This paper reports on the development of models useful in estimating the extent of freight loss and damage (L/D) on a mode-specific, commodity abstract basis. National level claims data from ICC and carrier-organization reports are used to derive tonnage L/D estimates, using value/ton information. These amounts are then converted to percentages, using national commodity flow estimates from the U.S. Census of Transportation, Commodity Transportation Survey. Using regression analysis, models are estimated which relate these L/D percentages to commodity attributes, such as value/pound, density, special handling requirements, shelf life, and state (solid, liquid, gas, particulate). The resulting models can be used to provide L/D estimates for a given commodity and transport mode. L/D elasticities with respect to commodity attributes are provided, and intermodal comparisons on this basis are presented. (ERA citation 03:048054)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Center for Transportation Studies, Room 1121
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02139

    Department of Energy

    1000 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20585
  • Authors:
    • Wilson, L B
    • Roberts, P O
  • Publication Date: 1976-4

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  • Pagination: 30 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00186405
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Contract Numbers: EM-75-C-01-8400
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 27 1979 12:00AM