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 121,536 100.0 249,660 100.0 75,712 100.0 473
Less than 50 lbs 7,930 6.5 233 136 0.2 636
50 to 99 lbs 2,747 2.3 153 65 404
100 to 499 lbs 7,280 6.0 993 0.4 318 0.4 344
500 to 749 lbs 2,359 1.9 573 0.2 150 0.2 258
750 to 999 lbs 1,691 1.4 513 0.2 106 0.1 208
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 27,601 22.7 15,144 6.1 2,542 3.4 167
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 47,249 38.9 81,121 32.5 13,075 17.3 163
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 8,321 6.8 50,427 20.2 3,444 4.5 67
100,000 lbs or more 16,359 13.5 100,505 40.3 55,875 73.8 595

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 105,332 100.0 236,883 100.0 64,225 100.0 193
Less than 50 lbs 1,637 1.6 66 15 S
50 to 99 lbs 1,749 1.7 102 25 222
100 to 499 lbs 6,059 5.8 889 0.4 227 0.4 259
500 to 749 lbs 2,269 2.2 562 0.2 146 0.2 256
750 to 999 lbs 1,630 1.5 501 0.2 103 0.2 206
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 26,709 25.4 14,836 6.3 2,420 3.8 160
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 46,169 43.8 79,138 33.4 12,526 19.5 160
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 8,228 7.8 49,269 20.8 3,265 5.1 65
100,000 lbs or more 10,882 10.3 91,521 38.6 45,498 70.8 557

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 94,503 100.0 149,761 100.0 20,284 100.0 163
Less than 50 lbs 1,448 1.5 59 6 S
50 to 99 lbs 1,625 1.7 97 18 173
100 to 499 lbs 6,013 6.4 886 0.6 223 1.1 256
500 to 749 lbs 2,240 2.4 559 0.4 140 0.7 247
750 to 999 lbs 1,626 1.7 501 0.3 103 0.5 206
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 26,687 28.2 14,830 9.9 2,409 11.9 160
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 45,781 48.4 79,011 52.8 12,368 61.0 158
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 7,896 8.4 49,135 32.8 3,160 15.6 63
100,000 lbs or more 1,188 1.3 4,683 3.1 S S 328

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 4,856 100.0 40,947 100.0 13,900 100.0 627
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 1,061
50 to 99 lbs
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 1,011
500 to 749 lbs
750 to 999 lbs
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 592
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 385 7.9 122 0.3 155 1.1 1,287
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S 118 0.3 105 0.8 856
100,000 lbs or more 4,127 85.0 40,704 99.4 13,638 98.1 584

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 5,973 100.0 46,174 100.0 30,041 100.0 1,239
Less than 50 lbs 189 3.2 7 8 1,216
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S 1,464
100 to 499 lbs 46 0.8 S S S S 1,119
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 2,205
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 843
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 3,483
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 715
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 3
100,000 lbs or more 5,568 93.2 46,134 99.9 30,005 99.9 686

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 10,034 100.0 10,206 100.0 11,194 100.0 764
Less than 50 lbs 6,241 62.2 165 1.6 121 1.1 759
50 to 99 lbs 976 9.7 50 0.5 40 0.4 793
100 to 499 lbs 1,169 11.6 97 0.9 91 0.8 925
500 to 749 lbs 65 0.7 S S 4 388
750 to 999 lbs 56 0.6 S S 3 S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 998
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 264 2.6 S S 408 3.6 S
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S S
100,000 lbs or more 1,131 11.3 8,480 83.1 10,350 92.5 1,334

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 8,472 100.0 328 100.0 249 100.0 762
Less than 50 lbs 6,241 73.7 165 50.2 121 48.7 759
50 to 99 lbs 970 11.4 49 15.0 38 15.2 769
100 to 499 lbs 1,145 13.5 95 28.8 84 33.7 874
500 to 749 lbs 61 0.7 S S S S 333
750 to 999 lbs 55 0.6 S S 3 1.2 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 1,563 100.0 9,878 100.0 10,945 100.0 1,497
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 1,552
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S 4,645
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 3,643
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 1,003
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 886
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 998
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 264 16.9 S S 408 3.7 S
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S S
100,000 lbs or more 1,131 72.4 8,480 85.8 10,350 94.6 1,334

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 6,170 100.0 2,571 100.0 294 100.0 S
Less than 50 lbs 52 0.8 2 S S 39
50 to 99 lbs 22 0.4 1 S S 354
100 to 499 lbs S S 7 0.3 S S 101
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 201
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 9
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 797 12.9 S S 93 31.7 460
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 816 13.2 S S 141 48.1 S
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S 31 10.5 S
100,000 lbs or more 4,345 70.4 504 19.6 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.