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 21,797 100.0 28,056 100.0 5,799 100.0 324
Less than 50 lbs 2,356 10.8 84 0.3 27 0.5 307
50 to 99 lbs 1,179 5.4 S S 26 0.5 326
100 to 499 lbs 1,783 8.2 188 0.7 S S 480
500 to 749 lbs 513 2.4 79 0.3 S S 860
750 to 999 lbs 304 1.4 70 0.2 16 0.3 234
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 5,255 24.1 1,461 5.2 432 7.4 418
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 8,664 39.7 17,760 63.3 2,420 41.7 132
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 770 3.5 3,633 13.0 253 4.4 S
100,000 lbs or more 972 4.5 S S S S 356

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 17,571 100.0 25,216 100.0 5,047 100.0 158
Less than 50 lbs 689 3.9 44 0.2 4 S
50 to 99 lbs 277 1.6 S S S S 197
100 to 499 lbs 1,081 6.2 157 0.6 S S 437
500 to 749 lbs 426 2.4 77 0.3 S S 858
750 to 999 lbs 269 1.5 64 0.3 13 0.3 206
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 5,023 28.6 1,434 5.7 427 8.5 419
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 8,414 47.9 16,231 64.4 2,349 46.6 141
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 770 4.4 3,633 14.4 253 5.0 S
100,000 lbs or more 621 3.5 S S S S 350

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 16,784 100.0 23,299 100.0 4,205 100.0 154
Less than 50 lbs 645 3.8 44 0.2 3 S
50 to 99 lbs 253 1.5 S S S S 194
100 to 499 lbs 1,052 6.3 156 0.7 S S 435
500 to 749 lbs 426 2.5 77 0.3 S S 858
750 to 999 lbs 267 1.6 64 0.3 13 0.3 206
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 4,983 29.7 1,429 6.1 426 10.1 420
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 7,982 47.6 15,827 67.9 2,101 50.0 130
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 770 4.6 3,633 15.6 253 6.0 S
100,000 lbs or more 405 2.4 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 635 100.0 S S S S 504
Less than 50 lbs
50 to 99 lbs S S S S S S 214
100 to 499 lbs
500 to 749 lbs
750 to 999 lbs
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 322
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 422 66.5 400 21.5 246 29.4 701
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
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 152 100.0 S S 4 100.0 668
Less than 50 lbs S S 0.7 5.4 651
50 to 99 lbs 23 15.0 S S 4.7 718
100 to 499 lbs 29 19.0 0.8 S S 947
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 936
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 732
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 235
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 444
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 25

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 3,534 100.0 S S S S 824
Less than 50 lbs 1,510 42.7 31 2.4 24 3.4 848
50 to 99 lbs S S S S 16 2.3 687
100 to 499 lbs 672 19.0 28 2.2 20 2.9 747
500 to 749 lbs S S 2 0.1 S S 997
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 557
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 9
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 3,247
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 513

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 3,199 100.0 88 100.0 64 100.0 823
Less than 50 lbs 1,509 47.2 31 34.6 24 36.8 848
50 to 99 lbs S S S S 16 24.4 687
100 to 499 lbs 672 21.0 28 31.2 20 31.2 747
500 to 749 lbs S S 2 2.0 S S 997
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 557
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S 9
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 3,702
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 5,422
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 3,247
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 513

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 692 100.0 S S S S S
Less than 50 lbs S S S S S S 11
50 to 99 lbs S S 1 S S S
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S S
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 367
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 49
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 232 33.5 S S S S 340
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S S
50,000 to 99,999 lbs
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 915

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.