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 50,880 100.0 63,964 100.0 22,317 100.0 850
Less than 50 lbs 5,811 11.4 92 0.1 70 0.3 1,041
50 to 99 lbs 1,627 3.2 66 0.1 33 0.1 497
100 to 499 lbs 4,653 9.1 421 0.7 186 0.8 448
500 to 749 lbs 1,029 2.0 179 0.3 42 0.2 235
750 to 999 lbs 739 1.5 160 0.2 52 0.2 328
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 8,699 17.1 2,727 4.3 757 3.4 269
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 18,743 36.8 15,988 25.0 6,093 27.3 348
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 4,232 8.3 16,214 25.3 3,039 13.6 191
100,000 lbs or more 5,347 10.5 28,117 44.0 12,046 54.0 459

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 42,615 100.0 61,977 100.0 21,460 100.0 331
Less than 50 lbs 1,599 3.8 32 7 394
50 to 99 lbs 544 1.3 33 5 153
100 to 499 lbs 2,926 6.9 315 0.5 99 0.5 301
500 to 749 lbs 893 2.1 158 0.3 37 0.2 234
750 to 999 lbs 689 1.6 143 0.2 49 0.2 342
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 8,119 19.1 2,539 4.1 689 3.2 253
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 18,621 43.7 15,628 25.2 5,964 27.8 348
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 4,139 9.7 15,732 25.4 2,888 13.5 187
100,000 lbs or more 5,084 11.9 27,396 44.2 11,723 54.6 458

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 37,484 100.0 49,720 100.0 13,477 100.0 191
Less than 50 lbs 1,227 3.3 30 4 98
50 to 99 lbs 423 1.1 32 4 131
100 to 499 lbs 2,605 7.0 312 0.6 95 0.7 289
500 to 749 lbs 830 2.2 157 0.3 35 0.3 228
750 to 999 lbs 679 1.8 142 0.3 48 0.4 338
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 7,762 20.7 2,520 5.1 672 5.0 248
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 18,089 48.3 15,544 31.3 5,946 44.1 348
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 3,851 10.3 15,634 31.4 2,843 21.1 186
100,000 lbs or more 2,018 5.4 15,349 30.9 3,830 28.4 259

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 2,932 100.0 8,030 100.0 S S 1,053
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 1,837
50 to 99 lbs
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S S
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 13
750 to 999 lbs
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 345
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 384
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 542
100,000 lbs or more S S 7,852 97.8 S S 1,285

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 2,199 100.0 4,227 100.0 70 100.0 1,990
Less than 50 lbs 372 16.9 1 3 4.5 2,044
50 to 99 lbs 121 5.5 S S 1 1.2 848
100 to 499 lbs 320 14.5 3 4 5.7 1,524
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 2,223
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 966
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,955
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 235
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 4 0.2 15 0.4 3
100,000 lbs or more 1,004 45.6 4,195 99.2 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 6,804 100.0 546 100.0 456 100.0 1,322
Less than 50 lbs 4,017 59.0 55 10.1 62 13.7 1,348
50 to 99 lbs 1,029 15.1 26 4.8 27 6.0 1,039
100 to 499 lbs 1,508 22.2 76 13.9 87 19.0 1,085
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S S
750 to 999 lbs 29 0.4 4 0.8 S S 749
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 60 0.9 S S S S S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 49 0.7 S S S S S
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 211
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 962

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 6,660 100.0 169 100.0 184 100.0 1,323
Less than 50 lbs 4,011 60.2 55 32.6 62 33.9 1,348
50 to 99 lbs 1,029 15.4 26 15.7 27 15.0 1,039
100 to 499 lbs 1,508 22.6 76 44.9 86 47.1 1,084
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 616
750 to 999 lbs 27 0.4 4 2.6 S S 720
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 866
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 144 100.0 S S 272 100.0 S
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 1,017
50 to 99 lbs
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 1,506
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 22
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 3,165
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 34 24.0 S S S S S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 49 34.1 S S S S S
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 211
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 962

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 1,462 100.0 1,441 100.0 S S S
Less than 50 lbs S S 5 0.4 1 0.1 S
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S S
100 to 499 lbs S S 30 2.1 S S S
500 to 749 lbs S S 12 0.8 1 0.2 S
750 to 999 lbs 21 1.4 S S 9
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 520 35.6 174 12.1 60 14.9 501
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 72 5.0 322 22.4 S S S
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S 366 25.4 S S 357
100,000 lbs or more 220 15.1 S S S S 143

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.