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 90,039 100.0 62,832 100.0 11,412 100.0 489
Less than 50 lbs 6,597 7.3 243 0.4 129 1.1 559
50 to 99 lbs 1,545 1.7 182 0.3 47 0.4 244
100 to 499 lbs 6,401 7.1 855 1.4 372 3.3 458
500 to 749 lbs 2,307 2.6 319 0.5 126 1.1 390
750 to 999 lbs 2,802 3.1 366 0.6 146 1.3 404
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 29,102 32.3 8,036 12.8 3,140 27.5 386
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 39,370 43.7 38,702 61.6 5,798 50.8 185
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 739 0.8 8,803 14.0 484 4.2 56
100,000 lbs or more 1,174 1.3 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 83,340 100.0 58,997 100.0 11,129 100.0 341
Less than 50 lbs 2,493 3.0 66 0.1 21 0.2 349
50 to 99 lbs 825 1.0 123 0.2 18 0.2 S
100 to 499 lbs 5,453 6.5 772 1.3 332 3.0 454
500 to 749 lbs 2,221 2.7 302 0.5 123 1.1 400
750 to 999 lbs 2,706 3.2 354 0.6 143 1.3 409
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 28,676 34.4 7,794 13.2 3,075 27.6 389
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 39,119 46.9 37,668 63.8 5,777 51.9 191
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 705 0.8 8,781 14.9 478 4.3 55
100,000 lbs or more 1,141 1.4 3,138 5.3 S S 267

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 82,016 100.0 57,691 100.0 10,094 100.0 333
Less than 50 lbs 2,464 3.0 64 0.1 19 0.2 339
50 to 99 lbs 798 1.0 122 0.2 17 0.2 S
100 to 499 lbs 5,401 6.6 766 1.3 322 3.2 439
500 to 749 lbs 2,220 2.7 302 0.5 123 1.2 400
750 to 999 lbs 2,686 3.3 351 0.6 139 1.4 402
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 28,577 34.8 7,779 13.5 3,069 30.4 388
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 39,058 47.6 37,664 65.3 5,767 57.1 191
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 705 0.9 8,781 15.2 478 4.7 55
100,000 lbs or more 107 0.1 S S 160 1.6 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 1,056 100.0 S S S S 885
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 1,001
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S 837
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 494
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 2,713
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 737

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 267 100.0 S S S S 1,079
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 860
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S 1,135
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 1,896
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 1,463
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 1,100
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 734
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 5,610 100.0 297 100.0 181 100.0 648
Less than 50 lbs 3,940 70.2 165 55.5 S S 658
50 to 99 lbs 693 12.4 55 18.5 S S 462
100 to 499 lbs 825 14.7 64 21.5 39 21.3 660
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S S
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 337
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 505
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 2,962
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
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 5,606 100.0 296 100.0 178 100.0 648
Less than 50 lbs 3,940 70.3 165 55.7 S S 658
50 to 99 lbs 693 12.4 55 18.6 S S 462
100 to 499 lbs 825 14.7 64 21.5 39 21.7 660
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S S
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 337
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 505
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 4 100.0 S S S S 1,394
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 716
50 to 99 lbs
100 to 499 lbs
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 4,993
750 to 999 lbs
1,000 to 9,999 lbs
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 2,962
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
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 1,089 100.0 S S S S S
Less than 50 lbs 164 15.0 S S 0.2 S
50 to 99 lbs 28 2.5 4 0.1 0.4 S
100 to 499 lbs S S 19 0.5 S S 57
500 to 749 lbs 20 1.8 7 0.2 S S 204
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 218
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 306
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S 19 19.0 S
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 268
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 3

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.