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The trucking industry is the lifeblood of the U.S. economy. Over 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 10.5 billion tons of freight annually requires over 3.4 million heavy-duty Class 8 trucks and over 3.5 million truck drivers. It also takes over 38 billion gallons of diesel fuel to move all of that freight. Simply – without trucks, America stops.

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Trucks move roughly 70% 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:

$726.4 billion in gross freight revenues (primary shipments only) from trucking, representing 81.5% of the nation’s freight bill in 2015.


Tonnage:

10.49 billion tons of freight (primary shipments only) transported by trucks in 2015, representing 70.1% of total domestic tonnage shipped.


Taxes:

  • $39.9 billion paid by commercial trucks in federal and state highway-user taxes in 2014.
  • Commercial trucks make up 12.1% of all registered vehicles, and paid $18.4 billion in federal highway-user taxes and $21.6 billion in state highway-user taxes, in 2014.
  • 24.4¢ in federal fuel tax paid for each gallon of diesel fuel as of January, 2015.
  • 18.4¢ in federal fuel tax paid for each gallon of gasoline as of January, 2015.
  • 27.4¢ paid on average in state fuel tax for each gallon of diesel fuel as of 2015.
  • 23.2¢ paid on average in state fuel tax for each gallon of gasoline as of 2015.

Number of Trucks:

  • 31.4 million trucks registered and used for business purposes (excluding government and farm) in 2014, representing 23.3% of all trucks registered.
  • 3.46 million Class 8 trucks (including tractors and straight trucks) in operation in 2014. 3.63 million Class 8 trucks were in operation in 2015.

Mileage:

  • 279.1 billion miles travelled by all registered trucks in 2014
  • 169.8 billion miles travelled by combination trucks in 2014.

Number of Companies:

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, as of May 2015, the number of for-hire carriers on file with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration totaled 586,014, private carriers totaled 747,781 and other* interstate motor carriers totaled 144,170.

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

  • 90.8% operate 6 or fewer trucks.
  • 97.3% operate fewer than 20 trucks.

International Trucking:

  • Trucks transported 58.3% of the value of trade between the U.S. and Canada in 2015.
  • Trucks transported 70.9% of the value of trade between the U.S. and Mexico in 2015.
  • In 2015, the value of truck-transported trade jumped 4.4% to $376.6 billion with Mexico; truck-transported trade with Canada slipped 5.3% to $335.2 billion.

Employment:

  • 7.3 million people employed throughout the economy in jobs that relate to trucking activity in 2014, excluding the self-employed
  • 3.5 million truck drivers employed in 2015 (3.4 million in 2014)

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