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 159,716 100.0 417,851 100.0 105,227 100.0 169
Less than 50 lbs 5,512 3.5 218 44 169
50 to 99 lbs 3,270 2.0 195 35 174
100 to 499 lbs 7,059 4.4 1,439 0.3 159 0.2 109
500 to 749 lbs 2,112 1.3 614 0.1 128 0.1 206
750 to 999 lbs 1,501 0.9 545 0.1 84 154
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 19,969 12.5 12,057 2.9 2,806 2.7 217
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 71,882 45.0 143,263 34.3 31,463 29.9 212
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 9,059 5.7 52,584 12.6 3,876 3.7 71
100,000 lbs or more 39,352 24.6 206,934 49.5 66,634 63.3 472

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 150,254 100.0 398,951 100.0 102,759 100.0 117
Less than 50 lbs 3,084 2.1 148 10 S
50 to 99 lbs 1,867 1.2 156 16 98
100 to 499 lbs 6,302 4.2 1,289 0.3 121 0.1 86
500 to 749 lbs 1,857 1.2 551 0.1 124 0.1 223
750 to 999 lbs 1,397 0.9 515 0.1 81 158
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 19,357 12.9 11,824 3.0 2,769 2.7 218
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 69,046 46.0 142,226 35.6 31,081 30.2 211
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 9,026 6.0 52,382 13.1 3,862 3.8 71
100,000 lbs or more 38,318 25.5 189,860 47.6 64,695 63.0 471

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 115,371 100.0 234,422 100.0 38,714 100.0 107
Less than 50 lbs 2,935 2.5 147 8 S
50 to 99 lbs 1,829 1.6 155 14 89
100 to 499 lbs 6,196 5.4 1,288 0.5 118 0.3 84
500 to 749 lbs 1,825 1.6 550 0.2 122 0.3 220
750 to 999 lbs 1,393 1.2 515 0.2 81 0.2 157
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 19,136 16.6 11,804 5.0 2,740 7.1 216
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 68,788 59.6 141,981 60.6 30,903 79.8 210
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 8,840 7.7 52,005 22.2 3,650 9.4 68
100,000 lbs or more 4,429 3.8 25,977 11.1 1,077 2.8 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 10,686 100.0 58,780 100.0 25,865 100.0 798
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 2,285
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S 2,285
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 1,675
500 to 749 lbs
750 to 999 lbs
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,422
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 213 2.0 214 0.4 170 0.7 868
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 174 1.6 319 0.5 209 0.8 661
100,000 lbs or more 10,285 96.3 58,241 99.1 25,478 98.5 793

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 24,196 100.0 105,749 100.0 38,181 100.0 1,579
Less than 50 lbs 149 0.6 S S S S 1,817
50 to 99 lbs 38 0.2 1 1 2,192
100 to 499 lbs 106 0.4 2 3 1,652
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 1,516
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 1,655
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S 14 S S 1,533
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S 30 S S 423
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 12 58 S S 56
100,000 lbs or more 23,603 97.5 105,642 99.9 38,141 99.9 258

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 3,637 100.0 2,299 100.0 2,099 100.0 560
Less than 50 lbs 1,867 51.3 46 2.0 33 1.6 539
50 to 99 lbs 479 13.2 25 1.1 19 0.9 754
100 to 499 lbs 606 16.7 57 2.5 35 1.7 659
500 to 749 lbs 17 0.5 7 0.3 1 S
750 to 999 lbs 13 0.4 S S 2 0.1 342
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 27 0.7 S S S S S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 257 7.1 119 5.2 210 10.0 1,621
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 179
100,000 lbs or more 368 10.1 2,006 87.3 1,786 85.1 656

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 2,973 100.0 134 100.0 90 100.0 562
Less than 50 lbs 1,867 62.8 46 34.4 33 36.8 539
50 to 99 lbs 478 16.1 24 18.1 19 20.9 774
100 to 499 lbs 599 20.2 53 39.3 35 38.9 698
500 to 749 lbs 17 0.6 5 3.9 1 1.0 S
750 to 999 lbs S S S S 2 2.2 334
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,565
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 663 100.0 2,164 100.0 2,009 100.0 S
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 11
50 to 99 lbs S S 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 S
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 1,007
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 257 38.7 119 5.5 210 10.4 1,621
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 179
100,000 lbs or more 368 55.5 2,006 92.7 1,786 88.9 656

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 5,826 100.0 16,600 100.0 369 100.0 S
Less than 50 lbs 561 9.6 24 0.1 S S 28
50 to 99 lbs S S 14 S
100 to 499 lbs 151 2.6 93 0.6 3 0.8 S
500 to 749 lbs S S 56 0.3 S S S
750 to 999 lbs S S S S 1 0.2 39
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 586 10.1 S S 30 8.1 S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S 918 5.5 172 46.7 S
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 41
100,000 lbs or more S S 15,068 90.8 152 41.3 5

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.