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 8.3 36.7 38.4 27.4
Single modes 11.4 4.8 39.0 3.7 19.3 11.8 34.8
Truck 12.3 4.8 40.9 6.1 18.1 13.8 27.2
Rail 35.5 0.5 43.9 2.0 42.5 5.4 19.7
All other Single modes 35.3 0.8 S S 36.5 0.5 11.8
Multiple modes 26.7 4.8 S S S S 35.1
Parcel, USPS or courier 28.9 5.0 23.0 0.1 23.9 0.7 35.1
All other multiple modes S S S S S S 8.0
Other and unknown modes 43.1 1.2 32.7 0.3 S S 43.2

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 39.4 36.2 S S 29.0
Single modes 44.2 10.1 33.0 9.9 49.5 17.9 S
Truck 48.4 11.2 44.6 13.6 30.5 19.9 S
Rail S S S S S S 24.2
All other Single modes S S S S S S 31.6
Multiple modes S S S S S S 28.4
Parcel, USPS or courier S S S S S S 31.6
All other multiple modes S S S S S S 25.9
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 25.9 19.8 21.1 S
Single modes 26.1 0.9 19.8 0.6 21.6 1.7 S
Truck 26.9 3.1 22.5 6.4 22.8 11.9 S
Rail 32.9 2.8 31.5 6.2 30.4 11.0 21.2
All other Single modes S S S S S S 30.4
Multiple modes S S S S S S 48.9
Parcel, USPS or courier S S S S S S 39.2
All other multiple modes S S S S S S 30.0
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 S S 45.9 34.3 S
Single modes S S 45.9 34.4 0.9 S
Truck S S 45.9 34.4 0.9 S
Rail
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 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 33.1 32.8 S S 25.5
Single modes 33.1 0.3 32.8 0.1 S S 25.7
Truck 33.1 0.3 32.8 0.1 S S 25.7
Rail
All other Single modes
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 36.3

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 47.5 S S 44.9 24.1
Single modes S S S S 45.9 12.3 S
Truck S S S S S S S
Rail S S S S S S 28.4
All other Single modes S S S S S S 24.7
Multiple modes S S 37.2 7.8 34.8 12.4 28.8
Parcel, USPS or courier S S 38.3 7.8 41.1 10.6 30.2
All other multiple modes S S S S S S 31.6
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S 29.1

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 17.7 21.2 27.0 18.2
Single modes 17.9 4.9 21.5 1.3 29.0 4.0 27.2
Truck 17.8 4.8 20.2 2.6 23.6 6.7 25.6
Rail 39.1 1.8 S S 47.8 8.0 36.2
All other Single modes S S S S S S 24.9
Multiple modes S S 48.1 0.5 45.5 3.7 15.6
Parcel, USPS or courier S S S S S S 15.8
All other multiple modes S S S S S S 26.8
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S 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 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 S S S S S S 31.6
All other Single modes S S S S S S 26.2
Multiple modes 34.7 3.3 38.6 1.6 S S 44.0
Parcel, USPS or courier 35.2 3.4 39.9 1.6 S S 43.2
All other multiple modes S S S S S S 29.8
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 24.6 31.5 23.8 47.4
Single modes 21.8 6.1 37.1 5.9 29.7 7.5 49.2
Truck 20.8 6.3 37.7 6.3 32.8 8.6 S
Rail
All other Single modes 48.7 1.6 32.8 1.1 32.7 4.1 20.6
Multiple modes 33.6 6.8 36.4 5.5 27.8 7.5 S
Parcel, USPS or courier 33.8 6.9 39.2 5.7 31.6 8.3 S
All other multiple modes S S S S S S 31.6
Other and unknown modes 48.9 1.3 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 13.2 31.3 22.3 22.6
Single modes 15.0 4.9 32.2 3.4 19.8 3.6 42.9
Truck 14.7 4.9 34.6 5.8 20.3 4.2 44.0
Rail
All other Single modes S S S S S S 38.3
Multiple modes 27.9 0.6 33.6 0.2 40.9 2.3 20.5
Parcel, USPS or courier 34.5 0.6 30.5 0.2 34.0 0.9 21.1
All other multiple modes 43.2 45.4 0.2 46.7 2.7 21.1
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S 29.2

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 46.9 27.6
Single modes 42.6 18.5 S S 47.0 10.5 S
Truck 49.1 19.3 S S S S S
Rail S S S S S S 31.6
All other Single modes S S S S S S 31.6
Multiple modes S S S S S S 28.6
Parcel, USPS or courier S S S S S S 28.6
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.