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April 17, 2014

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Price Indices Hit New Highs

Truckload linehaul rates spiked in March, with the Cass Truckload Linehaul Index surpassing the 120 mark, showing a 6% year-over-year increase.

April 14, 2014

ODFL Increasing Rates Next Month by 4.3%

Less-than-truckload carrier Old Dominion Freight Line will increase its base rates by an average of 4.3% effective May 1.

April 8, 2014

Will ODFL Underprice its LTL Rivals Once Again?

The less-than-truckload industry is watching to see what move Old Dominion Freight Lines makes in the annual spring tariff-hike season.

April 2, 2014

Trucking Conditions Index Reflects Unprecedented Capacity Constraints

A new report shows business conditions in the trucking industry remain positive, despite a slight downturn, amid warnings of a possible capacity shortage.

March 31, 2014

Survey Shows Increased Optimism over Better Freight Rates and Volume

Newly published results from a survey conducted by the trucking consultancy group Transport Capital Partners show increased optimism among trucking executives when it comes to higher freight rates and volumes.

March 17, 2014

Con-way Joins Rate Increase Bandwagon

Con-way Freight has become the latest less-than-truckload carrier to announce it is increasing rates. It will institute a general rate hike, averaging 5.4%, applicable to non-contractual business, effective March 31.

March 14, 2014

UPS Freight Increasing Rates

UPS Freight will implement a general rate increase effective March 31. The 4.4% increase applies to non-contractual less-than-truckload shipments rated on the current UPS Freight tariffs.

March 13, 2014

Truckload Linehaul Rate Increasing, Intermodal Forecast Higher

Truckload linehaul rates continue to rise, according to the Cass Truckload Linehaul Index. With demand increasing and capacity decreasing, along with the last two quarters showing an unusually high number of carriers exiting the business, capacity is tight,

March 5, 2014

ABF Increasing Rates Later This Month

Less-than-truckload carrier ABF Freight System will increase general rates and charges effective March 24.

March 3, 2014

FedEx Freight Hiking Rates

FedEx Freight will increase shipping rates by an average of 3.9%, effective March 31.

February 13, 2014

Truckload Linehaul and Intermodal Prices Head Higher in January

Truckload linehaul rates paid in January increased 2.9% from the same time a year earlier, resulting in the largest year-over-year increase in linehaul rates since last February.

February 7, 2014

Freight Volume and Expenditures Drop in Latest Cass Index

North American shipment volumes and freight expenditures both continued the decline that began in December after the economy abruptly reversed direction near the end of last year, according to the latest Cass Freight Index.

January 27, 2014

Study Identifies Trends in Freight Charges for Shippers

The third party logistics provider Transplace has released the results of its annual benchmarking study that includes data from more than 150 shippers, representing more than $12 billion dollars in annual freight spending.

December 19, 2013

Truckload Linehaul Rates Increase 1.8% in November

Truckload linehaul rates in November were 1.8% above the same month last year, according to the latest Cass Truckload Linehaul index.

December 18, 2013

Spot Market Freight Levels Continue Improving, Rates Up in Majority of Segments

Spot market freight activity continued picking up steam the second week of December, following some improvements the week before as well as in November.

December 11, 2013

Spot Market Van Rates Jump First Week in December

Van rates on the spot market surged the first week of December, according to the freight-matching service provider DAT. Total spot market loads available increased 16% and spot market capacity increased 5.2%, while load-to-truck ratios increased across the board.

November 21, 2013

UPS Upping Rates, Follows Rivals

Effective Dec 30 UPS’ published rates for its services will increase. For package shipments, ground services and accessorial rates will increase an average net 4.9%.

November 12, 2013

FTR State of Freight: Steady Growth, Capacity Tightening

FTR's Noel Perry discussed the role of regulatory shocks in capacity and freight rates, plus the economic backdrop to what's going on in the industry, in FTR's recent State of Freight conference call.

July 24, 2013

Spot Freight Rates and Loads Show a Few Signs Of Improvement

DAT reports from July 7-13 the number of loads increased in the U.S. by 2.7% compared to the previous seven days, however, two out of three sectors showed a drop in number of loads to trucks.

July 22, 2013

Two LTL Carriers Announce Rate Hikes of Near 6%

Two carriers serving the less-than-truckload markets have announced general rate hikes.

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