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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 20,348 100.0 30,988 100.0 3,623 100.0 568
Single modes 16,647 81.8 30,318 97.8 3,283 90.6 162
Truck2 14,481 71.2 21,383 69.0 2,506 69.2 105
For-hire Truck 9,641 47.4 12,562 40.5 1,813 50.1 344
Private Truck 4,833 23.7 8,781 28.3 691 19.1 38
Rail S S 895 2.9 614 16.9 716
Water 59 0.3 S S 43 1.2 239
Shallow draft S S S S S S 152
Great Lakes
Deep draft S S S S 5 0.1 263
Air (including truck and air) 228 1.1 2 S S 1,647
Pipeline3 1,666 8.2 7,772 25.1 S S S
Multiple modes 3,352 16.5 321 1.0 237 6.5 743
Parcel, USPS or courier 1,990 9.8 91 0.3 24 0.7 740
Truck and rail S S S S S S 1,499
Truck and water S S S S S S 7,721
Rail and water
Other multiple modes S S S S S S 1
Other and unknown modes 350 1.7 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 "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.