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 15,210 100.0 25,507 100.0 4,715 100.0 228
Less than 50 lbs 1,297 8.5 54 0.2 15 0.3 308
50 to 99 lbs 536 3.5 47 0.2 8 0.2 183
100 to 499 lbs 1,779 11.7 330 1.3 48 1.0 S
500 to 749 lbs 712 4.7 138 0.5 18 0.4 S
750 to 999 lbs 656 4.3 129 0.5 12 0.3 101
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 4,691 30.8 1,801 7.1 125 2.7 65
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 4,750 31.2 11,517 45.2 2,230 47.3 177
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 531 3.5 6,833 26.8 S S S
100,000 lbs or more 258 1.7 4,658 18.3 S S 360

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 13,775 100.0 25,182 100.0 4,638 100.0 91
Less than 50 lbs 728 5.3 39 0.2 2 89
50 to 99 lbs 330 2.4 38 0.1 2 45
100 to 499 lbs 1,286 9.3 289 1.1 23 0.5 89
500 to 749 lbs 685 5.0 129 0.5 15 0.3 116
750 to 999 lbs 616 4.5 124 0.5 S S 102
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 4,605 33.4 1,773 7.0 125 2.7 65
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 4,735 34.4 11,412 45.3 2,203 47.5 176
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 531 3.9 6,828 27.1 S S S
100,000 lbs or more 258 1.9 4,551 18.1 S S 368

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 13,320 100.0 23,157 100.0 3,257 100.0 62
Less than 50 lbs 677 5.1 38 0.2 1 30
50 to 99 lbs 310 2.3 38 0.2 1 39
100 to 499 lbs 1,234 9.3 288 1.2 21 0.7 83
500 to 749 lbs 506 3.8 128 0.6 13 0.4 107
750 to 999 lbs 616 4.6 124 0.5 S S 102
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 4,547 34.1 1,773 7.7 125 3.8 65
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 4,732 35.5 11,409 49.3 2,199 67.5 176
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 530 4.0 6,806 29.4 S S S
100,000 lbs or more 168 1.3 S S 56 1.7 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 S S S S S S 1,596
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 1,796
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S 1,946
100 to 499 lbs
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 949
750 to 999 lbs
1,000 to 9,999 lbs
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,032
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 681
100,000 lbs or more 90 28.1 S S S S 681

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 136 100.0 1 100.0 2 100.0 2,182
Less than 50 lbs 17 12.4 11.2 13.0 2,285
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S 1,072
100 to 499 lbs 52 38.5 S S S S 1,709
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 1,906
750 to 999 lbs
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 238
10,000 to 49,999 lbs
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
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 1,164 100.0 132 100.0 71 100.0 1,052
Less than 50 lbs 505 43.4 12 8.8 13 17.6 1,049
50 to 99 lbs 185 15.9 7 4.9 6 8.9 965
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 1,153
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 1,650
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 300
1,000 to 9,999 lbs
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 270
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
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 1,158 100.0 42 100.0 46 100.0 1,052
Less than 50 lbs 505 43.6 12 27.8 13 27.2 1,047
50 to 99 lbs 185 15.9 7 15.6 6 13.7 965
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 1,153
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 1,615
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 311
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 S S S S 1,118
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 1,680
50 to 99 lbs
100 to 499 lbs
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 2,860
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 2
1,000 to 9,999 lbs
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 270
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
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 272 100.0 S S 6 100.0 S
Less than 50 lbs 65 23.8 3 1.7 S S 245
50 to 99 lbs 21 7.6 2 1.3 S S S
100 to 499 lbs 58 21.3 S S S S 32
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 10
750 to 999 lbs S S 3 1.7 0.4 8
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 85 31.4 S S 1 8.4 S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S S
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 8
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 10

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.