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 62,490 100.0 54,475 100.0 16,887 100.0 479
Less than 50 lbs 5,260 8.4 143 0.3 77 0.5 538
50 to 99 lbs 2,043 3.3 107 0.2 56 0.3 509
100 to 499 lbs 5,581 8.9 395 0.7 128 0.8 350
500 to 749 lbs 1,742 2.8 169 0.3 35 0.2 207
750 to 999 lbs 690 1.1 125 0.2 21 0.1 172
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 9,423 15.1 2,299 4.2 433 2.6 204
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 32,435 51.9 18,732 34.4 7,069 41.9 386
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 3,788 6.1 20,988 38.5 3,976 23.5 197
100,000 lbs or more 1,527 2.4 11,518 21.1 5,092 30.2 473

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 54,114 100.0 53,683 100.0 16,241 100.0 272
Less than 50 lbs 1,249 2.3 55 0.1 12 293
50 to 99 lbs 895 1.7 53 0.1 12 226
100 to 499 lbs 4,542 8.4 320 0.6 86 0.5 284
500 to 749 lbs 1,639 3.0 152 0.3 29 0.2 194
750 to 999 lbs 686 1.3 122 0.2 21 0.1 173
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 8,726 16.1 2,237 4.2 423 2.6 201
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 31,064 57.4 18,244 34.0 6,590 40.6 353
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 3,786 7.0 20,984 39.1 3,976 24.5 197
100,000 lbs or more 1,527 2.8 11,518 21.5 5,092 31.4 473

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 36,924 100.0 41,716 100.0 10,044 100.0 250
Less than 50 lbs 1,213 3.3 54 0.1 S S 258
50 to 99 lbs 892 2.4 52 0.1 12 0.1 218
100 to 499 lbs 4,538 12.3 320 0.8 86 0.9 283
500 to 749 lbs 1,639 4.4 152 0.4 29 0.3 194
750 to 999 lbs 686 1.9 122 0.3 21 0.2 173
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 8,213 22.2 2,225 5.3 403 4.0 197
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 16,391 44.4 16,899 40.5 5,377 53.5 312
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 3,079 8.3 20,872 50.0 3,873 38.6 194
100,000 lbs or more 274 0.7 1,019 2.4 S S 233

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 17,132 100.0 11,902 100.0 6,187 100.0 696
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 1,502
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S 1,207 19.5 903
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S 112 0.9 S S 989
100,000 lbs or more 1,240 7.2 10,438 87.7 4,858 78.5 498

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 58 100.0 S S S S 1,609
Less than 50 lbs 37 62.8 S S 2 17.9 1,607
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S 1,591
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 2,310
500 to 749 lbs
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 914
1,000 to 9,999 lbs
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,544
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 5

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 6,718 100.0 299 100.0 365 100.0 702
Less than 50 lbs 3,872 57.6 86 28.6 64 17.6 693
50 to 99 lbs 1,121 16.7 51 16.9 44 11.9 839
100 to 499 lbs 930 13.8 64 21.4 39 10.8 614
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 378
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 226
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 808
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 678 10.1 81 27.0 211 57.8 2,448
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 7
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 6,018 100.0 212 100.0 153 100.0 702
Less than 50 lbs 3,872 64.3 86 40.3 64 42.1 693
50 to 99 lbs 1,121 18.6 51 23.9 44 28.5 839
100 to 499 lbs 930 15.5 63 29.6 39 25.7 624
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 460
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 226
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 734
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 700 100.0 87 100.0 213 100.0 S
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 7
50 to 99 lbs
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 7
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 7
750 to 999 lbs
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 824
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 678 96.9 81 92.5 211 99.4 2,448
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 7
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 1,658 100.0 492 100.0 S S S
Less than 50 lbs S S 3 0.5 S S 79
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S 38
100 to 499 lbs 109 6.6 11 2.2 S S 200
500 to 749 lbs S S 3 0.6 S
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 19
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S 60 12.2 9 3.2 295
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 693 41.8 S S S S 712
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 177
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.