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The trucking industry is the lifeblood of the U.S. economy. Nearly 71% of all the freight tonnage moved in the U.S. goes on trucks. Without the industry and our truck drivers, the economy would come to a standstill. To move 10.5 billion tons of freight annually requires over 3.6 million heavy-duty Class 8 trucks and over 3.5 million truck drivers. It also takes almost 39 billion gallons of diesel fuel to move all of that freight. Simply - without trucks, America stops.

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ATA Truck Tonnage Index Rose 0.7 Percent in May

Arlington, Va. — American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose 0.7% in May after rising 2.7% in April. In May, the index equaled 113.8 (2015=100), up from 113 in April.

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Increased 2.2 Percent in April

Arlington, Va. — American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 2.2% in April after easing 1% in March. In April, the index equaled 112.5 (2015=100), up from 110.1 in March.

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Decreased 1.1 Percent in March

Arlington, Va. — American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index declined 1.1% in March after easing 0.8% in February. In March, the index equaled 110 (2015=100), down from 111.2 in February.

New Survey Data Reveals Increases in Driver Compensation

Arlington, Virginia — Today, the American Trucking Associations released data from its latest Driver Compensation Study, showing driver pay has climbed as rising demand for freight transportation services has increased competition for increasingly scarce drivers.

Lawmakers Introduce DRIVE Safe Act

WASHINGTON, DC— Reps. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and Trey Hollingsworth (R-Ind.), with support from the International Foodservice Distributors Association and the American Trucking Associations, today introduced the DRIVE Safe Act, critical legislation that addresses the massive driver shortage affecting the movement of commerce in our country, while also promoting enhanced safety training for emerging members of this growing workforce.

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Decreased 2.6 Percent in February

Arlington, Va. — American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index declined 2.6% in February after rising 1.6% in January. In February, the index equaled 109.2 (2015=100), down from 112.1 in January.

Truckload Turnover Rate Sinks in Final Quarter of 2017

Arlington, Virginia — Today, American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello said that the driver turnover rate at truckload carriers fell in the final three months of 2017, but that the rate stayed higher than in the previous year.

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Rose 2% in January

American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 2% in January after falling 0.3% in December. In January, the index equaled 111.6 (2015=100), up from 109.4 in December.


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Latest Reports

ATA Safety Investment Study

The trucking industry invests at least $9.5 billion annually in safety, according to a first-of-its-kind study just released by the American Trucking Associations...

2014 ATA Driver Compensation

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2013 Motor Carrier Salaried Employee Compensation Study

ATA has released an in-depth compensation study for motor carrier salaried employees, including general administration, finance, human resources, marketing & sales, information technology, service & maintenance, and training & safety.

Trucking Activity Report

Based on an ongoing survey of truckload and less-than-truckload carriers, Trucking Activity Report (TRAC) is published monthly and features the timeliest information available on:

ATA Monthly Truck Tonnage Report

Whether you are an investment or banking analyst trying to track trucking business trends, an industry consultant providing clients with an outlook of freight demand


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