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 60,280 100.0 68,318 100.0 13,863 100.0 360
Less than 50 lbs 8,601 14.3 172 0.3 58 0.4 437
50 to 99 lbs 1,956 3.2 109 0.2 25 0.2 228
100 to 499 lbs 6,887 11.4 623 0.9 116 0.8 195
500 to 749 lbs 1,699 2.8 224 0.3 53 0.4 245
750 to 999 lbs 1,671 2.8 265 0.4 31 0.2 S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 11,778 19.5 3,154 4.6 595 4.3 179
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 24,481 40.6 44,736 65.5 9,448 68.2 203
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 2,530 4.2 11,881 17.4 1,281 9.2 111
100,000 lbs or more 678 1.1 7,154 10.5 2,256 16.3 461

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 52,122 100.0 66,091 100.0 13,523 100.0 139
Less than 50 lbs 2,970 5.7 90 0.1 10 S
50 to 99 lbs 1,251 2.4 85 0.1 10 S
100 to 499 lbs 5,846 11.2 581 0.9 89 0.7 156
500 to 749 lbs 1,623 3.1 221 0.3 51 0.4 234
750 to 999 lbs 1,607 3.1 263 0.4 29 0.2 S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 11,472 22.0 3,122 4.7 584 4.3 177
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 24,174 46.4 44,566 67.4 9,316 68.9 200
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 2,512 4.8 11,452 17.3 1,225 9.1 110
100,000 lbs or more 667 1.3 5,711 8.6 2,210 16.3 515

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 49,401 100.0 62,173 100.0 11,353 100.0 117
Less than 50 lbs 2,216 4.5 89 0.1 7 S
50 to 99 lbs 1,142 2.3 85 0.1 9 S
100 to 499 lbs 5,608 11.4 579 0.9 87 0.8 153
500 to 749 lbs 1,511 3.1 220 0.4 50 0.4 230
750 to 999 lbs 1,600 3.2 263 0.4 29 0.3 S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 11,086 22.4 3,117 5.0 577 5.1 176
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 23,664 47.9 44,538 71.6 9,281 81.7 200
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 2,284 4.6 11,442 18.4 1,221 10.8 110
100,000 lbs or more S S 1,841 3.0 92 0.8 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 395 100.0 S S 2,142 100.0 920
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
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 2,357
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more 363 91.9 S S 2,113 98.7 886

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 2,326 100.0 433 100.0 29 100.0 1,612
Less than 50 lbs S S 1 0.3 S S 1,652
50 to 99 lbs S S 1 1.8 1,400
100 to 499 lbs S S 2 0.4 2 6.9 1,103
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 2,388
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 644
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S 5 1.1 S S 1,322
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 450
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 396
100,000 lbs or more 15 0.7 S S 5 18.6 S

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 7,648 100.0 195 100.0 203 100.0 670
Less than 50 lbs 5,554 72.6 S S 47 23.3 671
50 to 99 lbs 674 8.8 21 10.8 15 7.4 690
100 to 499 lbs 996 13.0 38 19.3 27 13.1 615
500 to 749 lbs 62 0.8 2 1.0 S S 1,355
750 to 999 lbs 63 0.8 2 1.0 1 0.6 648
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,022
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 292 3.8 53 27.3 109 53.7 2,086
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more

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 7,344 100.0 141 100.0 93 100.0 670
Less than 50 lbs 5,549 75.6 S S 47 50.8 670
50 to 99 lbs 674 9.2 21 14.9 15 16.2 690
100 to 499 lbs 996 13.6 38 26.7 27 28.7 615
500 to 749 lbs 62 0.8 2 1.4 S S 1,355
750 to 999 lbs 63 0.9 2 1.3 1 1.4 648
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 304 100.0 54 100.0 110 100.0 3,058
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 5,447
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 1,022
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 292 96.2 53 98.7 109 99.1 2,086
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more

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 510 100.0 S S S S S
Less than 50 lbs 77 15.1 S S S S S
50 to 99 lbs 31 6.0 S S S
100 to 499 lbs 45 8.9 S S 1 0.6 S
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 67
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 335
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 299 58.5 32 1.6 11 8.0 S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 15 2.9 S S S S S
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S S
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 65

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.