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Commodity Flow Survey Overview

* Preliminary 2017 CFS data will be released December 6, 2018. The final data will be released December 2019.

The interactive dashboards below were created in Tableau and illustrate 2012 CFS data by State, CFS Area, Hazardous Material, and Temperature Controlled.  The estimates displayed in the visuals are generated from the 2012 CFS Public-Use Microdata (PUM) file (). This file contains approximately 4.5 million shipments obtained from businesses included in the 2012 CFS.  For the PUM file, disclosure avoidance techniques were applied to protect the confidentiality of the data of the CFS respondents.  While properties in the original data were maintained to the extent possible, estimates generated by these dashboards are not exactly comparable to estimates provided in already published tables.

States

Screen capture of C.F.S. 'States' visualization

This dashboard provides interactive data by origin and destination State for total value, total tonnage, and total ton-miles. The visual can be filtered by transportation mode, commodity, and industry.

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CFS Areas

Screen capture of C.F.S. 'CFS Areas' visualization

This dashboard provides interactive data by origin and destination CFS Area for total value, total tonnage, and total ton-miles. The visual can be filtered by transportation mode, commodity, and industry.

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Temperature Controlled

Screen capture of C.F.S. 'Temperature Controlled Commodities' visualization

This dashboard provides interactive data by temperature controlled status for total value, total tonnage, and total ton-miles. The visual can be filtered by transportation mode, commodity, and industry.

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Hazardous Materials

Screen capture of C.F.S. 'Hazardous Materials' visualization

This dashboard provides interactive data by hazardous material status for total value, total tonnage, and total ton-miles. The visual can be filtered by transportation mode, commodity, and industry.

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Background of Survey

The Commodity Flow Survey (CFS), a component of the Economic Census, is conducted every five years by the U.S. Census Bureau in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics. The 2017 CFS is the sixth survey in the program that began in 1993. The CFS is a shipper survey of approximately 100,000 establishments from the industries of mining, manufacturing, wholesale trade, auxiliaries (i.e. warehouses and distribution centers), and select retail and service trade industries that ship commodities. Data requested by the CFS includes the type of commodities shipped, their origin and destination, their value and weight, and mode(s) of transport. The CFS provides a comprehensive multimodal picture of national freight flows and represents the only publicly available source of data for the highway mode. Results from the CFS are used to analyze trends in the movement of goods, mapping spatial patterns of commodity and vehicle flows, forecasting demands for the movement of goods, and for guiding management and investment decisions on transportation infrastructure.

* When 2017 CFS data is available, the visuals above will be updated.