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 trucks
18 Feb 2014
With a refinancing deal and Teamsters contract that give YRC Worldwide a five-year reprieve, CEO James Welch will focus all efforts at improving “execution” at troubled YRC Freight and on serving shippers better.
YRC Freight truck
14 Feb 2014
YRC Worldwide, the second largest LTL trucker, has five more years to recover from more than $3 billion in losses thanks to a $1.1 billion refinancing package and a decade of Teamsters concessions.
ODFL truck
07 Feb 2014
With a 22 percent leap in profit in 2013, Old Dominion Freight Line will continue its long-term expansion, building out its network to handle increased volumes of freight in 2014.
Con-way truck
07 Feb 2014
Con-way reported net income in the fourth quarter of 2013 was $11.7 million, slipping 0.9 percent year-over-year from $11.8 million...
03 Feb 2014
Less-than-truckload carrier Saia rolls into 2014 with stronger revenue and profit, thanks to shipping demand that continued to increase in January, despite disruptions caused by winter storms.

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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.