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Indicators: Tight capacity spurred rate increases again in November

Economic conditions continue to drive spot market rates higher, with reefer rates leading the way. Reefer rates in November hit their highest monthly average since mid-2014.

Indicators: Tonnage gained big in October

The amount of freight carried in October, as measured by ATA's monthly Truck Tonnage Index, grew 3.3 percent in October from September and 9.9 percent in October from the same ...

Indicators: Market conditions for carriers to remain solid, freight volumes continue surge

Freight volume on the spot market grew 65 percent compared from October 2016, and all three major truckload segments posted rate gains again, according to DAT. Strong market conditions for ...

Spot market rates jump to highest points since 2014

Forecasters in recent months have said tightening trucking capacity, due to better economic conditions for freight activity, combined with the influx of freight and shifting freight patterns prompted by major ...
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Indicators: Despite positive momentum for freight, tonnage down slightly in September

ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello blames the dip -- which comes amid otherwise strong market conditions for carriers -- on natural disasters that occurred in September, like hurricanes Irma and ...

U.S. Bank creates shipping index; 3Q shows hurricane impacts

The U.S. Bank Freight Payment Index includes regional and national breakdowns along with expert commentary from Bob Costello, chief economist for the ATA.

Indicators: Trucking employment dips slightly in September, ‘Shippers Conditions’ favor carriers

Updates on two key trucking industry indicators.

Spot market rates soared to multi-year highs

Spot market rates in September leapt in September, according to Truckstop.com data provided to Overdrive. The gains are likely due to the impacts of catastrophic hurricanes that impacted Texas and ...

Indicators: Truck tonnage shot up in August, ‘Trucking Conditions’ point to rates growth

A few positive signs for the trucking industry: Tonnage soared in August, and a tightening of industry capacity, driven by a number of factors, is set to push rates higher ...

Indicators: Driver turnover rate swelled in second quarter

The driver turnover rate at large truckload fleets jumped 16 percentage points to 90 percent in the second quarter of 2017, according to the American Trucking Associations’ quarterly report. The ...

Changing economy will strip truck freight in the coming decades, says trucking forecaster

Long-term freight challenges loom for the trucking industry as the economy and the supply chain become more efficient, more digitized and, thus, less reliant on transport needs, said Noel Perry, ...

Flatbed rates surged in August while van, reefer stumble before Harvey effects

The effects have Hurricane Harvey have pressed van and reefer rates higher to start September, but the two segments both saw declines overall in August from July, according to monthly ...

National shift in freight prompts strong van rates post-Harvey

This strain in capacity and disruption of typical van freight lanes has shifted freight flow in all regions of the U.S., Montague says, and has driven up rates. Van rates ...