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Table 6a

Value of Freight Shipments by Two-Digit Commodity: 1993, 1997, and 2002

(Commodity Flow Survey data only)

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SCTG Commodity description Value (billion current dollars) Percentage of total
1993 1997 2002 (P) 1993 1997 2002 (P)
  Ranked by 2002 value            
  CFS total 5,846 6,944 8,483 100.0 100.0 100.0
35 Electronic, electrical, and office equipment 515 870 948 8.8 12.5 11.2
43 Mixed freight (1) 207 230 858 3.5 3.3 10.1
36 Motorized and other vehicles (including parts) 498 571 736 8.5 8.2 8.7
34 Machinery 385 417 509 6.6 6.0 6.0
30 Textiles, leather, and articles of textiles or leather 449 379 507 7.7 5.5 6.0
21 Pharmaceutical products 163 224 427 2.8 3.2 5.0
40 Miscellaneous manufactured products 233 421 405 4.0 6.1 4.8
7 Other prepared foodstuffs, fats, and oils 347 346 362 5.9 5.0 4.3
24 Plastics and rubber 236 279 343 4.0 4.0 4.0
32 Base metal in primary or semifinished forms and in finished basic shapes 145 286 254 2.5 4.1 3.0

KEY: SCTG = Standard Classification of Transported Goods; P = preliminary; n.e.c. = not elsewhere classified.

(1) Mixed freight shipments include: supplies and food for restaurants and fast food chains, items (including food) for grocery and convenience stores, hardware or plumbing supplies (not elsewhere classified), office supplies, and miscellaneous.

NOTE: The CFS totals in this table differ from the larger BTS totals specified in the text and in tables 1, 2, and 3 because they do not include additions to account for the out of scope missing pieces and some in-scope segments that were underrepresented in the CFS, such as waterborne and pipeline shipments.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, based on data from the 1993, 1997, and preliminary 2002 Commodity Flow Survey, January 2004.