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 10,505 100.0 29,137 100.0 6,089 100.0 927
Less than 50 lbs 1,152 11.0 S S S S 1,350
50 to 99 lbs 128 1.2 S S S S 537
100 to 499 lbs 456 4.3 S S 13 0.2 S
500 to 749 lbs 118 1.1 29 0.1 6 188
750 to 999 lbs S S 35 0.1 6 0.1 S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 1,515 14.4 575 2.0 139 2.3 245
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 3,218 30.6 5,896 20.2 1,381 22.7 258
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 748 7.1 4,099 14.1 469 7.7 113
100,000 lbs or more 2,973 28.3 18,390 63.1 4,030 66.2 618

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 8,782 100.0 28,732 100.0 5,916 100.0 S
Less than 50 lbs 122 1.4 S S 1 S
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S S
100 to 499 lbs S S S S 10 0.2 S
500 to 749 lbs 112 1.3 28 0.1 5 185
750 to 999 lbs S S 35 0.1 6 0.1 S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 1,484 16.9 567 2.0 134 2.3 238
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 3,204 36.5 5,886 20.5 1,355 22.9 253
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 742 8.4 4,095 14.3 465 7.9 113
100,000 lbs or more 2,460 28.0 18,036 62.8 3,940 66.6 643

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 6,758 100.0 10,956 100.0 1,999 100.0 137
Less than 50 lbs 96 1.4 S S 1 S
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S S
100 to 499 lbs S S S S 10 0.5 S
500 to 749 lbs 112 1.7 28 0.3 5 0.3 185
750 to 999 lbs S S 35 0.3 6 0.3 S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 1,484 22.0 567 5.2 134 6.7 238
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 3,191 47.2 5,878 53.6 1,347 67.4 252
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 726 10.7 4,072 37.2 449 22.5 111
100,000 lbs or more S S 293 2.7 46 2.3 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 1,874 100.0 12,264 100.0 2,446 100.0 723
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 912
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 685
100,000 lbs or more 1,845 98.5 12,232 99.7 2,423 99.1 720

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 2,771
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 2,804
50 to 99 lbs S S 2,036
100 to 499 lbs S S S S 1,724
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 2,113
750 to 999 lbs
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,213
10,000 to 49,999 lbs
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 267

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 1,444 100.0 224 100.0 145 100.0 1,757
Less than 50 lbs 1,027 71.1 S S S S 1,788
50 to 99 lbs 80 5.6 S S S S 1,395
100 to 499 lbs 39 2.7 S S S S 1,510
500 to 749 lbs S S S S 0.1 670
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 1,814
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,859
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 3,045
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 667

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 1,149 100.0 S S S S 1,757
Less than 50 lbs 1,027 89.3 S S S S 1,788
50 to 99 lbs 80 7.0 S S S S 1,395
100 to 499 lbs 39 3.4 S S S S 1,510
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 521
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 1,814
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 512
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 98 100.0 1,915
Less than 50 lbs
50 to 99 lbs
100 to 499 lbs
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 2,922
750 to 999 lbs
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 3,006
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 3,045
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 667

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 279 100.0 181 100.0 S S S
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 19
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S 25
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 79
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 135
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 3
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 28 10.0 7 3.8 S S 456
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 2,072
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,082
100,000 lbs or more 225 80.4 S S 1 4.4 7

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.