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Recent Data About the Moving and Storage Industry from the American Moving & Storage Association

  • January 12, 2010

The moving and storage industry:

  • Consists of 8,100 companies operating at 17,000 locations, primarily providing moving and storage services for household and office goods
  • Includes van lines, van line agents, independent full-service movers, international movers, forwarders, and auto transporters
  • Employs 122,600 people with an annual payroll of $3.6 billion
  • Is composed of mostly small businesses
    • 47.8% of industry companies employ fewer than 5 people.
    • Only 8.5% of industry companies employ 100 or more people.

AMSA members report operating a fleet of:

  • 50,000 trucks
  • 32,000 tractor units for pulling semi-trailers
  • 18,000 straight trucks

Moving and storage industry services include:

  • Local and long-distance transportation of household and office goods
  • Warehousing and storage services
  • Packing and packaging services
  • Process, distribution, and logistics consulting
  • Merchandise sales and other services

Industry revenue from these services totals more than $16.5 billion annually. The following three areas combined account for 97.3% of revenue:

  • 69.6% from local or long-distance transportation service
  • 20.2% from warehousing and storage services
  • 7.5% from packing and packaging services

Interstate shipments by type, percentage (2008 AMSA):

  • Household goods: 65.4% (including 11% military and 1% other federal government)
  • Computers, copiers and other electronic office equipment: 27.6%
  • Exhibits and trade shows: 6.6%
  • Office and institutional: 0.3% (mostly local moves)

Breakdown of household goods shipments by type:

  • Individuals: 39%
  • Corporate: 39%
  • Military: 20%
  • Other federal government: 2%

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