This category covers establishments primarily engaged in furnishing both trucking and storage services, including household goods, within a single municipality, contiguous municipalities, or a municipality and its suburban areas. Establishments primarily engaged in furnishing warehousing and storage of household goods when not combined with trucking are classified in SIC 4226: Special Warehousing and Storage, Not Elsewhere Classified. Establishments primarily engaged in furnishing local courier services for letters, parcels, and packages weighing less than 100 pounds are classified in SIC 4215: Courier Services Except Air.
Local General Freight Trucking, Local
Used Household and Office Goods Moving
Specialized Freight (except Used Goods) Trucking, Local
The local trucking and storage industry consists of firms that provide storage, warehousing, and other services in addition to transport within an operating radius of 50 miles, which usually includes an urban area and its suburbs. The industry is divided between firms that transport and store furniture and household goods locally and firms that transport and store other goods locally.
In 1994, three-quarters of the industry's revenues were derived from motor carrier work (including the leasing of trucks with drivers). A total of 63 percent of these revenues came from local trucking and the remainder from long-distance trucking. The industry's non-motor carrier derived revenues from such activities as parking and storing vehicles, snow plowing, repair work and truck terminal leasing for other carriers, and the lease and rental of vehicles without drivers. Industry firms generally are classified as "specialty freight" carriers, because the materials they transport—typically household goods—require special equipment for loading, unloading, or transport.
Local firms that both moved and stored household goods comprised roughly 20 percent of the total U.S. household goods moving industry in 1987, with the remainder divided between non-local household goods movers and local truckers that did not offer storage. Typically, most residential moves occur in the summer, and industry revenues often drop by as much as 50 percent during the winter months. As a result of such revenue fluctuations, many local moving and storage firms have supplemented their core moving business with other services, including off-season...