Top 25 LTL Trucking Companies

The Top 25 LTL carriers are hoping 2017 looks more like 2014, when revenue grew strongly, and less like 2015 and 2016. The combined revenue of the 25 largest LTL truckers was stuck at $32.1 billion in 2016, according to SJ Consulting data, but that was better than the 0.5 percent drop in 2015. The combined revenue of the Top 25 LTL trucking companies also is 9.6 percent higher than the pre-recession record of $29.3 billion in 2008, data show. In that same decade, the revenue of all other LTL carriers has dropped 35 percent to $2.8 billion. Total LTL industry revenue dropped 0.4 percent last year, from $35.1 billion to $34.9 billion, after falling 1 percent in 2015. This special topic page delivers the most recent JOC coverage of these 25 carriers and the LTL trucking sector.

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Special Coverage

Truckload carriers of all sizes and types suffered in last year’s freight slump, but they did not suffer equally.

News & Analysis

18 Aug 2017
Does an atypically "robust" summer for US freight demand signal higher road and rail rates ahead for shippers?
27 Apr 2016
The debate over dimensional-weight pricing has shifted from if to when it will be applied to less-than-truckload freight, the CEOs of some of the largest LTL trucking companies said at the 2016 NASSTRAC Shippers Conference.
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.
19 Apr 2016
Truck tonnage increased year-over-year in March but dropped 4.5 percent from February, when the American Trucking Associations' For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index shot up to unusual height.
12 Apr 2016
The U.S. economy may be crawling along, but Estes Express Lines is moving faster, opening a new less-than-truckload terminal in the Chicago area.
05 Apr 2016
Three acquisition-hungry companies, XPO Logistics, Celadon Group and Daseke, were the fastest-growing businesses on a list of the 50 largest U.S. trucking companies in 2015.

Commentary

Last year proved another challenging one for truckload and LTL volumes.