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.


Special Coverage

The strong surge in revenue U.S. less-than-truckload carriers enjoyed in 2014 ran out of gas last year, as weaker demand and lower fuel surcharges dragged down LTL trucking’s top line.

News & Analysis

Saia has expansion on the mind despite a fall in LTL shipment volume in the third quarter.
26 Oct 2016
Cranking up profits and gaining freight, the multiregional less-than-truckload carrier looks to fill one of the last large gaps in its coverage.
05 Nov 2015
Old Dominion Freight Line is rebuilding its drayage model around company drivers to better align container hauling with its less-than-truckload business and avoid court battles over worker classification. The less-than-truckload carrier is also focusing more on East Coast ports.
03 Nov 2015
ArcBest struggled with the same forces besetting its trucking competitors in the third quarter: lower fuel surcharges, falling shipment volumes and lower industrial output. Its non-asset subsidiaries thrived, however, and ABF Freight still raised prices.
30 Oct 2015
YRC Worldwide drove further into the black in the third quarter, raising net profit at its national and regional less-than-truckload carriers.
29 Oct 2015
'Softening' freight demand affects all carriers, slowing growth at Old Dominion Freight Line and pushing down revenue and profit at Saia. Carriers are adapting to the slower paced economy.
28 Oct 2015
Shippers are likely to rely more on smaller shipments and fast-cycle replenishment to reduce overstocked inventories, and that's an opportunity for less-than-truckload operators, YRC Freight says.


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.