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 23,269 100.0 50,235 100.0 3,419 100.0 286
Single modes 19,574 84.1 50,055 99.6 3,368 98.5 96
Truck2 18,585 79.9 48,914 97.4 3,076 90.0 63
Rail S S S S S S S
All other Single modes 916 3.9 14 18 0.5 1,309
Multiple modes 3,297 14.2 58 0.1 37 1.1 879
Parcel, USPS or courier 3,281 14.1 49 0.1 35 1.0 879
All other Multiple modes S S S S S S S
Other and unknown modes 398 1.7 122 0.2 14 0.4 S

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 S S S S S S 103
Single modes S S S S S S 60
Truck2 S S S S S S 60
Rail
All other Single modes
Multiple modes S S S S S S 1,371
Parcel, USPS or courier S S S S S S 1,371
All other Multiple modes
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S 1

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 2,134 100.0 1,641 100.0 904 100.0 154
Single modes 2,129 99.8 1,640 99.9 903 99.8 130
Truck2 2,129 99.8 1,640 99.9 903 99.8 130
Rail
All other Single modes
Multiple modes S S S S S S 1,425
Parcel, USPS or courier S S S S S S 1,425
All other Multiple modes
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S 13

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 236 100.0 33,563 100.0 631 100.0 14
Single modes 233 98.4 33,547 100.0 631 99.9 14
Truck2 215 91.2 32,471 96.7 418 66.3 12
Rail S S S S S S 200
All other Single modes
Multiple modes
Parcel, USPS or courier
All other Multiple modes
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S 15

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 2,178 100.0 8,201 100.0 212 100.0 19
Single modes 2,175 99.9 8,189 99.9 211 99.8 19
Truck2 2,175 99.9 8,189 99.9 211 99.8 19
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 15

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 2,252 100.0 739 100.0 376 100.0 S
Single modes 2,220 98.6 733 99.2 373 99.3 S
Truck2 2,167 96.2 702 95.0 349 92.8 S
Rail S S S S S S 778
All other Single modes S S S S S S 1,675
Multiple modes S S S S S S 711
Parcel, USPS or courier S S S S S S 711
All other Multiple modes
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S S

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 2,350 100.0 1,255 100.0 301 100.0 654
Single modes 1,580 67.2 1,182 94.2 278 92.4 187
Truck2 1,554 66.2 1,176 93.7 268 89.0 76
Rail S S S S S S 403
All other Single modes 24 1.0 S S S S 1,299
Multiple modes 617 26.2 20 1.6 15 4.9 964
Parcel, USPS or courier 614 26.1 18 1.4 13 4.4 963
All other Multiple modes S S S S S S 1,938
Other and unknown modes 153 6.5 53 4.2 8 2.7 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 2,287 100.0 2,671 100.0 420 100.0 S
Single modes 1,904 83.3 2,628 98.4 413 98.4 S
Truck2 1,869 81.7 2,624 98.3 411 98.0 S
Rail
All other Single modes S S S S S S 1,067
Multiple modes 279 12.2 S S 3 0.7 760
Parcel, USPS or courier S S 7 0.2 3 0.6 764
All other Multiple modes S S S S S S 50
Other and unknown modes S S 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 6,429 100.0 210 100.0 82 100.0 S
Single modes 5,203 80.9 199 95.0 76 93.2 S
Truck2 4,390 68.3 196 93.6 72 87.9 S
Rail
All other Single modes 813 12.6 3 1.4 4 5.4 1,501
Multiple modes 1,134 17.6 6 2.8 S S 538
Parcel, USPS or courier 1,134 17.6 6 2.8 S S 538
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 5,004 100.0 1,352 100.0 406 100.0 418
Single modes 3,740 74.7 1,334 98.7 396 97.4 108
Truck2 3,695 73.8 1,313 97.1 357 87.9 80
Rail S S S S S S 1,901
All other Single modes 29 0.6 S S S S 959
Multiple modes 1,244 24.9 16 1.2 10 2.6 894
Parcel, USPS or courier 1,244 24.9 16 1.2 10 2.6 894
All other Multiple modes
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S 40

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 28 100.0 S S 1 100.0 S
Single modes 27 96.9 S S 1 99.9 S
Truck2 27 96.9 S S 1 99.9 S
Rail
All other Single modes
Multiple modes S S S S S S 278
Parcel, USPS or courier S S S S S S 278
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.