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The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), a part of the American Trucking Associations (ATA), published the following report on how the trucking industry relates to Mississippi’s economy:
In the year 2011, Mississippi's trucking industry provided 66,730 jobs or to one among 13 in the state. Total Mississippi's trucking industry wages paid exceeded $2.6 billion, with $38,424 of an average annual trucking industry salary. In May 2011, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the United States reported that truck drivers, heavy, tractor-trailer and light delivery drivers, held 27,250 jobs with a base annual salary of $33,170.
In the year 2012, there were over 4,670 of small, locally owned trucking companies located in Mississippi, served by a wide range of both large and small supporting businesses.
Over 86% of Mississippi communities depend exclusively on trucks to move their goods. Trucks transported 76% of the state's total manufactured tonnage in 2010 or 262,206 tons per day.
In the year 2009, Mississippi's trucking industry paid approximately $375 million in federal and state roadway taxes. The sector paid 40% of all taxes owed by Mississippi motorists, despite trucks representing only 15% of the state's vehicle miles traveled.
In January 2014, a typical five-axle tractor-semitrailer combination paid $5,871 of state highway use taxes in addition to $8,906 of federal use taxes which were over and above the standard taxes paid by Mississippi's businesses.
In the year 2008, Mississippi had 74,887 miles of public roads over which all motorists traveled 44 billion miles, and the truckers traveled 6.4 billion miles.
IFTA is the International Fuel Tax Agreement signed between the 48 contiguous states of the United States and the 10 Canadian Provinces bordering the US to make the fuel reporting simple for the carriers who operate heavy vehicles in more than two IFTA jurisdictions.
The vehicles need proper permits to enter into the jurisdictions other than their base jurisdiction. Find oversized, overweight, temporary trip and fuel permits and details.
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