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 46,433 100.0 34,590 100.0 5,938 100.0 579
Less than 50 lbs 3,094 6.7 52 0.2 24 0.4 749
50 to 99 lbs 554 1.2 28 9 0.1 297
100 to 499 lbs 2,135 4.6 259 0.7 66 1.1 262
500 to 749 lbs 810 1.7 123 0.4 34 0.6 282
750 to 999 lbs 380 0.8 101 0.3 29 0.5 275
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S 2,934 8.5 677 11.4 247
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 19,696 42.4 20,787 60.1 3,443 58.0 163
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,129 2.4 6,478 18.7 516 8.7 81
100,000 lbs or more 794 1.7 3,828 11.1 1,140 19.2 278

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 42,444 100.0 33,867 100.0 5,593 100.0 224
Less than 50 lbs 533 1.3 15 3 254
50 to 99 lbs 287 0.7 16 3 187
100 to 499 lbs 1,812 4.3 232 0.7 56 1.0 235
500 to 749 lbs 737 1.7 111 0.3 27 0.5 240
750 to 999 lbs 372 0.9 95 0.3 25 0.4 253
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S 2,842 8.4 670 12.0 250
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 19,186 45.2 20,394 60.2 3,205 57.3 156
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,104 2.6 6,333 18.7 465 8.3 74
100,000 lbs or more 794 1.9 3,828 11.3 1,140 20.4 278

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 41,784 100.0 32,298 100.0 4,581 100.0 208
Less than 50 lbs 411 1.0 15 3 184
50 to 99 lbs 261 0.6 16 3 182
100 to 499 lbs 1,811 4.3 231 0.7 56 1.2 235
500 to 749 lbs 737 1.8 111 0.3 27 0.6 240
750 to 999 lbs 372 0.9 95 0.3 25 0.5 253
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S 2,840 8.8 665 14.5 248
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 19,174 45.9 20,360 63.0 3,190 69.6 156
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,089 2.6 6,299 19.5 453 9.9 73
100,000 lbs or more 322 0.8 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 488 100.0 1,553 100.0 1,007 100.0 675
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
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 460
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 575
100,000 lbs or more 472 96.8 1,499 96.5 981 97.4 700

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 172 100.0 S S S S 1,390
Less than 50 lbs 122 70.8 1.5 6.3 1,408
50 to 99 lbs S S 0.6 1.9 968
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 850
500 to 749 lbs
750 to 999 lbs
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,599
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 320
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 9
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 2,945 100.0 233 100.0 129 100.0 890
Less than 50 lbs 2,359 80.1 30 12.7 20 15.8 902
50 to 99 lbs 211 7.2 9 3.7 5 3.9 580
100 to 499 lbs 241 8.2 15 6.4 10 7.4 635
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 914
750 to 999 lbs 2 S S S S 1,381
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 4,365
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 50 1.7 35 15.1 33 25.7 978
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 16 0.5 S S S S 376
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 2,878 100.0 62 100.0 45 100.0 890
Less than 50 lbs 2,359 82.0 30 47.5 20 45.7 902
50 to 99 lbs 211 7.3 9 13.7 5 11.3 580
100 to 499 lbs 241 8.4 15 23.7 10 21.2 635
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 914
750 to 999 lbs 2 S S S S 1,381
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 67 100.0 S S 84 100.0 S
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 4,365
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 50 74.5 35 20.7 33 39.3 978
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 16 23.6 S S S S 376
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 1,043 100.0 490 100.0 216 100.0 S
Less than 50 lbs 201 19.3 7 1.5 S S S
50 to 99 lbs 55 5.3 4 0.7 S S 101
100 to 499 lbs 82 7.9 12 2.5 1 0.5 S
500 to 749 lbs S S 4 0.8 S S 72
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 205
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S 358 73.0 205 94.9 388
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 89
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.