Top 50 Trucking Companies

Economic deceleration slammed the brakes on revenue growth at the largest U.S. trucking companies in 2015, sending many companies down the financial equivalent of a runaway truck ramp as inventories piled up, fuel surcharges dropped and freight demand slumped.

Year-over-year revenue fell in 2015 at 26 of the enterprises that made list of Top 50 Trucking Companies, a sudden and sharp reversal from strong market growth in 2014, when revenue declined at only two carriers and grew by double-digits at 25 others.

Total Top 50 combined revenue increased only 3.1 percent from 2014, to $122.1 billion, compared with a 9.1 percent increase to $118.4 billion in 2014. That’s the slowest annual growth rate for the Top 50 trucking firms since the end of the recession in 2009, SJ Consulting Group said. and SJ Consulting Group annually rank the 50 largest U.S. trucking companies and track the group’s progress. This special topic page delivers the most recent JOC coverage of these 50 carriers.

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

News & Analysis

21 Oct 2016
Old Dominion Freight Lines avoided damage and used technology and phones to keep close contact with customers as storm and flooding pummeled its home state.
16 Mar 2016
Stronger-than-expected online shipping demand pressured various points in FedEx's transportation network in December, raising volumes on air and ground in the quarter that ended Feb. 29.
11 Mar 2016
Revenue at the Top 25 U.S. LTL and truckload carriers declined overall in 2015, and any revenue gains were muted, two industry rankings researched and prepared for by SJ Consulting Group show.
10 Mar 2016
Loaded truck miles were up 3 percent in February at Swift Transportation, the latest trucking company to report stronger U.S. freight demand. The carrier said customer inventories are dropping, and the U.S. Census bureau also reports some inventory reduction.
10 Mar 2016
Shippers pressing for lower contract rates in early 2016 should consider the coming electronic logging mandate and its potential impact on truckload capacity in 2017, Swift Transportation executives said.
09 Mar 2016
XPO Logistics landed a major contract logistics agreement with Trinity Health to operate a distribution network for the Catholic hospital and health care system.


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.