Top 25 Truckload Carriers

Top 25 Truckload Carriers

The 25 largest U.S. truckload carriers increased their combined revenue just 0.6 percent in 2013 to $25.6 billion, as rising operating costs, a slow-paced economy and difficulty finding and keeping drivers throttled back their long-term recovery. Acquisitions powered much of the growth, as truckload carriers built market share, expanded their service portfolios and gained capacity and drivers by buying up smaller competitors. The JOC and SJ Consulting Group annually rank the 25 largest truckload companies by revenue — which account for a small amount of total truckload revenue — and track their progress on this special topic page.

Special Coverage

Schneider National is No. 2 in the JOC’s ranking of the Top 25 Truckload Carriers in 2013.
When it came to expansion, the 25 largest truckload carriers idled their engines last year, increasing their combined revenue by just 0.6 percent to $25.6 billion. The growth they did enjoy came largely from acquisitions, a trend expected to continue in 2014 as truckload demand rises.

News & Analysis

13 Nov 2014
The third quarter was good to practically all the publicly owned U.S. trucking companies: none reported losses, and their combined revenue rose 10.7 percent to more than $10 billion, supported by a second quarter of stronger freight demand and economic growth.
11 Nov 2014
As the U.S. economy gets stronger and freight demand rises, large truckload carriers are beginning to add trucks, driving the JOC Truckload Capacity Index up 1 percentage point in the third quarter.
08 Nov 2014
Net orders for the Class 8 trucks that literally keep the economy in motion soared in October, underscoring growing confidence about the strength of the recovery and the outlook for 2015.
31 Oct 2014
Celadon Trucking put more drivers on U.S. highways in the last quarter, and those truckers brought back more revenue and profits for the carrier.
30 Oct 2014
Universal Truckload executive vice president and soon-to-be CEO Jeff Rogers spent years running LTL trucking companies, but don't call him an 'LTL guy.'
30 Oct 2014
Universal Truckload Services looks forward to hauling more of a product close to the company’s heart — heavy trucks — and is expanding in vertical markets beyond automotive, particularly energy and retail markets.

Commentary

What's the best way to celebrate National Truck Driver Appreciation Week? 1) Raise pay; 2) Start to build a more 'driver-centric' business.