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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 40,756 100.0 44,210 100.0 8,695 100.0 536
Single modes 30,165 74.0 41,420 93.7 8,452 97.2 316
Truck2 27,748 68.1 37,957 85.9 5,477 63.0 172
For-hire Truck 16,286 40.0 10,243 23.2 3,843 44.2 769
Private Truck 11,305 27.7 27,289 61.7 1,472 16.9 36
Rail 484 1.2 3,444 7.8 2,924 33.6 1,528
Shallow draft
Great Lakes
Deep draft
Air (including truck and air) 1,931 4.7 19 S S 2,296
Pipeline3 S S S S S S S
Multiple modes 9,879 24.2 285 0.6 194 2.2 865
Parcel, USPS or courier 9,854 24.2 160 0.4 131 1.5 864
Truck and rail S S S S S S 1,155
Truck and water 16 S S S S 2,586
Rail and water
Other multiple modes S S S S S S 2
Other and unknown modes 711 1.7 2,504 5.7 49 0.6 133

– 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.