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 30,338 100.0 29,173 100.0 5,388 100.0 366
Less than 50 lbs 4,724 15.6 S S 26 0.5 423
50 to 99 lbs 1,156 3.8 49 0.2 16 0.3 328
100 to 499 lbs 3,123 10.3 286 1.0 81 1.5 290
500 to 749 lbs 467 1.5 87 0.3 20 0.4 232
750 to 999 lbs 619 2.0 85 0.3 28 0.5 326
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 5,690 18.8 2,368 8.1 425 7.9 198
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 11,737 38.7 17,993 61.7 2,653 49.2 150
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,640 5.4 3,958 13.6 271 5.0 64
100,000 lbs or more 1,182 3.9 4,212 14.4 1,868 34.7 479

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 25,642 100.0 28,916 100.0 5,191 100.0 253
Less than 50 lbs 2,147 8.4 S S S S 312
50 to 99 lbs 645 2.5 36 0.1 6 0.1 156
100 to 499 lbs 1,987 7.7 241 0.8 49 0.9 183
500 to 749 lbs 438 1.7 85 0.3 19 0.4 228
750 to 999 lbs 598 2.3 82 0.3 26 0.5 313
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 5,352 20.9 2,352 8.1 420 8.1 198
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 11,662 45.5 17,915 62.0 2,588 49.9 148
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,639 6.4 3,950 13.7 271 5.2 64
100,000 lbs or more 1,175 4.6 4,147 14.3 1,802 34.7 471

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 23,381 100.0 25,498 100.0 3,307 100.0 236
Less than 50 lbs 1,863 8.0 S S S S 290
50 to 99 lbs S S 35 0.1 5 0.1 124
100 to 499 lbs 1,821 7.8 239 0.9 45 1.4 170
500 to 749 lbs 436 1.9 84 0.3 19 0.6 227
750 to 999 lbs 576 2.5 82 0.3 26 0.8 313
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 5,258 22.5 2,346 9.2 415 12.5 196
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 11,425 48.9 17,886 70.1 2,565 77.6 146
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,392 6.0 3,875 15.2 183 5.5 44
100,000 lbs or more 57 0.2 845 3.3 40 1.2 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 1,668 100.0 3,412 100.0 1,876 100.0 597
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 999
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 756
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S 23 1.2 773
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 247 14.8 S S 87 4.7 1,197
100,000 lbs or more 1,117 67.0 S S 1,762 93.9 532

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 593 100.0 5 100.0 8 100.0 1,460
Less than 50 lbs 284 47.9 1 14.8 1 16.4 1,483
50 to 99 lbs S S 1 16.2 1 14.4 1,343
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 1,500
500 to 749 lbs 1 0.2 S S 1.3 828
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 638
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,213
10,000 to 49,999 lbs
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 4,277 100.0 179 100.0 189 100.0 605
Less than 50 lbs 2,551 59.6 26 14.7 16 8.2 575
50 to 99 lbs 504 11.8 12 6.9 10 5.4 824
100 to 499 lbs 1,110 25.9 41 23.1 32 16.9 860
500 to 749 lbs 29 0.7 2 1.2 S S 405
750 to 999 lbs 14 0.3 1 0.4 S S 1,631
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 5
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 62 1.4 31 17.4 63 33.4 1,970
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 1,023

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 4,195 100.0 83 100.0 60 100.0 595
Less than 50 lbs 2,545 60.7 26 31.6 15 25.9 564
50 to 99 lbs 496 11.8 12 14.7 10 16.9 812
100 to 499 lbs 1,109 26.4 41 49.7 32 53.8 860
500 to 749 lbs 29 0.7 2 2.7 S S 405
750 to 999 lbs 14 0.3 1 0.8 S S 1,631
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 5
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 83 100.0 S S 130 100.0 4,689
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 5,187
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S 5,184
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 329
500 to 749 lbs
750 to 999 lbs
1,000 to 9,999 lbs
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 62 74.4 31 32.5 63 48.8 1,970
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 1,023

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 S S 77 100.0 8 100.0 128
Less than 50 lbs 26 6.3 S S 1.7 128
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S S
100 to 499 lbs S S 3 4.1 1.6 44
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 30
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 400
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 249
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 14 3.3 S S S S S
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 51
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.