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ATA: Trucking still rules freight movement

Industry hauled 11.84 billion tons of freight, generating almost $792 billion in 2019

The trucking industry generated almost $792 billion in revenue in 2019, moving 11.84 billion tons of freight, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) said.

The two figures are among the highlights of the annual data n the American Trucking Trends 2020 report.

The industry employed 7.95 million people in trucking-related positions, up 140,000 from 2018. Professional drivers account for 3.6 million jobs. Women make up 6.7% and minorities account for 41.5% of drivers.

The trucking industry employed 7.95 million people in 2019, according to the American Trucking Associations. This FreightWaves SONAR chart shows slightly increasing employment into late March 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. (Chart: FreightWaves SONAR/EMPS.TPWH)

Among the report’s other findings:

  • Trucking’s revenues in 2019 accounted for 80.4% of the nation’s freight bill.
  • Trucks moved 67.7% of surface freight between the United States and Canada and 83.1% of cross-border trade with Mexico, totaling $772 billion of goods.
  • Most carriers are small companies – 91.3% of fleets operate six or fewer trucks and 97.4% operate 20 or fewer.
The number of small fleets, defined as having one to six trucks, makes up 93.1% of all fleets, according to data from the American Trucking Associations. The SONAR chart shows an upward trend. (Chart: SONAR/FCTCO.USA)

“Despite a challenging year… the industry was in good shape entering the global pandemic,” ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello said.  

Click for more FreightWaves articles by Alan Adler.

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Alan Adler

Alan Adler is a Detroit-based award-winning journalist who worked for The Associated Press, the Detroit Free Press and most recently as Detroit Bureau Chief for Trucks.com. He also spent two decades in domestic and international media relations and executive communications with General Motors.

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