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 126,364 100.0 55,227 100.0 10,584 100.0 521
Less than 50 lbs 27,669 21.9 349 0.6 208 2.0 678
50 to 99 lbs 6,437 5.1 283 0.5 70 0.7 254
100 to 499 lbs 17,333 13.7 1,637 3.0 363 3.4 224
500 to 749 lbs 5,391 4.3 682 1.2 159 1.5 235
750 to 999 lbs 5,820 4.6 625 1.1 103 1.0 167
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 28,986 22.9 9,103 16.5 1,651 15.6 162
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 31,538 25.0 22,195 40.2 3,911 37.0 171
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 2,004 1.6 14,837 26.9 428 4.0 29
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 600

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 96,946 100.0 53,333 100.0 9,751 100.0 188
Less than 50 lbs 10,488 10.8 106 0.2 19 0.2 221
50 to 99 lbs 3,308 3.4 208 0.4 26 0.3 133
100 to 499 lbs 12,831 13.2 1,258 2.4 261 2.7 200
500 to 749 lbs 4,679 4.8 655 1.2 148 1.5 228
750 to 999 lbs 4,820 5.0 608 1.1 98 1.0 162
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 27,377 28.2 8,709 16.3 1,571 16.1 160
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 30,370 31.3 21,497 40.3 3,534 36.2 160
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,911 2.0 14,822 27.8 405 4.2 27
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 608

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 93,676 100.0 51,896 100.0 8,930 100.0 166
Less than 50 lbs 9,275 9.9 104 0.2 16 0.2 159
50 to 99 lbs 3,036 3.2 207 0.4 25 0.3 127
100 to 499 lbs 12,120 12.9 1,252 2.4 256 2.9 197
500 to 749 lbs 4,578 4.9 654 1.3 146 1.6 227
750 to 999 lbs 4,614 4.9 606 1.2 97 1.1 160
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 26,929 28.7 8,703 16.8 1,563 17.5 159
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 30,277 32.3 21,457 41.3 3,469 38.8 158
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,911 2.0 14,822 28.6 405 4.5 27
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 274

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 1,747
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 S S S S S S 1,680
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,855
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 1,709

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 2,951 100.0 17 100.0 18 100.0 1,459
Less than 50 lbs 1,214 41.1 2 14.3 4 20.0 1,508
50 to 99 lbs 272 9.2 1 6.2 1 6.9 1,252
100 to 499 lbs 711 24.1 S S S S 961
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 1,687
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 773
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S 5 28.6 1,197
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 159
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 24,712 100.0 865 100.0 544 100.0 815
Less than 50 lbs 16,176 65.5 220 25.4 184 33.9 855
50 to 99 lbs 2,899 11.7 62 7.1 39 7.2 626
100 to 499 lbs 3,862 15.6 S S 98 18.0 S
500 to 749 lbs S S 19 2.2 8 1.4 399
750 to 999 lbs S S 8 0.9 S S 759
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,657
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 248

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 24,374 100.0 736 100.0 337 100.0 815
Less than 50 lbs 16,176 66.4 220 29.9 184 54.7 855
50 to 99 lbs 2,899 11.9 62 8.4 39 11.6 626
100 to 499 lbs 3,862 15.8 S S 98 29.1 S
500 to 749 lbs S S 19 2.6 7 2.1 367
750 to 999 lbs S S 8 1.1 S S 759
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 30
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 1,696
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 501
50 to 99 lbs
100 to 499 lbs
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 7,920
750 to 999 lbs
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 3,274
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,657
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 248

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 4,707 100.0 1,029 100.0 290 100.0 226
Less than 50 lbs 1,004 21.3 23 2.2 S S 223
50 to 99 lbs 230 4.9 14 1.4 S S 385
100 to 499 lbs 640 13.6 44 4.3 4 1.3 S
500 to 749 lbs S S 8 0.8 3 1.1 397
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 24
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 1,600 34.0 302 29.3 77 26.7 S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 838 17.8 574 55.7 172 59.4 S
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,787
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 52

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.