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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 111,273 100.0 100,872 100.0 16,122 100.0 532
Single modes 92,792 83.4 98,524 97.7 15,679 97.3 212
Truck2 73,237 65.8 79,060 78.4 11,189 69.4 126
For-hire Truck 41,312 37.1 39,790 39.4 9,004 55.8 535
Private Truck 31,862 28.6 39,224 38.9 2,125 13.2 38
Rail 2,208 2.0 13,812 13.7 2,748 17.0 S
Water S S S S S S 1
Shallow draft S S S S S S 1
Great Lakes
Deep draft
Air (including truck and air) 17,221 15.5 140 0.1 S S 1,821
Pipeline3 S S S S S S S
Multiple modes 16,448 14.8 436 0.4 319 2.0 1,128
Parcel, USPS or courier 16,091 14.5 225 0.2 192 1.2 1,128
Truck and rail S S S S 108 0.7 S
Truck and water S S 6 19 0.1 3,145
Rail and water
Other multiple modes S S S S S S 1
Other and unknown modes 2,033 1.8 S S 124 0.8 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.