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Trucking by the Numbers – A Snapshot of the American Freight Industry

Trucking by the Numbers - A Snapshot of the American Freight Industry

When you spot a massive truck cruising down the highway, it’s easy to overlook the vital role it plays in the U.S. economy. These vehicles are the backbone of our logistics system, moving an astonishing volume of goods. Let’s take a closer look at key statistics that offer a straightforward view of the trucking industry’s contributions in 2022.

In 2022, the U.S. trucking industry was nothing short of a financial powerhouse, raking $940.8 billion in freight revenues. That’s a remarkable 80.7% of the entire national freight bill. Trucks hauled an impressive 11.46 billion tons of primary shipments, making up 72.6% of all domestic tonnage shipped.

The number of trucks on American roads is truly mind-boggling. In 2021, a staggering 13.86 million single-unit and combination trucks were registered, making up 5% of all motor vehicles registered. These trucks collectively covered an astonishing 327.48 billion miles in 2021, with combination trucks alone racking up 195.62 billion miles. Every mile driven tells a story of tireless work.

Behind these statistics are the people who make it all happen. In 2022, 8.4 million individuals found work in roles related to trucking across the U.S. economy, excluding the self-employed. Among them, 3.54 million were dedicated truck drivers, marking a 1.5% increase from the previous year.

When we think about international trade, it becomes even clearer how indispensable these vehicles are. In 2022, trucks transported 61.9% of the value of surface trade between the U.S. and Canada and a whopping 83.5% of the value of surface trade between the U.S. and Mexico.

In short, the American trucking industry is a big deal. It’s not just about trucks; it’s about the economy, the dedicated drivers on the road, and the tons of stuff they carry. These numbers aren’t just statistics; they tell the story of an industry that keeps the wheels of commerce spinning.