FTR Shippers Condition Index falls significantly

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FTR Associates on Friday, May 13, announced that its Shippers’ Condition Index fell significantly in April to a reading of -11.4, reflecting tightening capacity and accelerating transport costs. The SCI sums up all market influences that affect shippers; a reading above zero suggests a favorable shipping environment, while a reading below zero is unfavorable.

Larry Gross, FTR senior consultant, says the recent sharp deterioration in the SCI reflects the twin pressures of tightening capacity and rising fuel surcharges. “Looking ahead, with the slower recent growth in the economy, we are expecting the SCI to begin to stabilize and would not be surprised to even see some modest improvement in the next few months,” Gross says. “Such improvement would not, however, change our basic outlook for a difficult environment for shippers through the end of this year and well beyond.”