Table 2. Inbound Shipment Characteristics by Mode of Transportation for CBSA of Destination: 2002

Table 2. Inbound Shipment Characteristics by Mode of Transportation for CBSA of Destination: 2002

[Estimates are based on data from the Commodity Flow Survey. Because of rounding, estimates may not be additive]

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Destination CBSAs Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
Percent of total 2002
Percent of total
All modes 25,814 100.0 30,189 100.0 6,411 100.0 586
Single modes 21,910 84.9 29,231 96.8 6,213 96.9 286
Truck2 19,462 75.4 19,384 64.2 3,859 60.2 185
Rail 436 1.7 3,405 11.3 1,068 16.7 327
All other Single modes 2,012 7.8 6,442 21.3 1,286 20.1 1,717
Multiple modes 3,256 12.6 165 0.5 147 2.3 852
Parcel, USPS or courier 3,095 12.0 91 0.3 59 0.9 853
All other Multiple modes S S S S S S S
Other and unknown modes 648 2.5 S S S S 147

– Represents data cell equal to zero or less than 1 unit of measure.
S Estimate does not meet publication standards because of high sampling variability or poor response quality.

1 Ton-miles estimates are based on estimated distances traveled along a modeled transportation network. See "Mileage Calculations" section for additional information.
2 "Truck" as a single mode includes shipments that were made by only private Truck, only for-hire Truck, or combination of private Truck and for-hire Truck.

NOTES: Value-of-shipments estimates have not been adjusted for price changes. Appendix B tables provide estimated measures of sampling variability. The Introduction and appendixes give information on confidentiality protection, sampling error, nonsampling error, sample design, and definitions. Links to this information on the Internet may be found at
Coverage for the 2002 Commodity Flow Survey (CFS) differs from the previous surveys due to a change from the 1987 Standard Industrial Classification System to the 1997 North American Industry Classification System and other survey improvements. Therefore, data users are urged to use caution when comparing 2002 CFS estimates with estimates from prior years.

SOURCE: Bureau of Transportation Statistics (USDOT) and U.S. Census Bureau, 2002 Commodity Flow Survey, Metropolitan Data, December 2004.