U.S. Trucking Industry Reaches Major Freight Transportation Milestone

Fri Jan 25, 2008 9:56am EST

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Trucks haul 10.7 billion tons of freight; 69 percent of freight
                             moved in 2006
ARLINGTON, Va.--(Business Wire)--The U.S. trucking industry in 2006 hauled more goods than ever
before in a single year, the American Trucking Associations reported

   ATA's American Trucking Trends 2007-2008 reports that the trucking
industry hauled 69 percent of the total volume of freight transported
in the United States in 2006. This equates to an all-time high
carrying load of 10.7 billion tons, and $645.6 billion in revenue,
representing 83.8 percent of the nation's freight bill.

   "Americans should understand that their national economy is
directly linked to freight transportation," said ATA President and CEO
Bill Graves. "Trucking is the driving force behind our great economy.
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," he said.

   American Trucking Trends, an annual state of the industry report
produced by ATA, reported that more than 26 million trucks of all
classes played a part in reaching the tonnage milestone. Of this
number, 2.9 million were typical Class 8 trucks operated by more than
750,000 interstate motor carriers.

   Class 8 trucks drove 130.5 billion miles of the total 414 billion
miles traveled by all weight classes used for business purposes in
2005. The nation's truck fleet consumed 52.8 billion gallons of fuel,
both diesel and gasoline. The trucking industry spent about $111
billion on diesel fuel in 2007, up from $103.3 billion in 2006.
Commercial trucks paid $35.2 billion in federal and state highway-user
taxes in 2005.

   The trucking industry continues as a major employer in the United
States. Nearly 8.7 million people were employed in trucking-related
jobs across all U.S. industries in 2005. Of these, 3.4 million are
professional truck drivers.

   Trucking also played an important role in trade exchanged between
the United States and two of our largest trading partners, Canada and
Mexico. Trucks transported 80.7 percent of the value of trade between
the United States and Mexico in 2006 and 64.4 percent of the value of
trade between the United States and Canada.

   American Trucking Trends 2007-2008, provides information on U.S.
truck tonnage, employment, freight revenues, shipment value, engine
sales, modal share and international trucking. Topics explored also
include safety statistics, top trailer manufacturers, highway-user
taxes, U.S. motor carrier size and distribution, trucking employment
by state, international trucking, fuel consumption and emissions data.
Trends contains data from different sources; therefore, the most
recent year available may vary. The report can be purchased at
www.truckline.com/store or by calling 800-ATA-LINE. Media should
contact Tiffany Wlazlowski at 703-838-1717 or

   The American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade
association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of other
trucking groups, industry-related conferences, and its 50 affiliated
state trucking associations, ATA represents more than 37,000 members
covering every type of motor carrier in the United States.

Tiffany Wlazlowski, 703-838-1717

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