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 48,133 100.0 164,967 100.0 101,486 100.0 802
Less than 50 lbs 3,413 7.1 94 81 938
50 to 99 lbs 755 1.6 43 23 540
100 to 499 lbs 3,231 6.7 297 0.2 136 0.1 471
500 to 749 lbs 829 1.7 153 62 404
750 to 999 lbs 1,069 2.2 125 44 357
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 10,343 21.5 3,358 2.0 907 0.9 281
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 18,815 39.1 28,142 17.1 10,899 10.7 356
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 2,923 6.1 23,061 14.0 2,174 2.1 94
100,000 lbs or more 6,754 14.0 109,695 66.5 87,159 85.9 808

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 41,572 100.0 125,489 100.0 63,243 100.0 499
Less than 50 lbs 769 1.9 S S S S 744
50 to 99 lbs 287 0.7 20 7 329
100 to 499 lbs 2,369 5.7 249 0.2 94 0.1 372
500 to 749 lbs 745 1.8 144 0.1 57 394
750 to 999 lbs 1,039 2.5 120 0.1 42 353
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 9,636 23.2 3,234 2.6 879 1.4 281
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 18,371 44.2 27,289 21.7 9,928 15.7 337
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 2,845 6.8 22,885 18.2 2,042 3.2 90
100,000 lbs or more 5,510 13.3 71,518 57.0 50,170 79.3 822

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 34,984 100.0 62,445 100.0 18,355 100.0 439
Less than 50 lbs 609 1.7 S S S S 659
50 to 99 lbs 273 0.8 19 5 283
100 to 499 lbs 2,036 5.8 240 0.4 83 0.5 325
500 to 749 lbs 718 2.1 142 0.2 54 0.3 374
750 to 999 lbs 793 2.3 118 0.2 40 0.2 341
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 9,173 26.2 3,226 5.2 872 4.8 278
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 18,240 52.1 26,827 43.0 9,228 50.3 322
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 2,810 8.0 22,720 36.4 1,937 10.6 87
100,000 lbs or more 332 0.9 9,124 14.6 S S 502

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 4,680 100.0 50,817 100.0 31,579 100.0 970
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 771
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,518
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 689
100,000 lbs or more 4,489 95.9 50,190 98.8 30,776 97.5 906

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 1,908 100.0 12,228 100.0 13,309 100.0 1,527
Less than 50 lbs 160 8.4 3 5 1,571
50 to 99 lbs 14 0.7 1 1 1,175
100 to 499 lbs 333 17.4 8 11 1,424
500 to 749 lbs S S 2 S S 1,689
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 1,287
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S 5 5 944
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,372
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more 689 36.1 12,204 99.8 13,277 99.8 1,460

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 5,235 100.0 37,822 100.0 37,616 100.0 1,092
Less than 50 lbs 2,450 46.8 54 0.1 56 0.1 1,095
50 to 99 lbs 409 7.8 17 16 978
100 to 499 lbs 838 16.0 39 0.1 42 0.1 1,080
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 880
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 1,257
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,316
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,090
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,995
100,000 lbs or more 1,154 22.0 37,242 98.5 36,934 98.2 941

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 3,781 100.0 116 100.0 120 100.0 1,085
Less than 50 lbs 2,449 64.8 54 46.1 56 46.8 1,089
50 to 99 lbs 409 10.8 17 14.3 16 13.4 978
100 to 499 lbs 836 22.1 39 33.9 42 34.7 1,070
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 880
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 1,257
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 1,455 100.0 37,706 100.0 37,496 100.0 3,131
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 4,209
50 to 99 lbs
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 4,496
500 to 749 lbs
750 to 999 lbs
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,316
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,090
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,995
100,000 lbs or more 1,154 79.3 37,242 98.8 36,934 98.5 941

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 S S S
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S S
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S 39
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S S
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 12
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 287
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S 22 3.5 259
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 173 13.1 S S S S 1,173
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S 11 1.7 S
100,000 lbs or more S S S S 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.