Table 1a. Shipment Characteristics by Mode of Transportation for State of Origin: 2002

Table 1a. Shipment Characteristics by Mode of Transportation for State of Origin: 2002

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

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Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles
per shipment
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
Percent of total 2002
Percent of
All modes 26,430 100.0 52,286 100.0 17,776 100.0 532
Single modes 18,245 69.0 48,724 93.2 17,419 98.0 272
Truck2 15,634 59.2 37,034 70.8 5,533 31.1 192
For-hire Truck 9,074 34.3 15,087 28.9 4,083 23.0 639
Private Truck 6,482 24.5 21,570 41.3 1,425 8.0 65
Rail 1,449 5.5 11,680 22.3 11,868 66.8 1,061
Shallow draft
Great Lakes
Deep draft
Air (including truck and air) 1,161 4.4 10 17 0.1 1,875
Pipeline3 S S S
Multiple modes 3,544 13.4 S S S S 832
Parcel, USPS or courier 3,486 13.2 88 0.2 S S 832
Truck and rail S S S S S S 853
Truck and water S S S S S S 2,566
Rail and water
Other multiple modes S S S S S S 6
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S 398

– 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 a combination of private truck and for-hire truck.
3 Estimates for pipeline exclude shipments of crude petroleum.

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 confidentially 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, Individual States Data, December 2004.