Freight Broker Industry Statistics and Facts

1.  Nearly all goods transported in the United States move by truck at some point in the journey.  Trucks carry over 60% of the annual gross tonnage moved in the US, making trucking the “backbone” of the intermodal (AIR, SEA, LAND) transportation network.   

2. Each day millions of big rig tractor trailers (also known as semi-trucks,18-wheelers and motor carriers) move freight throughout the United States from one destination to another.  These rigs pull various types of cargo ranging from perishable foods, consumer goods to general cargo.  In fact, 70% of all manufactured and retail goods transported within the US on an annual basis are via truck. 

3.  Transportation occurs daily, over $12,000,000,000,000 (trillion) dollars per year globally.  Transportation within the US exceeds $1 trillion annually, of which US trucking represents well over $600 billion.   Learn more about the industry, read our article What is a Freight Broker?

Use the below resources to conduct research to find transportation and logistics news, reports and statistics:

Department of Transportation

Bureau of Transportation Statistics
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

Global Transport Statistics

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

The National Trucker Survey Results