Amid loose market balance, carriers start tapping the brakes on capacity

Amid loose market balance, carriers start tapping the brakes on capacity

Volumes softened to the lowest levels seen since March and April of 2020.

 The latest release of ACT’s For-Hire Trucking Index, showed the Supply-Demand Balance and volumes decreased, while freight rates continue to decline.

“Volumes softened to the lowest levels seen since March and April of 2020, on tepid consumer demand, overstocked retail inventories, and declining imports,” said Tim Denoyer, vice president and senior analyst, ACT Research, concerning volume. “At least there are signs of progress on destocking.”

When it came to the supply-demand balance, Denoyer noted:

“The reading continues to reflect a loose trucking market and a late stage in the freight cycle. But capacity growth slowed sharply among our respondents, who represent sizable fleets, which will help us transition from this oversupplied stage of the cycle back into the early stage when rates recover.”

“Pricing power clearly shifted to shippers over the course of 2022, but we see a slower decline this month which may be a sign the bottoming process is beginning, consistent with the slowing in capacity growth,” he stated on rates.

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