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 55,000 100.0 57,025 100.0 8,794 100.0 279
Less than 50 lbs 2,001 3.6 59 0.1 17 0.2 376
50 to 99 lbs 612 1.1 44 8 0.1 196
100 to 499 lbs 3,913 7.1 313 0.5 44 0.5 139
500 to 749 lbs 1,137 2.1 169 0.3 20 0.2 118
750 to 999 lbs 856 1.6 111 0.2 19 0.2 166
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 5,418 9.9 2,340 4.1 416 4.7 158
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 36,412 66.2 38,025 66.7 4,392 49.9 120
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,882 3.4 10,058 17.6 823 9.4 80
100,000 lbs or more S S 5,906 10.4 3,054 34.7 676

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 49,210 100.0 55,833 100.0 8,002 100.0 S
Less than 50 lbs 687 1.4 26 3 S
50 to 99 lbs 293 0.6 31 3 81
100 to 499 lbs 2,054 4.2 268 0.5 28 0.3 99
500 to 749 lbs 1,050 2.1 161 0.3 19 0.2 119
750 to 999 lbs 830 1.7 110 0.2 19 0.2 162
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 4,862 9.9 2,238 4.0 410 5.1 162
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 35,705 72.6 37,717 67.6 4,319 54.0 120
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,735 3.5 9,983 17.9 763 9.5 76
100,000 lbs or more 1,995 4.1 5,299 9.5 2,439 30.5 589

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 47,409 100.0 51,634 100.0 5,676 100.0 103
Less than 50 lbs 389 0.8 25 2 S
50 to 99 lbs 271 0.6 31 3 81
100 to 499 lbs 1,766 3.7 267 0.5 27 0.5 98
500 to 749 lbs 863 1.8 161 0.3 19 0.3 117
750 to 999 lbs 699 1.5 110 0.2 18 0.3 159
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 4,780 10.1 2,236 4.3 409 7.2 162
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 35,688 75.3 37,586 72.8 4,303 75.8 120
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,735 3.7 9,983 19.3 763 13.4 76
100,000 lbs or more S S 1,234 2.4 132 2.3 104

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 768 100.0 2,660 100.0 2,198 100.0 821
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 3,149
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 331
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more 745 97.1 2,644 99.4 2,191 99.7 826

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 1,033 100.0 S S S S 1,287
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 1,312
50 to 99 lbs 22 2.1 S S S S 865
100 to 499 lbs 288 27.8 0.3 1,061
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 1,265
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 1,625
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S 1 S S 458
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 92
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 101
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 79

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 4,321 100.0 S S S S 647
Less than 50 lbs 1,146 26.5 23 3.2 14 1.8 663
50 to 99 lbs 294 6.8 12 1.6 6 0.8 520
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 496
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S S
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 1,293
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,060
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 2,231
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 3,007
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 2,603

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 S S 73 100.0 37 100.0 645
Less than 50 lbs 1,146 34.7 23 31.4 14 37.1 663
50 to 99 lbs 294 8.9 12 16.2 6 15.7 520
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 496
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S S
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 1,293
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 2,425
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 1,060
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 2,231
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 3,007
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 2,603

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 1,469 100.0 S S S S S
Less than 50 lbs 168 11.4 S S 0.7 S
50 to 99 lbs 25 1.7 2 0.4 S S 9
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S S
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 11
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 550
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S 5 14.7 S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 75
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 96
100,000 lbs or more

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.