New Report Underscores Trucking’s Role in U.S. Economy

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A new report by the American Trucking Association (ATA) titled American Trucking Trends 2013, demonstrated that trucking continues to play a dominant role in freight transportation in the United States as even more goods were delivered by truck in 2012.

“The data in Trends shows a dynamic, growing industry that is the literal lifeblood of the U.S. economy,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves.

Among the findings:

· Trucks moved 9.4 billion tons of freight in 2012, or 68.5% of all domestic shipments. Both figures are up from the previous year.
· In 2012, trucking generated $642.1 billion in gross freight-related revenues, or 80.7% of the nation’s freight bills, also increases from 2011.
· There are 6.9 million people employed in trucking-related industries.
· The majority of trucking companies are small businesses – with 90.5% operating six or fewer trucks. Only 2.8% of fleets operate more than 20 trucks.
· Class 6-8 trucks traveled 137.2 billion miles in 2011 – up 4.7% from the previous year.
· The trucking industry paid $36.5 billion in federal and state highway user fees and taxes in 2011 – a 10.3% increase from 2009.

American Trucking Trends 2013 is available for purchase, click here to learn more.