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

Monday, July 2, 2012

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 95,285 100.0 192,854 100.0 44,857 100.0 503
Single modes 84,020 88.2 188,327 97.7 43,458 96.9 241
Truck2 69,645 73.1 159,838 82.9 23,549 52.5 146
For-hire Truck 44,488 46.7 92,269 47.8 19,507 43.5 432
Private Truck 25,124 26.4 67,446 35.0 4,012 8.9 55
Rail 9,141 9.6 23,685 12.3 18,861 42.0 653
Water S S S S S S 1,415
Shallow draft S S S S S S 1,415
Great Lakes
Deep draft
Air (including truck and air) 4,271 4.5 23 35 1,498
Pipeline3 S S S S S S S
Multiple modes 6,344 6.7 S S S S 834
Parcel, USPS or courier 5,973 6.3 233 0.1 136 0.3 834
Truck and rail S S S S S S 472
Truck and water S S S S S S 5,145
Rail and water
Other multiple modes S S S S S S 78
Other and unknown modes 4,921 5.2 2,056 1.1 550 1.2 73

– 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.