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 43,541 100.0 33,056 100.0 4,164 100.0 523
Less than 50 lbs 3,343 7.7 119 0.4 29 0.7 620
50 to 99 lbs 1,200 2.8 85 0.3 17 0.4 216
100 to 499 lbs 4,032 9.3 395 1.2 115 2.8 261
500 to 749 lbs 1,548 3.6 162 0.5 57 1.4 350
750 to 999 lbs 1,003 2.3 118 0.4 24 0.6 209
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 11,225 25.8 2,556 7.7 934 22.4 402
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 19,812 45.5 21,324 64.5 2,471 59.3 131
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,259 2.9 7,834 23.7 394 9.5 50
100,000 lbs or more 119 0.3 461 1.4 122 2.9 300

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 40,727 100.0 32,831 100.0 4,094 100.0 170
Less than 50 lbs 2,021 5.0 S S 9 0.2 S
50 to 99 lbs 824 2.0 77 0.2 10 0.2 131
100 to 499 lbs 3,673 9.0 377 1.1 101 2.5 235
500 to 749 lbs 1,476 3.6 160 0.5 56 1.4 349
750 to 999 lbs 888 2.2 117 0.4 24 0.6 207
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 10,707 26.3 2,503 7.6 921 22.5 405
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 19,762 48.5 21,206 64.6 2,457 60.0 131
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,259 3.1 7,834 23.9 394 9.6 50
100,000 lbs or more 119 0.3 461 1.4 122 3.0 300

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 39,405 100.0 32,488 100.0 3,978 100.0 158
Less than 50 lbs 1,868 4.7 S S 8 0.2 S
50 to 99 lbs 721 1.8 76 0.2 9 0.2 118
100 to 499 lbs 3,226 8.2 372 1.1 96 2.4 225
500 to 749 lbs 1,383 3.5 160 0.5 54 1.4 343
750 to 999 lbs 837 2.1 116 0.4 23 0.6 202
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 10,323 26.2 2,498 7.7 917 23.1 404
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 19,762 50.2 21,201 65.3 2,453 61.7 131
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,255 3.2 7,829 24.1 393 9.9 50
100,000 lbs or more S S 141 0.4 25 0.6 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 91 100.0 330 100.0 102 100.0 367
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 883
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 235
100,000 lbs or more 86 95.2 320 97.1 97 94.7 338

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 1,231 100.0 13 100.0 13 100.0 1,273
Less than 50 lbs 153 12.4 1 5.6 1 7.7 1,328
50 to 99 lbs 103 8.4 1 7.3 1 8.5 1,175
100 to 499 lbs 447 36.3 5 35.5 5 40.2 1,127
500 to 749 lbs S S 1 6.4 S S 1,607
750 to 999 lbs 51 4.1 S S S S 720
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S 4 31.3 3 25.4 881
10,000 to 49,999 lbs
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 184
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 2,046 100.0 48 100.0 41 100.0 1,020
Less than 50 lbs 1,318 64.4 23 48.7 20 48.1 1,024
50 to 99 lbs 374 18.3 7 15.0 8 18.3 1,071
100 to 499 lbs 327 16.0 16 34.0 S S 697
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 672
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 2,896
10,000 to 49,999 lbs
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 2,044 100.0 47 100.0 41 100.0 1,020
Less than 50 lbs 1,318 64.5 23 48.9 20 48.6 1,024
50 to 99 lbs 374 18.3 7 15.0 8 18.5 1,071
100 to 499 lbs 327 16.0 16 34.1 S S 697
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 672
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S S
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 2,896
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 2,896
10,000 to 49,999 lbs
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 29 100.0 285
Less than 50 lbs S S 0.1 0.2 272
50 to 99 lbs S S 0.1 S S 631
100 to 499 lbs S S 2 1.3 1 2.9 339
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 253
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 434
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S 54 30.1 13 45.8 234
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 728
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.