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 42,815 100.0 24,383 100.0 2,817 100.0 1,187
Less than 50 lbs 9,300 21.7 197 0.8 161 5.7 1,239
50 to 99 lbs 2,641 6.2 89 0.4 41 1.5 463
100 to 499 lbs 6,158 14.4 432 1.8 114 4.0 275
500 to 749 lbs 1,544 3.6 186 0.8 49 1.8 266
750 to 999 lbs 1,341 3.1 193 0.8 52 1.8 262
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 7,670 17.9 2,044 8.4 521 18.5 262
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 12,959 30.3 15,410 63.2 1,412 50.1 109
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 909 2.1 3,049 12.5 144 5.1 49
100,000 lbs or more S S S S 323 11.5 338

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 30,831 100.0 23,867 100.0 2,499 100.0 252
Less than 50 lbs 2,633 8.5 71 0.3 13 0.5 291
50 to 99 lbs 866 2.8 54 0.2 7 0.3 126
100 to 499 lbs 4,108 13.3 366 1.5 73 2.9 193
500 to 749 lbs 1,291 4.2 174 0.7 43 1.7 248
750 to 999 lbs 912 3.0 184 0.8 46 1.8 246
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 7,088 23.0 1,970 8.3 483 19.3 249
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 12,733 41.3 15,256 63.9 1,368 54.7 105
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 906 2.9 3,011 12.6 142 5.7 49
100,000 lbs or more S S S S 323 12.9 338

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 29,720 100.0 23,465 100.0 2,218 100.0 116
Less than 50 lbs 2,160 7.3 67 0.3 8 0.4 S
50 to 99 lbs 778 2.6 54 0.2 6 0.3 114
100 to 499 lbs 3,598 12.1 363 1.5 69 3.1 183
500 to 749 lbs 1,289 4.3 174 0.7 43 1.9 247
750 to 999 lbs 911 3.1 184 0.8 46 2.1 245
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 7,076 23.8 1,970 8.4 482 21.8 249
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 12,733 42.8 15,256 65.0 1,367 61.7 105
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 906 3.0 3,011 12.8 142 6.4 49
100,000 lbs or more S S S S 54 2.4 88

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 395 100.0 270 100.0 758
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 586
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 2,944
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 835
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S 395 99.9 269 99.8 684

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 1,084 100.0 6 100.0 11 100.0 1,896
Less than 50 lbs 473 43.6 S S S S 1,899
50 to 99 lbs 88 8.1 5.3 1 6.2 1,998
100 to 499 lbs S S 3 39.5 4 37.6 1,594
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 1,293
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 2,662
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 2,209
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 10,751 100.0 223 100.0 235 100.0 1,324
Less than 50 lbs 6,503 60.5 122 54.8 148 62.8 1,328
50 to 99 lbs 1,704 15.9 35 15.6 S S 959
100 to 499 lbs 1,875 17.4 50 22.2 40 16.9 777
500 to 749 lbs 238 2.2 8 3.4 6 2.6 812
750 to 999 lbs S S 8 3.5 S S 679
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 2,479
10,000 to 49,999 lbs
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 10,748 100.0 222 100.0 233 100.0 1,324
Less than 50 lbs 6,503 60.5 122 55.1 148 63.4 1,328
50 to 99 lbs 1,704 15.9 35 15.7 S S 959
100 to 499 lbs 1,875 17.4 50 22.3 40 17.0 777
500 to 749 lbs 238 2.2 8 3.4 6 2.7 812
750 to 999 lbs S S 8 3.5 S S 679
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 2,479
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 2,479
10,000 to 49,999 lbs
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 1,234 100.0 294 100.0 83 100.0 S
Less than 50 lbs 163 13.2 S S 0.2 S
50 to 99 lbs 71 5.7 1 0.2 0.1 S
100 to 499 lbs S S S S 1 1.1 S
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 27
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 248
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 579 46.9 73 24.9 35 42.5 531
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S 44 53.4 S
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 51
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.