Top 25 Truckload Companies

The 25 largest U.S. truckload carriers increased their combined dropped 2.3 percent to $27.2 billion last year, according to The Journal of Commerce’s 2016 list of the Top 25 TL Carriers, prepared by SJ Consulting Group. That compares with an 8 percent increase in 2014, when those truckers had $27.8 billion in sales. Nineteen of the Top 25 Truckload Carriers saw revenue decline, as lower demand, surging capacity and falling fueling surcharges took a bite out of their business. A truck-buying spree in late 2014 and early 2015 drove up capacity levels, making rate hikes more difficult for carriers. 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.



2015 Rankings


Interactive 2014 Rankings

Special Coverage

Sandbagged by lower demand, surging capacity and falling fuel surcharges, 19 of the 25 largest U.S. truckload carriers saw revenue decline in 2015. Overall, the combined revenue of the Top 25 Truckload Carriers dropped 2.3 percent to $27.2 billion, according to SJ Consulting Group.

News & Analysis

24 Oct 2016
The largest US truckload carrier cut more than 1,600 tractors from its overal fleet in the past year, but added 130 trucks to its dedicated business, which increased revenue and profit.
20 Oct 2016
Even when volumes rise, lower revenue shows impact of reduced rates and fuel surcharges at publicly owned carriers.
17 Oct 2016
Quarterly net profit dropped at the third-largest trucking operator for the first time since early 2014, thanks to lower truckload and intermodal rates. Dedicated is an exception.
10 Oct 2016
Schneider National, family-owned since 1935, plans a financial lane change in 2017.
05 Oct 2016
Truckload rates have been declining year-over-year for six months, according to one measure, as US shippers hobbled by a slow economy demand transportation savings.
20 Sep 2016
Seasonal adjustments may account, in part, for an unusually strong gain in truck tonnage in "difficult-to-read" August.


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.