Top 25 LTL Trucking Companies

Top 25 LTL Trucking Companies

In 2017, the 25 largest less-than-truckload carriers in the US increased their combined revenue 7.8 percent, as higher industrial production and disciplined pricing raised their topline. That sizable gain followed a flat year for LTL revenue in 2016 and a revenue drop of 0.5 percent in 2015, as freight demand tumbled in the latest slowdown in the long-running economic recovery.

The US economy grew at a faster rate in 2017, and strong industrial production helped create more pallets of goods to fill LTL terminals and trailers. The combined revenue of the 25 largest LTL carriers in the US reached a new record of $34.5 billion. Just two LTL carriers reported less revenue year over year in 2017, compared with 10 in 2016 and 12 in 2015.

Some of the fastest-growing LTL carriers, however, weren’t on the list. The smaller LTL and cartage companies that didn’t make the Top 25 grew faster as a group than their larger competitors, increasing combined revenue 8.5 percent to $3.2 billion. That revenue would make those small companies the fourth largest LTL carrier if they were one trucking company.

Key stories in LTL:

Top 25 LTL 2017: LTL carriers pave way to growth in challenging market

Top 25 LTL 2016: Lower fuel surcharges, soft demand squeeze revenue

Top 25 LTL 2015: Revenue up 9.1 percent for largest US LTL carriers

Top 25 LTL 2014: Revenue Growth at LTL Truckers Drops

Top 25 LTL 2013: Economic Slowdown Detours LTL Growth

Top 25 LTL 2012: LTL's Second Wind

Top 25 LTL 2011: LTL's Incomplete Recovery

J. Harwood Cochrane: Present at the Birth of Trucking

News & Analysis

15 Jul 2021
Digital broker Uber Freight is expanding its truckload platform to encompass LTL, as strapped US shippers turn to LTL carriers and 3PLs such as BlueGrace for capacity.
14 Jul 2021
An ‘unprecedented’ number of new motor carriers is hitting US roads, but they represent a shift in capacity, not an expansion, according to experts.
09 Jul 2021
More buyouts, big and small, are likely in trucking as carriers battle for assets and especially truck drivers. But they’re also responding to opportunities created by shifts in freight demand.
06 Jul 2021
The $1.35 billion acquisition of multi-regional LTL carrier AAA Cooper broadens the largest US truckload operator’s service portfolio as more e-commerce freight flows toward the LTL marketplace.
29 Jun 2021
Waves of freight are flooding the less-than-truckload market from all sides, and shippers will need to be "creative" to get capacity, according to Yellow CEO Darren Hawkins.
25 Jun 2021
The largest US trucking company is more profitable than ever despite the capacity and service challenges posed by waves of e-commerce-generated freight and a resurgent industrial economy.
23 Jun 2021
A lack of truck drivers and equipment, not a cooler economy, is behind a recent drop in for-hire trucking tonnage and spot market volume, as demand overshoots supply chain capacity.
21 Jun 2021
Teamsters at Yellow’s western regional carrier Reddaway agreed to drop their standalone contract and join Yellow’s national master agreement, a step that makes integration of Yellow’s brands easier.
16 Jun 2021
FedEx Freight’s “targeted volume controls” on select shippers amplify industry-wide less-than-truckload capacity constraints that are reshaping the LTL business and sending rates soaring.
11 Jun 2021
CEO Darren Hawkins pledges cooperation with congressional subcommittee investigating its $700 million loan and defends Yellow’s claim to be a major military trucking supplier, saying CARES Act saved critical LTL capacity as well as jobs.
04 Jun 2021
The US for-hire trucking industry has added 25,100 jobs over the past three months, but the US economy appears to be expanding faster than trucking recruiters can hire workers.
03 Jun 2021
Double-digit year-over-year increases in volume and revenue at Old Dominion Freight Line set a benchmark for US economic and LTL sector growth since the worst point of the recession.
21 May 2021
Less-than-truckload carriers are becoming a transload option for importers forced to choose between speed and cost of delivery amid port congestion and intermodal delays.
19 May 2021
US shippers and truckers are struggling to expand their trailer pools as demand for drop-and-hook trailer service rises and manufacturing backlogs stretch into 2022.
14 May 2021
Regional LTL carrier A. Duie Pyle is expanding its integrated logistics center in Hagerstown, Maryland, as existing customers seek more services, including managed transportation and warehousing.
03 May 2021
US LTL pricing continues its climb, as inflationary pressures from driver wages to the cost of purchased transportation accelerate rate hikes. Both carriers and 3PLs report high LTL volumes.
30 Apr 2021
Estes Express Lines is gaining new business near seaports, but the fourth-largest LTL carrier is also investing in infrastructure, technology, and people, propelling its growth ahead of competitors.
26 Apr 2021
Despite a sharp overall drop in the number of truck driver speeding violations last year, excessive speeding remains a problem, FMCSA violations data show.
22 Apr 2021
The second-largest standalone US LTL carrier says it will build four to six additional terminals this year, as demand for retail and industrial freight pushes LTL carriers to expand.
20 Apr 2021
Unadjusted US tonnage data from the American Trucking Associations shows freight returned to the highways after a frozen February, propelling truck spot pricing to a new ceiling.
19 Apr 2021
The asset-light, long-haul LTL carrier Roadrunner Freight is pursuing 'enterprise’ shippers as well as 3PLs as it re-engineers its network while focusing on service quality and operating margins.
13 Apr 2021
Darrel Harris joined the former YRC Worldwide in November and will now lead efforts to transform Yellow into a profitable multi-regional less-than-truckload carrier.
07 Apr 2021
Technology firms driving autonomous trucking forward are seeking the investment and partnerships they need to expand rapidly, anticipating growing demand.
05 Apr 2021
US trucking companies reversed a three-month decline in jobs in March, but they haven’t escaped the employment crater created by the COVID-19 pandemic and recession.
01 Apr 2021
US trucking companies already running at full capacity will soon be receiving even more freight as manufacturing activity expands.
30 Mar 2021
Truck driver pay is improving, and that may be keeping more drivers behind the wheel, rather than jumping from job to job.
11 Mar 2021
US freight demand is “through the roof” after supply chains broke down during February’s winter storms, trucking companies say. More freight may be shifting from spot markets to contractual partners as networks are restored.
11 Mar 2021
Small regional or localized LTL carriers may also be riding the e-commerce wave, providing capacity for local fulfillment and delivery, while their larger competitors carve out middle-mile business.
09 Mar 2021
Greater use of drop trailer pools and e-commerce sales are generating demand for yard drivers — also referred to as hostlers — to handle trailers at warehouses and distribution centers, but those drivers are in short supply.
05 Mar 2021
The transportation and warehousing sector lost fewer jobs than anticipated in February, but trucking companies saw deeper than expected job losses in a storm-wracked month.
04 Mar 2021
The digitization of truck manufacturing will directly benefit shippers by creating more capacity and making more capacity readily available, a study by IBM suggests.
03 Mar 2021
To secure capacity, truck shippers must offer freight that ‘fits’ a carrier’s network of lanes, vehicles, and drivers, speakers at a virtual TPM21 panel said.
02 Mar 2021
Old Dominion Freight Line in February handled more and heavier LTL shipments than a year ago as shippers hit hard by winter storms searched for truck capacity.
25 Feb 2021
COVID-related dock bans on truck drivers and greater use of digital receipts are leading to more clashes over short or damaged shipments, according to speakers at a T&LC webinar.
22 Feb 2021
Less-than-truckload carrier Yellow is opening 12 driver training schools as operators across the US trucking industry are struggling to find enough experienced drivers to satisfy growing industrial and retail freight demand.
12 Feb 2021
Old Dominion Freight Line is closely following big box retail customers, adding new service centers as e-commerce spurs construction of new distribution centers.

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