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 JOC.com 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.

JOC.com 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

29 Aug 2016
Trucking companies and freight shippers shouldn't expect a "rally" or "retreat" but a very slow rebound.
23 Oct 2015
Union pilots at UPS authorized a strike if their leaders fail to wrest concessions in contract talks, but any labor action would face major obstacles and delays.
13 Oct 2015
An alliance with Mallory Alexander International Logistics will drive Old Dominion Freight Line deeper into shipper's global supply chains.
02 Oct 2015
Con-way Freight today said it will raise non-contract tariff rates 4.9 percent this month, following rate hikes announced by FedEx Freight in the U.S. and DHL Freight in Europe.
29 Sep 2015
Although most of the factors behind the drop in full-year earnings guidance by Swift Transportation last week were unique to Swift, trucking companies do face some broad challenges this fall.
10 Sep 2015
Shortly after winning a tentative contract with the nation's largest car hauler, Teamsters leader James P. Hoffa said his union would support autoworkers in any strike against car makers.

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.

Video

Senior Editor Bill Cassidy interviews YRC Worldwide CEO James Welch, who is getting closer to his goal of returning the troubled less-than-truckload operator to profitability.