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Trailer orders dip from historic January and February, remain strong

“The freight growth numbers we continue to see are very impressive across all trailer segments, especially flatbeds," says FTR's Don Ake. "Fleets are ordering trailers at a record pace to ...

Indicators: Conditions for carriers ‘best ever’ says FTR

With capacity constrained, freight demand climbing and rates humming, FTR says market conditions for carriers "reflect a best ever environment." FTR's monthly Trucking Conditions Index reached an all-time high reading ...

Indicators: Trucking employment surged again in March

For-hire trucking employment totalled 1.4788 million in March, according to the DOL. That’s a gain of nearly 23,000 jobs compared to the same month last year, with more than half ...

Indicators: Flatbed rates soar as spring freight season comes on, reefer and van hold strong

Rates on the spot market remained strong in March, with flatbed soaring to its highest per-mile average in at least even years, according to monthly rates data from Truckstop.com, likely ...

FTR: Capacity and rates put carriers in ‘dominant position’

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for January again showed an upward trajectory for market conditions for truck fleets, reflecting maxed-out capacity and the accompanying rate increases being realized by carriers, FTR ...
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Indicators: Truck tonnage dipped in February

“Despite a softer February than January, freight remains robust as exhibited in the year-over-year increase,” said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. “The drivers of truck freight – personal consumption, factory ...

Indicators: Driver turnover rate eased in fourth quarter

“Despite this dip in turnover, the driver market remains tight and the driver shortage remains a real concern for fleets and the industry,” said ATA Chief Economist Costello said. “If ...

Indicators: Truck and trailer orders orders expected to surge in 2018, trucking employment jumps

Due to industry capacity constraints brought on by a hot freight market  -- and with those conditions expected to continue through the year -- FTR on Monday announced it has ...

Indicators: Spot market rates recede in February from January high marks

Per-mile rates eased in February on the spot market, according to monthly rates data from Truckstop.com, dipping from record high averages set in January. Flatbed as the lone standout, climbing ...

Indicators: Maxed-out capacity keeps shippers conditions ‘decidedly negative’

FTR expects freight demand to hold strong, though conditions for shippers could ease some later in the year as carriers add capacity and shippers adjust their operations to help boost ...

Indicators: Tonnage ticked up in January, jumps year over year

“Last month’s gain in tonnage fit with the anecdotal reports we have been hearing from fleets – that freight was solid in what is typically a softer month,” said ATA ...

Indicators: Trucking capacity ‘maxed out’ as spot market rates hit record highs

Market conditions tilted more heavily in carriers' favor in December, according to FTR's monthly Trucking Conditions Index, which signals that capacity "is essentially maxed out." DAT reports load availability and ...

Truck orders skyrocketed in January, reaching nearly 50k in a single month

According to a report Friday from ACT Research, preliminary North America Class 5-8 net orders show the trucking industry booked 80,400 units last month. Class 8 orders accounted for 48,700 ...

Indicators: Spot market rates sky high in January, trucking employment ticks up

Per-mile rates on the spot market in all three major truckload segments gained again in January, according to monthly rates data from Truckstop.com. Reefer and dry van rates hit at ...

Indicators: Tight capacity keeps market pressures for shippers in ‘solidly negative territory’

"Markets will adjust as we move through the year. Carriers will add some capacity, and shippers will develop more ‘carrier-friendly’ operations. However, that will not stop the market from being ...