A rich source of data on the movement of goods in the United States
The Commodity Flow Survey (CFS) is a joint effort by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) and the U.S. Census Bureau. The CFS produces data on the type, value, weight, origin and destination, and transportation mode of commodity shipments originating from U.S. manufacturing, mining, wholesale, and select retail establishments.
The CFS, as part of the Economic Census, is conducted every 5 years in years ending in 2 and 7.Preliminary data tables for the 2012 CFS are now available, and the detailed final data will be released in December 2014.
CFS data are used by policy makers and transportation planners in Federal, State, and local agencies to assess demand for transportation facilities and services, energy use, safety risk, and environmental concerns.
Additionally, business owners, private researchers, and analysts use the CFS data to analyze trends in the movement of goods, map spatial patterns of commodity and vehicle flows, forecast demands for the movement of goods, and to determine needs for associated infrastructure and equipment.
CFS Based Publications
United States: National Data
United States: Hazardous Materials
United States: Exports
The CFS also provides data for the following web-based sources:
State Summaries: Commodity Flow Survey
Commodities by Tons Shipped: 2002 and 2007
Millions of Tons of Commodities
|Agriculture products and fish||1,139||1,077|
|Grains, alcohol, and tobacco products||652||706|
|Stones, nonmetallic minerals, and metallic ores||2,645||2,877|
|Coal and petroleum products||3,300||3,595|
|Basic chemicals, chemical, and pharmaceutical products||882||891|
|Logs, wood products, and textile and leather||701||757|
|Base metal and machinery||1,476||1,720|
|Electronic, motorized vehicles, and precision instruments||219||193|
|Furniture, mixed freight and misc. manufactured products||629||725|
Note: Totals include less than 1 million tons of SCTG 99 (Commodity Unknown) in 2007 and 24 million tons of SCTG 99 in 2002.
Source: Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, and U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder, 2007 Commodity Flow Survey, Table A06, available at http://factfinder2.census.gov/.