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 109,846 100.0 70,674 100.0 13,676 100.0 392
Less than 50 lbs 12,681 11.5 283 0.4 112 0.8 460
50 to 99 lbs 3,420 3.1 148 0.2 31 0.2 222
100 to 499 lbs 7,019 6.4 1,037 1.5 119 0.9 129
500 to 749 lbs 2,547 2.3 549 0.8 137 1.0 S
750 to 999 lbs 1,016 0.9 331 0.5 50 0.4 150
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 32,118 29.2 13,142 18.6 4,047 29.6 327
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 49,020 44.6 39,789 56.3 7,392 54.0 196
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,751 1.6 13,401 19.0 592 4.3 48
100,000 lbs or more 275 0.3 1,993 2.8 1,198 8.8 604

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 80,678 100.0 56,422 100.0 9,909 100.0 98
Less than 50 lbs 2,883 3.6 86 0.2 6 66
50 to 99 lbs 1,366 1.7 86 0.2 6 77
100 to 499 lbs 4,538 5.6 861 1.5 83 0.8 96
500 to 749 lbs 2,400 3.0 442 0.8 44 0.4 102
750 to 999 lbs 894 1.1 282 0.5 34 0.3 122
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 21,051 26.1 7,288 12.9 1,338 13.5 166
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 45,584 56.5 39,147 69.4 7,007 70.7 186
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,726 2.1 6,567 11.6 445 4.5 68
100,000 lbs or more 236 0.3 1,664 2.9 945 9.5 438

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 79,276 100.0 52,994 100.0 8,858 100.0 94
Less than 50 lbs 2,773 3.5 85 0.2 5 59
50 to 99 lbs 1,290 1.6 85 0.2 6 75
100 to 499 lbs 4,472 5.6 859 1.6 82 0.9 94
500 to 749 lbs 2,153 2.7 442 0.8 44 0.5 101
750 to 999 lbs 894 1.1 282 0.5 34 0.4 122
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 20,883 26.3 6,814 12.9 1,324 14.9 170
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 45,209 57.0 38,294 72.3 6,795 76.7 183
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,554 2.0 5,583 10.5 S S 76
100,000 lbs or more S S 549 1.0 S S 235

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 S S 1,226 100.0 997 100.0 1,373
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 79
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,742
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 420
100,000 lbs or more 189 43.9 1,114 90.9 803 80.6 607

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 972 100.0 S S 54 100.0 443
Less than 50 lbs 110 11.3 1 1 1.5 1,165
50 to 99 lbs S S 0.3 793
100 to 499 lbs S S 1 1 2.4 1,219
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 751
750 to 999 lbs
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 168 17.3 S S 14 26.5 S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S 19 35.9 S
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 19
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 13,804 100.0 668 100.0 850 100.0 615
Less than 50 lbs 9,156 66.3 170 25.5 106 12.5 619
50 to 99 lbs 1,901 13.8 51 7.7 24 2.8 483
100 to 499 lbs 2,050 14.8 77 11.5 34 4.0 440
500 to 749 lbs 52 0.4 S S S S 1,643
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 326
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 2,258
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 2,658

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 13,286 100.0 400 100.0 267 100.0 615
Less than 50 lbs 9,137 68.8 169 42.3 106 39.7 619
50 to 99 lbs 1,901 14.3 51 12.8 24 9.0 483
100 to 499 lbs 2,050 15.4 77 19.2 34 12.7 440
500 to 749 lbs 52 0.4 S S S S 1,643
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 326
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 92
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 518 100.0 S S S S S
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S S
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 S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 2,258
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 2,658

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 15,365 100.0 13,584 100.0 S S 228
Less than 50 lbs 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 S S S S S S S
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 26
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 486
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S 479 3.5 52 1.8 147
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 25 0.2 6,835 50.3 146 5.0 21
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 21

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.