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

Special Coverage

An unexpected economic detour 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.

News & Analysis

25 May 2016
Higher U.S. diesel prices and fuel surcharges may threaten transportation savings.
26 Apr 2016
U.S. shippers and trucking companies ride a pricing 'roller coaster' with more stomach-punishing ups and downs than the Coney Island Cyclone. Derek Leathers, president and COO of Werner Enterprises, would like to shut the ride down.
24 Apr 2016
A strong surge in dedicated trucking business helped balance falling fuel surcharges for Marten Transport in the first quarter. The trucker bucked trends and increased revenue.
22 Apr 2016
Diversification, an acquisition and a change in its dimensional weight factor in its expedited less-than-truckload business helped drive first-quarter revenue and profit higher at Forward Air.
21 Apr 2016
Swift Transportation plans to cut another 200 tractors from its massive fleet to counter softer demand and truck pricing.
21 Apr 2016
Werner Enterprises' first-quarter revenue dropped 3 percent year-over-year to $482.8 million because of lower fuel surcharges and a "challenging" rate market.

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.