Freight Index

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May 11, 2016

For-Hire Freight Measure Falls to Lowest Level in Two Years

The amount of freight moved by the nation’s entire for-hire transportation industry declined for the second straight month in March, hitting its lowest level since March 2014, according to U.S. Transportation Department figures released on Wednesday.

April 14, 2016

For-Hire Freight Movements Decline Slightly

Following two straight months of growth, the amount of freight moved by for-hire operations in the U.S. fell in February from the month before, due in part to a substantial decline in trucking, according to new Transportation Department figures.

March 9, 2016

For-Hire Freight Up Two Months Straight, Near Record High

Intermodal and pipeline transportation helped drive the DOT's Freight Transportation Services Index to near a record high in January.

February 10, 2016

For-Hire Freight Posts 2% Decline for Last Year

The amount of freight moved by the nation’s for-hire sector fell in both the final month of last year and all of 2015, according to the U.S. Transportation Department.

January 14, 2016

For-Hire Freight Movements See Biggest Drop in Nearly a Year

The amount of freight moved by the nation’s for-hire transportation sector moved lower in a government index that it says is an indicator of economic cycles.

January 13, 2016

Class 8 Truck Supply Outstrips Demand in December

The supply of Class 8 trucks has continued to rise faster than demand, according to the ACT For-Hire Trucking Index.

January 13, 2016

Freight Spending, Shipments Continue Decline

Both the number of shipments and expenditures on freight transportation by shippers continued their downward slide in December, according to latest Cass Freight Index.

December 9, 2015

For-Hire Freight Shipments Hit Highest Level of 2015

A measure of the amount of freight moved by for-hire transportation in the U.S. rebounded following a one-month decline, according to new U.S. Transportation Department figures.

November 12, 2015

Economic Watch: 3 Reports Show Uneven Freight Movements

Taken separately, new reports on freight movements in the U.S. on freight volume, shipper spending and even the spot market seem to run almost counter to one another. A deeper dive into the analysis shows why activity has slowed but is not widespread.

October 15, 2015

For-Hire Freight Shipments Hit New Record in August

The amount of for-hire freight increased for the second consecutive month, hitting a new record high, due in large part to a jump in truck shipments, according to new U.S. Transportation Department figures.

September 10, 2015

For-Hire Freight Shipments Rebound After One-Month Decline

A measure of the amount of freight moved by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry rose 0.6% in July from June, following a single month decline.

August 13, 2015

For-Hire Freight Activity Mixed During June

A measure of the amount of for-hire freight movements in the U.S. posted mixed numbers for June, according to new Transportation Department figures.

July 9, 2015

For-Hire Freight Shipments Rebound in May

A measure of for-hire freight movements in the U.S. increased in May following an April decline, according to a new U.S. Transportation Department report.

June 10, 2015

Report: For-Hire Freight Movements Ease Up

Large declines in trucking and pipeline, coupled with smaller declines in rail carloads and rail intermodal resulted in a decline in the total amount of U.S. for-hire freight movements in April from March.

March 11, 2015

DOT Freight Index Moves Lower For Second Straight Month

The amount of freight moved by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry fell slightly in January from the month before, but remains close to its record high level.

February 16, 2015

DAT: Spot Freight Rates, Volume Post Seasonal Decline in January

Volume plummeted 27% compared to the same time in 2014. It was the first year-over-year decline in 19 months for the index that measures spot truckload freight demand and capacity.

February 11, 2015

For-Hire Freight Index Stable, Remains Near Record High

The latest reading on freight movements in the U.S. shows the amount carried by the for-hire transportation industry was virtually unchanged in December from November, failing to rise after five consecutive months of increases, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

January 14, 2015

For-Hire Freight Index Hits New Record High

A measure of the amount of freight moved by the nation’s entire for-hire transportation sector shows it rose 0.8% in November from the month before, the fifth consecutive monthly increase.

December 31, 2014

ComFreight Expands Truck Rate Index Tool

ComFreight is expanding its Rate Index Tool which allows trucking and logistics companies to check what the average rate is for given lanes in the trucking market.

December 10, 2014

DOT For-Hire Freight Index Hits Record High

The U.S. Transportation Department’s Freight Transportation Services Index rose 0.3% in October from September, the fourth consecutive month-over-month gain, hitting an all-time high.

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