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.
09 Sep 2015
XPO Logistics plans to buy $5.8 billion Con-way, the parent of LTL giant Con-way Freight, Menlo Logistics and Con-way Truckload.
08 Sep 2015
Less-than-truckload shipments rose between 11 and 13 percent at Old Dominion Freight Line, which gained market share as it continued long-term expansion. Lower fuel surcharges diluted yield, however.
26 Aug 2015
A new 110-door terminal in Grand Rapids, Michigan is one step in a plan to speed freight flow system-wide at YRC Worldwide subsidiary Holland. The regional carrier is also developing new cross-dock technology to better blend digital data and physical freight.
18 Aug 2015
U.S. truck tonnage increased at its strongest rate year-over-year since January, rising 3.7 percent in July and 2.8 percent from June. High inventories levels could set limits on future tonnage growth, unless those inventories are drawn down this fall.
13 Aug 2015
The 28 percent drop in retail diesel fuel prices in the second quarter cut shipper transportation expenses and boosted trucking profits, with the publicly owned motor carriers tracked by increasing their combined operating profit by 13 percent. Higher sustainable profits in turn fuel the expansion of capacity needed by shippers.


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.