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 47,102 100.0 21,439 100.0 2,857 100.0 273
Less than 50 lbs 8,129 17.3 114 0.5 33 1.2 322
50 to 99 lbs 3,232 6.9 S S 19 0.7 S
100 to 499 lbs 5,377 11.4 602 2.8 125 4.4 191
500 to 749 lbs 2,620 5.6 219 1.0 73 2.6 329
750 to 999 lbs 1,835 3.9 301 1.4 58 2.0 201
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 14,769 31.4 3,223 15.0 692 24.2 217
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 9,510 20.2 10,078 47.0 1,299 45.5 166
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,242 2.6 4,697 21.9 279 9.8 56
100,000 lbs or more 387 0.8 2,093 9.8 278 9.7 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 37,782 100.0 20,723 100.0 2,605 100.0 127
Less than 50 lbs 2,146 5.7 S S 5 0.2 77
50 to 99 lbs S S S S 7 0.3 S
100 to 499 lbs 4,109 10.9 537 2.6 112 4.3 193
500 to 749 lbs 2,489 6.6 213 1.0 72 2.8 333
750 to 999 lbs 1,780 4.7 296 1.4 57 2.2 201
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 14,312 37.9 3,126 15.1 631 24.2 206
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 9,317 24.7 10,000 48.3 1,195 45.9 148
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,068 2.8 4,457 21.5 274 10.5 59
100,000 lbs or more S S 1,941 9.4 S S 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 35,531 100.0 19,961 100.0 2,510 100.0 123
Less than 50 lbs 1,637 4.6 S S 4 0.2 69
50 to 99 lbs 846 2.4 S S 6 0.2 S
100 to 499 lbs 4,066 11.4 536 2.7 111 4.4 192
500 to 749 lbs 2,482 7.0 213 1.1 72 2.9 333
750 to 999 lbs 1,780 5.0 296 1.5 57 2.3 201
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 14,253 40.1 3,123 15.6 623 24.8 200
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 9,314 26.2 9,984 50.0 1,194 47.6 148
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 884 2.5 3,754 18.8 260 10.4 68
100,000 lbs or more S S 1,902 9.5 S S 110

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 820
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
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 156
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 53
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 1,809

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 S S 1,272
Less than 50 lbs S S 2.1 1,706
50 to 99 lbs S S 2.0 1,668
100 to 499 lbs S S 1 2.1 1,466
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 1,463
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 2,945
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 29
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 19
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 7,829 100.0 S S 128 100.0 643
Less than 50 lbs 5,684 72.6 44 13.8 28 21.5 650
50 to 99 lbs S S 20 6.3 13 10.0 637
100 to 499 lbs 953 12.2 24 7.5 11 8.8 463
500 to 749 lbs 124 1.6 4 1.1 1 0.5 S
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 218
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 2,416
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S S
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 3,443

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 7,737 100.0 97 100.0 53 100.0 641
Less than 50 lbs 5,683 73.4 44 45.8 28 52.0 648
50 to 99 lbs S S 20 21.0 13 24.1 637
100 to 499 lbs 952 12.3 24 24.9 11 20.8 453
500 to 749 lbs 124 1.6 4 3.8 1 1.3 S
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 218
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 173
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 2,052
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 5,239
50 to 99 lbs
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 4,664
500 to 749 lbs
750 to 999 lbs
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 2,416
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S S
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 3,443

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 1,491 100.0 394 100.0 S S S
Less than 50 lbs S S S S 0.3 S
50 to 99 lbs 16 1.1 1 0.3 S
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S S
500 to 749 lbs 7 0.5 S S S S S
750 to 999 lbs S S S S 21
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 447 30.0 95 24.1 S S 693
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 172 11.5 59 14.9 S S 1,293
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S S
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 2

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.