Table 6 Freight Shipments by Two-Digit Commodity: 1993, 1997, and 2002

Table 6
Freight Shipments by Two-Digit Commodity: 1993, 1997, and 2002

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(Commodity Flow Survey Data Only)

SCTG Commodity description Value (billion current dollars) Percentage of total
1993 1997 2002 (P) 1993 1997 2002 (P)
  Ranked by 2002 value            
  CFS total 5,846 6,944 8,483 100.0 100.0 100.0
35 Electronic, electrical, and office equipment 515 870 948 8.8 12.5 11.2
43 Mixed freight (1) 207 230 858 3.5 3.3 10.1
36 Motorized and other vehicles (including parts) 498 571 736 8.5 8.2 8.7
34 Machinery 385 417 509 6.6 6.0 6.0
30 Textiles, leather, and articles of textiles or leather 449 379 507 7.7 5.5 6.0
21 Pharmaceutical products 163 224 427 2.8 3.2 5.0
40 Miscellaneous manufactured products 233 421 405 4.0 6.1 4.8
7 Other prepared foodstuffs, fats, and oils 347 346 362 5.9 5.0 4.3
24 Plastics and rubber 236 279 343 4.0 4.0 4.0
32 Base metal in primary or semifinished forms and in finished basic shapes 145 286 254 2.5 4.1 3.0

 

SCTG Commodity description Weight (millions tons) Percentage of total
1993 1997 2002 (P) 1993 1997 2002 (P)
  Ranked by 2002 tonnage            
  CFS total 9,688 11,090 11,573 100.0 100.0 100.0
12 Gravel and crushed stone 977 1,815 1,775 10.1 16.4 15.3
15 Coal 1,130 1,217 1,255 11.7 11.0 10.8
31 Nonmetallic mineral products 817 910 910 8.4 8.2 7.9
17 Gasoline and aviation turbine fuel 912 963 840 9.4 8.7 7.3
2 Cereal grains 440 490 579 4.5 4.4 5.0
18 Fuel oils 448 482 508 4.6 4.3 4.4
20 Basic chemicals 246 296 497 2.5 2.7 4.3
11 Natural sands 405 443 466 4.2 4.0 4.0
7 Other prepared foodstuffs and fats and oils 372 397 463 3.8 3.6 4.0
19 Coal and petroleum products, n.e.c. 524 475 431 5.4 4.3 3.7

 

SCTG Commodity description Ton-miles (billions) Percentage of total
1993 1997 2002 (P) 1993 1997 2002 (P)
  Ranked by 2002 ton-miles            
  CFS total 2,421 2,661 3,204 100.0 100.0 100.0
15 Coal 488 542 562 20.1 20.4 17.6
2 Cereal grains 202 201 264 8.3 7.5 8.2
20 Basic chemicals 109 137 174 4.5 5.1 5.4
7 Other prepared foodstuffs and fats and oils 127 124 171 5.2 4.7 5.3
17 Gasoline and aviation turbine fuel 102 137 130 4.2 5.1 4.1
3 Other agricultural products 74 81 122 3.1 3.0 3.8
32 Base metal in primary or semifinished forms and in finished basic shapes 70 117 122 2.9 4.4 3.8
31 Nonmetallic mineral products 86 91 120 3.5 3.4 3.8
26 Wood products 98 97 114 4.0 3.6 3.6
18 Fuel oils 59 51 109 2.5 1.9 3.4

KEY: SCTG = Standard Classification of Transported Goods;
P = preliminary.

(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 BTS totals specified in the text and in tables 1, 2, and 3 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, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, based on data from the 1993, 1997, and preliminary 2002 Commodity Flow Survey, January 2004.