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Waterway Network Link Commodity Data

File Description:

2016 Commodity movements (in tons) across each National Waterway Network (NWN) link.

Data Dictionary

File Directory:

Comma delimited (.txt)
excel format (.xls)

The National Waterway Network is comprised of a link database and a node database. Links are line strings, which consist of beginning and end points (nodes) with intermediate vertices (shape points). Links represent either actual shipping lanes (i.e., channels, Intracoastal Waterways, sealanes, rivers) or serve as representative paths in open water (where no defined shipping paths exist).
Tonnage is summarized for each link by commodity and direction (up bound and down bound). The commodities include: Coal | Petroleum Products | Chemicals | Crude Materials | Manufactured Goods | Farm Products | Machinery | Waste | Unknow


Source of Data
Domestic Data Source: Companies operating commercial vessels on U.S. navigable waters.
Foreign Data Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, who processes U.S. customs import and export data.
These data are then routed from origin to destination so that through traffic for waterways and links can be computed.

Sponsoring Organization
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Navigation Data Center, Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center.

Geographic Coverage of Data: U.S. Inland and Coastal Waterways
Update Frequency: Continuously reported by the companies
Data quality/accuracy: WCSC, the U.S. Bureau of the Census, and U.S. Customs perform multiple edits and data checks to ensure accurate data.
Number of Records: 2,991
File Size:
286,846 bytes (linktons.txt)
307,201 bytes (linktons.xls)
File Format: ASCII Comma Delimited, Spreadsheet, and dBase
Maximum Characters per Record: 210
Media: DVD, CD, hardcopy
Contact for Additional Information:
Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center
PO BOX 61280
New Orleans, LA 70161-1280
Point of Contact: WCSC
Tel. (504) 862-1441
Fax. (504) 862-1423

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