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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 217,451 100.0 229,502 100.0 70,753 100.0 642
Single modes 179,774 82.7 218,134 95.0 66,184 93.5 203
Truck2 172,120 79.2 169,843 74.0 34,949 49.4 183
For-hire Truck 102,267 47.0 89,144 38.8 26,143 36.9 476
Private Truck 69,085 31.8 80,346 35.0 8,671 12.3 86
Rail 4,190 1.9 37,956 16.5 22,347 31.6 787
Water S S S S S S 1,227
Shallow draft S S S S S S 1,455
Great Lakes S S S S S S 1
Deep draft S S S S S S 992
Air (including truck and air) 1,993 0.9 55 65 1,243
Pipeline3 S S S S S S S
Multiple modes 29,984 13.8 2,435 1.1 2,928 4.1 911
Parcel, USPS or courier 22,439 10.3 749 0.3 607 0.9 909
Truck and rail S S 1,673 0.7 2,279 3.2 1,408
Truck and water 28 S S S S 4,645
Rail and water S S S S S S 4,733
Other multiple modes S S S S S S 1,256
Other and unknown modes 7,693 3.5 8,933 3.9 1,641 2.3 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 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.