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 105,935 100.0 67,237 100.0 15,378 100.0 759
Less than 50 lbs 18,990 17.9 186 0.3 156 1.0 873
50 to 99 lbs 2,142 2.0 98 0.1 64 0.4 638
100 to 499 lbs 6,587 6.2 554 0.8 223 1.4 451
500 to 749 lbs 1,908 1.8 195 0.3 67 0.4 349
750 to 999 lbs 1,233 1.2 177 0.3 58 0.4 326
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 15,593 14.7 2,968 4.4 805 5.2 295
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 51,665 48.8 24,969 37.1 5,143 33.4 202
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 2,321 2.2 10,277 15.3 956 6.2 S
100,000 lbs or more 5,497 5.2 27,813 41.4 7,907 51.4 412

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 94,983 100.0 65,988 100.0 14,380 100.0 392
Less than 50 lbs 12,142 12.8 46 18 0.1 573
50 to 99 lbs 503 0.5 32 7 227
100 to 499 lbs 5,609 5.9 491 0.7 160 1.1 320
500 to 749 lbs 1,879 2.0 186 0.3 65 0.4 350
750 to 999 lbs 1,076 1.1 174 0.3 57 0.4 326
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 14,843 15.6 2,858 4.3 760 5.3 294
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 51,297 54.0 24,572 37.2 4,923 34.2 196
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 2,309 2.4 10,143 15.4 948 6.6 S
100,000 lbs or more 5,325 5.6 27,484 41.7 7,443 51.8 400

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 77,767 100.0 39,046 100.0 7,108 100.0 265
Less than 50 lbs 1,032 1.3 40 0.1 S S 245
50 to 99 lbs 414 0.5 31 6 189
100 to 499 lbs 5,346 6.9 490 1.3 159 2.2 318
500 to 749 lbs 1,340 1.7 184 0.5 62 0.9 343
750 to 999 lbs 1,075 1.4 174 0.4 57 0.8 327
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 14,834 19.1 2,849 7.3 756 10.6 294
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 51,089 65.7 23,972 61.4 4,686 65.9 193
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 2,243 2.9 9,843 25.2 936 13.2 S
100,000 lbs or more 395 0.5 S S 437 6.1 325

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 1,922 100.0 8,247 100.0 5,225 100.0 651
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 399
50 to 99 lbs
100 to 499 lbs
500 to 749 lbs
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 2,037
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,829
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 129 6.7 238 2.9 236 4.5 817
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 7 0.4 S S 11 0.2 667
100,000 lbs or more 1,781 92.7 7,990 96.9 4,975 95.2 622

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 15,294 100.0 S S 2,047 100.0 1,265
Less than 50 lbs 11,110 72.6 6 8 0.4 1,328
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S 1,413
100 to 499 lbs 264 1.7 1 1 1,155
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 945
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 2
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 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 S
100,000 lbs or more S S S S 2,032 99.2 S

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 9,687 100.0 580 100.0 792 100.0 948
Less than 50 lbs 6,744 69.6 136 23.5 137 17.3 945
50 to 99 lbs 1,588 16.4 64 11.1 56 7.1 879
100 to 499 lbs 895 9.2 52 8.9 61 7.7 1,276
500 to 749 lbs S S S S 2 0.2 679
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 750
1,000 to 9,999 lbs
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,527
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,181
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 1,590

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 9,385 100.0 255 100.0 254 100.0 947
Less than 50 lbs 6,744 71.9 136 53.5 137 53.9 945
50 to 99 lbs 1,587 16.9 64 25.2 56 22.0 876
100 to 499 lbs 890 9.5 51 20.0 59 23.2 1,261
500 to 749 lbs S S S S 2 0.6 679
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 556
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 301 100.0 S S S S 2,259
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 2,649
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S 2,649
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 2,649
500 to 749 lbs
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 2,046
1,000 to 9,999 lbs
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,527
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,181
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 1,590

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 1,265 100.0 669 100.0 206 100.0 198
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 203
50 to 99 lbs S S S S 0.2 S
100 to 499 lbs 82 6.5 11 1.6 S S 100
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 170
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 750 59.3 S S S S 328
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 355
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 51
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 611

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.