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 5.8 8.3 12.6 22.2
Single modes 5.6 1.2 8.9 1.8 13.1 1.0 23.9
Truck 5.8 2.7 13.2 4.9 12.3 3.7 22.9
Rail 12.9 1.0 24.9 3.3 15.5 2.4 4.5
All other Single modes 22.3 2.4 22.2 4.4 24.9 4.7 10.2
Multiple modes 14.5 0.4 33.4 0.2 38.9 0.9 16.8
Parcel, USPS or courier 16.5 0.4 22.2 28.9 16.5
All other multiple modes 16.3 35.6 0.2 41.2 0.9 S
Other and unknown modes 46.1 1.3 34.1 1.7 27.3 0.1 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 15.1 46.2 25.6 S
Single modes 15.5 1.0 47.1 1.6 26.2 2.4 S
Truck 17.0 3.5 S S 30.7 11.0 S
Rail S S S S S S 36.0
All other Single modes
Multiple modes S S S S S S S
Parcel, USPS or courier
All other multiple modes S S S S S S S
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S 39.4

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 29.4 48.2 S S S
Single modes 29.8 1.5 48.4 1.4 S S S
Truck 30.0 1.6 48.8 2.1 S S S
Rail S S S S S S 29.4
All other Single modes S S S S S S 31.6
Multiple modes S S S S S S 32.2
Parcel, USPS or courier S S S S S S 32.2
All other multiple modes
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S 30.0

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 21.0 49.2 20.3 S
Single modes 21.1 0.5 49.4 1.0 21.3 2.7 S
Truck 26.5 10.1 S S 28.6 10.5 S
Rail 35.6 6.1 29.0 6.4 30.3 8.5 18.2
All other Single modes S S S S S S 31.6
Multiple modes S S S S S S 28.3
Parcel, USPS or courier S S S S S S 31.6
All other multiple modes S S S S S S 30.3
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 16.5 15.0 21.3 30.1
Single modes 16.9 1.0 16.3 3.4 21.8 1.3 25.8
Truck 23.3 7.1 33.5 6.6 46.1 6.3 29.3
Rail 38.5 1.1 35.3 5.0 32.2 4.0 14.8
All other Single modes 25.1 6.7 25.1 6.9 30.0 7.4 24.7
Multiple modes S S S S S S S
Parcel, USPS or courier S S S S S S 31.6
All other multiple modes S S S S S S S
Other and unknown modes 37.7 0.7 36.8 3.4 37.5 0.3 S

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 7.8 8.1 10.2 47.6
Single modes 8.4 2.2 7.7 1.7 10.3 1.2 S
Truck 12.6 3.7 18.4 3.9 14.4 3.1 S
Rail 9.0 2.8 11.7 3.8 10.2 3.4 3.9
All other Single modes 20.6 2.8 15.1 4.5 39.1 3.8 25.9
Multiple modes 18.0 0.7 39.2 0.9 45.7 1.1 24.7
Parcel, USPS or courier 21.8 0.5 44.0 33.9 24.7
All other multiple modes 27.0 0.3 39.8 0.9 47.8 1.1 14.3
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 15.1 22.8 23.4 13.2
Single modes 15.7 5.2 23.1 0.6 24.3 1.6 27.3
Truck 18.6 5.9 20.9 6.0 16.1 6.5 29.3
Rail 36.7 4.1 48.5 6.1 40.5 7.1 10.5
All other Single modes 42.1 47.5 S S 21.8
Multiple modes 31.2 3.2 38.2 0.6 41.0 1.6 5.0
Parcel, USPS or courier 33.0 3.2 34.3 0.2 36.8 0.3 5.0
All other multiple modes 41.2 0.1 S S S S 16.2
Other and unknown modes S S 41.4 0.5 43.7 0.2 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 6.0 14.1 14.6 38.6
Single modes 7.4 5.0 14.2 0.7 14.8 0.3 S
Truck 7.7 4.5 16.5 4.4 7.5 7.0 S
Rail 21.4 1.1 19.4 1.8 20.6 3.9 10.8
All other Single modes S S S S S S 12.4
Multiple modes 43.7 0.8 S S S S 28.1
Parcel, USPS or courier 43.8 0.8 S S S S 28.3
All other multiple modes S S S S S S 30.3
Other and unknown modes S S 49.7 0.7 37.4 0.3 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 17.4 37.8 48.4 S
Single modes 19.2 4.7 38.9 3.8 49.4 3.4 S
Truck 19.7 4.8 39.9 7.0 S S S
Rail S S S S S S 27.9
All other Single modes 35.2 0.6 S S S S 4.8
Multiple modes 28.4 2.6 37.5 0.6 S S 26.1
Parcel, USPS or courier 27.2 2.0 35.1 0.5 30.1 0.3 26.5
All other multiple modes S S S S S S 30.0
Other and unknown modes S S 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 18.0 27.0 23.1 32.5
Single modes 17.3 0.9 27.3 0.3 23.1 0.3 13.4
Truck 17.4 1.0 28.6 2.0 23.8 3.0 13.2
Rail S S 43.4 1.9 S S 26.5
All other Single modes 47.6 S S S S 19.2
Multiple modes S S 41.3 0.1 S S S
Parcel, USPS or courier S S 41.3 0.1 S S S
All other multiple modes
Other and unknown modes 39.9 0.4 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 S S 41.9 28.6 21.2
Single modes S S 42.6 1.1 28.5 0.9 S
Truck S S 45.5 6.2 33.2 8.2 S
Rail S S S S S S 30.6
All other Single modes
Multiple modes S S S S S S 27.2
Parcel, USPS or courier S S S S S S 27.2
All other multiple modes
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S 43.9

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.