10 Awesome Facts About Trucking & Logistics


Graphical image of a semi-trailer unloading onto a conveyor belt.

1. The transport and logistics industry is made up of six industry sectors: road transport, rail, aviation, maritime, warehousing, and storage services. It is one of the world’s largest industries.

Source: Five Key Facts About Logistics and Transportation, PLS Logistics Services

2. According to the American Trucking Association, there are close to 3.5 million truck drivers in the United States. In other words, one in every 15 people working in the United States is employed in the trucking industry.

Source: Five Key Facts About Logistics and Transportation, PLS Logistics Services

3. Trucking is the dominant mode of transportation for our nation’s freight movement, moving approximately 71% of all freight in the United States.

Source: Logistics in the U.S. – Facts at a Glance, Blue Grace Logistics

4. The transportation and warehousing sector workforce totaled 4.292 million people in 2011.

Source: Logistics in the U.S. – Facts at a Glance, Blue Grace Logistics

5. One-third of all semi-trucks that are operating in the United States are registered in California, Florida, and Texas.

Source: 10 Quick Facts about Semi Trucks, PNG Logistics

6. Semi-trucks only make up about 15% of all commercial trucks; however, they travel 42% of all miles traveled by commercial trucks.

Source: 10 Quick Facts about Semi Trucks, PNG Logistics

7. Trucking makes up the largest portion of the American transportation industry—about 27%. The top goods that are hauled include clothes, food, furniture, and machinery.

Source: Incredible Facts about Trucking, Cardinal Logistics

8. Many truckers have clocked over a million miles. The average driver books about 105,000 miles a year!

Source: Incredible Facts about Trucking, Cardinal Logistics

9. In 2012, the trucking industry accounted for 12.8% of all of the fuel purchased in the United States.

Source: 15 Interesting Trucking Facts, Planet Freight

10. There are approximately 15.5 million trucks operating in the United States today.

Source: 15 Interesting Trucking Facts, Planet Freight


Erin Skoog
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