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Table 12a. Hazardous Material Shipment Characteristics by Truck for Intrastate Versus Interstate for Selected Commodities (1) for the United States: 2012

Monday, July 13, 2015

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(Estimates are based on data from the 2012 Commodity Flow Survey. Because of rounding, estimates may not be additive)

SCTG code Commodity description Value Tons Ton-miles (2)
(million dollars)
Intrastate (percent) Interstate (percent) 2012
Intrastate (percent) Interstate (percent) 2012
Intrastate (percent) Interstate (percent)
  All commodities (3) 1,466,021 84.5 15.5 1,531,405 87.8 12.2 96,559 51.2 48.8
17-R (4) Gasoline, aviation turbine fuel, and ethanol (includes kerosene, and fuel alcohols) 757,714 92.2 7.8 801,494 92.1 7.9 28,183 74.1 25.9
18-R (5) Fuel oils (includes diesel, Bunker C, and biodiesel) 409,716 93.0 7.0 450,752 92.8 7.2 20,302 78.3 21.7
19 Other coal and petroleum products, n.e.c. 68,334 75.5 24.5 90,682 78.6 21.4 9,169 56.5 43.5
20 Basic chemicals 98,521 49.8 50.2 132,339 64.9 35.1 23,815 21.8 78.2
22 Fertilizers 12,676 60.9 39.1 22,352 60.0 40.0 4,296 22.9 77.1
23 Chemical products and preparations, n.e.c. 55,477 40.1 59.9 17,676 46.6 53.4 6,512 9.7 90.3

(1) Commodity codes shown had the highest estimated weight without considering sampling variability. Since an “All other SCTG” line is not shown, estimates do not add to total.

(2) Ton-miles estimates are based on estimated distances traveled along a modeled transportation network. See “Mileage Calculations” section for additional information.

(3) Estimates exclude shipments of crude petroleum (SCTG 16).

(4) Prior to the 2012 CFS, fuel alcohols such as ethanol were included in Commodity Code 08, although not specifically identified. Also, kerosene was included in Commodity Code 19. In the 2012 CFS, ethanol, fuel alcohols and kerosene moved to Commodity Code 17.

(5) Prior to the 2012 CFS, biodiesel, although not specifically identified, was included in Commodity Code 07. In the 2012 CFS, biodiesel moved to Commodity Code 18.

NOTES: Value-of-shipments estimates have not been adjusted for price changes. Appendix B tables provide estimated measures of sampling variability. The Introduction and appendixes give information on confidentiality protection, sampling error, nonsampling error, sample design and definitions. Links to this information on the Internet may be found at <>.

Percentages represent the proportion of intra/interstate hazardous materials for two-digit commodity code shipments.

For purposes of this table, individual shipment data are classified as either completely “interstate” or completely “intrastate.” All shipments with the state of destination different from the state of origin are classified as “interstate.” All shipments having the state of origin the same as the state of destination are classified as “intrastate.”

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 Economic Census: Transportation Commodity Flow Survey, December 2014.