Table 12. Shipment Characteristics by Commodity Group for the United States: 2002 and 1997

Table 12. Shipment Characteristics by Commodity Group for the United States: 2002 and 1997

[Estimates are based on data from the 2002, 1997, and 1993 Commodity Flow Surveys. Because of rounding, estimates may not be additive]

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SCTG code Commodity description Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
2002
(million $)
1997
(million $)
Percent
change
2002
(thousands)
1997
(thousands)
Percent
change
2002
(millions)
1997
(millions)
Percent
change
2002 1997 Percent
change
  Total2 8,397,210 6,859,805 22.4 11,667,919 10,566,330 10.4 3,137,898 2,592,590 21.0 546 486 12.5
01-05 Agriculture products and fish 444,162 418,841 6.0 1,138,883 995,653 14.4 467,698 365,943 27.8 320 284 12.8
06-09 Grains, alcohol, and tobacco products 647,799 599,560 8.0 652,039 584,640 11.5 237,285 201,397 17.8 159 118 34.3
10-14 Stones, non-metallic minerals, and metallic ores 43,626 42,426 2.8 2,644,812 2,597,744 1.8 257,045 219,655 17.0 51 58 −11.6
15-19 Coal and petroleum products 500,530 411,732 21.6 3,300,413 3,039,184 8.6 951,964 774,609 22.9 65 57 14.7
20-24 Pharmaceutical and chemical products 1,219,093 899,023 35.6 882,195 706,561 24.9 349,388 299,679 16.6 500 490 2.2
25-30 Logs, wood products, and textile and leather 971,432 911,224 6.6 701,145 638,905 9.7 278,286 251,275 10.7 759 644 17.8
31-34 Base metal and machinery 1,128,507 1,038,943 8.6 1,475,868 1,402,219 5.3 334,481 284,197 17.7 363 369 −1.7
35-38 Electronic, motorized vehicles,
and precision instruments
2,019,435 1,723,322 17.2 219,384 146,057 50.2 103,858 78,828 31.8 671 538 24.7
39-43 Furniture and miscellaneous manufactured products 1,405,394 778,478 80.5 628,914 420,432 49.6 149,004 108,696 37.1 663 743 −10.8
-- Commodity Unknown 17,229 36,257 −52.5 24,266 34,935 −30.5 8,889 8,311 7.0 485 485 -

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 Estimates for pipeline exclude shipments of crude petroleum.

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, United States Data, December 2004.