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 103,926 100.0 94,506 100.0 22,674 100.0 514
Less than 50 lbs 11,025 10.6 222 0.2 104 0.5 574
50 to 99 lbs 2,987 2.9 166 0.2 70 0.3 417
100 to 499 lbs 11,817 11.4 1,071 1.1 515 2.3 454
500 to 749 lbs 4,525 4.4 533 0.6 217 1.0 407
750 to 999 lbs 2,814 2.7 421 0.4 S S 545
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 29,463 28.3 7,318 7.7 3,091 13.6 411
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 33,982 32.7 40,175 42.5 8,362 36.9 237
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 3,082 3.0 13,747 14.5 1,270 5.6 82
100,000 lbs or more S S 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 87,988 100.0 90,836 100.0 20,366 100.0 321
Less than 50 lbs 2,618 3.0 81 19 250
50 to 99 lbs 1,393 1.6 86 0.1 18 208
100 to 499 lbs 9,529 10.8 928 1.0 426 2.1 419
500 to 749 lbs 4,346 4.9 511 0.6 205 1.0 400
750 to 999 lbs 2,731 3.1 408 0.4 S S 557
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 28,685 32.6 7,012 7.7 2,877 14.1 404
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 31,633 36.0 39,239 43.2 7,806 38.3 228
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 2,876 3.3 13,048 14.4 1,062 5.2 72
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S S

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 83,098 100.0 72,962 100.0 16,362 100.0 303
Less than 50 lbs 2,331 2.8 79 0.1 17 0.1 199
50 to 99 lbs 1,290 1.6 85 0.1 17 0.1 199
100 to 499 lbs 9,229 11.1 923 1.3 422 2.6 418
500 to 749 lbs 4,229 5.1 509 0.7 203 1.2 398
750 to 999 lbs 2,729 3.3 408 0.6 S S 557
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 28,605 34.4 7,001 9.6 2,856 17.5 402
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 31,061 37.4 38,563 52.9 7,240 44.2 215
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 2,389 2.9 12,673 17.4 753 4.6 56
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 293

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 3,981 100.0 S S 3,905 100.0 S
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 2,647
50 to 99 lbs
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 2,599
500 to 749 lbs
750 to 999 lbs
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 34 0.9 11 S S 1,901
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 558 14.0 S S S S S
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 487 12.2 375 2.3 309 7.9 809
100,000 lbs or more 2,901 72.9 S S 3,054 78.2 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 908 100.0 S S S S 1,098
Less than 50 lbs 287 31.6 2 0.1 3 2.8 1,156
50 to 99 lbs 103 11.3 2 1 1.1 700
100 to 499 lbs 300 33.1 5 0.3 4 3.7 722
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 727
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 1,540
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S 1 S S 1,303
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 2,466
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S 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 14,191 100.0 659 100.0 674 100.0 708
Less than 50 lbs 8,210 57.9 136 20.6 84 12.5 714
50 to 99 lbs 1,582 11.1 77 11.7 51 7.6 655
100 to 499 lbs 2,173 15.3 124 18.8 81 12.0 657
500 to 749 lbs 118 0.8 14 2.2 12 1.8 853
750 to 999 lbs 65 0.5 S S S S 315
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,042
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S 269 40.8 S S 1,358
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,369
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 12,144 100.0 357 100.0 229 100.0 708
Less than 50 lbs 8,210 67.6 136 38.1 84 36.9 714
50 to 99 lbs 1,582 13.0 77 21.7 51 22.4 655
100 to 499 lbs 2,173 17.9 124 34.7 81 35.2 657
500 to 749 lbs 114 0.9 14 4.0 11 4.8 804
750 to 999 lbs 65 0.5 S S S S 315
1,000 to 9,999 lbs
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 302 100.0 S S S
Less than 50 lbs
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S 4
100 to 499 lbs
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 8,090
750 to 999 lbs
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,042
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S 269 89.1 S S 1,358
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,369
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 1,748 100.0 3,011 100.0 1,634 100.0 S
Less than 50 lbs 197 11.3 5 0.2 S
50 to 99 lbs 13 0.7 2 S
100 to 499 lbs 115 6.6 19 0.6 S S 346
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S S
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 628 35.9 287 9.5 S S 574
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S 667 22.1 151 9.3 245
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 253
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 557

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.