Table 6. Shipment Characteristics by Commodity Group and Mode of Transportation for CBSA of Origin: 2002

Table 6. Shipment Characteristics by Commodity Group and Mode of Transportation 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 Commodities

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
(thousands)
Percent of total 2002
(millions)
Percent of total
All modes 3,707 100.0 1,407 100.0 34 100.0 148
Single modes 3,579 96.6 1,388 98.7 31 92.4 28
Truck2 3,576 96.5 1,388 98.7 31 92.3 26
Rail S S S S S S 48
All other Single modes S S S S S S 2,213
Multiple modes 75 2.0 2 0.2 S S 859
Parcel, USPS or courier 75 2.0 2 0.2 S S 859
All other Multiple modes
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S 36

SCTG 01-05, Agriculture products and fish

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
(thousands)
Percent of total 2002
(millions)
Percent of total
All modes 240 100.0 S S S S 24
Single modes S S S S S S 27
Truck2 S S S S S S 27
Rail
All other Single modes
Multiple modes S S S S S S 1,666
Parcel, USPS or courier S S S S S S 1,666
All other Multiple modes
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S 3

SCTG 06-09, Grains, alcohol, and tobacco products

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
(thousands)
Percent of total 2002
(millions)
Percent of total
All modes 433 100.0 82 100.0 100.0 26
Single modes 428 98.7 81 97.9 97.4 8
Truck2 428 98.7 81 97.9 97.4 8
Rail
All other Single modes
Multiple modes
Parcel, USPS or courier
All other Multiple modes
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S 135

SCTG 10-14, Stones, non-metallic minerals, and metallic ores

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
(thousands)
Percent of total 2002
(millions)
Percent of total
All modes S S S S S S 24
Single modes S S S S S S 24
Truck2 S S S S S S 24
Rail
All other Single modes
Multiple modes
Parcel, USPS or courier
All other Multiple modes
Other and unknown modes

SCTG 15-19, Coal and petroleum products

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
(thousands)
Percent of total 2002
(millions)
Percent of total
All modes S S S S S S 1
Single modes S S S S S S 1
Truck2 S S S S S S 1
Rail
All other Single modes
Multiple modes
Parcel, USPS or courier
All other Multiple modes
Other and unknown modes

SCTG 20-24, Pharmaceutical and chemical products

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
(thousands)
Percent of total 2002
(millions)
Percent of total
All modes S S 1 100.0 S S 384
Single modes S S 1 99.0 S S 27
Truck2 S S 1 99.0 S S 27
Rail
All other Single modes
Multiple modes S S S S S S 1,169
Parcel, USPS or courier S S S S S S 1,169
All other Multiple modes
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S 2

SCTG 25-30, Logs, wood products, and textile and leather

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
(thousands)
Percent of total 2002
(millions)
Percent of total
All modes S S 91 100.0 14 100.0 394
Single modes S S 89 97.4 13 91.1 44
Truck2 S S 89 97.4 13 91.1 44
Rail
All other Single modes S S S S S S 1,819
Multiple modes 27 1.0 S S S S 897
Parcel, USPS or courier 27 1.0 S S S S 897
All other Multiple modes
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S S

SCTG 31-34, Base metal and machinery

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
(thousands)
Percent of total 2002
(millions)
Percent of total
All modes 62 100.0 S S S S S
Single modes 51 83.1 S S S S S
Truck2 51 83.1 S S S S S
Rail
All other Single modes
Multiple modes 8 13.1 0.2 74
Parcel, USPS or courier 8 13.1 0.2 74
All other Multiple modes
Other and unknown modes 2 3.8 S S S S S

SCTG 35-38, Electronic, motorized vehicles, and precision instruments

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
(thousands)
Percent of total 2002
(millions)
Percent of total
All modes S S 2 100.0 S S S
Single modes S S 1 92.8 S S S
Truck2 S S 1 92.8 S S S
Rail S S S S S S 48
All other Single modes S S S S S S 2,209
Multiple modes S S 6.5 3.9 923
Parcel, USPS or courier S S 6.5 3.9 923
All other Multiple modes
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S S

SCTG 39-43, Furniture, mixed freight and misc manufactured products

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
(thousands)
Percent of total 2002
(millions)
Percent of total
All modes 94 100.0 56 100.0 7 100.0 354
Single modes 81 86.2 55 98.3 6 83.2 S
Truck2 80 84.5 55 98.3 6 82.9 35
Rail
All other Single modes S S S S S S 2,225
Multiple modes 12 13.1 S S S S 992
Parcel, USPS or courier 12 13.1 S S S S 992
All other Multiple modes
Other and unknown modes S S S S 4

Commodity Unknown

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
(thousands)
Percent of total 2002
(millions)
Percent of total
All modes S S S S S S S
Single modes S S S S S S 30
Truck2 S S S S S S 30
Rail
All other Single modes
Multiple modes S S S S S S 112
Parcel, USPS or courier S S S S S S 112
All other Multiple modes
Other and unknown modes

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.