How to Start a Trucking Company

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Do you want to start your own trucking company?

The trucking industry is one of the most profitable industries in the United States. Without small trucking companies, started by people like you, the economy simply wouldn’t work. The trucking industry provides jobs for thousands of people including; truck drivers, dispatchers, back-office support and other positions. It’s also important to remember that the freight hauled by truckers keeps our stores stocked with the things we need.

Starting your own trucking business is not easy. There are numerous documents to file and regulations to follow.

However, The Apex Startup Program simplifies the process. We help take you through some of the biggest and most important steps in starting a new trucking business so you can begin on the right track. We’ll work with you every step of the way, saving you time and headaches.

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What do you need to start your own trucking company?

If you plan to haul interstate freight, there are several registrations and filings that must be completed. You will need your motor carrier operating authority (MC) and DOT numbers from the FMCSA. But first, you’ll want to form your company and write out a detailed business plan for your new trucking business so you know what to expect.

Starting a trucking company is a lot more complicated than many people think. It takes more than just great truck drivers to keep a freight transportation company running smoothly. So think about how you want to run your company from start to finish. You might want to read through our list of 7 Steps to Starting a Successful Trucking Company as you write your trucking business plan.

How much does it cost to start a trucking company?

Not including equipment, initial costs to start a trucking company can vary significantly from $6,000 – $15,000. The costs vary depending on a few different factors including; the type of freight you want to haul, the states you want to run in and how you want to operate. We analyzed how much it typically costs to start an interstate trucking company. See a full list of expenses to plan for when you start a trucking business.

The Apex Startup Program is designed to streamline the steps to start your trucking company and help you save time. Plus, we offer extra tools and services designed to make running a trucking company easier. Sell us your freight bills to get paid in as little as a few hours to improve cash flow, use our fuel card to get huge discounts on fuel and find your next load on our free load board.

We also offer plans to handle your renewal filings and help keep your company’s paperwork up to date.

Learn More about How to Start Your Own Trucking Company

Thumbnail_Start-a-trucking-company_Apex_whitepaper-There are a lot of steps to starting your own trucking company. To help you understand all the requirements, get our free guide, “Start Your Own Trucking Company”. This guide includes information about the FMCSA, licenses, registrations, taxes, business expenses and other things to consider when starting your trucking business.

How much does it cost to start a trucking company with Apex?

  • Formation documents with the Secretary of the State in your home state: Varies (every state’s fee is different)
  • Form SS-4 with the Internal Revenue Service: Free
  • Form MCSA-1 with the FMCSA (USDOT & MC Numbers): $300.00
  • Form BOC-3 with the FMCSA (Designate a Process Agent): $150.00
  • UCR Form with the Unified Carrier Registration System: Varies by fleet size
  • Non-refundable Apex administrative fee: $435.00

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