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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]

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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 19,915 100 17,207 100 1,302 100 350
01-05 Agriculture products and fish S S S S S S S
06-09 Grains, alcohol, and tobacco products 1,125 5.6 1,064 6.2 S S 113
10-14 Stones, non-metallic minerals, and metallic ores 48 0.2 6,183 35.9 103 7.9 24
15-19 Coal and petroleum products 391 2 1,641 9.5 62 4.8 41
20-24 Pharmaceutical and chemical products 926 4.6 254 1.5 202 15.5 508
25-30 Logs, wood products, and textile and leather 987 5 201 1.2 33 2.6 357
31-34 Base metal and machinery 1,876 9.4 6,670 38.8 S S S
35-38 Electronic, motorized vehicles, and precision instruments 11,310 56.8 129 0.7 49 3.8 707
39-43 Furniture and miscellaneous manufactured products 2,942 14.8 899 5.2 227 17.4 307
Commodity Unknown S S S S S S S

– 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.