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 94,264 100.0 152,892 100.0 44,739 100.0 289
Less than 50 lbs 5,235 5.6 135 44 0.1 370
50 to 99 lbs 1,978 2.1 120 23 193
100 to 499 lbs 6,577 7.0 910 0.6 184 0.4 216
500 to 749 lbs 1,835 1.9 447 0.3 92 0.2 203
750 to 999 lbs 1,289 1.4 444 0.3 77 0.2 174
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 21,662 23.0 7,251 4.7 1,768 4.0 250
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 39,944 42.4 51,087 33.4 15,892 35.5 284
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 4,777 5.1 37,520 24.5 2,880 6.4 74
100,000 lbs or more 10,969 11.6 54,977 36.0 23,779 53.2 520

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 86,494 100.0 148,424 100.0 44,290 100.0 223
Less than 50 lbs 2,493 2.9 59 13 278
50 to 99 lbs 1,497 1.7 95 13 129
100 to 499 lbs 5,517 6.4 850 0.6 149 0.3 179
500 to 749 lbs 1,491 1.7 431 0.3 87 0.2 200
750 to 999 lbs 1,110 1.3 439 0.3 75 0.2 171
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 20,270 23.4 6,846 4.6 1,670 3.8 251
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 38,682 44.7 48,917 33.0 15,669 35.4 296
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 4,746 5.5 37,378 25.2 2,863 6.5 74
100,000 lbs or more 10,687 12.4 53,409 36.0 23,751 53.6 544

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 74,499 100.0 107,273 100.0 20,957 100.0 187
Less than 50 lbs 2,114 2.8 57 9 165
50 to 99 lbs 1,394 1.9 94 12 122
100 to 499 lbs 5,245 7.0 847 0.8 145 0.7 174
500 to 749 lbs 1,483 2.0 430 0.4 85 0.4 196
750 to 999 lbs 1,110 1.5 439 0.4 75 0.4 171
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 19,783 26.6 6,808 6.3 1,635 7.8 248
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 38,090 51.1 48,407 45.1 14,845 70.8 286
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 4,448 6.0 36,837 34.3 2,523 12.0 69
100,000 lbs or more 831 1.1 13,353 12.4 1,627 7.8 141

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 10,427 100.0 36,656 100.0 21,051 100.0 771
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 610
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S 288
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 1,585
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 288
750 to 999 lbs
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S 8 5 S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 568 5.4 434 1.2 S S 1,730
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 277 2.7 440 1.2 339 1.6 775
100,000 lbs or more 9,516 91.3 35,773 97.6 19,884 94.5 685

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 1,568 100.0 S S S S 1,480
Less than 50 lbs 376 24.0 2 4 0.2 1,562
50 to 99 lbs 101 6.5 1 1 1,112
100 to 499 lbs S S 2 3 0.1 1,179
500 to 749 lbs S S 1 2 1,649
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 1,491
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 942
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 24 1.5 S S S S S
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S S
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S S

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 4,584 100.0 214 100.0 193 100.0 536
Less than 50 lbs 2,433 53.1 65 30.6 31 16.1 530
50 to 99 lbs 465 10.1 23 10.5 10 5.3 458
100 to 499 lbs 1,019 22.2 47 21.8 35 18.0 739
500 to 749 lbs S S 11 4.9 4 1.9 315
750 to 999 lbs S S 4 1.8 2 0.9 482
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 864
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 146 3.2 60 28.0 109 56.2 1,957
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 662
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 4,415 100.0 149 100.0 81 100.0 534
Less than 50 lbs 2,432 55.1 65 44.0 31 38.2 529
50 to 99 lbs 465 10.5 23 15.1 10 12.6 458
100 to 499 lbs 1,015 23.0 46 31.1 34 42.2 726
500 to 749 lbs S S 10 7.1 4 4.4 313
750 to 999 lbs S S 4 2.5 2 2.2 482
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 987
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 169 100.0 65 100.0 112 100.0 1,870
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 1,466
50 to 99 lbs
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 2,364
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 1,115
750 to 999 lbs
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 539
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 146 86.6 60 92.1 109 96.7 1,957
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 662
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 3,187 100.0 S S 256 100.0 S
Less than 50 lbs S S S S 0.1 S
50 to 99 lbs 17 0.5 2 S S S
100 to 499 lbs S S 14 0.3 1 0.2 S
500 to 749 lbs 27 0.8 6 0.1 S S S
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 176
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S 404 9.5 97 37.8 231
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 1,115 35.0 S S 114 44.5 S
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 114
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S S

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.