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 10,635 100.0 45,708 100.0 15,729 100.0 703
Less than 50 lbs 1,095 10.3 29 22 0.1 821
50 to 99 lbs 278 2.6 13 8 672
100 to 499 lbs 1,009 9.5 59 0.1 21 0.1 390
500 to 749 lbs 287 2.7 33 10 313
750 to 999 lbs 90 0.8 27 8 282
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 1,623 15.3 708 1.5 253 1.6 358
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 4,776 44.9 4,618 10.1 1,896 12.1 377
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 771 7.3 13,359 29.2 1,900 12.1 158
100,000 lbs or more 706 6.6 26,863 58.8 11,609 73.8 810

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 8,686 100.0 37,394 100.0 15,058 100.0 321
Less than 50 lbs 241 2.8 5 1 S
50 to 99 lbs 97 1.1 5 88
100 to 499 lbs 513 5.9 42 0.1 10 247
500 to 749 lbs 196 2.3 31 9 298
750 to 999 lbs 68 0.8 25 7 302
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 1,519 17.5 682 1.8 233 1.5 319
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 4,709 54.2 4,568 12.2 1,855 12.3 371
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 766 8.8 13,334 35.7 1,888 12.5 157
100,000 lbs or more 577 6.6 18,703 50.0 11,054 73.4 786

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 7,749 100.0 22,640 100.0 4,380 100.0 197
Less than 50 lbs 129 1.7 5 S
50 to 99 lbs 63 0.8 5 66
100 to 499 lbs 233 3.0 42 0.2 9 0.2 231
500 to 749 lbs 161 2.1 31 0.1 9 0.2 295
750 to 999 lbs 68 0.9 25 0.1 7 0.2 302
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 1,506 19.4 680 3.0 232 5.3 318
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 4,699 60.6 4,567 20.2 1,855 42.3 371
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 766 9.9 13,334 58.9 1,888 43.1 157
100,000 lbs or more 124 1.6 3,952 17.5 379 8.7 459

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 434 100.0 13,798 100.0 10,082 100.0 865
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 1,495
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S 1,757
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 1,140
500 to 749 lbs
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 1,538
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 521
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 160
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more 420 96.7 13,796 100.0 10,081 100.0 837

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 S S 956 100.0 S S 2,012
Less than 50 lbs 111 22.0 1 2,006
50 to 99 lbs S S 2,555
100 to 499 lbs S S S S 2,295
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 1,849
750 to 999 lbs
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,517
10,000 to 49,999 lbs
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 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 1,654 100.0 S S S S 932
Less than 50 lbs 822 49.7 23 5.3 21 4.3 922
50 to 99 lbs 161 9.8 7 1.5 8 1.6 1,164
100 to 499 lbs 487 29.5 S S S S 877
500 to 749 lbs 88 5.3 S S S S 1,284
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 2,112
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 2,127
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,821
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,263
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 1,106

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 1,579 100.0 42 100.0 41 100.0 931
Less than 50 lbs 822 52.0 23 55.0 21 51.5 921
50 to 99 lbs 161 10.2 7 16.1 8 19.0 1,164
100 to 499 lbs 487 30.9 S S S S 886
500 to 749 lbs 88 5.6 S S S S 1,284
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 1,188
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 1,454
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 3,227
50 to 99 lbs
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 23
500 to 749 lbs
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 2,491
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 2,127
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,821
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,263
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 1,106

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 294 100.0 7,880 100.0 183 100.0 279
Less than 50 lbs 33 11.3 1 252
50 to 99 lbs S S 1 S S 264
100 to 499 lbs 9 3.1 S S S S S
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 180
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 32
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 826
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 19 6.6 S S 4 2.2 S
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S S
100,000 lbs or more 107 36.4 S S S S 567

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.