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 39,662 100.0 24,511 100.0 2,439 100.0 462
Less than 50 lbs 5,241 13.2 103 0.4 50 2.1 642
50 to 99 lbs 2,231 5.6 83 0.3 27 1.1 324
100 to 499 lbs 7,589 19.1 952 3.9 181 7.4 200
500 to 749 lbs 2,123 5.4 226 0.9 57 2.3 252
750 to 999 lbs 1,932 4.9 166 0.7 53 2.2 326
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 13,572 34.2 3,001 12.2 585 24.0 209
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 6,361 16.0 17,583 71.7 1,299 53.3 84
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 457 1.2 1,323 5.4 S S S
100,000 lbs or more 157 0.4 1,076 4.4 121 5.0 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 32,732 100.0 23,924 100.0 2,233 100.0 150
Less than 50 lbs 1,742 5.3 37 0.2 4 0.2 159
50 to 99 lbs 953 2.9 41 0.2 5 0.2 110
100 to 499 lbs 6,048 18.5 846 3.5 118 5.3 131
500 to 749 lbs 1,945 5.9 215 0.9 48 2.1 223
750 to 999 lbs 1,901 5.8 162 0.7 47 2.1 296
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 13,260 40.5 2,952 12.3 567 25.4 204
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 6,294 19.2 17,468 73.0 1,266 56.7 82
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 457 1.4 1,323 5.5 S S S
100,000 lbs or more 133 0.4 S S 113 5.1 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 32,049 100.0 23,826 100.0 2,130 100.0 127
Less than 50 lbs 1,504 4.7 36 0.2 3 0.1 91
50 to 99 lbs 747 2.3 41 0.2 4 0.2 101
100 to 499 lbs 5,933 18.5 844 3.5 117 5.5 129
500 to 749 lbs 1,926 6.0 214 0.9 47 2.2 223
750 to 999 lbs 1,895 5.9 161 0.7 47 2.2 297
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 13,248 41.3 2,950 12.4 563 26.4 203
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 6,283 19.6 17,460 73.3 1,238 58.1 80
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 457 1.4 1,323 5.6 S S S
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 94 100.0 S S 98 100.0 1,301
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 1,025
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 3,253
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 3,272
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 855

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 590 100.0 4 100.0 4 100.0 1,583
Less than 50 lbs 233 39.5 1 23.5 1 35.0 1,662
50 to 99 lbs S S 11.6 9.6 892
100 to 499 lbs 115 19.5 1 38.3 2 39.6 1,156
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S S
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 129
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S 6.4 S S 1,689
10,000 to 49,999 lbs
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
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 6,353 100.0 429 100.0 161 100.0 807
Less than 50 lbs 3,434 54.1 64 14.8 46 28.7 845
50 to 99 lbs 1,266 19.9 41 9.6 23 14.0 546
100 to 499 lbs 1,459 23.0 96 22.4 60 37.2 608
500 to 749 lbs 132 2.1 7 1.7 7 4.2 936
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 1,683
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S S
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S S

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 6,321 100.0 212 100.0 142 100.0 808
Less than 50 lbs 3,434 54.3 64 30.0 46 32.6 845
50 to 99 lbs 1,266 20.0 41 19.4 23 16.0 546
100 to 499 lbs 1,459 23.1 96 45.3 60 42.3 608
500 to 749 lbs 132 2.1 7 3.5 7 4.8 935
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 1,657
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S S
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 S
Less than 50 lbs
50 to 99 lbs
100 to 499 lbs
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 5,452
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 3,267
1,000 to 9,999 lbs
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S S
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S S

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 577 100.0 159 100.0 45 100.0 106
Less than 50 lbs 65 11.2 2 1.0 0.1 24
50 to 99 lbs 12 2.1 1 0.5 S
100 to 499 lbs S S 10 6.3 S S 230
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 549
750 to 999 lbs S S 1 0.3 S S S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 307 53.2 49 30.6 18 40.5 454
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S 94 58.9 22 48.8 346
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
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.