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

21 Jun 2017
FedEx, undecided about whether to follow UPS in imposing holiday season surcharges, is talking with volume customers on pricing. Best advice: Avoid last-minute shipping.
28 Oct 2014
Employees at two Con-way Freight terminals in Southern California rejected the Teamsters while those at another voted for the union. The company could face more elections.
28 Oct 2014
Knight Transportation is using sustainable profit to finance sustainable growth, both through acquisition and organic growth, raising driver pay and adding trucks in a tight market.
27 Oct 2014
Strong industrial production and manufacturing output mean 'Happy Days' for LTL carriers, despite numerous challenges, the CEO of largest privately owned LTL carrier says.
27 Oct 2014
Swift Transportation's revenue rises, profit soars as freight volumes leave largest U.S. truckload carrier 'overbooked' in the third quarter, even with additional tractor-trailers.
Con-way Freight
24 Oct 2014
The cost of boosting truck driver pay at Con-way Freight will be passed along to shippers starting Oct. 27 in the form of an across-the-board general rate increase, the company said today.

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.