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Table 2. Inbound Shipment Characteristics by Mode of Transportation for CBSA of Destination: 2002

Monday, July 2, 2012

Table 2. Inbound Shipment Characteristics by Mode of Transportation for CBSA of Destination: 2002

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

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Destination CBSAs Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
Percent of total 2002
Percent of total
All modes 37,337 100.0 64,672 100.0 18,796 100.0 632
Single modes 29,315 78.5 63,188 97.7 18,343 97.6 303
Truck2 27,295 73.1 51,906 80.3 13,458 71.6 225
Rail 886 2.4 9,958 15.4 4,754 25.3 723
All other Single modes 1,135 3.0 S S S S 2,081
Multiple modes 6,937 18.6 431 0.7 332 1.8 954
Parcel, USPS or courier 6,454 17.3 191 0.3 163 0.9 953
All other Multiple modes 482 1.3 S S 169 0.9 1,139
Other and unknown modes 1,085 2.9 1,054 1.6 120 0.6 110

– 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 combination of private Truck and for-hire Truck.

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 confidentiality 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.