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 62,628 100.0 69,744 100.0 25,151 100.0 491
Less than 50 lbs 11,081 17.7 177 0.3 94 0.4 681
50 to 99 lbs 3,190 5.1 148 0.2 44 0.2 284
100 to 499 lbs 12,188 19.5 1,061 1.5 222 0.9 218
500 to 749 lbs 2,786 4.4 538 0.8 106 0.4 197
750 to 999 lbs 2,395 3.8 508 0.7 78 0.3 155
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 13,378 21.4 5,893 8.4 1,022 4.1 167
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 14,292 22.8 27,177 39.0 4,706 18.7 178
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,394 2.2 12,226 17.5 926 3.7 74
100,000 lbs or more 1,924 3.1 22,016 31.6 17,955 71.4 630

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 48,841 100.0 67,806 100.0 24,374 100.0 269
Less than 50 lbs 2,592 5.3 68 0.1 19 452
50 to 99 lbs 1,409 2.9 91 0.1 17 175
100 to 499 lbs 9,726 19.9 890 1.3 170 0.7 198
500 to 749 lbs 2,673 5.5 521 0.8 101 0.4 195
750 to 999 lbs 2,278 4.7 495 0.7 71 0.3 144
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 12,938 26.5 5,654 8.3 982 4.0 168
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 13,941 28.5 26,581 39.2 4,246 17.4 168
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,362 2.8 11,791 17.4 S S 68
100,000 lbs or more 1,921 3.9 21,714 32.0 17,938 73.6 639

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 40,807 100.0 46,858 100.0 6,162 100.0 155
Less than 50 lbs 1,708 4.2 62 0.1 10 0.2 130
50 to 99 lbs 1,052 2.6 89 0.2 13 0.2 134
100 to 499 lbs 6,165 15.1 881 1.9 153 2.5 179
500 to 749 lbs 2,556 6.3 520 1.1 99 1.6 191
750 to 999 lbs 2,260 5.5 495 1.1 71 1.1 143
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 11,586 28.4 5,639 12.0 962 15.6 165
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 13,799 33.8 26,388 56.3 4,053 65.8 160
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,234 3.0 11,621 24.8 598 9.7 S
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 1,782 100.0 19,586 100.0 18,068 100.0 1,035
Less than 50 lbs
50 to 99 lbs
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 1,960
500 to 749 lbs
750 to 999 lbs
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,072
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,136
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,373
100,000 lbs or more 1,222 68.6 19,212 98.1 17,631 97.6 922

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 6,251 100.0 S S 144 100.0 1,794
Less than 50 lbs 884 14.1 6 0.4 9 6.3 1,778
50 to 99 lbs 357 5.7 2 0.2 5 3.3 2,193
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 1,913
500 to 749 lbs S S 1 0.1 2 1.6 1,693
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 2,383
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S 4 0.3 7 5.0 1,645
10,000 to 49,999 lbs
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 78

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 11,601 100.0 454 100.0 580 100.0 857
Less than 50 lbs 7,935 68.4 90 19.8 71 12.3 866
50 to 99 lbs 1,654 14.3 35 7.7 26 4.5 730
100 to 499 lbs 1,680 14.5 57 12.5 43 7.5 753
500 to 749 lbs 52 0.4 5 1.1 4 0.7 915
750 to 999 lbs S S S S 7 1.1 616
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 2
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 157 1.4 S S S S 1,943
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,155
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 615

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 11,424 100.0 195 100.0 150 100.0 858
Less than 50 lbs 7,932 69.4 90 46.2 71 47.2 868
50 to 99 lbs 1,654 14.5 35 17.8 25 16.8 713
100 to 499 lbs 1,679 14.7 54 28.0 43 28.8 778
500 to 749 lbs 52 0.5 5 2.5 4 2.9 915
750 to 999 lbs S S S S 7 4.4 616
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 177 100.0 259 100.0 430 100.0 S
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S S
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S 3,616
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 1
500 to 749 lbs
750 to 999 lbs
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 2
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 157 88.5 S S S S 1,943
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,155
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 615

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 2,187 100.0 1,484 100.0 197 100.0 S
Less than 50 lbs 554 25.3 19 1.3 S S S
50 to 99 lbs 126 5.8 S S 1 0.3 S
100 to 499 lbs 782 35.8 S S 9 4.6 S
500 to 749 lbs 61 2.8 11 0.8 14
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 403
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 439 20.1 239 16.1 40 20.4 S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S 413 27.8 S S 271
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 80
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 22

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.