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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 44,555 100 21,947 100 3,906 100 416
01-05 Agriculture products and fish 791 1.8 S S 116 3 236
06-09 Grains, alcohol, and tobacco products 5,845 13.1 2,628 12 309 7.9 180
10-14 Stones, non-metallic minerals, and metallic ores 19 2,535 11.6 35 0.9 14
15-19 Coal and petroleum products S S S S S S 26
20-24 Pharmaceutical and chemical products 7,561 17 3,319 15.1 1,110 28.4 268
25-30 Logs, wood products, and textile and leather 12,237 27.5 1,605 7.3 431 11 652
31-34 Base metal and machinery 4,866 10.9 S S 883 22.6 270
35-38 Electronic, motorized vehicles, and precision instruments 9,368 21 939 4.3 543 13.9 530
39-43 Furniture and miscellaneous manufactured products 2,117 4.8 542 2.5 252 6.5 493
Commodity Unknown 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.