Trucks move roughly 71.5% 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.
$700.1 billion in gross freight revenues (primary shipments only) from trucking, representing 79.3% of the nation’s freight bill in 2017.
10.77 billion tons of freight (primary shipments only) transported by trucks in 2017, representing 70.2% of total domestic tonnage shipped.
- $41.3 billion paid by commercial trucks in federal and state highway-user taxes in 2015.
- Commercial trucks make up 12.8% of all registered vehicles, and paid $18.7 billion in federal highway-user taxes and $22.6 billion in state highway-user taxes, in 2015.
- 24.4¢ in federal fuel tax paid for each gallon of diesel fuel as of January, 2017.
- 18.4¢ in federal fuel tax paid for each gallon of gasoline as of January, 2017.
- 27.4¢ paid on average in state fuel tax for each gallon of diesel fuel as of 2016.
- 23.2¢ paid on average in state fuel tax for each gallon of gasoline as of 2016.
Number of Trucks:
- 33.8 million trucks registered and used for business purposes (excluding government and farm) in 2015, representing 23.9% of all trucks registered.
- 3.63 million Class 8 trucks (including tractors and straight trucks) in operation in 2015. 3.68 million Class 8 trucks were in operation in 2016.
- 297.6 billion miles traveled by all registered trucks in 2017
- 181.5 billion miles traveled by combination trucks in 2017
Number of Companies:
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, as of June 2017, the number of for-hire carriers on file with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration totaled 777,240, private carriers totaled 700,591 and other* interstate motor carriers totaled 80,247.
* ‘Other’ interstate motor carriers are those that did not specify their segment or checked multiple segments. All other categories were excluded.
- 91% operate 6 or fewer trucks.
- 97.3% operate fewer than 20 trucks.
- Trucks transported 67% of the value of surface trade between the U.S. and Canada in 2018.
- Trucks transported 84% of the value of surface trade between the U.S. and Mexico in 2018.
- In 2018, the value of truck-transported trade rose 10.2% to $424.0 billion with Mexico; truck-transported trade with Canada rose 3.6% to $348.3 billion.
- 7.7 million people employed throughout the economy in jobs that relate to trucking activity in 2017, excluding the self-employed
- 3.5 million truck drivers employed in 2018 (almost unchanged from 2017)