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: 2015 Report

 

Top 25 LTL carriers in 2013Top 25 LTL Carriers: 2014 Report

Key stories in LTL

Special Coverage

Old Dominion Freight Line is proving by example that there is plenty of life in the less-than-truckload model that served as the blueprint for trucking from the 1930s through deregulation in the 1980s.

News & Analysis

08 Feb 2016
Saia was unable to ride pricing discipline to increased profitability in the fourth quarter as volume declines, which have hit other less-than-truckload operators, proved too much to overcome for the tenth-largest U.S. LTL carrier.
07 Jan 2016
Regional less-than-truckload carrier Land Air Express of New England, shut down for nearly 10 days, was cleared to resume operations after reaching an agreement with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
05 Jan 2016
Land Air Express of New England missed a 60-day deadline to respond to a proposed 'unsatisfactory' safety rating, leading to the Dec. 29 out-of-service order that shut the less-than-truckload carrier down. But the company has a chance to get back on the road, if regulators find it is making a "good faith" effort to improve safety fitness.
04 Jan 2016
The U.S. government closed one of the largest trucking companies in the Northeast, Land Air Express of New England, last week, but has not released details to the public on why the carrier was shut down.
16 Dec 2015
A steady influx of e-commerce shipments on the ground gave FedEx lift in the quarter that ended Nov. 30, despite weakness in global trade and faltering U.S. industrial production.
14 Dec 2015
Old Dominion Freight Line is adding a second terminal in St. Louis, Missouri, expanding its less-than-truckload service in the city and the Midwest.

Commentary

The story of YRC Worldwide is not unlike that of the Titanic on its maiden voyage journey from the U.K. to New York City over a century ago. YRC Worldwide was headed to same fate if it had not been for the redirection of its “captain.”

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.