Top 25 LTL Carriers

The 25 largest U.S. less-than-truckload carriers raised their combined revenue 3.9 percent to $29.5 billion in 2013, continuing a long, slow recovery from a disastrous 2009, when the LTL group lost nearly 25 percent of its revenue. The JOC and SJ Consulting Group annually rank the top 25 LTL trucking companies and track the sector’s progress toward economic recovery. Years of network re-engineering are beginning to pay off for many of the large carriers, though mid-sized companies on the Top 25 list grew the fastest in 2013. Altogether, the Top 25 LTL carriers account for almost 90 percent of total LTL trucking revenue. This special topic page delivers the most recent JOC coverage of these 25 carriers and the LTL trucking sector.

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Revenue rose 3.9 percent at the 25 largest U.S. less-than-truckload carriers in 2013, hitting to $29.5 billion in 2013, as the segment continued its long, slow recovery from a disastrous 2009, when the LTL group lost nearly 25 percent of its revenue.

News & Analysis

14 Apr 2014
Old Dominion Freight Line is the latest less-than-truckload carrier to raise its tariff rates this year, as trucking costs rise across the board.
11 Mar 2014
Tonnage is growing by double digits for Old Dominion Freight Line, rising 11.7 percent year-over-year in February after climbing 10.1 percent in January.
28 Feb 2014
Winter's icy grip on the eastern U.S. continues to cause supply chain disruption, driving the average spot dry-van truckload rate up to $1.98 per mile last week, according to load-matching service DAT.
YRC Freight logo
27 Feb 2014
The $4.87 billion less-than-truckload operator scraped through a tumultuous 2013 and promises to focus on improving fundamental processes at YRC Freight in 2014.
26 Feb 2014
Roadrunner, one of the fastest growing large trucking companies, is expanding its truckload business faster thanks to acquisitions, including its purchase of Rich Logistics.
American Trucking Associations President and CEO Bill Graves. Photo by Jaclyn O'Laughlin, ATA.
21 Feb 2014
With stronger, steadier economic expansion forecast for this year and truck capacity nearly static, the trucking industry expects to regain some of the pricing power and revenue it will need to cover a host of rising costs, many the result of regulatory initiatives in Washington. American Trucking Associations President and CEO Bill Graves and Chief Economist Bob Costello sat down with senior editors William B. Cassidy and Mark Szakonyi earlier this month to discuss the economic, regulatory and political outlook for trucking and the industry’s largest member-based lobbying organization in 2014 and beyond.

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The latest earnings from UPS reveal two trends that might at first seem contradictory: e-commerce is growing in leaps and bounds globally, and customers are choosing to defer delivery on packages to get greater savings.

Video

Senior Editor Bill Cassidy interviews YRC Worldwide CEO James Welch, who is getting closer to his goal of returning the troubled less-than-truckload operator to profitability.