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Positive movement for trucking conditions in June

In the August issue of FTR’s Trucking Update, FTR reported that its Trucking Conditions Index showed some positive upward movement in June after moderating slightly during the prior two months. FTR said that the June reading of 7.64 reflects an environment in which carriers are gaining market power but rates are struggling to keep up

FTR Shippers Conditions Index remains in low territory

FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) for May remained basically unchanged from the previous month at a current reading of -7.5 reflecting a continuing tight capacity situation with utilization rates holding between 98% and 99%. Increases in labor costs and purchased transportation will drive shippers’ cost upwards throughout the remainder of the year. Spot rates for

FTR: Best June for N.A. Class 8 truck orders since 2005

FTR has released preliminary data showing June 2014 North American Class 8 truck net orders at 26,255 units, a 41% year-over-year increase and the best June since 2005. According to FTR, Class 8 orders have now had 17 consecutive months with year-over-year increases. Class 8 orders for the latest six month period through June annualize

FTR: Shippers Condition Index reflects mild pullback from critical capacity

FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) for April rose one point to a reading of -7.7, reflecting a mild pullback from a critical capacity possibility reflected in the previous month’s reading. However, this one month change does not signal any real improvement in trucking capacity that remains extremely tight. The index remains in low territory reflecting the

FTR: April Trucking Conditions Index fell

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) in April fell more than two points to a reading of 5.91, the company reports. The company noted that the current reading is below the recent trend line for this index but is simply reflecting short term fluctuations inherent in the overall measurement of trucking conditions. The environment for carriers

FTR: May Class 8 truck orders were strong

FTR has released preliminary data showing May 2014 North American Class 8 truck net orders at 25,605 units, a 14% year-over-year increase and the strongest May since 2006. The company also reported that Class 8 orders have now had 16 consecutive months with year-over-year increases. Class 8 orders for the latest six month period through

FTR Shippers Conditions Index continues to reflect tight capacity

FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) for March was basically unchanged from February at a reading of -8.7. The negative level of the SCI reflects extremely tight capacity available to haul goods. FTR currently expects the tight environment for shippers to moderate slightly in the coming months unless freight growth picks up as a result of

FTR Shippers Conditions Index continues to reflect tight capacity
FTR reports April Class 8 orders tempered from hot pace of previous months

FTR has released preliminary data showing April 2014 North American Class 8 truck net orders at 24,115, 11% below March results. While orders tempered in April 2014 from the torrid pace set in the previous four months, they were 5% above a year ago, continuing the year-over-year positive comparisons for a fifteenth consecutive month. Class

Class 8 truck orders April 2014
FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index reflects stressed supply conditions

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) in March rose more than one point to a reading of 8.69, reflecting the extremely tight capacity in the Truckload sector. There is a possibility for some relief of the tight truckload capacity over the next few months if freight growth slows as expected in the second quarter, the company

FTR shippers conditions index deteriorates in February

FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) for February, at a reading of -8.8, reflects an earlier than normal tightening of capacity created by the debilitating effects of winter storms in early 2014. Conditions are expected to improve from this low point if a slowing of freight growth persists; however, shippers are advised to acquire sufficient capacity

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index remains high in October

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) reading of 9.18 in October, while down marginally from the previous month, remains high due to capacity tightness from regulatory drag (hours-of-service). Truck utilization is in the range where increasing capacity constraints put upward pressure on rates. Slowing regulatory momentum would ease this situation, but, if increased economic growth is

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