Trucks move roughly 72.2% 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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$875.5 billion in gross freight revenues (primary shipments only) from trucking, representing 80.8% of the nation’s freight bill in 2021.
10.93 billion tons of freight (primary shipments only) transported by trucks in 2021, representing 72.2% of total domestic tonnage shipped.
- $48.46 billion paid by commercial trucks in federal and state highway-user taxes in 2020.
- Commercial trucks make up 14.1% of all registered vehicles, and paid $18.3 billion in federal highway-user taxes and $30.1 billion in state highway-user taxes, in 2020.
- 24.4¢ in federal fuel tax paid for each gallon of diesel fuel as of January 2022.
- 18.4¢ in federal fuel tax paid for each gallon of gasoline as of January 2022.
- 32.7¢ paid on average in state fuel tax for each gallon of diesel fuel as of January 2022.
- 31.0¢ paid on average in state fuel tax for each gallon of gasoline as of January 2022.
Number of Trucks:
- 38.9 million trucks registered and used for business purposes (excluding government and farm) in 2020, representing 24.1% of all trucks registered.
- 4.06 million Class 8 trucks (including tractors and straight trucks) in operation in 2021, up 2.3% from 2020.
- 302.14 billion miles traveled by all registered trucks in 2020.
- 177.26 billion miles traveled by combination trucks in 2020.
- 44.8 billion gallons of fuel consumed by those trucks used for business purposed in 2020.
- 35.8 billion gallons of diesel fuel.
- 9.0 billion gallons of gasoline.
Number of Companies:
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, as of June 2022, the number of for-hire carriers on file with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration totaled 1,102,799, private carriers totaled 718,594, there were 153,191 carriers identified as both for-hire and private carriers and other* interstate motor carriers totaled 37,718.
* Other’ motor carriers are those that did not specify their segment or checked multiple segments. All other categories were excluded.
- 95.7% operate 10 or fewer trucks.
- 99.7% operate fewer than 100 trucks.
- Trucks transported 66.1% of the value of surface trade between the U.S. and Canada in 2021.
- Trucks transported 82.7% of the value of surface trade between the U.S. and Mexico in 2021.
- In 2021, the value of truck-transported trade increased 19.5% to $460.85 billion with Mexico; truck-transported trade with Canada increased 18.8% to $367.04 billion.
- 7.99 million people employed throughout the economy in jobs that relate to trucking activity in 2021 excluding the self-employed.
- 3.49 million truck drivers employed in 2021 (an increase of 3.7% from 2020).