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 23,269 100.0 50,235 100.0 3,419 100.0 286
Less than 50 lbs 3,831 16.5 72 0.1 25 0.7 453
50 to 99 lbs 803 3.5 S S 7 0.2 S
100 to 499 lbs 2,832 12.2 317 0.6 34 1.0 111
500 to 749 lbs 1,015 4.4 160 0.3 13 0.4 79
750 to 999 lbs 714 3.1 163 0.3 20 0.6 124
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 6,852 29.4 2,765 5.5 372 10.9 120
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 5,534 23.8 30,945 61.6 2,341 68.5 82
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,565 6.7 12,609 25.1 326 9.5 27
100,000 lbs or more 123 0.5 S S S S S

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 19,574 100.0 50,055 100.0 3,368 100.0 96
Less than 50 lbs 1,368 7.0 49 0.1 4 0.1 S
50 to 99 lbs 545 2.8 S S 3 0.1 S
100 to 499 lbs 2,298 11.7 306 0.6 28 0.8 89
500 to 749 lbs 924 4.7 154 0.3 12 0.3 77
750 to 999 lbs 667 3.4 156 0.3 17 0.5 105
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 6,613 33.8 2,734 5.5 367 10.9 120
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 5,504 28.1 30,907 61.7 2,338 69.4 82
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,542 7.9 12,584 25.1 321 9.5 26
100,000 lbs or more 113 0.6 S S S S S

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 18,585 100.0 48,914 100.0 3,076 100.0 63
Less than 50 lbs 856 4.6 48 0.1 2 41
50 to 99 lbs 450 2.4 S S S S 43
100 to 499 lbs 2,075 11.2 302 0.6 23 0.7 70
500 to 749 lbs 922 5.0 154 0.3 11 0.4 75
750 to 999 lbs 653 3.5 155 0.3 16 0.5 104
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 6,548 35.2 2,732 5.6 363 11.8 118
10,000 to 49,999 lbs 5,462 29.4 30,872 63.1 2,308 75.0 81
50,000 to 99,999 lbs 1,540 8.3 12,583 25.7 320 10.4 26
100,000 lbs or more S S S S 29 1.0 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 S S S S S S S
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 774
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 916 100.0 14 100.0 18 100.0 1,309
Less than 50 lbs 513 55.9 1 9.1 2 9.8 1,323
50 to 99 lbs S S 1 5.2 1 4.8 1,109
100 to 499 lbs 223 24.4 4 29.0 5 28.9 1,295
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 857
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 1,058
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S 2 18.1 S S 1,589
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 1,677
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S S S 282
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 3,297 100.0 58 100.0 37 100.0 879
Less than 50 lbs 2,406 73.0 22 37.7 21 56.2 898
50 to 99 lbs 242 7.3 5 9.6 3 9.1 594
100 to 499 lbs 504 15.3 10 16.9 S S 661
500 to 749 lbs 82 2.5 S S S S S
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S S
1,000 to 9,999 lbs S S S S S S S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 128
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 3,281 100.0 49 100.0 35 100.0 879
Less than 50 lbs 2,406 73.3 22 44.5 21 59.3 898
50 to 99 lbs 242 7.4 5 11.3 3 9.6 594
100 to 499 lbs 504 15.4 10 20.0 S S 661
500 to 749 lbs 82 2.5 S S S S S
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S S
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 S S S S S
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 S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 128
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 398 100.0 122 100.0 14 100.0 S
Less than 50 lbs 56 14.1 1 0.7 S
50 to 99 lbs S S 1 0.5 S
100 to 499 lbs S S S S S S 11
500 to 749 lbs S S S S S S 4
750 to 999 lbs S S S S S S 3
1,000 to 9,999 lbs 231 57.9 26 21.4 S S S
10,000 to 49,999 lbs S S S S S S 141
50,000 to 99,999 lbs S S S S 5 38.0 235
100,000 lbs or more S S S S S S 105

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.