ACT Research: COVID-19’s negative impact on trucking deepens with April order intake data
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ACT Research: COVID-19’s negative impact on trucking deepens with April order intake data

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David Sickels is the Senior Editor of Fleet Equipment. He has a history of working in the media, marketing and automotive industries in both print and online.

Preliminary NA Class 8 net orders in April fell to 4,100 units, down 46% from March and 72% lower than a year-ago comparison. Complete industry data for April, including final order numbers, will be published by ACT Research in mid-May.

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“April represents the first full month of COVID-19 impacts on the trucking industry, and given broadly halted economic output leading to a sharp drop in freight volumes and rates, as well as more empty miles from fragmented supply chains further impacting carriers’ profitability, a negative order number was within the realm of possibilities,” said Kenny Vieth, ACT’s president and senior analyst.

He continued, “We suspect that, as was the case in March, instead of cancelling, order holders are content to move orders from close-in to later build dates, as they analyze the ongoing COVID impact. From a seasonal perspective, April is a relative neutral Class 8 order month, and as such, seasonal adjustments adds little to actual data. On that basis, April was the weakest Class 8 order month since September of 1995, which actually produced a negative net order number.”

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