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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 127,727 100.0 216,383 100.0 60,813 100.0 389
Single modes 114,779 89.9 206,455 95.4 60,157 98.9 186
Truck2 101,595 79.5 152,285 70.4 30,505 50.2 161
For-hire Truck 57,169 44.8 83,913 38.8 24,625 40.5 477
Private Truck 44,213 34.6 68,306 31.6 5,869 9.7 82
Rail 11,530 9.0 49,082 22.7 27,321 44.9 714
Water S S S S S S S
Shallow draft S S S S S S S
Great Lakes
Deep draft S S 8 3 214
Air (including truck and air) 1,246 1.0 S S S S 1,453
Pipeline3 S S S S S S S
Multiple modes 9,056 7.1 573 0.3 329 0.5 732
Parcel, USPS or courier 8,877 6.9 229 0.1 131 0.2 732
Truck and rail 146 0.1 56 100 0.2 1,234
Truck and water S S S S S S 2,348
Rail and water S S S S S S 307
Other multiple modes
Other and unknown modes 3,892 3.0 9,354 4.3 327 0.5 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 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.