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 64,980 100.0 64,110 100.0 19,888 100.0 417
Less than 50 lbs 7,058 10.9 219 0.3 127 0.6 558
50 to 99 lbs 3,498 5.4 239 0.4 73 0.4 313
100 to 499 lbs 9,527 14.7 1,277 2.0 283 1.4 264
500 to 749 lbs 3,899 6.0 S S 106 0.5 S
750 to 999 lbs 3,219 5.0 731 1.1 112 0.6 S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 14,366 22.1 5,334 8.3 1,059 5.3 177
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 18,709 28.8 35,696 55.7 8,028 40.4 225
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,245 1.9 4,651 7.3 S S 120
100,000 lbs or more 3,458 5.3 15,121 23.6 9,486 47.7 383

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 52,670 100.0 62,762 100.0 19,102 100.0 167
Less than 50 lbs 1,870 3.5 79 0.1 16 S
50 to 99 lbs 1,801 3.4 176 0.3 22 0.1 S
100 to 499 lbs 6,632 12.6 1,086 1.7 159 0.8 S
500 to 749 lbs 2,181 4.1 S S 86 0.5 S
750 to 999 lbs 3,120 5.9 713 1.1 110 0.6 S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 13,890 26.4 5,216 8.3 1,018 5.3 166
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 18,504 35.1 34,995 55.8 7,616 39.9 219
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,216 2.3 4,580 7.3 S S 116
100,000 lbs or more 3,458 6.6 15,121 24.1 9,486 49.7 383

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 48,440 100.0 48,485 100.0 9,427 100.0 128
Less than 50 lbs 1,414 2.9 74 0.2 10 0.1 S
50 to 99 lbs 1,392 2.9 173 0.4 19 0.2 S
100 to 499 lbs 6,496 13.4 1,083 2.2 157 1.7 S
500 to 749 lbs 2,151 4.4 S S 79 0.8 S
750 to 999 lbs 3,116 6.4 713 1.5 110 1.2 S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 13,851 28.6 5,202 10.7 999 10.6 162
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 18,412 38.0 34,903 72.0 7,493 79.5 216
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,109 2.3 4,463 9.2 S S 108
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 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 2,494 100.0 S S S S 520
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 2,431
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 76 3.0 84 0.9 115 2.6 1,502
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 60 2.4 106 1.1 50 1.1 476
100,000 lbs or more 2,357 94.5 S S S S 423

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 1,736 100.0 5,097 100.0 5,231 100.0 1,203
Less than 50 lbs 455 26.2 5 0.1 6 0.1 1,213
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S 1,184
100 to 499 lbs 136 7.8 S S S S 656
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 5,896
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 1,177
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 38 2.2 S S S S 1,349
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,000
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,127
100,000 lbs or more 601 34.6 S S S S S

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 11,235 100.0 463 100.0 435 100.0 785
Less than 50 lbs 5,057 45.0 132 28.6 111 25.5 778
50 to 99 lbs 1,643 14.6 57 12.3 51 11.7 891
100 to 499 lbs 2,684 23.9 163 35.2 123 28.4 777
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 618
750 to 999 lbs 10 3 0.6 1 0.3 407
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 183
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 129 1.1 66 14.2 112 25.8 1,626
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,615
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 11,077 100.0 386 100.0 305 100.0 785
Less than 50 lbs 5,057 45.6 132 34.2 111 36.3 778
50 to 99 lbs 1,643 14.8 57 14.8 51 16.6 891
100 to 499 lbs 2,684 24.2 163 42.2 123 40.4 777
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 618
750 to 999 lbs 10 3 0.7 1 0.4 407
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 178
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 157 100.0 77 100.0 129 100.0 1,612
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 309
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 129 81.8 66 86.0 112 86.6 1,626
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,615
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 1,075 100.0 885 100.0 S S S
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S S
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S S
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S S
500 to 749 lbs 36 3.4 14 1.6 S S 13
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 474 44.0 118 13.3 41 11.6 664
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 77 7.1 636 71.8 S S 441
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 133
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.