Carriers in the specialized category saw costs rise by 4 cents per mile to 22 cents per mile between 2016 and 2017. The long-term increase in costs for LTL carriers reflects the pressures of more frequent pickup and delivery operations attributable to the growing influence of e-commerce, in addition to continued deterioration in urban traffic conditions.
In addition, fleets saw a 0.3% increase in maintenance costs from 2016 to 2017, the smallest increase since 2010.
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