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 89,683 100.0 64,085 100.0 8,835 100.0 539
Less than 50 lbs 19,872 22.2 196 0.3 88 1.0 795
50 to 99 lbs 3,267 3.6 217 0.3 39 0.4 165
100 to 499 lbs 18,972 21.2 945 1.5 226 2.6 254
500 to 749 lbs 2,143 2.4 389 0.6 36 0.4 92
750 to 999 lbs 961 1.1 273 0.4 45 0.5 162
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 12,608 14.1 7,172 11.2 958 10.8 138
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 28,699 32.0 36,612 57.1 5,383 60.9 143
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 2,825 3.2 10,603 16.5 604 6.8 57
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 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 74,554 100.0 62,208 100.0 8,620 100.0 227
Less than 50 lbs 9,774 13.1 135 0.2 26 0.3 358
50 to 99 lbs 1,743 2.3 S S 15 0.2 S
100 to 499 lbs 16,849 22.6 862 1.4 181 2.1 218
500 to 749 lbs 1,924 2.6 375 0.6 34 0.4 88
750 to 999 lbs 744 1.0 259 0.4 36 0.4 139
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 12,267 16.5 6,754 10.9 935 10.8 140
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 28,099 37.7 35,406 56.9 5,335 61.9 150
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 2,818 3.8 10,558 17.0 602 7.0 57
100,000 lbs or more S S S S 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 58,418 100.0 61,946 100.0 8,254 100.0 131
Less than 50 lbs 4,226 7.2 128 0.2 14 0.2 148
50 to 99 lbs 1,266 2.2 S S 9 0.1 S
100 to 499 lbs 7,224 12.4 842 1.4 145 1.8 171
500 to 749 lbs 1,654 2.8 375 0.6 33 0.4 87
750 to 999 lbs 740 1.3 259 0.4 36 0.4 139
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 12,176 20.8 6,747 10.9 923 11.2 136
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 27,994 47.9 35,397 57.1 5,328 64.5 150
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 2,815 4.8 10,556 17.0 601 7.3 57
100,000 lbs or more S S 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 S S S S S S 1,814
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 1,841
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 1,488
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 880
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 1,209

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 16,091 100.0 S S S S 1,756
Less than 50 lbs 5,522 34.3 S S S S 1,729
50 to 99 lbs 477 3.0 S S S S 2,175
100 to 499 lbs 9,625 59.8 20 17.2 36 16.3 1,816
500 to 749 lbs S S 0.3 1 0.3 1,999
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 3,362
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 2,095
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 439
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 2,134

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 13,579 100.0 184 100.0 158 100.0 1,101
Less than 50 lbs 9,630 70.9 55 30.2 60 38.2 1,137
50 to 99 lbs 1,491 11.0 32 17.7 24 15.1 709
100 to 499 lbs 2,051 15.1 65 35.5 43 27.0 694
500 to 749 lbs 204 1.5 S S S S S
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 162
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,846
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 2,205
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 13,531 100.0 170 100.0 129 100.0 1,100
Less than 50 lbs 9,615 71.1 55 32.3 60 46.2 1,136
50 to 99 lbs 1,490 11.0 32 19.0 24 18.5 709
100 to 499 lbs 2,051 15.2 65 38.3 42 32.8 691
500 to 749 lbs 204 1.5 S S S S S
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 162
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 494
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 1,953
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 1,785
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S 1,795
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 2,962
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 2,962
750 to 999 lbs
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 2,990
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 2,205
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 S S S S 57 100.0 S
Less than 50 lbs S S 6 0.4 S S S
50 to 99 lbs 34 2.2 3 0.2 S S S
100 to 499 lbs 72 4.6 17 1.0 S S S
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S S
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 1,479
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 338 21.8 S S 19 32.6 S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S 24 42.9 S
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 47
100,000 lbs or more

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.