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.
26 Jan 2017
Speakers at the SMC3 Jump Start 2017 conference expect truckload and LTL rates to move up, modestly, in 2017.
19 Jan 2017
The prospect of a stronger US economy later in the year has many truck shippers advancing contract talks and freight bids to the first quarter, while carriers "hedge their bets."
03 Jan 2017
Roadrunner Freight expects business to bounce back in 2017, and is expanding on the West Coast while building up density in major less-than-truckload lanes to inland markets.
Trucking companies say that rolling back of some hours-of-service requirements will restore productivity lost when they were put in place.
13 Dec 2016
As the Obama administration winds down, federal regulators are rolling out some long-awaited trucking safety rules, while Congress legislates driver hours of service. Some groups would like president-elect Trump to block pending rules.
02 Dec 2016
A stronger-than-expected third quarter for the US economy bolstered trucking employment, but trucking hiring is still knocking against a ceiling.

Commentary

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