Table 5 - Freight Shipments by Two-Digit Commodity: 1997 and 2002

Table 5 - Freight Shipments by Two-Digit Commodity: 1997 and 2002

(Commodity Flow Survey data only)

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Leading 2002 value (billions)

SCTG Commodity description Value, tons, and ton-miles Percentage of total
1997 2002 1997 2002
CFS total 6,860 8,397 100.0 100.0
35 Electronic, electrical, and office equipment 864 891 12.6 10.6
43 Mixed freight (1) 233 840 3.4 10.0
36 Motorized and other vehicles (including parts) 569 749 8.3 8.9
34 Machinery 418 484 6.1 5.8
21 Pharmaceutical products 226 479 3.3 5.7
30 Textiles, leather, and articles of textiles or leather 377 466 5.5 5.6
40 Miscellaneous manufactured products 418 387 6.1 4.6
7 Other prepared foodstuffs, fats, and oils 343 356 5.0 4.2
24 Plastics and rubber 281 326 4.1 3.9
17 Gasoline and aviation turbine fuel 220 279 3.2 3.3

Leading 2002 tonnage (millions)

SCTG Commodity description Value, tons, and ton-miles Percentage of total
1997 2002 1997 2002
CFS total 10,566 11,668 100.0 100.0
12 Gravel and crushed stone 1,817 1,866 17.2 16.0
15 Coal 1,215 1,240 11.5 10.6
17 Gasoline and aviation turbine fuel 877 1,064 8.3 9.1
31 Nonmetallic mineral products 909 968 8.6 8.3
2 Cereal grains 486 561 4.6 4.8
18 Fuel oils 475 549 4.5 4.7
11 Natural sands 444 473 4.2 4.1
7 Other prepared foodstuffs and fats and oils 402 449 3.8 3.8
19 Coal and petroleum products, n.e.c. 475 448 4.5 3.8
20 Basic chemicals 296 348 2.8 3.0

Leading 2002 ton-miles (billions)

SCTG Commodity description Value, tons, and ton-miles Percentage of total
1997 2002 1997 2002
CFS total 2,593 3,138 100.0 100.0
15 Coal 542 686 20.9 21.9
2 Cereal grains 200 264 7.7 8.4
7 Other prepared foodstuffs and fats and oils 124 162 4.8 5.1
31 Nonmetallic mineral products 91 136 3.5 4.3
32 Base metal in primary or semi finished forms and in finished basic shapes 117 121 4.5 3.9
26 Wood products 93 120 3.6 3.8
17 Gasoline and aviation turbine fuel 101 117 3.9 3.7
20 Basic chemicals 137 116 5.3 3.7
3 Other agricultural products 80 109 3.1 3.5
12 Gravel and crushed stone 93 106 3.6 3.4

KEY: SCTG = Standard Classification of Transported Goods; n.e.c. = Not elsewhere classified.

(1) Mixed freight shipments include: supplies and food for restaurants and fast food chains, items (including food) for grocery and convenience stores, hardware or plumbing supplies (not elsewhere classified), office supplies, and miscellaneous.

NOTE: The CFS totals in this table differ from the larger composite estimate totals specified in the text and in the tables because they do not include additions to account for the out-of-scope missing pieces and some in-scope segments that were underrepresented in the CFS, such as waterborne and pipeline shipments.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, based on data from the 1997 and 2002 Commodity Flow Survey, December 2004.