Inbound Logistics | October 2022

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72% of freight (by weight) is transported via trucks throughout the United States

As the engine of the U.S. economy, the trucking industry carries around 11 billion tons of freight per year, keeping goods moving and the supply chain humming. Trucks hauled 10.23 billion tons of freight in 2020. Motor carriers collected 80.4% of total revenue earned by all transport modes. Total trucking industry employment is 7.8 million or one out of every 16 people working in the United States. Job categories in trucking include executives, managers, laborers, office and clerical workers, sales workers and other operatives, service workers and technicians, craft workers, and other professionals. Trucking accounted for $732.3 billion in gross freight revenues (primary shipments only) in 2020. Most tractor-trailer drivers are long-haul drivers and operate trucks with a total weight exceeding 26,000 pounds for the vehicle, passengers, and cargo. One single truck in 1988 produced roughly the same emissions as a fleet of 60 modern-day trucks. Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, American Trucking Associations, Redwood Logistics the long haul

3.5 million

truck drivers deliver goods and keep the United States running

About 259,900 openings for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers are projected each year, on average, over the next decade

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