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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 97,904 100.0 190,198 100.0 41,923 100.0 322
Single modes 86,477 88.3 153,381 80.6 37,510 89.5 170
Truck2 80,425 82.1 119,996 63.1 16,438 39.2 137
Rail 2,734 2.8 18,418 9.7 12,620 30.1 649
All other Single modes 3,317 3.4 14,967 7.9 8,451 20.2 993
Multiple modes 10,084 10.3 2,321 1.2 2,626 6.3 537
Parcel, USPS or courier 9,736 9.9 246 0.1 136 0.3 537
All other Multiple modes S S 2,075 1.1 2,490 5.9 S
Other and unknown modes 1,343 1.4 S S 1,787 4.3 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 "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.