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October 2, 2012

Few Carriers Expect to Add Much Capacity in Next Year

The number of carriers who expect to add little or no capacity in the next 12 months has remained fairly constant at around 70-74% for the last five quarters, according to Transport Capital Partners' Third Quarter 2012 Business Expectations survey

October 2, 2012

Survey Finds Logistics Companies Weathered Tepid Economic Conditions in 2011

In spite of a slow economic climate, 74% of North American logistics companies surveyed achieved or exceeded revenue projections in 2011, according to the 19th Annual Survey of Third-Party Logistics Providers. However, companies that failed to meet their financial projections were up sharply from 14% in 2010 to 26% in 2011

October 1, 2012

ACT Research: Used Truck Market is Still Robust, Trailer Orders Improve

In August, ACT Research reports, pricing for used trucks continued to climb along with net orders for trailers

September 25, 2012

Economy Shuffles Along

ORLANDO, Fla. - Unless we go over the "fiscal cliff," the U.S. economy should continue to grow, but at a very modest rate, said Bob Costello, chief economist and vice president of the American Trucking Associations

September 25, 2012

Tonnage Index Down 0.9% in August, up Modestly YoY

The American Trucking Associations' tonnage index dropped fell in August compared to September but showed modest growth over last year

September 20, 2012

Class 8 Demand Remains Soft in August

Weakness at the front end of the demand cycle for heavy duty commercial vehicles persisted into August, although underlying fundamentals are healthy, according to ACT Research Co

September 14, 2012

FTR Reports Shippers Conditions Index Starts Expected Decline in July

FTR Associates' Shippers Conditions Index for July fell to a reading of -4.5, starting the expected steady decline as shippers and carriers feel the impact of increased regulatory drag heading into 2013

September 14, 2012

Survey: Fewer Carriers Expect Volume Growth

Results from Transport Capital Partners' Third Quarter 2012 Business Expectations Survey show that much like 2011, the optimism expressed in the first quarter was tempered by the reality that the economy was likely to remain questionable for the year ahead

September 13, 2012

July Freight Shipments up 0.1% Month-over-Month

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 0.1% in July from June, rising after a one-month decline, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics' Freight Transportation Services Index

September 12, 2012

DAT Freight Index for August up Over Last Year

TransCore's DAT Freight Index for August outpaced year-ago levels by 8.4%. This is the sixth time in 2012 volume has exceeded prior year levels

September 12, 2012

Indices from Cass Show Truckload Rates Steady, Intermodal is up

Recent information from partners Cass Information Systems Inc. and Avondale Partners LLC indicates that truckload rates are holding steady, while intermodal rates saw a month-to-month gain

September 11, 2012

Navistar Shutting Down Workhorse as Part of Cost-Cutting

CORRECTED -- Workhorse Custom Chassis is going out of business and is due to shut down in October, though Navistar International Corp., its owner since 2005, is saying little about it

September 10, 2012

Hikes in Diesel, Gasoline Ease

The recent trend at the pump has seen the continual upward climb of both gasoline and diesel prices at a steady rate, but this week the trend seemed to be slowing

September 10, 2012

Retail Container Imports to Increase 8.5% in September;
 Strong Holiday Numbers Expected

Import cargo volume at the nation's major retail container ports is expected to increase 8.5% in September compared with the same month last yea

September 6, 2012

Class 8 Orders Rebound in August

FTR Associates has released preliminary data showing August Class 8 truck net orders at 15,935 units, up 27% from July

September 5, 2012

Pricing for Sleeper Tractors Unexpectedly Up in July

The price for used sleeper tractors rose in July, both on a month-to-month and year-over-year basis, reports the American Truck Dealers Commercial Truck Guide

September 5, 2012

Despite Slow Growth, Capacity Balance Means Trucking's Doing OK

The economy is expected to continue to grow slowly amidst a variety of headwinds, but because the trucking industry has not been adding back capacity cut or lost during the recession, pricing trends are largely positive, with flatbed, tanker and reefer business leading the way, according to transportation analysts at Stifel Nicolaus

September 5, 2012

Diesel Exhaust Fluid Pump Prices Increase

The price of diesel exhaust fluid at the pump jumped in August while tote prices remained level, according to the latest DEF Tracker price update from Integer Research

August 28, 2012

Used Truck Comparisons Up Month-Over-Month in July

In what may be an unprecedented event, all the month-over-month comparisons - volume, price, miles, and age - for all weight groups of used trucks improved in July

August 28, 2012

June Surface Trade with Canada, Mexico Up 6.6% Over 2011

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners, Canada and Mexico, was 6.6% higher in June 2012 than in June 2011, totaling $82.6 billio

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