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

News & Analysis

21 Apr 2017
Spot market truckload rates are rising on higher demand, but contract rate hikes are being slowed by market uncertainty, excess capacity.
14 Jul 2016
As spot market truckload volumes rise, will rates follow?
01 Jul 2016
It's a hard economy for smaller U.S. trucking companies such as Nebraska Transport Company. The carrier believes technology, partnerships can help it not just survive, but thrive.
10 Jun 2016
The NFI Industries case is unusual, but not the first such whistleblower action in trucking.
07 Jun 2016
The spring freight bounce fell flat for the Phoenix-based trucking company.
02 Jun 2016
Less-than-truckload shipments only inched upward in May.

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.