Trucking Industry at a Glance
(From American Trucking Trends 2012. Arlington, VA: American Trucking Associations, Inc.)
- $603.9 billion in gross freight revenues (primary shipments only) from trucking, representing 80.9% of the nation’s freight bill in 2011.
- 9.2 billion tons of freight (primary shipments only) transported by trucks in 2011, representing 67.0% of total domestic tonnage shipped.
- $33.1 billion paid by commercial trucks in federal and state highway-user taxes in 2009.
- Commercial trucks make up 10.9% of all registered vehicles, and paid $14.3 billion in federal highway-user taxes and $18.7 billion in state highway-user taxes, in 2009.
- 24.4¢ in federal fuel tax paid for each gallon of diesel fuel as of August, 2011.
- 18.4¢ in federal fuel tax paid for each gallon of gasoline as of August, 2011.
- 22.6¢ paid on average in state fuel tax for each gallon of diesel fuel as of July, 2011.
- 21.8¢ paid on average in state fuel tax for each gallon of gasoline as of July, 2011.
Number of Trucks:
- 26.4 million trucks registered and used for business purposes (excluding government and farm) in 2009, representing 24.4% of all trucks registered.
- 2.4 million Class 8 trucks used for business purposes (excluding government and farm) in 2009. (2.3
Million in 2010)
- 5.7 million commercial trailers registered in 2009.
- 397.8 billion miles logged by all trucks used for business purposes (excluding government and farm)
- 29.8% of all miles traveled by trucks.
- 13.4% of all motor vehicle miles traveled.
- 131.2 billion miles logged by all Class 6 - 8 trucks used for business purposes (excluding government
and farm) in 2010.
- 99.2 billion miles logged by Class 8 trucks used for business purposes (excluding government and
farm) in 2010.
- 52.3 billion gallons of fuel consumed by those trucks used for business purposes in 2011.
- 37.2 billion gallons of diesel fuel.
- 14.8 billion gallons of gasoline.
Number of Companies:
- According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, as of December 2011, the number of for-hire
‘Other’ interstate motor carriers are those that did not specify their segment or checked multiple segments. All other categories were excluded.
carriers on file with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration totaled 408,782 private carriers
totaled 662,544 and other* interstate motor carriers totaled 168,680.
- 90.2% operate 6 or fewer trucks.
- 97.2% operate fewer than 20 trucks.
- Trucks transported 56.6% of the value of trade between the U.S. and Canada in 2010.
- Trucks transported 66.2% of the value of trade between the U.S. and Mexico in 2010.
- In 2010, the value of truck-transported trade 25.5% to $260.1 billion with Mexico; increased truck-transported trade with Canada grew 19.9% to $296.8 billion in 2010.
- 6.8 million people employed throughout the economy in jobs that relate to trucking activity in 2010, excluding self-employed.
- 3 million truck drivers employed in 2010.