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 67,202 100.0 165,039 100.0 38,491 100.0 462
Less than 50 lbs 5,431 8.1 115 51 0.1 639
50 to 99 lbs 1,540 2.3 106 21 200
100 to 499 lbs 4,792 7.1 536 0.3 102 0.3 197
500 to 749 lbs 1,748 2.6 303 0.2 41 0.1 135
750 to 999 lbs 565 0.8 231 0.1 38 0.1 S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 13,120 19.5 7,736 4.7 1,056 2.7 S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 27,744 41.3 49,127 29.8 9,690 25.2 189
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 6,921 10.3 72,432 43.9 7,067 18.4 98
100,000 lbs or more 5,340 7.9 34,453 20.9 20,425 53.1 492

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 59,431 100.0 160,916 100.0 37,295 100.0 207
Less than 50 lbs 2,984 5.0 44 12 314
50 to 99 lbs 753 1.3 44 10 224
100 to 499 lbs 3,925 6.6 472 0.3 82 0.2 174
500 to 749 lbs 1,629 2.7 281 0.2 39 0.1 138
750 to 999 lbs 538 0.9 225 0.1 34 S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 11,156 18.8 7,535 4.7 1,020 2.7 S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 26,450 44.5 47,924 29.8 9,416 25.2 187
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 6,908 11.6 72,217 44.9 6,995 18.8 97
100,000 lbs or more 5,089 8.6 32,174 20.0 19,688 52.8 514

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 50,285 100.0 134,502 100.0 19,493 100.0 144
Less than 50 lbs 1,632 3.2 41 S S 143
50 to 99 lbs 522 1.0 42 6 141
100 to 499 lbs 2,678 5.3 470 0.3 79 0.4 167
500 to 749 lbs 1,594 3.2 281 0.2 38 0.2 135
750 to 999 lbs 535 1.1 225 0.2 34 0.2 S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 10,540 21.0 7,531 5.6 1,014 5.2 S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 24,663 49.0 47,884 35.6 9,361 48.0 186
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 6,844 13.6 72,056 53.6 6,850 35.1 96
100,000 lbs or more 1,278 2.5 5,972 4.4 S S 491

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 4,447 100.0 22,145 100.0 17,509 100.0 582
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 918
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 1,279
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S 39 0.2 55 0.3 1,603
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 942
100,000 lbs or more 2,890 65.0 21,943 99.1 17,307 98.8 538

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 4,699 100.0 S S S S 1,677
Less than 50 lbs 1,352 28.8 3 4 1.5 1,667
50 to 99 lbs 231 4.9 2 4 1.3 2,011
100 to 499 lbs S S 2 3 1.0 1,510
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 1,315
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 2,008
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,999
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,877
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 56

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 3,633 100.0 S S S S 844
Less than 50 lbs 2,045 56.3 51 2.2 38 5.0 889
50 to 99 lbs 660 18.2 S S 10 1.3 S
100 to 499 lbs 541 14.9 35 1.5 17 2.3 505
500 to 749 lbs 19 0.5 S S 1 S
750 to 999 lbs 21 0.6 2 0.1 3 0.5 1,445
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,260
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 538
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 276

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 3,284 100.0 138 100.0 68 100.0 844
Less than 50 lbs 2,045 62.3 51 37.0 38 55.6 889
50 to 99 lbs 660 20.1 S S 10 14.9 S
100 to 499 lbs 541 16.5 35 25.3 17 25.5 505
500 to 749 lbs 19 0.6 S S 1 1.1 S
750 to 999 lbs 20 0.6 2 1.5 2 2.9 970
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 S
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 3,978
50 to 99 lbs
100 to 499 lbs
500 to 749 lbs
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 5,593
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,260
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 538
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 276

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 4,139 100.0 1,771 100.0 445 100.0 63
Less than 50 lbs 402 9.7 20 1.1 1 0.2 53
50 to 99 lbs 127 3.1 15 0.9 S S 62
100 to 499 lbs S S 30 1.7 S S 82
500 to 749 lbs S S 18 1.0 S S 82
750 to 999 lbs 6 0.2 S S S S S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S 199 11.2 36 8.1 S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S 1,161 65.6 S S 234
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 96
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 794

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.