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The Importance of the Trucking Industry

The definition of freight is “goods transported in bulk by truck, train, ship, or aircraft.” While many factors play into freight transportation, the COVID pandemic and the current economic and political climate are playing a significant role. For example, since the COVID pandemic began, 72% of domestic freight shipments have been made by truck drivers alone. It’s also important to note that more than 11.5 milliard tons of products have been driven throughout the country, with a retail value of more than 12 million dollars. Likewise, freight shipped by train, boat, and air combined clock in at over two milliard tons, with a retail value of just over 1.6 million dollars. 

This shows that the trucking industry is one of the most valuable industries this country offers. Most industries rely on the trucking industry to deliver goods and materials. Without trucking, hospitals would run out of supplies, grocery stores would have empty shelves, and gas stations would run out of fuel. In fact, eighty percent of communities in America rely on trucks to deliver daily goods, including raw materials, food, medicine, and more. 

It’s also important to note that the trucking industry employs more than seven million people, with truck drivers making up half of that number. There are about three and a half million people helping this country function normally, even through a global pandemic and economic turmoil. These men and women are incredibly essential workers, and we have them to thank for helping our country continue to run as usual. 

One of our primary offerings at American Distribution is transporting goods by truck throughout the country. Our drivers are all CDL Class A licensed and transport dry goods in our 53’ dry vans. Our drivers never transport anything oversized or hazardous, and they receive wonderful benefits. We’re proud to offer flexible schedules, weekly pay, paid holidays, vacation time, medical insurance, a 401k, and more. If you’d like to learn more about the benefits our drivers receive, read this blog. Then, reach out to us with any questions or for more information on joining our team. We thank our current truck drivers, and we are always looking for responsible, excellent drivers to join our trucking family.