10 Fascinating Facts About the Trucking Industry

  1. In 2018, the trucking industry generated nearly $800 billion (ATA, 2019).
  2. In 2018, the American trucking industry posted revenues higher than the GDP of more than 150 nations (Insider, 2019).
  3. In 2018, trucks moved 11.49 billion tons of freight, 71.4% of the nation’s tonnage freight (ATA, 2019).
  4. The average professional long-haul trucker logs more than 100,000 miles per year (Insider, 2018).
  5. Trucks move more than 70% of all goods transported around the United States (Insider, 2018).
  6. Most grocery stores would run out of food in just three days if long-haul truckers stopped driving (Insider, 2018).
  7. Trucking’s revenues accounted for 80.3% of the nation’s freight bil (ATA, 2019).
  8. There are 7.8 million people employed in trucking-related jobs, up 100,000 from the previous year. This includes 3.5 million professional drivers (2019).
  9. Most carriers are small companies – 91.3% of fleets operate six or fewer trucks and 97.4% operate 20 or fewer (ATA, 2019).
  10. The vast majority of trucking companies in the US are small businesses not big corporations (KMMS, 2015).

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