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Freight Movements Survey

Name of Collection
Freight Movements Survey


Contact

Manager
Freight Movements Survey
Australian Bureau of Statistics
GPO Box 9817
BRISBANE QLD 4001


Telephone: Brisbane 07 3222 6190
Facsimile: Brisbane 07 3222 6334
Email:
client.services@abs.gov.au
Internet:
www.abs.gov.au

Purpose

To provide reliable road,
rail, sea and air statistics on freight moved in Australia.

Description

The Freight Movements Surveys (FMS) covers freight moved by the four transport modes (road, rail, sea and air). FMS was first introduced as a quarterly survey in June quarter 1994. It replaced the Interstate Freight Movement Survey which ceased in the same quarter. The road component of the survey was discontinued in 1995 because of concerns about the survey methodology. However, some statistics from the Rail, Sea and Air modes are available since June 1994. A new methodology to produce annual estimates of freight moved by road has been introduced and applied to the latest collection which covers the 12 month period ending 31 March 2001. Results of the 2000-2001 FMS covering all four modes are expected to be released in December 2001.


For the road mode data is collected from a sample of owners of articulated trucks based on a selection of vehicles from the registration system.

For the rail, sea and air modes data is compiled from a census of transport operators.


Data are collected by mail questionnaire.

Data Detail

Freight movements are by:

    Mode of transport;
  • Commodity (ATFCC);
  • Origin (Statistical division);
  • Destination (Statistical division); and
Method (bulk and/or containerised).

Geographic Coverage
Australia, States and Territories, and Statistical division.


Frequency of Data Availability

Irregular. Data will be available for the reference period 1 April 2000 to 31 March 2001.

Historical Data

Quarterly road data are available from June quarter 1994 to September quarter 1995. These estimates should be regarded as expeimental and caution should be used in there use. Rail, sea and air data are available quarterly from June quarter 1994 to September 1997 on request.


Products and Services

Publications
Experimental Estimates of Freight Movements, Australia (cat. no. 9217.0) (Discontinued)
Information Paper, Freight Movements, Australia (cat. no. 9218.0)
Other
Special data services are available on request.


Example of Information Available



FREIGHT MOVEMENT BY MODE (a)
(Rail, Sea and Air only), Australia

s
Rail
Sea
Air
Total
Period
'000 tonnes
'000 tonnes
'000 tonnes
'000 tonnes

1995-96
402 207
45 153
201
447 562
1996-97
435 128
46 505
193
481 826
1995
December quarter
104 069
11 226
55
115 350
1996
March quarter
91 529
11 232
46
102 808
June quarter
99 021
10 740
48
109 810
September quarter
r116 471
r11 183
48
r127 702
December quarter
r112 309
11 440
51
r123 801
1997
March quarter
r98 929
r11 581
48
r110 558
June quarter
107 418
12 301
46
119 765
September quarter
125 530
11 481
56
137 068

1 Freight movements which involve more than one operator or mode may be counted
more than once.





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