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 13,685 100.0 27,688 100.0 2,682 100.0 343
Less than 50 lbs 853 6.2 16 8 0.3 564
50 to 99 lbs 320 2.3 13 3 0.1 276
100 to 499 lbs 790 5.8 130 0.5 22 0.8 S
500 to 749 lbs 315 2.3 94 0.3 13 0.5 S
750 to 999 lbs 267 1.9 86 0.3 12 0.5 143
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 3,080 22.5 1,221 4.4 293 10.9 213
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 7,218 52.7 18,501 66.8 1,818 67.8 119
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 679 5.0 6,597 23.8 369 13.7 52
100,000 lbs or more 164 1.2 1,029 3.7 144 5.4 207

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 12,112 100.0 27,440 100.0 2,626 100.0 138
Less than 50 lbs 225 1.9 5 1 126
50 to 99 lbs 126 1.0 9 1 107
100 to 499 lbs 610 5.0 119 0.4 16 0.6 136
500 to 749 lbs 279 2.3 93 0.3 11 0.4 S
750 to 999 lbs 244 2.0 84 0.3 12 0.4 138
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 2,868 23.7 1,212 4.4 291 11.1 212
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 6,922 57.2 18,450 67.2 1,799 68.5 118
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 674 5.6 6,440 23.5 358 13.6 52
100,000 lbs or more 162 1.3 1,027 3.7 137 5.2 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 11,773 100.0 27,236 100.0 2,480 100.0 125
Less than 50 lbs 132 1.1 5 69
50 to 99 lbs 115 1.0 9 1 104
100 to 499 lbs 580 4.9 119 0.4 15 0.6 127
500 to 749 lbs 279 2.4 93 0.3 11 0.5 S
750 to 999 lbs 244 2.1 84 0.3 12 0.5 138
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 2,851 24.2 1,210 4.4 287 11.6 210
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 6,813 57.9 18,435 67.7 1,762 71.0 115
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 674 5.7 6,438 23.6 358 14.4 52
100,000 lbs or more S S 844 3.1 34 1.4 62

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 179 100.0 S S 133 100.0 1,205
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 S S S S S S 258
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S 13 6.4 36 27.3 2,688
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 258
100,000 lbs or more 77 43.3 S S S S 431

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 160 100.0 S S S S 1,595
Less than 50 lbs 92 57.8 1.9 S S 1,541
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S 877
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 2,267
500 to 749 lbs
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 910
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,899
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 197
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 2,665

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 1,052 100.0 31 100.0 43 100.0 788
Less than 50 lbs 605 57.5 10 31.4 8 17.5 794
50 to 99 lbs 192 18.2 4 11.5 2 5.7 674
100 to 499 lbs 173 16.4 7 22.8 6 13.6 779
500 to 749 lbs 35 3.4 1 4.5 S S 1,061
750 to 999 lbs S S 1 3.0 S S 634
1,000 to 9,999 lbs
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 3,098
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 2,942
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 2,946

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 1,025 100.0 23 100.0 18 100.0 775
Less than 50 lbs 602 58.8 10 42.8 7 41.6 780
50 to 99 lbs 192 18.7 4 15.7 2 13.8 674
100 to 499 lbs 173 16.9 7 31.1 6 32.9 779
500 to 749 lbs 35 3.5 1 6.2 S S 1,061
750 to 999 lbs S S 1 4.1 S S 634
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 8 100.0 25 100.0 5,139
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 5,279
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 3,098
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 2,942
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 2,946

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 S S S S 13 100.0 S
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S S
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S S
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 72
750 to 999 lbs 1 0.1 S S S S 79
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S 9 4.2 2 15.4 S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 149
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S S
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.