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 118,942 100.0 86,596 100.0 10,021 100.0 596
Less than 50 lbs 13,641 11.5 281 0.3 150 1.5 714
50 to 99 lbs 6,041 5.1 215 0.2 51 0.5 235
100 to 499 lbs 12,029 10.1 1,366 1.6 262 2.6 196
500 to 749 lbs 4,388 3.7 634 0.7 110 1.1 176
750 to 999 lbs 2,351 2.0 550 0.6 101 1.0 179
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 26,157 22.0 8,455 9.8 1,356 13.5 159
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 46,171 38.8 44,253 51.1 6,023 60.1 156
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 3,104 2.6 9,896 11.4 719 7.2 66
100,000 lbs or more 5,060 4.3 20,946 24.2 1,250 12.5 394

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 98,684 100.0 85,228 100.0 9,432 100.0 106
Less than 50 lbs 4,068 4.1 116 0.1 10 0.1 S
50 to 99 lbs 2,982 3.0 147 0.2 11 0.1 75
100 to 499 lbs 8,931 9.0 1,218 1.4 159 1.7 117
500 to 749 lbs 2,991 3.0 601 0.7 96 1.0 163
750 to 999 lbs 1,968 2.0 495 0.6 65 0.7 129
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 25,012 25.3 8,253 9.7 1,311 13.9 157
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 44,627 45.2 43,657 51.2 5,889 62.4 156
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 3,096 3.1 9,858 11.6 715 7.6 66
100,000 lbs or more 5,009 5.1 20,881 24.5 1,177 12.5 378

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 92,396 100.0 70,356 100.0 8,310 100.0 96
Less than 50 lbs 3,852 4.2 115 0.2 8 0.1 S
50 to 99 lbs S S 146 0.2 10 0.1 66
100 to 499 lbs 8,526 9.2 1,215 1.7 156 1.9 115
500 to 749 lbs 2,849 3.1 601 0.9 95 1.1 162
750 to 999 lbs 1,853 2.0 495 0.7 64 0.8 128
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 23,495 25.4 8,239 11.7 1,294 15.6 155
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 44,576 48.2 43,598 62.0 5,831 70.2 154
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 3,053 3.3 9,795 13.9 671 8.1 62
100,000 lbs or more S S S S 182 2.2 112

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 628 100.0 1,164 100.0 951 100.0 604
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 181
50 to 99 lbs
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 143
500 to 749 lbs
750 to 999 lbs
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,597
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 47 7.5 S S S S 1,139
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 43 6.8 60 5.2 44 4.6 730
100,000 lbs or more 470 75.0 1,048 90.1 852 89.6 803

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 5,660 100.0 13,708 100.0 171 100.0 1,400
Less than 50 lbs S S 1 S S 1,365
50 to 99 lbs S S S S 2,991
100 to 499 lbs 343 6.1 2 3 1.5 1,255
500 to 749 lbs S S 1 0.4 1,829
750 to 999 lbs S S 1 0.4 1,477
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 1,512 26.7 12 S S 1,116
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 863
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 18
100,000 lbs or more 3,127 55.2 S S S S 11

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 16,540 100.0 515 100.0 427 100.0 863
Less than 50 lbs 9,339 56.5 158 30.6 140 32.8 871
50 to 99 lbs 2,946 17.8 63 12.3 40 9.4 609
100 to 499 lbs 2,934 17.7 134 26.0 102 23.9 780
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 622
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 679
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 115 0.7 66 12.8 78 18.3 1,153
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 875

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 16,387 100.0 429 100.0 327 100.0 863
Less than 50 lbs 9,339 57.0 158 36.7 140 42.7 871
50 to 99 lbs 2,946 18.0 63 14.8 40 12.2 609
100 to 499 lbs 2,930 17.9 134 31.1 100 30.4 755
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 622
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 663
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 14
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 153 100.0 86 100.0 99 100.0 4,111
Less than 50 lbs
50 to 99 lbs
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 5,532
500 to 749 lbs
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 5,319
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 5,319
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 115 75.2 66 76.7 78 78.8 1,153
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 875

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 3,718 100.0 S S 163 100.0 S
Less than 50 lbs 234 6.3 7 0.8 S
50 to 99 lbs 113 3.1 5 0.6 S S 56
100 to 499 lbs S S 14 1.6 S S S
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S S
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 94
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 1,139 30.6 201 23.5 45 27.6 240
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 1,428 38.4 S S 55 34.1 S
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 109
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 1,188

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.