**CFS self-reporting closed June 9th, 2023. Please contact an analyst through the portal or call 301-763-2108 for alternative reporting options.
The Commodity Flow Survey (CFS) is the primary source of the national and state-level data on domestic freight shipments by American businesses. The CFS is a 5 year, shipper-based survey, that collects information on how the U.S. establishments transport raw materials and finished goods; the types of commodities shipped, mode of transportation, value, weight, origin, and destination. Establishments from the mining, manufacturing, wholesale, and selected retail industries are sampled in our survey. It is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, and response is required by law.
Starting with the 2022 survey cycle, response will be entirely paperless. Information on how to access the electronic instrument was sent out in April of 2022.
To report online:
2022 CFS Collection Materials:
The Conversion Tables below include shipment weight conversions of selected commodities for use in the CFS questionnaire.
See Respondent FAQs to the left for further guidance
Title 13, United States Code, Sections 131 and 224, require businesses and other organizations included in the survey to answer the questions and submit a response.
Title 13, United States Code, Section 9, requires the Census Bureau to keep your information CONFIDENTIAL and can use your responses only to produce statistics.
The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in a way that could identify your business, organization, or institution. Per the Federal Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2015, your data are protected from cybersecurity risks through screening of the systems that transmit your data.
Below are a few common items you can use to verify the legitimacy of this survey: