Top 25 LTL Trucking Companies

The Top 25 LTL carriers are hoping 2017 looks more like 2014, when revenue grew strongly, and less like 2015 and 2016. The combined revenue of the 25 largest LTL truckers was stuck at $32.1 billion in 2016, according to SJ Consulting data, but that was better than the 0.5 percent drop in 2015. The combined revenue of the Top 25 LTL trucking companies also is 9.6 percent higher than the pre-recession record of $29.3 billion in 2008, data show. In that same decade, the revenue of all other LTL carriers has dropped 35 percent to $2.8 billion. Total LTL industry revenue dropped 0.4 percent last year, from $35.1 billion to $34.9 billion, after falling 1 percent in 2015. This special topic page delivers the most recent JOC coverage of these 25 carriers and the LTL trucking sector.

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Special Coverage

Shippers are likely to see LTL rates and fuel surcharges rise in 2017.

News & Analysis

22 Mar 2017
FedEx Freight's latest quarterly earnings show LTL rates rising in the early months of 2017.
25 May 2016
Freight costing "is a huge challenge," Estes Express Lines' chief operating officer told a technology conference.
24 May 2016
Estes Express will roll out Estes Final Mile by the end of 2016, as e-commerce grows and traditional freight markets stagnate.
12 May 2016
Old Dominion Freight Line is filling in gaps in its terminal network and building freight density.
11 May 2016
Although truckload carriers are getting more profitable, their efficiency is flagging, a survey by TMW Systems shows.
10 May 2016
Northeast regional LTL carrier A. Duie Pyle is blending warehousing, distribution and dedicated trucking to attract shippers.

Commentary

Last year proved another challenging one for truckload and LTL volumes.