ATA’s American Trucking Trends reports an increase in trucking’s percentage of all domestic freight
Despite what it is happening in the economy, one thing has remained constant over the years: the steady hold, and gains, in freight transportation market share held by the trucking sector.
That was made clear in this year’s edition of American Trucking Trends from the American Trucking Associations (ATA).
“This report shows once again what a critical role trucking plays in the U.S. economy,” said ATA president and CEO Bill Graves in a statement. “Trucking continues to move the most, and most valuable, freight in the United States despite the challenges of congestion, regulations and crumbling infrastructure.”
This year’s edition of American Trucking Trends highlighted various facets of trucking’s imprint on the transportation landscape, including:
- in 2013, trucks moved 69.1 percent of all domestic freight tonnage, up from 68.5 percent the previous year;
- the industry also collected 81.2 percent of all freight revenue, up from 80.7 percent in 2012;
- trucks move the majority of all NAFTA trade, hauling 55.4 percent of all trade with Canada and 65.4 percent of all trade with Mexico;
- trucking employed more than 7 million people in 2013; and
- the industry paid $37.8 billion in state and federal highway user fees, among others