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 19,899 100.0 15,516 100.0 4,331 100.0 487
Less than 50 lbs 1,179 5.9 24 0.2 16 0.4 662
50 to 99 lbs 328 1.6 S S 4 0.1 288
100 to 499 lbs 1,791 9.0 S S 79 1.8 274
500 to 749 lbs 837 4.2 128 0.8 40 0.9 305
750 to 999 lbs 436 2.2 77 0.5 31 0.7 403
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 3,742 18.8 1,022 6.6 396 9.1 399
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 10,386 52.2 8,231 53.0 2,442 56.4 307
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S 1,803 11.6 341 7.9 182
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 418

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 18,160 100.0 15,079 100.0 4,208 100.0 296
Less than 50 lbs 217 1.2 S S 2 359
50 to 99 lbs 194 1.1 S S 3 S
100 to 499 lbs 1,639 9.0 S S 67 1.6 244
500 to 749 lbs 680 3.7 S S 37 0.9 302
750 to 999 lbs 428 2.4 76 0.5 30 0.7 403
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 3,703 20.4 933 6.2 378 9.0 419
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 10,099 55.6 7,961 52.8 2,368 56.3 312
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S 1,769 11.7 340 8.1 185
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 418

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 17,230 100.0 11,321 100.0 3,243 100.0 277
Less than 50 lbs 198 1.1 S S 1 293
50 to 99 lbs 182 1.1 S S 2 S
100 to 499 lbs 1,553 9.0 S S 62 1.9 232
500 to 749 lbs 680 3.9 S S 37 1.1 301
750 to 999 lbs 423 2.5 76 0.7 30 0.9 400
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 3,669 21.3 932 8.2 378 11.6 418
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 10,099 58.6 7,960 70.3 2,366 73.0 312
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 367 2.1 1,745 15.4 310 9.6 170
100,000 lbs or more 61 0.4 223 2.0 S S 303

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 S S 494
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 1,186
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,244
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 429

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 S S S S S S 1,557
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 1,158
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S 2,357
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 1,965
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 1,508
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 925
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,097
10,000 to 49,999 lbs
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 1,383 100.0 45 100.0 52 100.0 776
Less than 50 lbs 926 66.9 S S 15 28.0 775
50 to 99 lbs 133 9.6 3 7.2 2 3.2 484
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 1,292
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 379
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 971
1,000 to 9,999 lbs
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S 9 20.6 S S 2,311
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 1,366 100.0 35 100.0 31 100.0 775
Less than 50 lbs 926 67.8 S S 15 47.1 775
50 to 99 lbs 133 9.7 3 9.1 2 5.4 484
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 1,292
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 379
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 971
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 9 100.0 S S 3,668
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 4,962
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 9 100.0 S S 2,311
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 356 100.0 392 100.0 71 100.0 S
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S S
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S 3
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 10
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 7
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 5
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 205
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 270 75.9 261 66.5 53 74.8 186
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 7
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.