Top 25 LTL Carriers

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.

Key stories in LTL

Special Coverage

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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

15 Oct 2014
The Teamsters union is intensifying efforts to organize truck drivers and other workers at FedEx Freight and Con-way Freight, the two largest U.S. less-than-truckload trucking companies.
26 Nov 2013
Teamster leaders will meet next week to review a contract proposal from YRC Worldwide and decide whether to submit it to the membership for a vote.
YRC Freight truck
12 Nov 2013
YRC Worldwide fell back into the red in the third quarter after a poorly executed network reorganization hurt service.
ABF Freight System truck
12 Nov 2013
It took months of bargaining-table wrangling and two rounds of voting, but ABF Freight System finally has its own national master freight agreement. The less-than-truckload carrier and the Teamsters sealed the deal on a five-year agreement in late October when a lone holdout region rejected a strike authorization.
05 Nov 2013
YRC Worldwide is asking its Teamster employees to extend their current wage concessions beyond 2015 to help secure restructured financing from its lenders.
05 Nov 2013
Vitran is putting a buffer between its profitable Canadian trucking operations and any unwelcome suitors, adopting a “shareholder rights plan” designed to slow or ward off any unsolicited bids.

Commentary

Better operating margins are finally on the horizon for the less-than-truckload industry. LTL profitability has been dismal for years, with most large carriers reporting operating ratios above 95.

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.