Top 25 LTL Trucking Companies

Top 25 LTL Trucking Companies

The combined revenue of the 25 largest U.S. less-than-truckload carriers jumped 9.1 percent to $32.3 billion as the pace of the U.S. economic recovery quickened in 2014. That compares with a 3.9 percent increase in 2013, the slowest year for LTL revenue growth 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. 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 2014. Altogether, the Top 25 LTL carriers account for 91 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.

Top 25 LTL Carriers in 2014


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XPO's experience with Norbert Dentressangle, a major logistics company and truck operator in Europe, informed its decision to buy Con-way and operate a "blended capacity mix" of owned, contracted and independent trucks and carriers, Chairman and CEO Bradley S. Jacobs said.

News & Analysis

02 Oct 2015
Con-way Freight today said it will raise non-contract tariff rates 4.9 percent this month, following rate hikes announced by FedEx Freight in the U.S. and DHL Freight in Europe.
03 Sep 2014
Central Freight Lines reached out toward the East Coast last month by acquiring the less-than-truckload assets and business of Drug Transport, a Georgia-based company that in August filed for Chapter 11 protection from creditors in bankruptcy court in Atlanta.
31 Jul 2014
The strength of the 2014 economic recovery isn’t being questioned at Old Dominion Freight Line and Saia, two of the most profitable U.S. less-than-truckload carriers.
31 Jul 2014
The strengthening U.S. economy, a second-quarter surge in freight and higher rates boosted revenue and profit at Con-way’s less-than-truckload, logistics and truckload divisions.
31 Jul 2014
Roadrunner Transportation Systems reaped the benefits of an aggressive acquisition strategy in the second quarter, as truckload revenue soared year-over-year. Robust truckload and brokerage revenue helped compensate for weaker growth in less-than-truckload sales.
14 Jul 2014
William R. Davidson, a veteran Teamsters labor relations official with decades of hands-on less-than-truckload experience, will join the YRC Worldwide board of directors.


Less-than-truckload growth accelerated in a big way in 2014 as total market revenue grew 7.5 percent to a record $35.4 billion. After years of losing share to parcel and truckload carriers, it seems the LTL industry is finally regaining some of its old business.


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.