Table 3-3: Shipment Characteristics by Commodity for the United States: 2002

Table 3-3: Shipment Characteristics by Commodity for the United States: 2002

(Commodity Flow Survey data)

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Commodity (2-digit SCTG commodity code) Value Tons Ton-miles 2 Average miles per shipment
Number ($ millions) Percent Number (thousands) Percent Number (millions) Percent
Live animals and live fish (01) 7,200 Z 6,549 Z 2,021 Z 534
Cereal grains (02) 55,927 0.7 578,637 5.0 263,718 8.2 125
Other agricultural products (03) 129,890 1.5 277,547 2.4 122,134 3.8 477
Animal feed and products of animal origin, n.e.c (04) 55,251 0.7 240,003 2.1 77,474 2.4 141
Meat, fish, seafood, and their preparations (05) 204,869 2.4 85,019 0.7 41,795 1.3 192
Milled grain products and preparations, and bakery products (06) 119,718 1.4 116,018 1.0 51,384 1.6 265
Other prepared foodstuffs and fats and oils (07) 362,312 4.3 463,363 4.0 171,249 5.3 206
Alcoholic beverages (08) 115,772 1.4 93,698 0.8 25,572 0.8 56
Tobacco products (09) 77,163 0.9 5,793 Z 1,256 Z 414
Monumental or building stone (10) 2,451 Z 16,851 0.1 1,325 Z 170
Natural sands (11) 4,611 Z 466,338 4.0 33,952 1.1 57
Gravel and crushed stone (12) 12,643 0.1 1,775,181 15.3 104,552 3.3 33
Nonmetallic minerals n.e.c (13) 12,680 0.1 186,322 1.6 56,975 1.8 214
Metallic ores and concentrates (14) 15,741 0.2 116,050 1.0 59,404 1.9 465
Coal (15) 24,085 0.3 1,255,082 10.8 562,463 17.6 112
Gasoline and aviation turbine fuel (17) 233,563 2.8 840,400 7.3 130,207 4.1 103
Fuel oils (18) 109,618 1.3 507,540 4.4 108,928 3.4 81
Coal and petroleum products, n.e.c. (19) 74,693 0.9 431,255 3.7 96,006 3.0 125
Basic chemicals (20) 152,069 1.8 497,049 4.3 173,927 5.4 516
Pharmaceutical products (21) 426,753 5.0 22,825 0.2 12,095 0.4 722
Fertilizers (22) 34,079 0.4 214,227 1.9 74,422 2.3 150
Chemical products and preparations, n.e.c. (23) 234,355 2.8 109,819 0.9 54,824 1.7 409
Plastics and rubber (24) 343,386 4.0 147,035 1.3 83,916 2.6 430
Logs and other wood in the rough (25) 5,178 Z 86,316 0.7 8,882 0.3 108
Wood products (26) 140,006 1.7 321,143 2.8 114,007 3.6 250
Pulp, newsprint, paper, and paperboard (27) 102,406 1.2 139,895 1.2 82,591 2.6 233
Paper or paperboard articles (28) 105,890 1.2 72,508 0.6 25,480 0.8 282
Printed products (29) 136,886 1.6 34,418 0.3 17,364 0.5 903
Textiles, leather, and articles of textiles or leather (30) 506,992 6.0 53,306 0.5 34,589 1.1 967
Nonmetallic mineral products (31) 143,106 1.7 910,259 7.9 120,262 3.8 388
Base metal in primary or semifinished forms and in finished basic shapes (32) 253,678 3.0 325,992 2.8 121,634 3.8 275
Articles of base metal (33) 234,922 2.8 115,686 1.0 44,434 1.4 396
Machinery (34) 509,477 6.0 62,943 0.5 34,653 1.1 413
Electronic and other electrical equipment and components and office equipment (35) 948,049 11.2 53,789 0.5 32,906 1.0 747
Motorized and other vehicles (including parts) (36) 735,730 8.7 133,676 1.2 59,077 1.8 401
Transportation equipment, n.e.c. (37) 162,984 1.9 10,269 Z 6,220 0.2 1,003
Precision instruments and apparatus (38) 222,042 2.6 15,208 0.1 3,401 0.1 986
Furniture, mattresses and mattress supports, lamps, lighting fittings, and illuminated signs (39) 135,049 1.6 30,880 0.3 13,293 0.4 564
Miscellaneous manufactured products (40) 404,683 4.8 90,600 0.8 37,082 1.2 1,003
Waste and scrap (41) 49,307 0.6 305,638 2.6 71,063 2.2 163
Mixed freight (43) 858,320 10.1 332,188 2.9 57,793 1.8 434
Commodity unknown 19,588 0.2 25,464 0.2 10,079 0.3 585
Total, all commodities1 8,483,123 100.0 11,572,780 100.0 3,204,410 100.0 589

1 Estimates exclude shipments of crude petroleum (SCTG 16).

2 Ton-miles estimates are based on estimated distances traveled along a modeled transportation network.

KEY: n.e.c. = not elsewhere classified; SCTG = Standard Classification of Transported Goods; Z = zero or less than 1 unit of measure.

NOTES: The data presented in this table exclude shipments from the following establishments classified in the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) as: farms, forestry, logging, fisheries, construction, publishing, and crude petroleum production; households; governments; and most retail and service businesses. Also excluded are most imports and commodities shipped from a foreign location to another foreign destination that pass through the United States. Estimates are preliminary and may be revised. A breakout of CFS data by state is planned for inclusion in the CFS final report scheduled for release in December 2004.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, 2002 Commodity Flow Survey: United States Preliminary Report, Washington, DC: December 2003.