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 8.5 32.7 11.7 6.5
Single modes 10.4 5.4 32.2 0.4 13.9 3.4 14.8
Truck 9.2 4.1 32.3 0.4 15.2 4.3 20.6
Rail
All other Single modes 31.3 3.2 32.4 0.1 39.0 2.8 8.6
Multiple modes 21.5 5.1 15.0 0.2 18.7 1.9 4.2
Parcel, USPS or courier 21.6 5.1 14.4 0.2 18.4 1.8 4.3
All other multiple modes S S S S 48.1 0.2 15.9
Other and unknown modes 23.2 0.5 S S 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 31.9 S S 40.1 S
Single modes 33.6 4.2 S S 40.0 0.7 S
Truck 34.1 8.6 S S 40.5 2.7 S
Rail
All other Single modes S S S S S S 25.9
Multiple modes S S S S S S 32.3
Parcel, USPS or courier S S S S S S 31.8
All other multiple modes S S S S S S 29.8
Other and unknown modes 47.2 0.5 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 38.5 28.6 27.8 31.8
Single modes 37.3 0.7 28.7 0.1 27.7 0.2 34.2
Truck 37.3 0.7 28.7 0.1 27.7 0.2 34.2
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 31.6

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 45.1 S
Single modes S S S S 46.6 5.8 24.9
Truck S S S S 46.6 5.8 24.9
Rail
All other Single modes
Multiple modes S S S S S S 33.2
Parcel, USPS or courier S S S S S S 33.2
All other multiple modes
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S 49.3

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 34.5 S S 38.2 S
Single modes 34.5 S S 38.2 S
Truck 34.5 S S 38.2 S
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 38.3 41.4 38.1 10.0
Single modes 26.9 6.6 42.1 4.0 39.9 13.0 22.5
Truck 22.5 6.7 42.1 4.1 39.7 13.4 23.4
Rail
All other Single modes S S S S S S 21.8
Multiple modes S S 41.5 3.4 43.4 10.2 4.6
Parcel, USPS or courier S S 41.5 3.4 43.4 10.2 4.6
All other multiple modes
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S 32.8

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 15.6 19.5 49.5 12.4
Single modes 20.9 7.3 21.9 6.0 S S 38.0
Truck 21.1 7.0 21.4 5.9 S S 42.5
Rail
All other Single modes S S S S S S 12.1
Multiple modes 35.3 6.2 25.6 1.9 22.5 8.1 11.4
Parcel, USPS or courier 36.5 6.3 24.8 1.9 23.6 8.2 11.4
All other multiple modes S S S S S S 30.6
Other and unknown modes 39.6 3.3 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 30.2 S S 29.1 29.4
Single modes 31.0 3.4 S S 29.3 1.7 S
Truck 23.6 8.0 S S 35.3 9.0 S
Rail
All other Single modes S S S S S S 19.6
Multiple modes 34.0 2.3 S S S S 19.1
Parcel, USPS or courier 34.0 2.3 S S S S 19.1
All other multiple modes
Other and unknown modes S S S S 47.5 0.9 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 18.7 19.0 17.6 11.5
Single modes 20.2 7.9 22.2 9.6 17.3 10.6 25.9
Truck 18.1 6.2 24.1 9.1 20.2 9.6 26.0
Rail
All other Single modes 38.4 3.8 25.2 2.3 26.7 2.7 9.3
Multiple modes 32.0 7.9 38.5 6.7 40.0 7.2 5.9
Parcel, USPS or courier 32.1 7.9 38.1 6.2 39.5 6.9 5.8
All other multiple modes S S S S S S 28.6
Other and unknown modes 38.0 0.9 43.8 3.3 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 20.8 S S 43.4 11.6
Single modes 19.4 2.9 S S 47.6 6.6 27.0
Truck 20.4 4.8 S S 48.2 7.9 43.5
Rail
All other Single modes 39.2 4.0 42.6 0.6 48.3 3.6 14.7
Multiple modes 27.4 2.0 42.1 1.8 40.8 4.2 7.0
Parcel, USPS or courier 27.4 2.0 42.1 1.8 40.9 4.1 7.0
All other multiple modes S S S S S S 29.8
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S 25.0

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 31.3 S S S S S
Single modes 30.8 13.5 S S S S S
Truck 30.8 13.5 S S S S S
Rail
All other Single modes
Multiple modes S S S S 43.2 16.6 42.5
Parcel, USPS or courier S S S S 43.2 16.6 42.5
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.