USA Banner

Official US Government Icon

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure Site Icon

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Site Notification

Site Notification

U.S. Department of Transportation U.S. Department of Transportation Icon United States Department of Transportation United States Department of Transportation

Table 5. Shipment Characteristics by Commodity Group for CBSA of Origin: 2002

Monday, July 2, 2012

Table 5. Shipment Characteristics by Commodity Group for CBSA of Origin: 2002

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

Excel | CSV

Commodity Group (2-digit SCTG) Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
Percent of total 2002
Percent of total
All Commodities2 28,083 100 27,815 100 6,366 100 608
01-05 Agriculture products and fish 1,457 5.2 3,489 12.5 2,067 32.5 337
06-09 Grains, alcohol, and tobacco products 2,112 7.5 2,119 7.6 1,006 15.8 S
10-14 Stones, non-metallic minerals, and metallic ores S S S S S S 14
15-19 Coal and petroleum products S S 713 2.6 36 0.6 81
20-24 Pharmaceutical and chemical products 3,101 11 1,290 4.6 676 10.6 779
25-30 Logs, wood products, and textile and leather 1,995 7.1 1,006 3.6 254 4 786
31-34 Base metal and machinery 2,491 8.9 S S 921 14.5 273
35-38 Electronic, motorized vehicles, and precision instruments 8,053 28.7 1,486 5.3 780 12.3 530
39-43 Furniture and miscellaneous manufactured products 8,551 30.4 2,984 10.7 510 8 768
Commodity Unknown S S S S S S 290

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

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, Metropolitan Data, December 2004.