Calling it the “singularly most important guide to trucking facts and figures,” the 2012 edition of ATA American Trucking Trends by American Trucking Assns., is an indispensable tool for trucking companies, industry suppliers, logistics providers, analysts and public policy decision makers, according to Bill Graves, ATA president & CEO.
The almanac of U.S. trucking produced by ATA’s Economics Department, Trucking Trends provides a profile of the dynamics shaping the trucking industry and serves as a vital source of information on major trucking and transportation issues.
Data in the publication shows that trucking continues to be the dominant mode of freight transportation and an integral part of the U.S. economy.
“The information in this year’s edition clearly indicates that trucking is the driving force behind our great, and improving, economy,” Graves said. “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.”
“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,” Bob Costello, ATA chief economist 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.”
Among the data compiled in Trucking Trends are:
- Trucking employs 6.8 million people, including more than 3 million drivers. Of those drivers, 4.6% are women and 32.6% are minorities.
- Trucking is the quintessential small business industry, with 90% of motor carriers operating six or fewer trucks and 97.2% operating fewer than 20.
- Overall in 2011, trucking moved $603.9 billion in freight — more than 80% of all freight transportation revenue. That freight weighed 9.2 billion tons — 67% 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.
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 to http://www.atabusinesssolutions.com/Default.aspx?TabID=274&ProductId=1065104 or call 866-821-3468 (inside the United States) or 703-838-1700 (outside the U.S.).