S S
Truck S S S S S S S
Rail
All other Single modes 47.8 3.8 44.4 5.1 45.2 3.7 25.9
Multiple modes S S S S S S 31.6
Parcel, USPS or courier S S S S S S 31.6
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 16.4 28.4 23.5 S
Single modes 16.7 0.9 28.5 0.6 25.0 5.3 S
Truck 19.9 5.0 30.2 4.5 31.7 9.7 S
Rail S S 49.0 4.5 S S 26.8
All other Single modes S S S S S S 32.6
Multiple modes S S S S S S 29.8
Parcel, USPS or courier S S S S S S 31.6
All other multiple modes S S S S S S 29.9
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S 31.6

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 31.4 S S 41.5 22.1
Single modes 34.3 8.8 S S 42.0 4.2 26.8
Truck 37.4 9.3 S S 46.0 11.0 14.4
Rail
All other Single modes S S S S S S 20.5
Multiple modes 29.8 8.9 28.5 1.3 41.7 4.2 13.5
Parcel, USPS or courier 31.4 7.6 34.8 1.2 35.9 1.8 14.3
All other multiple modes S S S S S S 27.9
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S 30.1

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 39.2 18.6 23.3 16.8
Single modes 40.2 1.4 17.4 1.7 21.1 3.6 29.1
Truck 43.7 3.6 20.3 2.8 32.5 5.3 29.7
Rail 30.4 2.3 20.0 3.4 25.1 6.9 8.7
All other Single modes S S S S 45.5 0.4 17.6
Multiple modes 21.4 1.3 48.2 1.2 S S 7.9
Parcel, USPS or courier 26.1 0.9 25.2 25.9 0.1 7.9
All other multiple modes S S 49.4 1.3 S S 20.9
Other and unknown modes 45.1 0.8 S S S S 35.3

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 13.5 46.2 19.1 33.8
Single modes 17.6 6.5 46.6 1.9 20.0 2.7 S
Truck 17.1 6.7 49.2 8.2 25.3 9.4 S
Rail 41.4 1.7 38.1 6.8 38.4 10.0 20.1
All other Single modes S S S S S S 27.7
Multiple modes 32.7 6.2 36.5 0.4 44.5 1.5 20.8
Parcel, USPS or courier 33.2 6.2 18.2 0.3 23.6 1.3 20.8
All other multiple modes S S S S S S 28.4
Other and unknown modes 30.5 0.8 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 38.1 22.0 27.6 10.6
Single modes S S 29.9 10.4 34.7 11.1 14.0
Truck S S 27.2 9.6 39.0 10.5 18.0
Rail S S S S S S 30.8
All other Single modes S S S S S S 10.8
Multiple modes 18.6 9.6 24.0 7.1 26.1 9.9 16.5
Parcel, USPS or courier 18.5 9.6 24.2 7.2 23.3 10.0 16.5
All other multiple modes S S S S S S 30.1
Other and unknown modes S S 38.9 9.3 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 14.1 19.8 22.9 11.4
Single modes 15.8 4.6 20.4 1.0 23.0 2.6 20.9
Truck 17.3 6.8 13.4 7.6 28.7 8.3 18.5
Rail S S S S S S S
All other Single modes S S S S S S 24.2
Multiple modes 27.6 4.7 30.9 1.0 30.0 2.6 13.6
Parcel, USPS or courier 29.0 4.7 29.9 0.3 32.3 2.6 13.6
All other multiple modes S S S S 49.4 2.4 24.2
Other and unknown modes S S 47.9 0.4 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 43.0 44.7 S S S
Single modes S S 43.4 14.4 45.8 19.9 S
Truck S S 43.4 14.4 45.8 19.9 S
Rail
All other Single modes S S S S S S 31.6
Multiple modes S S S S S S 33.1
Parcel, USPS or courier S S S S S S 34.5
All other multiple modes S S S S S S 31.6
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S S

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.