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 44,955 100.0 34,856 100.0 5,868 100.0 502
Less than 50 lbs 3,628 8.1 102 0.3 51 0.9 661
50 to 99 lbs 1,375 3.1 85 0.2 15 0.3 185
100 to 499 lbs 3,708 8.2 507 1.5 110 1.9 218
500 to 749 lbs 1,048 2.3 211 0.6 38 0.7 181
750 to 999 lbs 389 0.9 178 0.5 25 0.4 136
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 8,152 18.1 4,582 13.1 979 16.7 205
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 16,420 36.5 17,416 50.0 3,431 58.5 199
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S 8,014 23.0 S S S
100,000 lbs or more S S 3,761 10.8 S S S

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 39,643 100.0 34,301 100.0 5,633 100.0 189
Less than 50 lbs 726 1.8 28 8 0.1 294
50 to 99 lbs 701 1.8 58 0.2 5 S
100 to 499 lbs 2,773 7.0 453 1.3 78 1.4 162
500 to 749 lbs 814 2.1 201 0.6 32 0.6 160
750 to 999 lbs 374 0.9 174 0.5 24 0.4 131
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 7,675 19.4 4,378 12.8 875 15.5 187
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 16,374 41.3 17,332 50.5 3,403 60.4 198
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S 7,921 23.1 S S S
100,000 lbs or more S S 3,756 11.0 S S S

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 37,381 100.0 32,461 100.0 4,731 100.0 135
Less than 50 lbs 503 1.3 24 2 S
50 to 99 lbs 667 1.8 57 0.2 4 S
100 to 499 lbs 2,712 7.3 450 1.4 75 1.6 155
500 to 749 lbs 812 2.2 201 0.6 32 0.7 158
750 to 999 lbs 372 1.0 173 0.5 23 0.5 131
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 7,590 20.3 4,370 13.5 870 18.4 187
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 14,913 39.9 16,875 52.0 3,007 63.6 186
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S 7,827 24.1 S S 61
100,000 lbs or more S S 2,485 7.7 140 2.9 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 1,920 100.0 768 100.0 533 100.0 738
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 3 0.5 438
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S 395 74.0 853
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S S
100,000 lbs or more S S 213 27.7 S S 468

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 342 100.0 S S S S 1,142
Less than 50 lbs 222 65.1 4 0.4 S S 1,186
50 to 99 lbs S S S S 1 0.1 462
100 to 499 lbs S S 3 0.3 S S 1,059
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 873
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 2,346
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S 2 0.4 S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 325
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 338

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 4,684 100.0 165 100.0 106 100.0 715
Less than 50 lbs 2,865 61.2 72 43.6 43 40.6 727
50 to 99 lbs 655 14.0 24 14.6 10 9.6 419
100 to 499 lbs 873 18.6 48 29.0 32 29.7 650
500 to 749 lbs 218 4.6 8 4.7 S S 778
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 447
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 2,397
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,142
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 1,419

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 4,619 100.0 155 100.0 93 100.0 715
Less than 50 lbs 2,865 62.0 72 46.5 43 46.5 727
50 to 99 lbs 655 14.2 24 15.5 10 11.0 419
100 to 499 lbs 873 18.9 48 30.9 32 34.1 650
500 to 749 lbs 217 4.7 8 5.0 S S 778
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 447
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 1,188
Less than 50 lbs
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S 1
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 1
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 1,163
750 to 999 lbs
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 2,397
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,142
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 1,419

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 628 100.0 390 100.0 S S 179
Less than 50 lbs 37 5.8 2 0.5 S
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S S
100 to 499 lbs 62 9.9 7 1.7 S S 105
500 to 749 lbs 16 2.5 3 0.7 S S 41
750 to 999 lbs 7 1.1 1 0.4 S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 450 71.5 202 51.8 S S 549
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 36 5.7 S S S S 329
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S S
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.