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 58,843 100.0 60,746 100.0 3,252 100.0 970
Less than 50 lbs 15,474 26.3 133 0.2 128 3.9 1,209
50 to 99 lbs 6,138 10.4 112 0.2 67 2.1 588
100 to 499 lbs 12,454 21.2 423 0.7 214 6.6 547
500 to 749 lbs 3,179 5.4 178 0.3 75 2.3 418
750 to 999 lbs 1,258 2.1 132 0.2 56 1.7 421
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 10,304 17.5 2,091 3.4 671 20.6 349
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 5,568 9.5 35,496 58.4 1,327 40.8 S
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 2,706 4.6 21,274 35.0 548 16.8 25
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S S

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 39,522 100.0 59,457 100.0 2,820 100.0 426
Less than 50 lbs 5,264 13.3 46 19 0.7 654
50 to 99 lbs 3,289 8.3 52 15 0.5 275
100 to 499 lbs 8,008 20.3 338 0.6 113 4.0 323
500 to 749 lbs 2,638 6.7 159 0.3 57 2.0 353
750 to 999 lbs 980 2.5 119 0.2 46 1.6 372
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 9,345 23.6 2,007 3.4 587 20.8 319
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 5,537 14.0 35,466 59.7 1,271 45.1 S
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 2,699 6.8 20,362 34.2 546 19.4 26
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 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 32,575 100.0 59,389 100.0 2,667 100.0 262
Less than 50 lbs 2,934 9.0 42 11 0.4 336
50 to 99 lbs 2,864 8.8 50 11 0.4 212
100 to 499 lbs 5,983 18.4 328 0.6 97 3.6 284
500 to 749 lbs 2,391 7.3 155 0.3 53 2.0 334
750 to 999 lbs 884 2.7 118 0.2 44 1.7 367
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 8,803 27.0 1,993 3.4 562 21.1 309
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 5,499 16.9 35,447 59.7 1,223 45.8 S
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 2,699 8.3 20,362 34.3 546 20.5 26
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 133

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
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
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more

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 6,948 100.0 68 100.0 153 100.0 2,197
Less than 50 lbs S S 4 5.7 8 5.2 2,265
50 to 99 lbs 425 6.1 2 3.1 4 2.5 1,924
100 to 499 lbs 2,024 29.1 10 14.4 16 10.4 1,614
500 to 749 lbs 247 3.6 4 5.8 4 2.9 1,144
750 to 999 lbs S S S S 1 0.7 S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 542 7.8 14 20.6 25 16.3 1,703
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 2,397
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 3,335

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 17,544 100.0 210 100.0 288 100.0 1,539
Less than 50 lbs 9,873 56.3 75 35.4 107 37.0 1,571
50 to 99 lbs 2,587 14.7 46 21.8 51 17.7 1,095
100 to 499 lbs S S 66 31.1 100 34.8 1,601
500 to 749 lbs S S 9 4.3 S S 1,699
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 883
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,286
10,000 to 49,999 lbs
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
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 17,417 100.0 204 100.0 278 100.0 1,539
Less than 50 lbs 9,868 56.7 75 36.5 106 38.3 1,571
50 to 99 lbs 2,586 14.8 46 22.5 51 18.3 1,095
100 to 499 lbs S S 65 32.0 99 35.8 1,599
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 1,742
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 710
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 10 100.0 2,072
Less than 50 lbs S S 0.2 0.3 3,048
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S 2,212
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 2,158
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 1,547
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 3,019
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,286
10,000 to 49,999 lbs
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
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 1,777 100.0 S S S S S
Less than 50 lbs 336 18.9 13 1.2 S S S
50 to 99 lbs S S 14 1.3 S S S
100 to 499 lbs S S 19 1.8 S S S
500 to 749 lbs 22 1.3 S S S S 252
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 116
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 886 49.9 80 7.5 79 55.1 S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 2,337
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 2
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.