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Trucking still dominant mode of goods movement, report shows

Trucking employs 6.8 million people, including more than 3 million drivers. (The Trucker file photo)

The Trucker News Services

4/20/2012

ARLINGTON, Va. – The release of the 2012 edition of ATA American Trucking Trends by American Trucking Associations, now available for sale through ATA Business Solutions, shows that trucking continues to be the dominant mode of freight transportation and an integral part of the U.S. economy.

Trends is the singularly most important guide to trucking facts and figures,” ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said. “The information in this year’s edition clearly indicates that trucking is the driving force behind our great, and improving, economy. Safe, reliable and efficient motor carriers enable businesses throughout the entire supply chain to keep inventories lean, thereby saving the economy billions of dollars each year.”

Among the data compiled in Trends are:

• Trucking employs 6.8 million people, including more than 3 million drivers. Of those drivers, 4.6 percent are women and 32.6 percent are minorities.

• Trucking is the quintessential small business industry, with 90 percent of motor carriers operating six or fewer trucks and 97.2 percent operating fewer than 20.

• Overall in 2011, trucking moved $603.9 billion in freight – more than 80 percent of all freight transportation revenue. That freight weighed 9.2 billion tons – 67 percent of all freight by weight.

• Class 6-8 trucks traveled 131.2 billion miles in 2010, and all trucks regardless of size traveled 397.8 billion miles.

• In 2011, trucks consumed 37.2 billion gallons of diesel fuel.

 “This year’s edition of Trends makes it clear that following the Great Recession, trucking continues to lead the nation’s economy back into a higher gear,” ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello said. “The data in Trends should be a guide for business executives and policy makers across the country as they chart the course for our continued recovery.”

American Trucking Trends 2012 is available exclusively from ATA Business Solutions and participating state trucking associations. To learn more, or to purchase the report, go here or call 866-821-3468 (inside the United States) or 703-838-1700 (outside the U.S.).

 The Trucker staff can be reached for comment at editor@thetrucker.com.

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JB Hunt