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 64,491 100.0 133,619 100.0 26,101 100.0 631
Less than 50 lbs 5,786 9.0 115 72 0.3 782
50 to 99 lbs 1,326 2.1 64 25 0.1 395
100 to 499 lbs 3,636 5.6 360 0.3 109 0.4 303
500 to 749 lbs 1,170 1.8 294 0.2 66 0.3 229
750 to 999 lbs 994 1.5 251 0.2 61 0.2 245
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 13,974 21.7 4,980 3.7 1,132 4.3 204
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 32,647 50.6 46,626 34.9 7,288 27.9 163
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 2,498 3.9 20,293 15.2 1,601 6.1 78
100,000 lbs or more 2,460 3.8 60,636 45.4 15,747 60.3 190

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 57,982 100.0 132,564 100.0 25,819 100.0 295
Less than 50 lbs 1,425 2.5 31 8 466
50 to 99 lbs 890 1.5 41 8 196
100 to 499 lbs 3,275 5.6 333 0.3 97 0.4 280
500 to 749 lbs 1,111 1.9 285 0.2 63 0.2 226
750 to 999 lbs 954 1.6 247 0.2 60 0.2 244
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 13,429 23.2 4,887 3.7 1,117 4.3 205
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 32,004 55.2 46,181 34.8 7,183 27.8 163
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 2,463 4.2 20,265 15.3 1,591 6.2 77
100,000 lbs or more 2,430 4.2 60,295 45.5 15,692 60.8 190

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 55,165 100.0 92,477 100.0 10,435 100.0 232
Less than 50 lbs 899 1.6 29 5 298
50 to 99 lbs 597 1.1 39 7 175
100 to 499 lbs 3,164 5.7 331 0.4 95 0.9 276
500 to 749 lbs 1,092 2.0 284 0.3 63 0.6 224
750 to 999 lbs 933 1.7 246 0.3 59 0.6 241
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 13,399 24.3 4,881 5.3 1,111 10.6 204
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 31,960 57.9 46,145 49.9 7,135 68.4 162
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 2,318 4.2 20,091 21.7 1,528 14.6 76
100,000 lbs or more 801 1.5 20,428 22.1 433 4.1 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 1,731 100.0 39,711 100.0 15,328 100.0 447
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 33 1.9 32 45 0.3 1,406
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 145 8.4 173 0.4 63 0.4 365
100,000 lbs or more 1,554 89.7 39,506 99.5 15,220 99.3 410

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 1,085 100.0 S S S S 1,365
Less than 50 lbs S S 2 0.5 2 4.3 1,405
50 to 99 lbs S S S S 1 1.8 684
100 to 499 lbs S S 1 0.4 S S 1,109
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 860
750 to 999 lbs S S 1 0.2 S S 1,553
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,123
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,000
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 97

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 5,243 100.0 427 100.0 226 100.0 869
Less than 50 lbs 4,304 82.1 81 19.1 64 28.4 872
50 to 99 lbs 428 8.2 21 5.0 17 7.4 797
100 to 499 lbs 302 5.8 17 4.0 11 4.9 703
500 to 749 lbs S S 6 1.3 S S 486
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 75 1.4 33 7.7 74 32.6 2,073
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 339
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 198

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 5,120 100.0 128 100.0 96 100.0 869
Less than 50 lbs 4,304 84.1 81 63.9 64 67.3 872
50 to 99 lbs 428 8.4 21 16.6 17 17.5 799
100 to 499 lbs 302 5.9 17 13.4 11 11.5 703
500 to 749 lbs S S 6 4.4 S S 486
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 5
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 123 100.0 S S 131 100.0 S
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 511
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S 1
100 to 499 lbs
500 to 749 lbs
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 3
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 229
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 75 60.7 S S 74 56.4 2,073
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 339
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 198

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 1,266 100.0 S S 56 100.0 S
Less than 50 lbs S S 2 0.3 S S S
50 to 99 lbs 9 0.7 2 0.3 S S S
100 to 499 lbs 58 4.6 10 1.7 S S S
500 to 749 lbs 11 0.9 4 0.6 S S 92
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 131
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 568 44.9 S S 31 55.9 S
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 183

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.