Table 4. Shipment Characteristics by Mode of Transportation and Shipment Size for CBSA of Origin: 2002

Table 4. Shipment Characteristics by Mode of Transportation and Shipment Size for CBSA of Origin: 2002

[Estimates are based on data from the Commodity Flow Survey. Because of rounding, estimates may not be additive]

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All modes

Shipment Weight Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
(thousands)
Percent of total 2002
(millions)
Percent of total
All shipment sizes 19,915 100.0 17,207 100.0 1,302 100.0 350
Less than 50 lbs 5,798 29.1 74 0.4 22 1.7 454
50 to 99 lbs 1,688 8.5 62 0.4 7 0.6 S
100 to 499 lbs 3,673 18.4 314 1.8 61 4.7 190
500 to 749 lbs 862 4.3 152 0.9 15 1.1 94
750 to 999 lbs 1,607 8.1 130 0.8 12 0.9 S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 3,156 15.8 1,076 6.3 138 10.6 123
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 2,801 14.1 11,327 65.8 946 72.7 95
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 268 1.3 2,762 16.1 90 6.9 33
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S S

Single modes

Shipment Weight Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
(thousands)
Percent of total 2002
(millions)
Percent of total
All shipment sizes 13,533 100.0 16,954 100.0 1,246 100.0 208
Less than 50 lbs 2,216 16.4 54 0.3 9 0.8 277
50 to 99 lbs 682 5.0 54 0.3 4 0.3 S
100 to 499 lbs 2,441 18.0 305 1.8 54 4.3 165
500 to 749 lbs 659 4.9 150 0.9 13 1.1 86
750 to 999 lbs 1,601 11.8 129 0.8 11 0.9 S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 2,891 21.4 1,047 6.2 129 10.3 120
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 2,721 20.1 11,221 66.2 940 75.5 95
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 259 1.9 2,684 15.8 74 5.9 S
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S S

Truck2

Shipment Weight Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
(thousands)
Percent of total 2002
(millions)
Percent of total
All shipment sizes 10,776 100.0 16,933 100.0 1,211 100.0 96
Less than 50 lbs 877 8.1 51 0.3 5 0.4 82
50 to 99 lbs 505 4.7 53 0.3 4 0.3 S
100 to 499 lbs 1,839 17.1 304 1.8 S S 157
500 to 749 lbs 468 4.3 150 0.9 12 1.0 76
750 to 999 lbs S S 127 0.8 7 0.6 52
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 2,884 26.8 1,046 6.2 127 10.5 117
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 2,684 24.9 11,210 66.2 924 76.3 91
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 259 2.4 2,684 15.9 74 6.1 S
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S S

Rail

Shipment Weight Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
(thousands)
Percent of total 2002
(millions)
Percent of total
All shipment sizes S S S S S S 931
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 1,524
50 to 99 lbs
100 to 499 lbs
500 to 749 lbs
750 to 999 lbs
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 219
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 872
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 1,524

All other Single modes

Shipment Weight Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
(thousands)
Percent of total 2002
(millions)
Percent of total
All shipment sizes 2,742 100.0 13 100.0 27 100.0 1,842
Less than 50 lbs 1,339 48.8 3 19.9 5 17.4 1,834
50 to 99 lbs S S 3.8 1 2.8 1,547
100 to 499 lbs 602 21.9 S S S S 2,425
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 2,572
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 2,686
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 2,229
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 2,009
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more

Multiple modes

Shipment Weight Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
(thousands)
Percent of total 2002
(millions)
Percent of total
All shipment sizes 5,934 100.0 46 100.0 24 100.0 724
Less than 50 lbs 3,513 59.2 20 42.8 12 49.9 738
50 to 99 lbs S S 8 16.9 3 12.8 387
100 to 499 lbs 1,231 20.7 9 18.9 7 29.7 749
500 to 749 lbs S S 1 2.2 S S 811
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 1,200
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 290
10,000 to 49,999 lbs
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 7
100,000 lbs or more

Parcel, USPS or courier

Shipment Weight Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
(thousands)
Percent of total 2002
(millions)
Percent of total
All shipment sizes 5,932 100.0 38 100.0 24 100.0 724
Less than 50 lbs 3,513 59.2 20 51.6 12 50.0 738
50 to 99 lbs S S 8 20.4 3 12.8 387
100 to 499 lbs 1,231 20.7 9 22.7 7 29.8 752
500 to 749 lbs S S 1 2.6 S S 811
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 1,200
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 318
10,000 to 49,999 lbs
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more

All other Multiple modes

Shipment Weight Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
(thousands)
Percent of total 2002
(millions)
Percent of total
All shipment sizes S S S S S S 39
Less than 50 lbs
50 to 99 lbs
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 1
500 to 749 lbs
750 to 999 lbs
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 182
10,000 to 49,999 lbs
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 7
100,000 lbs or more

Other and unknown modes

Shipment Weight Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
(thousands)
Percent of total 2002
(millions)
Percent of total
All shipment sizes 448 100.0 207 100.0 S S S
Less than 50 lbs 69 15.5 1 0.5 S
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S S
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S S
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 936
750 to 999 lbs
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S 28 13.6 9 28.6 261
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 80 17.9 106 51.3 6 17.9 S
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 233
100,000 lbs or more

KEY:
– Represents data cell equal to zero or less than 1 unit of measure.
S Estimate does not meet publication standards because of high sampling variability or poor response quality.

1 Ton-miles estimates are based on estimated distances traveled along a modeled transportation network. See "Mileage Calculations" section for additional information.
2 "Truck" as a single mode includes shipments that were made by only private Truck, only for-hire Truck, or combination of private Truck and for-hire Truck.

NOTES: Value-of-shipments estimates have not been adjusted for price changes. Appendix B tables provide estimated measures of sampling variability. The Introduction and appendixes give information on confidentiality protection, sampling error, nonsampling error, sample design, and definitions. Links to this information on the Internet may be found at www.census.gov/cfs.
Coverage for the 2002 Commodity Flow Survey (CFS) differs from the previous surveys due to a change from the 1987 Standard Industrial Classification System to the 1997 North American Industry Classification System and other survey improvements. Therefore, data users are urged to use caution when comparing 2002 CFS estimates with estimates from prior years.

SOURCE: Bureau of Transportation Statistics (USDOT) and U.S. Census Bureau, 2002 Commodity Flow Survey, Metropolitan Data, December 2004.