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 15,992 100.0 69,698 100.0 13,745 100.0 155
Less than 50 lbs 283 1.8 10 3 319
50 to 99 lbs 159 1.0 15 2 S
100 to 499 lbs 629 3.9 158 0.2 17 0.1 S
500 to 749 lbs 229 1.4 121 0.2 12 S
750 to 999 lbs 161 1.0 S S 11 S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 1,965 12.3 2,269 3.3 279 2.0 99
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 6,156 38.5 23,771 34.1 3,470 25.2 132
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,885 11.8 S S 760 5.5 70
100,000 lbs or more 4,524 28.3 32,557 46.7 9,192 66.9 245

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 15,429 100.0 69,531 100.0 13,642 100.0 96
Less than 50 lbs 112 0.7 6 S
50 to 99 lbs 122 0.8 13 1 S
100 to 499 lbs 528 3.4 152 0.2 13 0.1 S
500 to 749 lbs 206 1.3 119 0.2 10 S
750 to 999 lbs 152 1.0 S S 11 S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 1,860 12.1 2,246 3.2 274 2.0 98
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 6,047 39.2 23,671 34.0 3,393 24.9 130
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,878 12.2 S S 749 5.5 70
100,000 lbs or more 4,523 29.3 32,555 46.8 9,191 67.4 245

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 10,442 100.0 35,533 100.0 3,783 100.0 88
Less than 50 lbs 112 1.1 6 40
50 to 99 lbs 121 1.2 13 1 S
100 to 499 lbs 527 5.0 152 0.4 13 0.4 S
500 to 749 lbs 206 2.0 119 0.3 10 0.3 S
750 to 999 lbs 147 1.4 S S 9 0.2 S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 1,859 17.8 2,246 6.3 274 7.2 98
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 5,673 54.3 22,341 62.9 2,763 73.0 113
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,775 17.0 S S S S 67
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 137

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 1,145 100.0 13,210 100.0 2,697 100.0 368
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 543
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S 697
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 182
500 to 749 lbs
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 1,008
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 613
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 374 32.7 1,330 10.1 630 23.4 463
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 103 9.0 368 2.8 S S S
100,000 lbs or more 660 57.6 11,509 87.1 1,998 74.1 229

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 3,842 100.0 20,788 100.0 7,163 100.0 514
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 831
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S 1,002
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 917
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 3,841 100.0 20,788 100.0 7,163 100.0 396

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 404 100.0 65 100.0 75 100.0 734
Less than 50 lbs 153 37.9 3 5.1 2 3.0 762
50 to 99 lbs 37 9.2 2 3.5 1 1.6 535
100 to 499 lbs 97 24.0 5 7.8 3 4.6 653
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 778
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 461
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 3,132
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 76 18.9 42 64.3 55 73.4 1,324
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,138
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 203

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 320 100.0 13 100.0 9 100.0 730
Less than 50 lbs 153 47.9 3 25.7 2 26.0 762
50 to 99 lbs 37 11.6 2 17.5 1 14.4 535
100 to 499 lbs 97 30.3 5 39.6 3 40.7 653
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 778
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 461
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 472
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 84 100.0 52 100.0 66 100.0 1,702
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 5,499
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 76 90.9 42 80.2 55 82.8 1,324
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,138
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 203

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 159 100.0 102 100.0 28 100.0 S
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S S
50 to 99 lbs 0.1 S S 39
100 to 499 lbs 4 2.6 1 0.8 0.9 323
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 1,573
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 315
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 103 64.5 23 22.2 3 9.9 S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 32 20.3 57 56.4 22 80.5 311
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 108
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.