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 168,488 100.0 101,563 100.0 26,954 100.0 457
Less than 50 lbs 39,361 23.4 460 0.5 212 0.8 548
50 to 99 lbs 9,416 5.6 421 0.4 154 0.6 377
100 to 499 lbs 24,917 14.8 2,183 2.1 615 2.3 277
500 to 749 lbs 7,582 4.5 1,102 1.1 303 1.1 S
750 to 999 lbs 5,570 3.3 836 0.8 221 0.8 S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 40,421 24.0 9,829 9.7 2,402 8.9 225
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 32,382 19.2 43,763 43.1 11,098 41.2 270
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 2,004 1.2 16,383 16.1 1,235 4.6 S
100,000 lbs or more 6,836 4.1 26,586 26.2 10,716 39.8 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 112,492 100.0 96,549 100.0 22,350 100.0 208
Less than 50 lbs 8,111 7.2 190 0.2 33 0.1 235
50 to 99 lbs 3,979 3.5 263 0.3 30 0.1 113
100 to 499 lbs 17,715 15.7 1,721 1.8 330 1.5 189
500 to 749 lbs 5,798 5.2 861 0.9 188 0.8 230
750 to 999 lbs 4,978 4.4 676 0.7 205 0.9 S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 37,065 32.9 9,181 9.5 2,261 10.1 230
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 26,388 23.5 40,914 42.4 7,406 33.1 183
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,815 1.6 16,174 16.8 1,186 5.3 S
100,000 lbs or more 6,641 5.9 26,570 27.5 10,712 47.9 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 107,562 100.0 89,614 100.0 13,802 100.0 151
Less than 50 lbs 6,214 5.8 186 0.2 25 0.2 115
50 to 99 lbs 3,780 3.5 261 0.3 26 0.2 97
100 to 499 lbs 17,049 15.9 1,713 1.9 316 2.3 S
500 to 749 lbs 5,544 5.2 853 1.0 181 1.3 223
750 to 999 lbs 4,967 4.6 675 0.8 204 1.5 S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 36,837 34.2 9,091 10.1 2,110 15.3 221
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 26,074 24.2 40,829 45.6 7,313 53.0 181
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,815 1.7 16,173 18.0 1,185 8.6 S
100,000 lbs or more 5,282 4.9 19,833 22.1 2,442 17.7 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 1,015
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S S
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 3,200
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,780
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 793

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 4,572 100.0 6,669 100.0 S S 1,755
Less than 50 lbs 1,897 41.5 5 8 0.1 1,767
50 to 99 lbs 199 4.4 2 S S 1,917
100 to 499 lbs S S 8 0.1 14 0.2 1,722
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 933
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 1,692
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,584
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S 45 0.7 21 0.3 S
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 2,230
100,000 lbs or more 1,242 27.2 S S S S 1,255

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 46,236 100.0 S S S S 826
Less than 50 lbs 29,065 62.9 225 10.7 168 4.0 813
50 to 99 lbs 4,862 10.5 139 6.6 117 2.8 851
100 to 499 lbs 6,112 13.2 283 13.4 275 6.5 876
500 to 749 lbs 1,392 3.0 73 3.5 S S 1,463
750 to 999 lbs 279 0.6 11 0.5 S S 1,163
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,707
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 2,159
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S S
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 3,109

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 40,850 100.0 688 100.0 551 100.0 814
Less than 50 lbs 29,064 71.1 225 32.7 168 30.5 813
50 to 99 lbs 4,858 11.9 139 20.2 117 21.2 847
100 to 499 lbs 5,765 14.1 266 38.7 218 39.5 788
500 to 749 lbs 779 1.9 49 7.1 44 7.9 852
750 to 999 lbs 231 0.6 9 1.2 5 1.0 621
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 37
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 2,578
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 42
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S 3,185
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 3,284
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 2,755
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 3,040
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,721
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 2,159
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S S
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 3,109

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 9,761 100.0 2,907 100.0 372 100.0 S
Less than 50 lbs 2,185 22.4 44 1.5 S S 176
50 to 99 lbs 574 5.9 18 0.6 S S 391
100 to 499 lbs 1,090 11.2 S S S S S
500 to 749 lbs S S S S 4 1.0 S
750 to 999 lbs 313 3.2 S S S S S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 2,730 28.0 S S 84 22.6 S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S 210 56.4 S
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 253
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 1

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.