Table 7. Shipment Characteristics by Commodity Group and Mode of Transportation for Metropolitan Area of Origin: 2007

Table 7. Shipment Characteristics by Commodity Group and Mode of Transportation for Metropolitan Area of Origin: 2007

Estimates are based on data from the 2007 Commodity Flow Survey. Because of rounding, estimates may not be additive.

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All Commodities5

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles3 Average miles
per shipment
Value Tons Ton-miles Average miles per shipment CV
2007
(million $)
Percent of total 2007
(thousands)
Percent of total 2007
(millions)
Percent of
total
CV4 Standard Error of % CV Standard Error of % CV Standard Error of %
All modes 2,307 100 1,947 100 521 100 183 24.2 - 22.3 - 35.4 - 48.2
Single modes 1,756 76.1 1,900 97.6 511 98.1 S 23 6.9 23.1 5 36.4 2.7 S
Truck6 1,756 76.1 1,900 97.6 511 98.1 S 23 6.9 23.1 5 36.4 2.7 S
For-hire truck 1,119 48.5 494 25.4 467 89.6 1,131 34.2 8.4 38.6 10.5 41.2 10.9 11.9
Private truck 637 27.6 1,406 72.2 44 8.5 23 23.8 4.6 34.3 12.2 42.5 10.5 21.9
Air (incl truck and air) S S S S S S S S S S S S S S
Multiple modes S S 1 - 1 0.2 1,366 S S 28.5 0.1 30.9 0.5 10
Parcel, U.S.P.S. or courier S S 1 - 1 0.2 1,366 S S 28.5 0.1 30.9 0.5 10
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S S S S S S S S S

SCTG2 01-05, Agriculture products and fish

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles3 Average miles
per shipment
Value Tons Ton-miles Average miles per shipment CV
2007
(million $)
Percent of total 2007
(thousands)
Percent of total 2007
(millions)
Percent of
total
CV4 Standard Error of % CV Standard Error of % CV Standard Error of %
All modes 17 100 15 100 S S S 35.1 - 43.5 - S S S
Single modes 17 100 15 100 S S S 35.1 - 43.5 - S S S
Truck6 17 100 15 100 S S S 35.1 - 43.5 - S S S
For-hire truck 13 73.1 S S S S 1,230 44 20 S S S S 36.5
Private truck S S S S S S S S S S S S S S

SCTG2 06-09, Grains, alcohol, and tobacco products

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles3 Average miles
per shipment
Value Tons Ton-miles Average miles per shipment CV
2007
(million $)
Percent of total 2007
(thousands)
Percent of total 2007
(millions)
Percent of
total
CV4 Standard Error of % CV Standard Error of % CV Standard Error of %
All modes 437 100 450 100 S S S 34.7 - 36.6 - S S S
Single modes 422 96.5 442 98.2 S S S 37.1 10 37.8 7.6 S S S
Truck6 422 96.5 442 98.2 S S S 37.1 10 37.8 7.6 S S S
For-hire truck 334 76.3 325 72.2 361 98.5 1,075 43.6 14.8 46.7 14 50 15.4 20.3
Private truck S S S S S S 22 S S S S S S 35.9
Multiple modes S S S S S S S S S S S S S S
Parcel, U.S.P.S. or courier S S S S S S S S S S S S S S
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S S S S S S S S S

SCTG2 10-14, Stones, nonmetallic minerals, and metallic ores

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles3 Average miles
per shipment
Value Tons Ton-miles Average miles per shipment CV
2007
(million $)
Percent of total 2007
(thousands)
Percent of total 2007
(millions)
Percent of
total
CV4 Standard Error of % CV Standard Error of % CV Standard Error of %
All modes S S S S S S S S S S S S S S
Single modes S S S S S S S S S S S S S S
Truck6 S S S S S S S S S S S S S S
For-hire truck S S S S S S S S S S S S S S
Private truck S S S S S S S S S S S S S S
Other and unknown modes - 1.2 S S S S 10 31.6 7.2 S S S S -

SCTG2 15-19, Coal and petroleum products

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles3 Average miles
per shipment
Value Tons Ton-miles Average miles per shipment CV
2007
(million $)
Percent of total 2007
(thousands)
Percent of total 2007
(millions)
Percent of
total
CV4 Standard Error of % CV Standard Error of % CV Standard Error of %
All modes S S S S S S S S S S S S S S
Single modes S S S S S S S S S S S S S S
Truck6 S S S S S S S S S S S S S S
Private truck S S S S S S S S S S S S S S

SCTG2 20-24, Basic chemicals, chemical, and pharmaceutical products

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles3 Average miles
per shipment
Value Tons Ton-miles Average miles per shipment CV
2007
(million $)
Percent of total 2007
(thousands)
Percent of total 2007
(millions)
Percent of
total
CV4 Standard Error of % CV Standard Error of % CV Standard Error of %
All modes 172 100 S S 6 100 S 41.9 - S S 43.7 - S
Single modes 152 88.4 S S 6 98.9 S 48.3 7.9 S S 42.4 0.4 S
Truck6 152 88.4 S S 6 98.9 S 48.3 7.9 S S 42.4 0.4 S
For-hire truck S S S S S S S S S S S S S S
Private truck S S S S S S S S S S S S S S
Multiple modes S S S S S S S S S S S S S S
Parcel, U.S.P.S. or courier S S S S S S S S S S S S S S
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S S S S S S S S S

SCTG2 25-30, Logs, wood products, and textile and leather

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles3 Average miles
per shipment
Value Tons Ton-miles Average miles per shipment CV
2007
(million $)
Percent of total 2007
(thousands)
Percent of total 2007
(millions)
Percent of
total
CV4 Standard Error of % CV Standard Error of % CV Standard Error of %
All modes 41 100 4 100 S S 496 46.1 - 40.2 - S S 29.6
Single modes S S 3 93.9 S S S S S 43.6 5.7 S S S
Truck6 S S 3 93.9 S S S S S 43.6 5.7 S S S
For-hire truck S S S S S S S S S S S S S S
Private truck S S 1 40.1 S S S S S 39 19 S S S
Multiple modes S S - 6.1 S S 1,083 S S 44.4 11.8 S S 13.5
Parcel, U.S.P.S. or courier S S - 6.1 S S 1,083 S S 44.4 11.8 S S 13.5

SCTG2 31-34, Base metal and machinery

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles3 Average miles
per shipment
Value Tons Ton-miles Average miles per shipment CV
2007
(million $)
Percent of total 2007
(thousands)
Percent of total 2007
(millions)
Percent of
total
CV4 Standard Error of % CV Standard Error of % CV Standard Error of %
All modes 183 100 S S 52 100 S 25.4 - S S 34.5 - S
Single modes 142 77.3 S S 51 97.7 S 21.3 7.7 S S 35.1 3.2 S
Truck6 142 77.3 S S 51 97.7 S 21.3 7.7 S S 35.1 3.2 S
For-hire truck 57 31 S S 22 41.9 782 28.8 17 S S 39.9 18 33.9
Private truck 85 46.4 S S S S S 34.4 14.9 S S S S S
Multiple modes 12 6.6 - - - 0.5 1,392 47.9 14.2 44.5 0.8 46.6 6.5 25.2
Parcel, U.S.P.S. or courier 12 6.6 - - - 0.5 1,392 47.9 14.2 44.5 0.8 46.6 6.5 25.2
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S 483 S S S S S S 49.2

SCTG2 35-38, Electronic, motorized vehicles, and precision instruments

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles3 Average miles
per shipment
Value Tons Ton-miles Average miles per shipment CV
2007
(million $)
Percent of total 2007
(thousands)
Percent of total 2007
(millions)
Percent of
total
CV4 Standard Error of % CV Standard Error of % CV Standard Error of %
All modes 918 100 69 100 S S S 37.7 - 19.8 - S S S
Single modes 526 57.3 59 84.9 S S S 25.3 12.9 19.5 7.9 S S S
Truck6 526 57.3 59 84.9 S S S 25.3 12.9 19.5 7.9 S S S
For-hire truck 394 42.9 39 56.5 S S 1,260 37.8 13.7 33.1 13.2 S S 16.3
Private truck 132 14.4 20 28.4 1 4.7 S 38.7 12.9 39.3 12.7 36.5 10.5 S
Air (incl truck and air) S S S S S S S S S S S S S S
Multiple modes S S S S S S 1,399 S S S S S S 18.1
Parcel, U.S.P.S. or courier S S S S S S 1,399 S S S S S S 18.1
Other and unknown modes S S S S - 0.3 S S S S S 39.3 2.2 S

SCTG2 39-43, Furniture, mixed freight and misc. manufactured products

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles3 Average miles
per shipment
Value Tons Ton-miles Average miles per shipment CV
2007
(million $)
Percent of total 2007
(thousands)
Percent of total 2007
(millions)
Percent of
total
CV4 Standard Error of % CV Standard Error of % CV Standard Error of %
All modes 529 100 179 100 S S 561 27.3 - 21.5 - S S 37.8
Single modes 453 85.7 161 90.2 S S S 34 12.5 25.8 12.1 S S S
Truck6 453 85.7 161 90.2 S S S 34 12.5 25.8 12.1 S S S
For-hire truck S S 86 47.9 S S 1,026 S S 42.3 17.1 S S 18.5
Private truck S S 76 42.3 S S 77 S S 41.5 18.1 S S 24.9
Multiple modes S S - 0.1 - 0.2 1,493 S S 25.8 2.3 30.7 3.5 5.8
Parcel, U.S.P.S. or courier S S - 0.1 - 0.2 1,493 S S 25.8 2.3 30.7 3.5 5.8
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S S S S S S S S S

KEY: S = Estimate does not meet publication standards because of high sampling variability or poor response quality. - = Zero or Less than half the unit shown; thus, it has been rounded to zero.

1 Commodity Flow Survey (CFS) geographic areas were drawn from a subset of Combined Statistical Areas (CSAs) and Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MeSAs) as defined by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). However, CFS metropolitan areas are divided into their state parts when they include more than one state. In addition, the CFS also utilizes a unique geography referred to as, "remainder of state," to represent those areas of a state not contained within a separately published metropolitan area for the CFS (as opposed to not part of any Core-Based Statistical Area (CBSA) as defined by OMB). Because of the differences in the CFS geography, as compared to OMB defined geography, caution should be exercised when comparing CFS estimates to other estimates of similar geography.
2 Standard Classification of Transported Goods.
3 Ton-miles estimates are based on estimated distances traveled along a modeled transportation network.
4 Coefficient of Variation.
5 Estimates exclude shipments of crude petroleum (SCTG 16).
6 "Truck" as a single mode includes any shipment that was made by private truck only, by for-hire truck only, or by a combination of private and for-hire truck.
7 Estimates for pipeline exclude shipments of crude petroleum.

NOTES: Value-of-shipment estimates are reported in current prices. Estimated measures of sampling variability for each estimate known as coefficients of variation (CV) are also provided in these tables. More information on sampling error, confidentiality protection, nonsampling error, sample design, and definitions may be found at http://www.bts.gov/publications/commodity_flow_survey/.
Rows are not shown if all cells for that particular row have no value. For example, Dallas-Fort Worth, TX by Base metal and machinery (31-34) by Water has no data for any shipment characteristic therefore the entire row is not shown. Also, entire commodity groups are not present if there is no such data for that commodity group by area. For example, Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV (DC part) by Coal and petroleum products (15-19) has no data for any mode therefore the entire commodity group is not shown.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, 2007 Economic Census: Transportation Commodity Flow Survey, December 2009.