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

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?
20 Mar 2017
A new generation of leadership at US Xpress Enterprises plots a route through disruption, change to come.
17 Mar 2017
A "technical error" could cut $112 million from federal funding for truck safety enforcement programs, raising the risk of high-cost accidents.
16 Mar 2017
Drivers at XPO's terminal in Trenton request a union election as the company battles the union on more than one front.
15 Mar 2017
Although ports may reopen Wednesday, in parts of the US Northeast, over-the-road freight transport remains frozen.
13 Mar 2017
Adding density by merging separate refrigerated subsidiaries gave Roadrunner market leverage.

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.