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 62,423 100.0 84,178 100.0 19,244 100.0 396
Less than 50 lbs 10,069 16.1 235 0.3 99 0.5 486
50 to 99 lbs 4,774 7.6 197 0.2 72 0.4 371
100 to 499 lbs 7,146 11.4 763 0.9 169 0.9 235
500 to 749 lbs 1,871 3.0 410 0.5 69 0.4 165
750 to 999 lbs 1,399 2.2 377 0.4 47 0.2 126
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 11,353 18.2 4,712 5.6 941 4.9 175
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 23,571 37.8 39,959 47.5 10,122 52.6 252
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,214 1.9 17,217 20.5 S S 79
100,000 lbs or more 1,027 1.6 S S S S 235

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 51,992 100.0 82,343 100.0 17,392 100.0 254
Less than 50 lbs 5,411 10.4 121 0.1 31 0.2 322
50 to 99 lbs 3,025 5.8 116 0.1 29 0.2 271
100 to 499 lbs 5,321 10.2 617 0.7 100 0.6 162
500 to 749 lbs 1,705 3.3 384 0.5 57 0.3 144
750 to 999 lbs 1,015 2.0 348 0.4 35 0.2 103
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 10,669 20.5 4,538 5.5 837 4.8 165
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 22,666 43.6 39,180 47.6 9,038 52.0 229
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,199 2.3 17,179 20.9 S S 79
100,000 lbs or more 981 1.9 S S S S 232

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 49,081 100.0 65,077 100.0 11,055 100.0 174
Less than 50 lbs 4,639 9.5 110 0.2 17 0.2 178
50 to 99 lbs 2,848 5.8 111 0.2 S S 229
100 to 499 lbs 4,879 9.9 610 0.9 92 0.8 146
500 to 749 lbs 1,630 3.3 381 0.6 52 0.5 134
750 to 999 lbs 962 2.0 347 0.5 33 0.3 97
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 10,463 21.3 4,522 6.9 806 7.3 162
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 22,380 45.6 38,921 59.8 8,691 78.6 222
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,090 2.2 17,019 26.2 S S 75
100,000 lbs or more S S 3,056 4.7 157 1.4 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 604 100.0 S S S S 903
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 310
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 280 46.3 256 14.4 343 23.9 1,381
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 596
100,000 lbs or more 215 35.6 S S S S 715

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 2,307 100.0 S S S S 1,304
Less than 50 lbs 772 33.5 S S S S 1,333
50 to 99 lbs 177 7.7 S S S S 1,232
100 to 499 lbs 442 19.2 8 8 0.2 1,089
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 1,664
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 1,098
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,429
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,304
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 799
100,000 lbs or more S S S S 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 9,030 100.0 945 100.0 1,169 100.0 631
Less than 50 lbs 4,478 49.6 107 11.4 65 5.5 652
50 to 99 lbs 1,709 18.9 77 8.1 41 3.5 538
100 to 499 lbs 1,666 18.5 128 13.6 65 5.5 515
500 to 749 lbs 155 1.7 22 2.3 12 1.0 570
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 417
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,363
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 528 5.8 S S S S 1,673
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 8,371 100.0 360 100.0 193 100.0 629
Less than 50 lbs 4,465 53.3 107 29.8 64 33.4 651
50 to 99 lbs 1,708 20.4 77 21.4 41 21.5 538
100 to 499 lbs 1,665 19.9 128 35.6 64 33.3 514
500 to 749 lbs 155 1.9 22 6.0 12 6.2 570
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 406
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 770
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 659 100.0 S S S S 1,729
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 2,499
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S 436
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 2,554
500 to 749 lbs
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 4,716
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,403
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 528 80.1 S S S S 1,673
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 1,402 100.0 S S S S 490
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 530
50 to 99 lbs 40 2.9 S S S S 410
100 to 499 lbs 159 11.3 18 2.0 S S 242
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S S
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 267
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S 157 17.6 S S 454
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 859
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 110
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 869

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.