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]

Excel | CSV

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 304,602 100.0 398,993 100.0 77,885 100.0 476
Less than 50 lbs 43,872 14.4 828 0.2 379 0.5 585
50 to 99 lbs 13,771 4.5 644 0.2 245 0.3 378
100 to 499 lbs 35,263 11.6 3,429 0.9 1,007 1.3 264
500 to 749 lbs 9,571 3.1 1,530 0.4 473 0.6 304
750 to 999 lbs 6,446 2.1 989 0.2 322 0.4 328
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 59,334 19.5 21,728 5.4 6,075 7.8 283
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 109,954 36.1 215,318 54.0 34,829 44.7 180
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 14,198 4.7 66,048 16.6 6,633 8.5 102
100,000 lbs or more 12,194 4.0 88,478 22.2 27,923 35.9 269

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 240,585 100.0 381,750 100.0 71,439 100.0 276
Less than 50 lbs 11,333 4.7 229 75 0.1 360
50 to 99 lbs 5,865 2.4 228 65 286
100 to 499 lbs 24,222 10.1 2,472 0.6 668 0.9 216
500 to 749 lbs 8,638 3.6 1,326 0.3 395 0.6 292
750 to 999 lbs 6,171 2.6 912 0.2 274 0.4 300
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 56,556 23.5 20,760 5.4 5,743 8.0 290
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 102,448 42.6 211,574 55.4 32,344 45.3 169
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 13,911 5.8 65,051 17.0 6,558 9.2 102
100,000 lbs or more 11,441 4.8 79,198 20.7 25,317 35.4 294

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 223,246 100.0 312,279 100.0 41,511 100.0 237
Less than 50 lbs 9,713 4.4 214 55 0.1 271
50 to 99 lbs 5,284 2.4 220 49 0.1 229
100 to 499 lbs 23,496 10.5 2,459 0.8 652 1.6 211
500 to 749 lbs 8,510 3.8 1,322 0.4 391 0.9 290
750 to 999 lbs 6,142 2.8 909 0.3 271 0.7 298
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 56,304 25.2 20,716 6.6 5,692 13.7 287
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 100,413 45.0 209,350 67.0 28,502 68.7 153
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 12,202 5.5 60,749 19.5 4,326 10.4 72
100,000 lbs or more 1,182 0.5 16,341 5.2 1,572 3.8 245

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 8,876 100.0 34,343 100.0 17,079 100.0 509
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 66
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S 35
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 837
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 589
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 1,032
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 95 1.1 22 20 0.1 1,009
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 1,708 19.2 913 2.7 S S 1,779
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 512
100,000 lbs or more 5,362 60.4 29,112 84.8 S S S

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 8,463 100.0 35,128 100.0 12,849 100.0 1,237
Less than 50 lbs 1,619 19.1 15 20 0.2 1,187
50 to 99 lbs 580 6.9 8 15 0.1 1,807
100 to 499 lbs 724 8.6 13 16 0.1 1,256
500 to 749 lbs S S 3 4 1,136
750 to 999 lbs 28 0.3 S S 3 1,024
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 157 1.9 22 31 0.2 1,704
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,598
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 8
100,000 lbs or more 4,897 57.9 33,745 96.1 10,658 82.9 398

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 57,983 100.0 9,864 100.0 5,638 100.0 629
Less than 50 lbs 31,641 54.6 572 5.8 302 5.4 663
50 to 99 lbs 7,695 13.3 402 4.1 180 3.2 442
100 to 499 lbs 10,383 17.9 837 8.5 329 5.8 407
500 to 749 lbs 633 1.1 S S 77 1.4 425
750 to 999 lbs 259 0.4 S S S S 704
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 771 1.3 88 0.9 140 2.5 S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 5,877 10.1 1,805 18.3 1,911 33.9 1,145
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S S
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S S

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 50,625 100.0 2,064 100.0 926 100.0 627
Less than 50 lbs 31,637 62.5 572 27.7 302 32.6 662
50 to 99 lbs 7,695 15.2 402 19.5 180 19.4 442
100 to 499 lbs 10,361 20.5 836 40.5 324 35.0 404
500 to 749 lbs 617 1.2 S S 73 7.9 406
750 to 999 lbs 255 0.5 S S S S 669
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 381
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 7,358 100.0 7,800 100.0 4,712 100.0 1,438
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 4,440
50 to 99 lbs
100 to 499 lbs S S 1 5 0.1 3,840
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 4,766
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 5,045
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 711 9.7 83 1.1 138 2.9 1,976
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 5,877 79.9 1,805 23.1 1,911 40.6 1,145
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S S
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S S

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 6,034 100.0 7,379 100.0 808 100.0 S
Less than 50 lbs 898 14.9 28 0.4 2 0.2 S
50 to 99 lbs 212 3.5 14 0.2 18
100 to 499 lbs 658 10.9 119 1.6 10 1.2 S
500 to 749 lbs S S 23 0.3 S S 19
750 to 999 lbs 16 0.3 8 0.1 S S 42
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 2,007 33.3 880 11.9 192 23.7 S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 1,629 27.0 S S 574 71.0 332
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S S
100,000 lbs or more S S S S 27 3.4 S

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.