Trucking conventions to attend in 2023

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Attending trucking conferences and trade shows enables your company to stay abreast of the latest shipping, receiving and transportation trends. These conventions also provide access to process and equipment innovations, also giving you the opportunity to network with others in the field.

Here are some of the trucking events that you don’t want to miss in 2023.

NPTC 2023 Annual Conference

Date: May 7-9th

Location: Orlando, FL

The National Private Truck Council's Annual Conference and Exhibition is the biggest national private truck fleet event of the year. With more than 1,300 attendees expected and over 175 exhibitors, this is an event you won’t want to miss.

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TMC’s 2023 Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition

Date: February 27 to March 2, 2023

Location: Orlando, FL

This event is sponsored by the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) and draws more than 5,100 attendees, from fleet professionals to suppliers to vehicle manufacturers. The focus for the 2023 exhibition is “advancing reliability through root cause analysis.” Attendees can participate in a variety of educational sessions, in addition to having the opportunity to take an active role in more than 100 industry task forces.

Truckload Carriers Association 2023 Convention

Date: March 4 to March 7, 2023

Location: Orlando, FL

More than 1,300 industry professionals are expected to attend this event, which provides both educational and networking opportunities. Topics that will be discussed in 2023 include recruitment and retention, independent contractor practices, regulatory policies and the business side of mergers and acquisitions. Attendees can also participate in a variety of carrier discussion groups, some of which talk about safety and insurance, equipment specs, IT and more.

Mid-America Trucking Show

Date: March 30 to April 1, 2023

Location: Louisville, KY

This trucking show, known as MATS for short, boasts more than 850 exhibitors, 58,000 attendees, and 40 featured events. The events are a mixture of education, networking, and entertainment. (Examples of the latter include the PKY Truck Beauty Championship and music concerts.) Attendees also get to visit various exhibits, some of which offer hands-on demonstrations.

2023 Walcott Truckers Jamboree

Date: July 13 to July 15, 2023

Location: Walcott, IA

If you’re looking for a trucking event that is more a celebration of all things trucking, along with being family-friendly, the 2023 Walcott Truckers Jamboree delivers. Event attendees get to spend time at an antique truck display, the Super Trucks Beauty Contest, a pork chop cookout and live country music. You also get to watch the Trucker Olympics, cheering on participants as they use their skills in an attempt to secure a win.

IANA’s Intermodal EXPO 2023

Date: September 11 to September 13, 2023

Location: Long Beach, CA

The Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) sponsors this event which focuses on the latest products and ideas in intermodal supply chain management. Topics to be discussed at this year’s event include transloading, sustaining, driver productivity and terminal design. This event provides the opportunity to meet with professionals from all modes of transportation, from railroads to ports to motor carriers.  

CVSA 2023 Annual Conference and Exhibition

Date: September 17 to September 21, 2023

Location: Grapevine, TX

This annual event is sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) and concentrates on actions that transportation professionals, regulatory agencies and government officials can take to improve safety as a whole, working together to incite “meaningful changes” across all of North America. During this exhibition, participants will discuss topics such as driver fatigue, human trafficking, hazardous materials and vehicle safety, among several others.

ATA’s 2023 Management Conference & Exhibition

Date: October 14 to October 17, 2023

Location: Austin, TX

The American Trucking Association (ATA) puts on this event, known as the MCE (Management & Conference Exhibition). More than 3,100 business owners and top trucking executives are expected to attend, with the option of participating in over 44 different sessions. These sessions are designed to discuss the latest policies, innovations and solutions in the trucking industry. They also provide top decision-makers the opportunity to have their voices heard, sharing their experiences to direct future transportation policies.

NASTC 2023 Conference

Date: November 2 to November 4, 2023

Location: Nashville, TN

The National Association of Small Trucking Companies (NASTC) is an event designed for smaller trucking organizations. While the NASTC doesn’t yet provide a schedule for the 2023 conference, likely because registration is just beginning, past year events include informational sessions, networking opportunities and country music concerts—even boasting some amazing food.

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