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Commodity Flow Survey

The Commodity Flow Survey (CFS), undertaken through a partnership between the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) is conducted every 5 years (years ending in "2" and "7") as part of the Economic Census. The CFS produces data on the movement of goods in the United States. It provides information on commodities shipped, their value, weight, and mode of transportation, as well as the origin and destination of shipments of commodities from manufacturing, mining, wholesale, and selected retail and services establishments.

2012 Data Release Schedule

New icon Preliminary estimates are now available on the American FactFinder. This release covers six tables at the US level only.

  • Final estimates will be released on the American FactFinder in December 2014.

2007 Data

  • 2007 CFS data are available on the American FactFinder, the Census Bureau's online source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data.
  • The 2007 CFS data are also available in a print report series:
  • Additional 2007 CFS data tables are now available:


The six preliminary tables for the 2012 Commodity Flow Survey were released on December 10, 2013. These tables can be found on the American FactFinder.

On May 17, 2012, data revisions were made to the 2007 CFS Geographic Area Series' table 30 and 31. The links can be found on the 2007 Economic Census: Data Revisions

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Commodity Flow Survey | (301) 763-2108 | sssd.cfs@census.gov |  Last Revised: February 15, 2013