Commodity Flow Survey

Commodity Flow Survey

The Commodity Flow Survey (CFS) is the primary source of national and state-level data on domestic freight shipments by American establishments in mining, manufacturing, wholesale, auxiliaries, and selected retail and services trade industries. Data are provided on the types, origins and destinations, values, weights, modes of transport, distance shipped, and ton-miles of commodities shipped. The CFS is a shipper-based survey and is conducted every five years as part of the Economic Census. It provides a modal picture of national freight flows, and represents the only publicly available source of commodity flow data for the highway mode. The CFS was conducted in 1993, 1997, 2002, 2007 and most recently in 2012.

For more information about the survey, please review the links below.

Survey Overview and Methodology
Key CFS Terms
Survey Materials
Frequently Asked Questions
CFS Brochure

 

2012 CFS Data Sources

Preliminary estimates released December 10, 2013. Final data will be released December 2014.

American FactFinder (AFF)

Reports and Tables
Preliminary Tables (December 2013)View preliminary results at the national level.

 

2007 CFS Data Sources

American FactFinder (AFF)

Reports and Tables
United States (April 2010) – View the national level report and the associated tables
Individual State Tables (July 2010) – View state data on an individualized basis with these tables
Metropolitan Areas (February 2011) – View metropolitan area data on an individualized basis with these tables
Hazardous Materials (July 2010) – View the hazardous materials report and the associated tables
Exports (August 2010) – View the exports report and the associated tables
Origin-Destination Files – View commodity and mode data for all CFS-measured geographies

Other Reports and Information
State Summaries (December 2010) – View a summary and highlights of state level data in this report
Hazardous Materials Special Report (February 2011) – View a BTS Special Report that discusses highlights from the hazardous materials data
U.S. Freight on the Move: Highlights from the 2007 Commodity Flow Survey Preliminary Data (September 2009) – View a BTS Special Report that discusses highlights from the 2007 CFS preliminary data
Preliminary Tables (December 2008) – View preliminary results at the national level
How Freight Moves: Estimating Mileage and Routes Using an Innovative GIS Tool (June 2007) – View a BTS Technical Report that discusses how freight mileage was calculated for the 2007 CFS
CFS Workshop E-Circular
BTS and Census Bureau Responses to Data User Suggestions

 

2002 CFS Data Sources

American FactFinder (AFF)

Zip File Format
2002 CFS CD (ZIP - 132 MB)

Reports and Tables
United States – View the national level report and the associated tables
Individual State Reports and Tables – View state data on an individualized basis with these reports and tables
Metropolitan Areas – View metropolitan area data on an individualized basis with these tables
Hazardous Materials – View the hazardous materials report and the associated tables
Exports – View the exports report and the associated tables

Other Reports and Information
State Summaries – View a summary and highlights of state level data in this report

 

1997 CFS Data Sources

TranStats
1997 CFS Data
Profile of 1997 CFS Data – View a summary of the 1997 CFS

Zip File Format
1997 CFS - U.S. Summary CD (ZIP - 181 MB)

(Some 1997 CFS data can be found through AFF as a part of the 2002 CFS dataset collection.)

Reports
United States – View the national level report
Individual State Reports – View state data on an individualized basis with these reports
Metropolitan Areas – View metropolitan area data on an individualized basis with these reports
Hazardous Materials – View the Hazardous Materials report
Exports – View the Exports report

 

1993 CFS Data Sources

TranStats
1993 CFS Data
Profile of 1993 CFS Data – View a summary of the 1993 CFS

Zip File Format
1993 CFS - State and National Transportation Analysis Regions CD (ZIP - 5.18 MB)

(Some 1993 CFS data can be found through AFF as a part of the 2002 CFS dataset collection.)

Reports
United States – View the national level report
Individual State Reports – View state data on an individualized basis with these reports

Other Reports and Information
United States Highlights – View the major highlights of the 1993 CFS in this report
Commodity Movements Summary – View a one-page summary for each of the 50 states

     

    Questions?

    Contact the Commodity Flow Survey team at cfs@dot.gov