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.
YRC Freight trucks
14 Aug 2013
YRC Worldwide's stock has been on a wild ride the past few months, but the trucking operator is steadily narrowing losses and striving to make long-term improvements in LTL operations.
YRC Freight truck
07 Aug 2013
YRC Worldwide today reported a net loss of $15.1 million in the second quarter of 2013, compared with a net loss of $22.6 million in the second quarter of 2012.
31 Jul 2013
ABF Freight System and the Teamsters union extended their current contract through Aug. 31, as the less-than-truckload carrier and union work on supplemental agreements rejected last month by ABF’s Teamster employees.
ODFL truck
25 Jul 2013
Old Dominion Freight Line today reported net income in the second quarter of 2013 increased 21.8 percent year-over-year to $58.3 million, compared with $47.8 million in the same period last year.
22 Jul 2013
Central Transport joined other less-than-truckload carriers pushing for higher pricing this summer, raising its tariff rates 5.9 percent on average last week.

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Commentary

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.