Top 25 LTL Trucking Companies

The combined revenue of the 25 largest U.S. less-than-truckload carriers dropped 0.5 percent to $32.1 billion as the pace of the U.S. economic recovery slowed in 2015, the first year of revenue contraction for the carrier group since the recession. The JOC and SJ Consulting Group annually rank the Top 25 LTL trucking companies and track the sector’s progress toward economic recovery. The sudden hard stop in 2015 reflected an economic recovery that seemed to stumble over its 2014 success, but it still leaves the Top 25 LTL carriers just shy of 2014’s record revenue level of $32.3 billion. Overall, the decline in revenue may have had as much to do with falling fuel prices and surcharges as lower industrial demand and higher inventories. Altogether, the Top 25 LTL carriers account for 91.5 percent of total LTL trucking revenue, which SJ Consulting Estimates dropped 1 percent last year to $35.1 billion. This special topic page delivers the most recent JOC coverage of these 25 carriers and the LTL trucking sector.

 

News & Analysis

21 Sep 2016
TNT's European road network, and its ability to handle profitable palletized freight, will be important to FedEx as it integrates global express operations.
26 Aug 2015
A new 110-door terminal in Grand Rapids, Michigan is one step in a plan to speed freight flow system-wide at YRC Worldwide subsidiary Holland. The regional carrier is also developing new cross-dock technology to better blend digital data and physical freight.
18 Aug 2015
U.S. truck tonnage increased at its strongest rate year-over-year since January, rising 3.7 percent in July and 2.8 percent from June. High inventories levels could set limits on future tonnage growth, unless those inventories are drawn down this fall.
13 Aug 2015
The 28 percent drop in retail diesel fuel prices in the second quarter cut shipper transportation expenses and boosted trucking profits, with the publicly owned motor carriers tracked by JOC.com increasing their combined operating profit by 13 percent. Higher sustainable profits in turn fuel the expansion of capacity needed by shippers.
03 Aug 2015
ArcBest rode a company-wide wave of freight demand in the second quarter, with less-than-truckload carrier ABF Freight System and asset-light subsidiaries increasing revenue and profit. The asset-light businesses, however, grew faster than the asset-based LTL division.
30 Jul 2015
Old Dominion Freight Line barely downshifted as the economy slowed in early 2015, increasing revenue, profit, shipments and tonnage year-over-year in the last quarter.

Commentary

Despite the calm market in early 2016, a storm is forming that is going to hit the trucking industry. New regulations coming into play in the next several months and the increasing influence of a major retailer are prepped to cause significant turbulence in the U.S. trucking market.