Top 50 Trucking Companies

The largest of the large US trucking companies toiled uphill last year through the second economic slump since the end of the recession eight years ago, adding revenue and raising the combined top line of The Journal of Commerce’s Top 50 US Trucking Companies.

Only half the truckload, less-than-truckload (LTL), and specialized carriers on the list increased sales in 2016, however, as lower rates, lower fuel surcharges, and especially lower demand in a depressed retail and industrial freight market drew down revenue for the other half.

This may be the year companies in the Top 50 rankings, prepared for JOC.com by SJ Consulting Group, return to the type of growth they enjoyed in 2014, or at least something closer to it, as the US economy is expected to expand faster and more steadily this year.

 
Key Top Trucking ranking stories:

Top 50 2016 Rankings 

Top 50 2015 Rankings

Top 25 LTL 2015: Revenue up 9.1 percent for 25 largest LTL carriers

Top 50 2014: Top 50 trucking companies rode their brakes in 2013

Top 50 2013: A first: Top 50 trucking revenue exceeds $100 billion

Top 50 2014 Rankings

Top 50 2013 Rankings

Special Coverage

Only half the truckload, less-than-truckload, and specialized carriers on the list increased sales in 2016.

News & Analysis

15 May 2017
Long-haul truckload operator launches final-mile service using straight trucks, team drivers.
Knight Transportation tractor-trailer
01 Oct 2014
Strategic acquisitions in the U.S. trucking field continue as truckload carrier Knight Transportation grabs Barr-Nunn for $112.4 million.
25 Sep 2014
The Carlyle Group took advantage of a short spike in YRC Worldwide's stock price last week to sell more than 4 million shares for $89.4 million.
18 Sep 2014
FedEx Freight, the smallest operating division of FedEx but biggest stand-alone U.S. trucking company, flew higher than the company’s flagship Express division in the last quarter, increasing its operating profit a lofty 70 percent to $168 million on a 13 percent increase in revenue to $1.61 billion.
17 Sep 2014
An influx of freight and higher rates is boosting third-quarter profitability at YRC Worldwide, the company said Tuesday.
15 Sep 2014
Advances in technology and shipper demand are leading trucking companies toward the 'connected enterprise' and closer ties to customer supply chains.

Commentary

The average U.S. diesel pump price dropped below $2 per gallon for the first time since 2005 this week. With prices this low, perhaps its time for shippers and carriers to rethink fuel surcharges.