2021 Top Less-Than-Truckload Carriers

2021 Essential Financial and Operating Information for the 100 Largest For-Hire Carriers in North America
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Top Less-Than-Truckload Carriers

Rank Company Sector Revenue (000)sort ascending
1 FedEx Freight 7,213,000
2 Yellow Corp. 4,513,700
3 XPO Logistics 4,450,000
4 Old Dominion Freight Line 4,015,129
est
5 Estes Express Lines 3,559,000
6 TFI International 3,088,851
7 ABF Freight 2,092,031
8 R+L Carriers 1,973,000
est
9 Saia Inc. 1,822,366
10 Southeastern Freight Lines 1,180,325
11 Central Transport 871,000
est
12 Averitt Express 823,150
13 Dayton Freight Lines 669,000
14 Pitt Ohio Transportation Group 653,000
15 AAA Cooper Transportation 592,000
16 Day & Ross Freight 439,129
17 Roadrunner Freight 430,000
18 A. Duie Pyle Inc. 379,700
19 Mullen Group 331,164
20 Daylight Transport 275,000
21 Central Freight Lines 256,000
est
22 Oak Harbor Freight Lines 237,000
est
23 Ward Trucking 183,000
est
24 Fastfrate/Bestway 164,000
25 Standard Forwarding 119,000
est
26 Midwest Motor Express 105,500
27 Landstar System 97,546
28 Dependable Highway Express 85,000
est
29 Peninsula Truck Lines 76,019
30 Canada Cartage 75,375
31 Anderson Trucking Service 62,055
32 North Park Transportation 54,073
33 JP Express 53,100
34 Highlight Motor Group 29,000
35 R&R Express 25,280
36 Diligent Delivery Systems 21,420
est
37 Bison Transport 19,905
38 Atlas World Group 19,795
39 CalArk 19,455
est
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UPS Surges as Jump in Foreign Sales Defies Rising Trade Tensions

UPS Inc. rose the most in almost seven years as international sales surged and the courier’s ambitious investment plans started to win over investors.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
July 26, 2018
Business, Logistics, Top 100

Covenant Profits Jump on 20% Revenue Rise

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Covenant Transportation Group reported a positive second quarter, recording greater revenues and income as it moved forward on its purchase of Landair Holdings.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
July 26, 2018
Business, Logistics, Top 100

UPS Reports Steady 2Q Income, Revenue

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UPS Inc. reported solid second-quarter growth in revenue and profits despite charges taken for its voluntary retirement plan and efforts to upgrade the firm.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
July 25, 2018
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Tank/Bulk Carriers See Gains and Losses

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Carriers in the tank/bulk sector posted modest gains in revenue as firms dealt with positive and negative market trends. Higher prices slowed demand for fuel shipments, while increases in oil and gas drilling and production of petrochemicals boosted demand for tankers.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
July 23, 2018
Business, Fuel, Logistics, Top 100

Heartland Profits Jump 22% in 2Q as Revenue Rises

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Heartland Express reported second-quarter net income of $17.8 million, or 22 cents per share, a 22% increase from $14.6 million, or 18 cents, recorded in the second quarter of 2017.

July 19, 2018
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J.B. Hunt Chairman James Thompson Sells Over $1.9 Million of Shares

JB Hunt Transport Services Inc. Chairman James K. Thompson sold $1.98 million of shares, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.

July 19, 2018
Government, Business, Safety, Top 100

CDL Training Gives C.R. England Executives Insight From Behind the Wheel

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More than three dozen managers and front-office employees at C.R. England Inc. have taken classes to earn a commercial driver license at the request of CEO Chad England, who said he believes the experience of learning to drive big rigs will help the company be more responsive to the needs of...

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
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Business, Technology, Top 100

Reimagining Trucking

embracing technology and innovation

The nation’s largest for-hire carriers are embracing new technologies and doing more to foster innovation with the goal of reducing the cost of moving freight and providing new service capabilities.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
July 16, 2018
Business, Equipment, Logistics, Top 100

LTL Carriers Refine, Expand Services

ABF truck pulls out from a loading dock

Leaders at prominent less-than-truckload carriers are optimistic about the future as their companies adapt and expand services to capitalize on favorable long-term trends, such as the move toward smaller shipments and the growth of e-commerce.

Rip Watson | Special to Transport Topics
July 16, 2018
Business, Top 100

2018 Top 100 For-Hire Carriers: Acquisitions, Growth Boost Rankings

UPS tractor-trailer

There were big gains all around for the nation’s largest for-hire carriers, some driven by acquisitions and some by expansion in response to vigorous growth in demand for freight hauling.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
July 16, 2018

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