Trucks move roughly 72.5% 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.
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$732.3 billion in gross freight revenues (primary shipments only) from trucking, representing 80.4% of the nation’s freight bill in 2020.
10.23 billion tons of freight (primary shipments only) transported by trucks in 2020, representing 72.5% of total domestic tonnage shipped.
- $48.6 billion paid by commercial trucks in federal and state highway-user taxes in 2019.
- Commercial trucks make up 14.4% of all registered vehicles, and paid $19.3 billion in federal highway-user taxes and $29.4 billion in state highway-user taxes, in 2019.
- 24.4¢ in federal fuel tax paid for each gallon of diesel fuel as of January, 2021.
- 18.4¢ in federal fuel tax paid for each gallon of gasoline as of January, 2021.
- 30.3¢ paid on average in state fuel tax for each gallon of diesel fuel as of January, 2021.
- 28.5¢ paid on average in state fuel tax for each gallon of gasoline as of January, 2021.
Number of Trucks:
- 37.9 million trucks registered and used for business purposes (excluding government and farm) in 2019, representing 23.9% of all trucks registered.
- 3.97 million Class 8 trucks (including tractors and straight trucks) in operation in 2020, up 1.5% from 2019.
- 300.05 billion miles traveled by all registered trucks in 2019.
- 175.3 billion miles traveled by combination trucks in 2019.
- 45.6 billion gallons of fuel consumed by those trucks used for business purposed in 2019.
- 36.5 billion gallons of diesel fuel.
- 9.1 billion gallons of gasoline.
Number of Companies:
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, as of February 2021, the number of for-hire carriers on file with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration totaled 996,894, private carriers totaled 813,440 and other* interstate motor carriers totaled 83,235.
* Other’ motor carriers are those that did not specify their segment or checked multiple segments. All other categories were excluded.
- 91.5% operate 6 or fewer trucks.
- 97.4% operate fewer than 20 trucks.
- Trucks transported 70.9% of the value of surface trade between the U.S. and Canada in 2020.
- Trucks transported 83.8% of the value of surface trade between the U.S. and Mexico in 2020.
- In 2020, the value of truck-transported trade fell 10.1% to $385.7 billion with Mexico; truck-transported trade with Canada fell 9.9% to $309.0 billion.
- 7.65 million people employed throughout the economy in jobs that relate to trucking activity in 2020 excluding the self-employed.
- 3.36 million truck drivers employed in 2020 (a decrease of 6.8% from 2019).