NAICS Sector 48-49

Sector 48-49

NAICS Sector 48-49: Transportation and Warehousing

Definition of NAICS Sector 48-49: The Transportation and Warehousing sector includes industries providing transportation of passengers and cargo, warehousing and storage for goods, scenic and sightseeing transportation, and support activities related to modes of transportation. Establishments in these industries use transportation equipment or transportation related facilities as a productive asset. The type of equipment depends on the mode of transportation. The modes of transportation are air, rail, water, road, and pipeline.

NAICS 48-49The Transportation and Warehousing sector distinguishes three basic types of activities: subsectors for each mode of transportation, a subsector for warehousing and storage, and a subsector for establishments providing support activities for transportation. In addition, there are subsectors for establishments that provide passenger transportation for scenic and sightseeing purposes, postal services, and courier services.

A separate subsector for support activities is established in the sector because, first, support activities for transportation are inherently multimodal, such as freight transportation arrangement, or have multimodal aspects. Secondly, there are production process similarities among the support activity industries. One of the support activities identified in the support activity subsector is the routine repair and maintenance of transportation equipment (e.g., aircraft at an airport, railroad rolling stock at a railroad terminal, or ships at a harbor or port facility). Such establishments do not perform complete overhauling or rebuilding of transportation equipment (i.e., periodic restoration of transportation equipment to original design specifications) or transportation equipment conversion (i.e., major modification to systems). An establishment that primarily performs factory (or shipyard) overhauls, rebuilding, or conversions of aircraft, railroad rolling stock, or a ship is classified in Subsector 336, Transportation Equipment Manufacturing according to the type of equipment.

Many of the establishments in this sector often operate on networks, with physical facilities, labor forces, and equipment spread over an extensive geographic area.

Warehousing establishments in this sector are distinguished from merchant wholesaling in that the warehouse establishments do not sell the goods.

Excluded from this sector are establishments primarily engaged in providing travel agent services that support transportation and other establishments, such as hotels, businesses, and government agencies. These establishments are classified in Sector 56, Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services. Also, establishments primarily engaged in providing rental and leasing of transportation equipment without operator are classified in Subsector 532, Rental and Leasing Services.

Two Digit Sector 48-49 Breakdown for the North American Industry Classification System

NAICS codes are broken down by digit. The broadest description starts with the 2 digit sector codes. The 3 digit subsector codes are more specific, then the 4 digit industry group, 5 digit industry, and the most specific is the 6 digit NAICS code. If NAICS Sector 48-49 does not describe the industry of the business in question, then select the largest applicable code below. From there, follow the progression of smaller digits to the larger digits in order to obtain the most specific 6 digit classification.

  • Sector 48-49: Transportation and Warehousing
    • Subsector 481: Air Transportation
      • Industry Group 4811: Scheduled Air Transportation
        • Industry 48111: Scheduled Air Transportation
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 481111: Scheduled Passenger Air Transportation
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 481112: Scheduled Freight Air Transportation
      • Industry Group 4812: Nonscheduled Air Transportation
        • Industry 48121: Nonscheduled Air Transportation
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 481211: Nonscheduled Chartered Passenger Air Transportation
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 481212: Nonscheduled Chartered Freight Air Transportation
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 481219: Other Nonscheduled Air Transportation
    • Subsector 482: Rail Transportation
      • Industry Group 4821: Rail Transportation
        • Industry 48211: Rail Transportation
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 482111: Line-Haul Railroads
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 482112: Short Line Railroads
    • Subsector 483: Water Transportation
      • Industry Group 4831: Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation
        • Industry 48311: Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 483111: Deep Sea Freight Transportation
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 483112: Deep Sea Passenger Transportation
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 483113: Coastal and Great Lakes Freight Transportation
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 483114: Coastal and Great Lakes Passenger Transportation
      • Industry Group 4832: Inland Water Transportation
        • Industry 48321: Inland Water Transportation
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 483211: Inland Water Freight Transportation
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 483212: Inland Water Passenger Transportation
    • Subsector 484: Truck Transportation
      • Industry Group 4841: General Freight Trucking
        • Industry 48411: General Freight Trucking, Local
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 484110: General Freight Trucking, Local
        • Industry 48412: General Freight Trucking, Long-Distance
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 484121: General Freight Trucking, Long-Distance, Truckload
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 484122: General Freight Trucking, Long-Distance, Less Than Truckload
      • Industry Group 4842: Specialized Freight Trucking
        • Industry 48421: Used Household and Office Goods Moving
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 484210: Used Household and Office Goods Moving
        • Industry 48422: Specialized Freight (except Used Goods) Trucking, Local
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 484220: Specialized Freight (except Used Goods) Trucking, Local
        • Industry 48423: Specialized Freight (except Used Goods) Trucking, Long-Distance
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 484230: Specialized Freight (except Used Goods) Trucking, Long-Distance
    • Subsector 485: Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation
      • Industry Group 4851: Urban Transit Systems
        • Industry 48511: Urban Transit Systems
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 485111: Mixed Mode Transit Systems
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 485112: Commuter Rail Systems
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 485113: Bus and Other Motor Vehicle Transit Systems
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 485119: Other Urban Transit Systems
      • Industry Group 4852: Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation
        • Industry 48521: Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 485210: Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation
      • Industry Group 4853: Taxi and Limousine Service
        • Industry 48531: Taxi Service
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 485310: Taxi Service
        • Industry 48532: Limousine Service
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 485320: Limousine Service
      • Industry Group 4854: School and Employee Bus Transportation
        • Industry 48541: School and Employee Bus Transportation
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 485410: School and Employee Bus Transportation
      • Industry Group 4855: Charter Bus Industry
        • Industry 48551: Charter Bus Industry
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 485510: Charter Bus Industry
      • Industry Group 4859: Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation
        • Industry 48599: Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation
          • 6 Digit Code(s) 485991: Special Needs Transportation
          • 6 Digit Code(s) 485999: All Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation
    • Subsector 486: Pipeline Transportation
      • Industry Group 4861: Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil
        • Industry 48611: Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 486110: Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil
      • Industry Group 4862: Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
        • Industry 48621: Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 486210: Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
      • Industry Group 4869: Other Pipeline Transportation
        • Industry 48691: Pipeline Transportation of Refined Petroleum Products
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 486910: Pipeline Transportation of Refined Petroleum Products
        • Industry 48699: All Other Pipeline Transportation
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 486990: All Other Pipeline Transportation
    • Subsector 487: Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation
      • Industry Group 4871: Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land
        • Industry 48711: Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 487110: Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land
      • Industry Group 4872: Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water
        • Industry 48721: Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 487210: Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water
      • Industry Group 4879: Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Other
        • Industry 48799: Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Other
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 487990: Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Other
    • Subsector 488: Support Activities for Transportation
      • Industry Group 4881: Support Activities for Air Transportation
        • Industry 48811: Airport Operations
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 488111: Air Traffic Control
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 488119: Other Airport Operations
        • Industry 48819: Other Support Activities for Air Transportation
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 488190: Other Support Activities for Air Transportation
      • Industry Group 4882: Support Activities for Rail Transportation
        • Industry 48821: Support Activities for Rail Transportation
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 488210: Support Activities for Rail Transportation
      • Industry Group 4883: Support Activities for Water Transportation
        • Industry 48831: Port and Harbor Operations
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 488310: Port and Harbor Operations
        • Industry 48832: Marine Cargo Handling
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 488320: Marine Cargo Handling
        • Industry 48833: Navigational Services to Shipping
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 488330: Navigational Services to Shipping
        • Industry 48839: Other Support Activities for Water Transportation
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 488390: Other Support Activities for Water Transportation
      • Industry Group 4884: Support Activities for Road Transportation
        • Industry 48841: Motor Vehicle Towing
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 488410: Motor Vehicle Towing
        • Industry 48849: Other Support Activities for Road Transportation
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 488490: Other Support Activities for Road Transportation
      • Industry Group 4885: Freight Transportation Arrangement
        • Industry 48851: Freight Transportation Arrangement
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 488510: Freight Transportation Arrangement
      • Industry Group 4889: Other Support Activities for Transportation
        • Industry 48899: Other Support Activities for Transportation
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 488991: Packing and Crating
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 488999: All Other Support Activities for Transportation
    • Subsector 491: Postal Service
    • Subsector 492: Couriers and Messengers
      • Industry Group 4921: Couriers and Express Delivery Services
        • Industry 49211: Couriers and Express Delivery Services
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 492110: Couriers and Express Delivery Services
      • Industry Group 4922: Local Messengers and Local Delivery
        • Industry 49221: Local Messengers and Local Delivery
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 492210: Local Messengers and Local Delivery
    • Subsector 493: Warehousing and Storage
      • Industry Group 4931: Warehousing and Storage
        • Industry 49311: General Warehousing and Storage
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 493110: General Warehousing and Storage
        • Industry 49312: Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 493120: Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage
        • Industry 49313: Farm Product Warehousing and Storage
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 493130: Farm Product Warehousing and Storage
        • Industry 49319: Other Warehousing and Storage
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 493190: Other Warehousing and Storage

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