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 33,462 100.0 63,492 100.0 16,073 100.0 489
Less than 50 lbs 4,965 14.8 90 0.1 35 0.2 619
50 to 99 lbs 1,190 3.6 82 0.1 16 0.1 193
100 to 499 lbs 3,223 9.6 542 0.9 71 0.4 139
500 to 749 lbs 697 2.1 S S 29 0.2 93
750 to 999 lbs 626 1.9 273 0.4 26 0.2 S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 5,076 15.2 3,126 4.9 862 5.4 214
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 13,920 41.6 19,386 30.5 7,140 44.4 403
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 2,029 6.1 19,638 30.9 1,444 9.0 71
100,000 lbs or more 1,736 5.2 20,036 31.6 6,452 40.1 557

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 28,285 100.0 58,031 100.0 15,867 100.0 134
Less than 50 lbs 1,437 5.1 48 6 102
50 to 99 lbs 772 2.7 67 0.1 S S 120
100 to 499 lbs 2,463 8.7 501 0.9 53 0.3 102
500 to 749 lbs 694 2.5 S S 28 0.2 93
750 to 999 lbs 624 2.2 273 0.5 25 0.2 S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 4,842 17.1 3,069 5.3 847 5.3 213
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 13,888 49.1 19,339 33.3 7,122 44.9 403
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 2,029 7.2 19,637 33.8 1,444 9.1 71
100,000 lbs or more 1,538 5.4 14,782 25.5 S S 561

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 27,096 100.0 45,011 100.0 9,548 100.0 126
Less than 50 lbs 1,374 5.1 48 0.1 6 90
50 to 99 lbs 749 2.8 66 0.1 S S 116
100 to 499 lbs 2,463 9.1 501 1.1 53 0.6 102
500 to 749 lbs 694 2.6 S S 28 0.3 92
750 to 999 lbs 624 2.3 273 0.6 25 0.3 S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 4,842 17.9 3,069 6.8 847 8.9 213
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 13,845 51.1 19,245 42.8 6,984 73.1 399
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,940 7.2 19,315 42.9 1,299 13.6 67
100,000 lbs or more S S 2,178 4.8 298 3.1 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 1,103 100.0 12,427 100.0 S S 559
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 82
50 to 99 lbs
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 484
500 to 749 lbs
750 to 999 lbs
1,000 to 9,999 lbs
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,316
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 460
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 599

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 S S S S S S 1,032
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 1,010
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S 1,417
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 1,841
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 4,890
750 to 999 lbs
1,000 to 9,999 lbs
10,000 to 49,999 lbs
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 105

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 4,471 100.0 S S S S 832
Less than 50 lbs 3,406 76.2 39 11.0 S S 842
50 to 99 lbs 418 9.3 15 4.2 7 5.5 514
100 to 499 lbs 633 14.2 24 6.7 14 10.1 567
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 208
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs
10,000 to 49,999 lbs
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 307

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 4,461 100.0 80 100.0 50 100.0 832
Less than 50 lbs 3,406 76.3 39 49.3 S S 842
50 to 99 lbs 418 9.4 15 18.8 7 15.0 514
100 to 499 lbs 633 14.2 24 30.0 14 27.6 567
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 208
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs
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 307
Less than 50 lbs
50 to 99 lbs
100 to 499 lbs
500 to 749 lbs
750 to 999 lbs
1,000 to 9,999 lbs
10,000 to 49,999 lbs
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 307

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 705 100.0 5,101 100.0 71 100.0 244
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 254
50 to 99 lbs S S S S 10
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 227
500 to 749 lbs
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 6
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 278
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 32 4.6 47 0.9 S S 444
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 27
100,000 lbs or more 189 26.8 S S S S 5

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.