Table 3-4: Shipment Characteristics by Distance Shipped for the United States: 2002

Table 3-4: Shipment Characteristics by Distance Shipped for the United States: 2002

(Commodity Flow Survey data)

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Distance shipped1 Value Tons Ton-miles2
Number ($ millions) Percent Number (thousands) Percent Number (millions) Percent
Less than 50 miles 2,447,018 28.8 6,028,724 52.1 121,093 3.8
50 to 99 miles 753,019 8.9 1,242,433 10.7 116,044 3.6
100 to 249 miles 1,345,926 15.9 1,553,406 13.4 343,922 10.7
250 to 499 miles 1,258,978 14.8 1,097,835 9.5 539,271 16.8
500 to 749 miles 862,741 10.2 647,884 5.6 541,309 16.9
750 to 999 miles 568,002 6.7 437,698 3.8 508,330 15.9
1,000 to 1,499 miles 545,968 6.4 386,657 3.3 619,659 19.3
1,500 to 1,999 miles 360,651 4.3 122,649 1.1 260,455 8.1
2,000 miles or more 340,820 4.0 55,493 0.5 154,327 4.8
United States, total 8,483,123 100.0 11,572,780 100.0 3,204,410 100.0

1 Shipments are grouped into distance categories based on Great Circle Distance (GCD). GCD is the shortest distance between two points on the surface of a sphere over the surface of that sphere.

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

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.

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.