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The trucking industry is the lifeblood of the U.S. economy. Nearly 70% 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 9.2 billion tons of freight annually requires nearly 3 million heavy-duty Class 8 trucks and over 3 million truck drivers. It also takes over 37 billion gallons of diesel fuel to move all of that freight. Simply – without trucks, America stops.

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Trucks move roughly 67% of the nation's freight by weight. That is just one of many statistics calculated and tracked by American Trucking Associations' professional staff that you can learn about here.

Revenue:

$603.9 billion in gross freight revenues (primary shipments only) from trucking, representing 80.9% of the nation’s freight bill in 2011.


Tonnage:

9.2 billion tons of freight (primary shipments only) transported by trucks in 2011, representing 67.0% of total domestic tonnage shipped.


Taxes:

  • $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

Mileage:

  • 397.8 billion miles logged by all trucks used for business purposes (excluding government and farm) in 2010
    • 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

Number of Companies:

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, as of December 2011, the number of for-hire 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.

* 'Other' interstate motor carriers are those that did not specify their segment or checked multiple segments. All other categories were excluded.

  • 90.2% operate 6 or fewer trucks
  • 97.2% operate fewer than 20 trucks

International Trucking:

  • 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 jumped 25.5% to $260.1 billion with Mexico; truck-transported trade with Canada grew 19.9% to $296.8 billion in 2010

Employment:

  • 6.8 million people employed throughout the economy in jobs that relate to trucking activity in 2010, excluding the self-employed
  • 3 million truck drivers employed in 2010

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