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 26,428 100.0 25,983 100.0 4,855 100.0 405
Less than 50 lbs 2,680 10.1 77 0.3 38 0.8 463
50 to 99 lbs 1,837 6.9 47 0.2 17 0.4 364
100 to 499 lbs 3,215 12.2 257 1.0 64 1.3 263
500 to 749 lbs 905 3.4 131 0.5 25 0.5 190
750 to 999 lbs 421 1.6 107 0.4 28 0.6 256
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 4,751 18.0 1,729 6.7 436 9.0 228
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 6,339 24.0 9,028 34.7 1,759 36.2 198
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 2,430 9.2 2,781 10.7 350 7.2 132
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 559

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 23,665 100.0 25,122 100.0 4,522 100.0 155
Less than 50 lbs 992 4.2 27 0.1 3 126
50 to 99 lbs 1,520 6.4 28 0.1 3 102
100 to 499 lbs 2,791 11.8 220 0.9 39 0.9 179
500 to 749 lbs 868 3.7 125 0.5 22 0.5 169
750 to 999 lbs 388 1.6 100 0.4 25 0.5 243
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 4,696 19.8 1,694 6.7 417 9.2 224
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 6,178 26.1 8,939 35.6 1,734 38.4 198
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 2,400 10.1 2,747 10.9 344 7.6 132
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 483

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 18,084 100.0 23,455 100.0 2,472 100.0 133
Less than 50 lbs 957 5.3 27 0.1 2 0.1 92
50 to 99 lbs 1,507 8.3 28 0.1 3 0.1 93
100 to 499 lbs 2,699 14.9 217 0.9 36 1.5 163
500 to 749 lbs 854 4.7 124 0.5 20 0.8 158
750 to 999 lbs 386 2.1 100 0.4 24 1.0 239
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 4,667 25.8 1,691 7.2 415 16.8 222
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 6,008 33.2 8,748 37.3 1,618 65.5 192
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S 2,613 11.1 156 6.3 55
100,000 lbs or more 89 0.5 S S S S 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 5,398 100.0 S S S S 909
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 413
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 607
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,412
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 1,064

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 184 100.0 6 100.0 8 100.0 1,479
Less than 50 lbs 35 19.2 6.0 1 7.2 1,521
50 to 99 lbs S S 3.1 3.5 1,359
100 to 499 lbs 92 50.1 3 41.1 3 42.7 1,337
500 to 749 lbs 14 7.6 1 16.5 1 18.4 1,393
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 1,482
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,244
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 644
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 2,448 100.0 119 100.0 93 100.0 653
Less than 50 lbs 1,658 67.7 48 40.6 35 37.3 643
50 to 99 lbs 311 12.7 18 15.2 15 15.6 789
100 to 499 lbs 395 16.1 34 28.1 24 25.3 713
500 to 749 lbs 36 1.5 S S S S 730
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 514
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 5
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,480
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 2,412 100.0 110 100.0 77 100.0 652
Less than 50 lbs 1,658 68.7 48 44.2 35 45.3 643
50 to 99 lbs 311 12.9 18 16.6 15 18.9 789
100 to 499 lbs 384 15.9 33 30.2 22 28.0 691
500 to 749 lbs 36 1.5 S S S S 730
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 514
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 3,277
Less than 50 lbs
50 to 99 lbs
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 3,909
500 to 749 lbs
750 to 999 lbs
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 5
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,480
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 315 100.0 S S S S 83
Less than 50 lbs 31 9.9 1 0.2 37
50 to 99 lbs 6 1.8 1 0.1 S
100 to 499 lbs 30 9.4 4 0.5 S S S
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 21
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 396
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 55 17.3 34 4.6 S S 428
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 140
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 948

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.