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 15.1 22.3 29.7 7.8
Single modes 11.6 5.7 24.3 7.0 31.3 2.2 17.5
Truck 12.8 6.2 25.3 6.9 19.3 5.7 24.1
Rail 46.5 0.3 S S S S 13.7
All other Single modes 22.9 2.0 45.6 0.1 S S 5.8
Multiple modes 34.1 5.6 23.1 0.3 16.4 2.0 8.5
Parcel, USPS or courier 34.1 5.6 16.8 0.3 15.5 1.0 8.5
All other multiple modes 39.2 S S 39.8 1.1 19.3
Other and unknown modes 36.8 0.9 47.5 7.0 31.8 0.6 37.1

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 31.6 36.7 S S S
Single modes 31.2 10.3 36.9 10.5 S S S
Truck 32.4 10.6 30.5 10.6 S S S
Rail S S S S S S 31.6
All other Single modes
Multiple modes S S S S S S 28.9
Parcel, USPS or courier S S S S S S 28.9
All other multiple modes
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S S

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 25.7 26.5 28.9 S
Single modes 27.7 4.2 27.8 4.1 30.3 5.5 S
Truck 27.8 4.2 27.7 4.1 29.4 5.6 S
Rail S S S S S S 29.8
All other Single modes
Multiple modes 40.8 2.5 S S S S 26.8
Parcel, USPS or courier 47.3 2.2 S S 39.2 0.6 26.7
All other multiple modes S S S S S S 28.0
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S 38.9

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 31.7 39.0 20.5 S
Single modes 32.7 11.2 43.0 11.5 20.6 1.5 S
Truck 34.0 10.4 45.0 12.9 36.9 11.2 S
Rail 35.2 7.7 25.3 8.9 30.5 10.7 21.5
All other Single modes
Multiple modes S S S S S S 31.6
Parcel, USPS or courier
All other multiple modes S S S S S S 31.6
Other and unknown modes S S S S 49.0 1.5 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 48.4 S S S S S
Single modes 48.5 10.5 S S S S S
Truck 48.5 10.5 S S S S S
Rail
All other Single modes
Multiple modes S S S S S S S
Parcel, USPS or courier S S S S S S S
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 30.8 29.3 20.3 14.3
Single modes 24.8 8.1 29.8 2.7 20.9 2.3 37.2
Truck 25.7 9.0 28.8 3.3 11.5 9.8 31.1
Rail 49.1 0.7 46.6 3.3 43.3 11.1 27.3
All other Single modes S S 42.0 0.6 39.8 2.1 19.7
Multiple modes S S 33.5 2.8 26.6 2.3 15.2
Parcel, USPS or courier S S 33.1 2.8 26.6 2.3 15.2
All other multiple modes S S S S S S 27.5
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 13.3 S S S S 12.5
Single modes 25.5 7.7 S S S S 36.7
Truck 24.8 7.3 S S S S 48.9
Rail S S S S S S 31.6
All other Single modes 49.2 0.3 S S S S 21.1
Multiple modes 16.5 6.8 13.3 7.2 25.9 9.4 9.9
Parcel, USPS or courier 16.6 6.9 16.2 7.2 14.7 8.8 9.9
All other multiple modes S S S S S S 29.8
Other and unknown modes S S S S 45.9 2.2 S

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 18.9 19.3 15.9 15.7
Single modes 19.9 6.7 19.8 1.2 15.6 1.3 31.9
Truck 20.6 7.1 20.2 2.6 14.9 2.0 44.4
Rail S S 36.8 2.6 20.6 1.9 20.2
All other Single modes S S 32.8 33.8 0.1 15.9
Multiple modes 34.7 6.8 39.2 0.9 37.4 0.8 18.4
Parcel, USPS or courier 34.7 6.8 41.2 0.9 35.9 0.8 18.4
All other multiple modes S S S S S S 29.8
Other and unknown modes 29.1 1.0 45.9 0.6 S S 37.3

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 26.9 17.2 21.1 9.8
Single modes 23.2 9.7 20.5 6.0 23.1 4.5 15.0
Truck 20.6 10.7 21.1 7.0 19.0 7.4 19.2
Rail
All other Single modes S S S S S S 12.6
Multiple modes 33.9 10.3 37.1 4.6 28.3 4.8 12.9
Parcel, USPS or courier 33.9 10.3 36.9 4.6 27.9 4.8 12.9
All other multiple modes S S S S S S 29.8
Other and unknown modes S S S S 40.4 1.4 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 32.0 S S S S 17.2
Single modes 38.2 10.0 S S S S 49.2
Truck 49.0 14.0 43.9 10.3 41.0 14.6 37.9
Rail S S S S S S 31.6
All other Single modes 47.8 9.8 48.2 0.4 49.2 0.9 22.0
Multiple modes 29.8 9.5 26.8 9.2 21.2 13.8 19.5
Parcel, USPS or courier 29.9 9.5 26.8 9.0 21.0 13.2 19.5
All other multiple modes S S S S S S 27.9
Other and unknown modes S S 49.0 0.3 S S 36.3

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 29.8 S S S S 20.3
Single modes 37.4 15.1 S S S S 28.7
Truck 37.3 13.8 S S S S 48.2
Rail
All other Single modes S S S S S S 31.6
Multiple modes 40.0 15.3 38.0 18.8 S S 34.8
Parcel, USPS or courier 40.0 15.3 38.0 18.8 S S 34.8
All other multiple modes
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S 34.1

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.