Table 6. Shipment Characteristics by Commodity Group and Mode of Transportation for CBSA of Origin: 2002

Table 6. Shipment Characteristics by Commodity Group and Mode of Transportation 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 Commodities

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
(thousands)
Percent of total 2002
(millions)
Percent of total
All modes 168,488 100.0 101,563 100.0 26,954 100.0 457
Single modes 112,492 66.8 96,549 95.1 22,350 82.9 208
Truck2 107,562 63.8 89,614 88.2 13,802 51.2 151
Rail S S S S S S 1,015
All other Single modes 4,572 2.7 6,669 6.6 S S 1,755
Multiple modes 46,236 27.4 S S S S 826
Parcel, USPS or courier 40,850 24.2 688 0.7 551 2.0 814
All other Multiple modes S S S S S S 2,578
Other and unknown modes 9,761 5.8 2,907 2.9 372 1.4 S

SCTG 01-05, Agriculture products and fish

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
(thousands)
Percent of total 2002
(millions)
Percent of total
All modes 6,739 100.0 S S 164 100.0 S
Single modes 5,633 83.6 S S 157 95.9 S
Truck2 5,633 83.6 S S 157 95.9 S
Rail
All other Single modes
Multiple modes S S S S S S 3,829
Parcel, USPS or courier S S S S S S 2,438
All other Multiple modes S S S S S S 5,374
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S 6

SCTG 06-09, Grains, alcohol, and tobacco products

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
(thousands)
Percent of total 2002
(millions)
Percent of total
All modes 13,097 100.0 9,464 100.0 3,350 100.0 73
Single modes 12,666 96.7 9,116 96.3 3,258 97.3 67
Truck2 12,599 96.2 9,081 96.0 3,239 96.7 66
Rail
All other Single modes S S S S S S 510
Multiple modes 120 0.9 S S S S 1,428
Parcel, USPS or courier S S S S S S 1,407
All other Multiple modes S S S S S S 1,827
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S S

SCTG 10-14, Stones, non-metallic minerals, and metallic ores

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
(thousands)
Percent of total 2002
(millions)
Percent of total
All modes 272 100.0 14,353 100.0 S S S
Single modes 254 93.5 14,351 100.0 S S 22
Truck2 254 93.4 14,351 100.0 S S 22
Rail
All other Single modes S S S S S S 1,687
Multiple modes S S S S S S 220
Parcel, USPS or courier S S S S S S 220
All other Multiple modes
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S 10

SCTG 15-19, Coal and petroleum products

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
(thousands)
Percent of total 2002
(millions)
Percent of total
All modes 6,743 100.0 34,462 100.0 8,594 100.0 S
Single modes 6,691 99.2 34,364 99.7 8,551 99.5 S
Truck2 5,540 82.2 28,618 83.0 S S S
Rail
All other Single modes S S S S S S 1,342
Multiple modes S S S S S S 149
Parcel, USPS or courier S S S S S S 149
All other Multiple modes
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S S

SCTG 20-24, Pharmaceutical and chemical products

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
(thousands)
Percent of total 2002
(millions)
Percent of total
All modes 26,839 100.0 5,734 100.0 S S 440
Single modes 20,510 76.4 S S S S 291
Truck2 19,836 73.9 5,115 89.2 S S 285
Rail S S S S S S 1,595
All other Single modes 322 1.2 S S 1 1,452
Multiple modes 4,432 16.5 S S 188 5.1 641
Parcel, USPS or courier 2,515 9.4 97 1.7 88 2.4 596
All other Multiple modes S S S S S S 1,688
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S 503

SCTG 25-30, Logs, wood products, and textile and leather

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
(thousands)
Percent of total 2002
(millions)
Percent of total
All modes 30,354 100.0 7,540 100.0 S S 523
Single modes 18,520 61.0 5,795 76.9 S S 277
Truck2 18,105 59.6 5,699 75.6 S S 210
Rail S S S S S S 3,231
All other Single modes 410 1.3 S S S S 1,900
Multiple modes 10,489 34.6 S S S S 689
Parcel, USPS or courier 7,209 23.8 327 4.3 246 3.9 664
All other Multiple modes S S S S S S 3,417
Other and unknown modes 1,345 4.4 257 3.4 49 0.8 148

SCTG 31-34, Base metal and machinery

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
(thousands)
Percent of total 2002
(millions)
Percent of total
All modes 9,841 100.0 S S 854 100.0 S
Single modes 7,436 75.6 S S 717 84.0 S
Truck2 7,299 74.2 S S 627 73.5 S
Rail S S S S S S 17
All other Single modes S S S S S S 2,026
Multiple modes 1,983 20.2 S S S S 569
Parcel, USPS or courier 1,932 19.6 44 0.5 28 3.3 568
All other Multiple modes S S S S S S 1,638
Other and unknown modes 422 4.3 108 1.3 S S S

SCTG 35-38, Electronic, motorized vehicles, and precision instruments

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
(thousands)
Percent of total 2002
(millions)
Percent of total
All modes 32,933 100.0 5,987 100.0 1,102 100.0 763
Single modes 18,919 57.4 5,638 94.2 985 89.3 497
Truck2 17,032 51.7 5,632 94.1 975 88.4 217
Rail
All other Single modes 1,886 5.7 6 0.1 10 0.9 1,654
Multiple modes 10,592 32.2 103 1.7 89 8.1 1,031
Parcel, USPS or courier 10,592 32.2 103 1.7 89 8.1 1,031
All other Multiple modes S S S S S S 42
Other and unknown modes 3,423 10.4 S S 28 2.5 S

SCTG 39-43, Furniture, mixed freight and misc manufactured products

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
(thousands)
Percent of total 2002
(millions)
Percent of total
All modes 41,591 100.0 13,715 100.0 2,250 100.0 518
Single modes 21,825 52.5 12,394 90.4 2,087 92.8 224
Truck2 21,225 51.0 11,639 84.9 2,073 92.1 186
Rail S S S S S S S
All other Single modes 600 1.4 S S 14 0.6 1,914
Multiple modes 18,550 44.6 131 1.0 154 6.9 964
Parcel, USPS or courier 18,513 44.5 113 0.8 97 4.3 964
All other Multiple modes S S S S S S 3,262
Other and unknown modes 1,216 2.9 S S S S S

Commodity Unknown

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
(thousands)
Percent of total 2002
(millions)
Percent of total
All modes 79 100.0 14 100.0 3 100.0 501
Single modes 39 48.9 S S 2 65.1 S
Truck2 39 48.8 S S 2 65.1 S
Rail
All other Single modes S S S S S S 1,804
Multiple modes 38 48.3 1 4.7 1 19.9 1,076
Parcel, USPS or courier 38 48.3 1 4.7 1 19.9 1,076
All other Multiple modes
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S 341

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.