Box C: How to Interpret Shipment Value and Tonnage Data for Mixed Freight (SCTG 43)

Box C: How to Interpret Shipment Value and Tonnage Data for Mixed Freight (SCTG 43)

Mixed freight1 (SCTG 43) is among the leading commodity groups by both value and weight of shipments. However, the growth in mixed freight is attributable in large measure to the manner in which goods are shipped and identified, plus ongoing changes in the transportation industry.

Generally, distribution centers are more likely to ship goods generically referred to as "mixed freight." A growing number of shippers send their goods under rates for "freight all kinds" (FAK). Hence, shipments from distribution centers are often identified simply as mixed freight, rather than a specific product classification.

1 Mixed freight includes items (food also) for grocery and convenience stores, supplies and food for restaurants and fast-food chains, hardware or plumbing supplies, and office supplies.