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

21 Aug 2016
The top U.S. and Canadian Trucking Companies, ranked by revenue and market segment, as researched by SJ Consulting Group.  
Dedicated trucking makes up 8 percent more of Marten Transport's business mix than it did at this time last year.
20 Jul 2016
General truckload and intermodal sales softened, but Marten's dedicated division increased revenue by double digits.
High inventories continue to drag on demand for trucking and transportation services.
19 Jul 2016
Tonnage drops in June despite other improving indicators for trucking.
Although intermodal volume at U.S. railroads fell 2.7 percent year-over-year in the first half, J.B. Hunt managed to increase intermodal volume 12 percent and 9 percent in the first two quarters.
18 Jul 2016
Second-quarter results show $6.2 billion J.B. Hunt is spending to build intermodal, truck volume, revenue.
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.

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.