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 2,876 100 4,505 100 57 100 776 20.4 - 26.3 - 18.4 - 25.9
Single modes 2,409 83.8 4,481 99.5 50 87.6 21 21.5 3.7 26.4 0.7 19.2 7.3 8.9
Truck6 2,407 83.7 4,481 99.5 50 87.4 21 21.5 3.7 26.4 0.7 19.3 7.2 9.3
For-hire truck S S S S S S S S S S S S S S
Private truck 2,185 76 3,380 75 35 60.7 19 20.9 5.7 24.6 8.4 22 11.4 15.8
Air (incl truck and air) 2 0.1 - - - 0.2 333 2.9 0.4 4.3 0.1 4.3 1.7 -
Multiple modes 365 12.7 6 0.1 S S 969 31 3.3 39.1 0.5 S S 22
Parcel, U.S.P.S. or courier 365 12.7 6 0.1 S S 969 31 3.3 39.1 0.5 S S 22
Other and unknown modes 102 3.6 S S S S 987 35.3 1.1 S S S S 29.5

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 294 100 55 100 1 100 37 19.4 - 30.4 - 23.1 - 25.4
Single modes 294 100 55 100 1 100 37 19.4 - 30.4 - 23.1 - 25.4
Truck6 294 100 55 100 1 100 37 19.4 - 30.4 - 23.1 - 25.4
For-hire truck S S S S S S 292 S S S S S S 35.2
Private truck 293 99.7 55 99.9 1 97.4 31 19.4 0.2 30.4 0.1 22.4 1.5 21.2

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 456 100 232 100 2 100 12 41.1 - 21 - 40.4 - 30.2
Single modes 455 99.9 232 100 2 100 12 41.2 0.4 21 0.3 40.4 - 33
Truck6 455 99.9 232 100 2 100 12 41.2 0.4 21 0.3 40.4 - 33
Private truck 455 99.9 232 100 2 100 12 41.2 0.4 21 0.3 40.4 - 33
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
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 S S S S S S S S S S S S S S
Single modes S S S S S S 6 S S S S S S 36.8
Truck6 S S S S S S 6 S S S S S S 36.8
Private truck S S S S S S 6 S S S S S S 36.8
Multiple modes S S S S S S 774 S S S S S S 17.6
Parcel, U.S.P.S. or courier S S S S S S 774 S S S S S S 17.6

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 584 100 S S S S 988 34.6 - S S S S 23.8
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 120 20.5 22 10.5 1 7.7 31 28 8 33.1 17.4 43 12.2 21.9
Multiple modes 265 45.4 3 1.5 S S 1,042 29.6 6.8 34.8 8.4 S S 23.5
Parcel, U.S.P.S. or courier 265 45.4 3 1.5 S S 1,042 29.6 6.8 34.8 8.4 S S 23.5
Other and unknown modes 91 15.6 7 3.2 S S 996 38.3 2.5 35.5 8.7 S S 30.6

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 224 100 3,683 100 22 100 34 29.7 - 33.7 - 39.2 - 39.2
Single modes 204 91.1 3,672 99.7 22 99.2 8 30.7 3.8 32.1 2 38.3 10.8 15.2
Truck6 204 91.1 3,672 99.7 22 99.2 8 30.7 3.8 32.1 2 38.3 10.8 15.2
For-hire truck S S S S S S S S S S S S S S
Private truck 197 88.1 2,823 76.7 16 71.3 8 31.9 4.1 28.5 9.1 37.5 12.7 15.6
Multiple modes 19 8.5 - - - 0.2 162 30.7 12.7 17.7 13.5 47.2 18.1 27.6
Parcel, U.S.P.S. or courier 19 8.5 - - - 0.2 162 30.7 12.7 17.7 13.5 47.2 18.1 27.6
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S 11 S S S S S S 26

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 349 100 S S - 100 S 42.9 - S S 41.4 - S
Single modes 312 89.4 S S - 75.6 12 42.1 19.7 S S 41.6 19.2 17.6
Truck6 312 89.4 S S - 75.6 12 42.1 19.7 S S 41.6 19.2 17.6
Private truck 312 89.4 S S - 75.6 12 42.1 19.7 S S 41.6 19.2 17.6
Multiple modes S S S S S S 742 S S S S S S 36.5
Parcel, U.S.P.S. or courier S S S S S S 742 S S S S S S 36.5
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S 2 S S S S S 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 468 100 269 100 18 100 237 40.4 - 43.2 - 30.9 - 29.2
Single modes 417 89.1 266 99.1 17 90.9 26 45.7 7.5 43.8 6 36.3 9.9 32.1
Truck6 415 88.7 266 99 17 90.4 24 45.8 7.4 43.8 6 36.3 9.8 35
For-hire truck S S S S S S S S S S S S S S
Private truck S S 192 71.3 15 78.6 35 S S 45.1 9.9 39.2 10.8 19.3
Air (incl truck and air) 2 0.4 - 0.1 - 0.5 333 2.9 2.5 4.3 1.2 4.3 9.4 -
Multiple modes S S S S S S 626 S S S S S S 29.2
Parcel, U.S.P.S. or courier S S S S S S 626 S S S S S S 29.2

SCTG2 99, Commodity Unknown

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
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

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.