Figure 11 Average Length of Haul by Major Commodity Group: 2002*

Figure 11
Average Length of Haul by Major Commodity Group: 2002*

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(Commodity Flow Survey Data Only) (Average miles per ton)

Commodity Description Year
2002 1997 1993
Total CFS goods 277 240 250
Textiles, leather, and products 649 538 560
Electronic, electrical, and office equipment 612 683 682
Transportation equipment, n.e.c. 606 686 570
Pulp, newsprint, paper, and paperboard 590 549 544
Plastics and rubber 571 530 575
Machinery 551 542 536
Pharmaceutical products 530 564 630
Metallic ores and concentrates 512 526 247
Printed products 505 292 324
Chemical products and preparations, n.e.c 499 489 472
Meat, fish, seafood, and their preparations 492 458 459
Cereal grains 456 410 459
Coal 448 446 432
Milled grain and bakery products 443 472 417
Motorized and other vehicles (including parts) 442 468 540
Other agricultural products 440 400 371
Furniture, mattresses and lighting products 430 581 584
Miscellaneous manufactured products 409 354 491
Articles of base metal 384 457 369
Base metal in primary or finished forms 373 350 387
Other prepared foodstuffs and fats and oils 370 313 340
Wood products 355 294 282
Paper or paperboard articles 351 299 301
Basic chemicals 350 462 442
Fertilizers 347 243 389
Animal feed and products of animal origin, n.e.c 323 213 243
Live animals and live fish 309 253 239
Nonmetallic minerals n.e.c 306 222 212
Alcoholic beverages 273 343 247
Waste and scrap 233 226 205
Precision instruments and apparatus 224 738 556
Coal and petroleum products, n.e.c. 223 172 217
Tobacco products 217 245 315
Fuel oils 215 106 132
Mixed freight 174 156 147
Gasoline and aviation turbine fuel 155 142 111
Nonmetallic mineral products 132 100 105
Logs and other wood in the rough 103 76 109
Monumental or building stone 79 93 42
Natural sands 73 58 68
Gravel and crushed stone 59 51 59

KEY: * 2002 data are preliminary.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, based on data from the Preliminary 2002 Commodity Flow Survey data, January 2004.