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 32,918 100.0 48,981 100.0 6,912 100.0 536
Less than 50 lbs 3,835 11.6 64 0.1 25 0.4 822
50 to 99 lbs 887 2.7 71 0.1 15 0.2 209
100 to 499 lbs 2,706 8.2 413 0.8 66 1.0 168
500 to 749 lbs 597 1.8 210 0.4 32 0.5 150
750 to 999 lbs 589 1.8 180 0.4 26 0.4 146
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 6,452 19.6 3,914 8.0 662 9.6 166
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 15,005 45.6 24,940 50.9 3,284 47.5 148
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 2,109 6.4 11,871 24.2 1,095 15.8 92
100,000 lbs or more 739 2.2 7,318 14.9 1,707 24.7 158

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 28,131 100.0 48,059 100.0 6,760 100.0 501
Less than 50 lbs 1,272 4.5 38 9 0.1 884
50 to 99 lbs 557 2.0 50 0.1 7 0.1 140
100 to 499 lbs 2,098 7.5 341 0.7 44 0.6 129
500 to 749 lbs 465 1.7 193 0.4 28 0.4 142
750 to 999 lbs 564 2.0 170 0.4 26 0.4 150
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 6,017 21.4 3,723 7.7 642 9.5 169
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 14,380 51.1 24,587 51.2 3,250 48.1 150
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 2,095 7.4 11,809 24.6 1,077 15.9 91
100,000 lbs or more S S S S 1,679 24.8 S

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 27,252 100.0 43,097 100.0 5,314 100.0 144
Less than 50 lbs 1,073 3.9 36 3 S
50 to 99 lbs 509 1.9 49 0.1 6 0.1 120
100 to 499 lbs 2,060 7.6 340 0.8 43 0.8 127
500 to 749 lbs 460 1.7 193 0.4 27 0.5 139
750 to 999 lbs 564 2.1 170 0.4 26 0.5 150
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 5,991 22.0 3,722 8.6 640 12.0 169
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 14,367 52.7 24,540 56.9 3,238 60.9 150
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 2,084 7.6 11,654 27.0 1,057 19.9 90
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 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 S S S S 1,434 100.0 S
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 S S S S S S 205
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 120
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S S

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 326 100.0 7 100.0 12 100.0 1,858
Less than 50 lbs 199 61.0 S S S S 1,857
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S 2,536
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 1,148
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 1,497
750 to 999 lbs
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,395
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,361
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more

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 3,355 100.0 69 100.0 53 100.0 912
Less than 50 lbs 2,426 72.3 17 25.0 16 29.8 931
50 to 99 lbs 288 8.6 10 14.0 8 14.9 803
100 to 499 lbs 523 15.6 28 41.1 21 40.1 753
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 824
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 303
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,738
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,751
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 342
100,000 lbs or more

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 3,349 100.0 62 100.0 49 100.0 912
Less than 50 lbs 2,426 72.4 17 27.7 16 31.9 931
50 to 99 lbs 288 8.6 10 15.5 8 15.9 803
100 to 499 lbs 523 15.6 28 45.5 21 42.9 753
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 824
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 303
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,738
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 565
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 S S S S S S 1,751
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 342
100,000 lbs or more

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 1,431 100.0 853 100.0 100 100.0 S
Less than 50 lbs S S 8 1.0 S
50 to 99 lbs 41 2.9 12 1.4 S S S
100 to 499 lbs S S 44 5.1 S S S
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 6
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 435 30.4 191 22.4 20 20.0 118
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 620 43.3 352 41.2 33 33.5 88
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S 56 6.6 S S 264
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S S

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.