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 60,864 100.0 50,617 100.0 7,362 100.0 577
Less than 50 lbs 7,819 12.8 95 0.2 55 0.7 736
50 to 99 lbs 1,106 1.8 69 0.1 25 0.3 368
100 to 499 lbs 4,621 7.6 457 0.9 125 1.7 284
500 to 749 lbs 1,895 3.1 268 0.5 68 0.9 253
750 to 999 lbs 1,699 2.8 185 0.4 56 0.8 298
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 16,990 27.9 5,398 10.7 1,705 23.2 318
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 24,402 40.1 35,558 70.2 4,752 64.5 162
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,923 3.2 7,581 15.0 411 5.6 51
100,000 lbs or more 408 0.7 S S 165 2.2 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 48,739 100.0 49,923 100.0 6,906 100.0 253
Less than 50 lbs S S 28 7 0.1 341
50 to 99 lbs 320 0.7 39 6 145
100 to 499 lbs 3,254 6.7 397 0.8 92 1.3 221
500 to 749 lbs 1,836 3.8 257 0.5 65 0.9 251
750 to 999 lbs 1,602 3.3 178 0.4 51 0.7 284
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 15,652 32.1 5,299 10.6 1,584 22.9 302
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 21,590 44.3 35,273 70.7 4,535 65.7 155
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,825 3.7 7,460 14.9 410 5.9 52
100,000 lbs or more 405 0.8 S S 156 2.3 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 46,834 100.0 49,637 100.0 6,756 100.0 213
Less than 50 lbs 868 1.9 26 5 184
50 to 99 lbs 309 0.7 39 5 136
100 to 499 lbs 3,252 6.9 397 0.8 92 1.4 220
500 to 749 lbs 1,836 3.9 257 0.5 65 1.0 251
750 to 999 lbs 1,602 3.4 178 0.4 51 0.8 284
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 15,652 33.4 5,299 10.7 1,584 23.4 302
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 21,204 45.3 35,212 70.9 4,500 66.6 155
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,812 3.9 7,451 15.0 394 5.8 51
100,000 lbs or more 301 0.6 S S 59 0.9 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 S S S S S S 670
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 97
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 574
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,708
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 800

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 S S S S 3 100.0 1,207
Less than 50 lbs S S S S 2 70.1 1,195
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S 2,598
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 2,049
500 to 749 lbs
750 to 999 lbs
1,000 to 9,999 lbs
10,000 to 49,999 lbs
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 3

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 10,398 100.0 351 100.0 407 100.0 814
Less than 50 lbs 5,548 53.4 66 18.7 48 11.7 821
50 to 99 lbs 772 7.4 28 7.9 19 4.8 699
100 to 499 lbs 1,347 13.0 48 13.7 32 7.9 699
500 to 749 lbs 53 0.5 6 1.8 3 0.8 S
750 to 999 lbs S S 7 2.0 S S 665
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,612
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,521
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 7,817 100.0 155 100.0 106 100.0 812
Less than 50 lbs 5,548 71.0 66 42.2 48 45.0 821
50 to 99 lbs 772 9.9 28 17.9 19 18.4 699
100 to 499 lbs 1,347 17.2 48 31.0 32 30.4 699
500 to 749 lbs 53 0.7 6 4.2 3 3.2 S
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 422
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 454
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 1,689
Less than 50 lbs
50 to 99 lbs
100 to 499 lbs
500 to 749 lbs
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 2,617
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,688
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,521
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 1,727 100.0 343 100.0 48 100.0 S
Less than 50 lbs 16 0.9 S S S S S
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S S
100 to 499 lbs S S S S 0.1 S
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S S
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 79
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 449 26.0 28 8.2 6 12.0 S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 1,120 64.8 160 46.7 32 67.3 208
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 6
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 685

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.