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December 19, 2012 - Industry News

Shippers Conditions Index Improves, But Only Temporarily

FTR Associates' Shippers Conditions Index for October improved month-over-month by nearly two points to a reading of -5.0, but FTR analysts predict the pendulum will soon swing back toward the carriers' side of the equation

Tags: Economy, FTR, SCI

December 18, 2012 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Index Rebounds in November

The American Trucking Associations' advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index jumped 3.7% in November. The first gain since July, it erased October's 3.7% drop

Tags: Economy, ATA, Truck Tonnage

December 12, 2012 - Industry News

DOT Index Shows October Freight Shipments Dropped

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry fell 1.9% in October from September, declining after a one-month increase

Tags: Economy, Sandy, BTS, TSI

December 12, 2012 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Begins Expected Climb

FTR Associates' Trucking Conditions Index started to rise significantly in September as expected. It recorded a 65% increase over the August index numbers to a level of 9.6, before giving back some of that gain in October, easing to a reading of 7.9

Tags: Economy, FTR, Drivers

December 11, 2012 - Industry News

Sandy Helps Drive Van, Reefer Spot Freight up in November

Spot freight rose 3.6% in the U.S. and Canada November over October, according to the DAT North American Freight Index -- the first time November freight volumes outpaced October levels since the DAT Freight Index was established in 1996

Tags: Economy, Freight

December 5, 2012 - Industry News

November Truck Orders Slow

November truck orders dropped from October's unexpectedly high level, and are expected to be around 20,000 units for Class 8 when final numbers come in

Tags: Economy, ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR

November 28, 2012 - Industry News

Used Truck Market Back on Track in October

After a brief hiatus in September, the used truck market appears to moving in the right direction, as Class 8 unit sales improved 6% month-over-month

Tags: Economy, ACT Research, Used Trucks

November 27, 2012 - Industry News

September Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Nearly Same as Last Year's

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners, Canada and Mexico, was 0.1% lower in September 2012 than in September 2011.

Tags: Mexico, NAFTA, Surface Trade, Canada, Economy, BTS

November 26, 2012 - Industry News

'Carriers Have No Sense of Their Pricing Power.' A Q&A With Noel Perry

If, as many economists are predicting, we start to see decent economic growth in the second half of 2013, trucking will have an almost unprecedented advantage in the marketplace to adjust rates upward and turn operating ratios on their ear

Tags: Economy, rates

November 25, 2012 - Industry News

Truck, Trailer Orders Rebound in October

Both medium-duty and heavy-duty truck orders rebounded in October in the North American commercial vehicle market, while new trailer orders rose by nearly a third from September, reports ACT Research Co

Tags: Economy

November 20, 2012 - Industry News

Sandy Affects October Truck Tonnage Figures

Superstorm Sandy helped drive tonnage figures down in October, resulting in the lowest level for the American Trucking Associations' seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index since May 2011

Tags: Economy, ATA, Sandy, Truck Tonnage

November 19, 2012 - Industry News

Shippers Conditions Index for September Same as August

FTR Associates' Shippers Conditions Index for September basically remained unchanged from August with a reading of 6.9, indicating stable but slightly tight truck capacity

Tags: Economy, FTR, SCI

November 16, 2012 - Industry News

Transportation CFOs Most Concerned With Volatile Fuel Prices

The chief financial officers of middle-market companies surveyed by GE Capital are more positive about the current state of their industry and the economy than they were six months earlier, but many are concerned about fuel price volatility and changes in the hours of service rules

Tags: Economy

November 15, 2012 - Industry News

Freight Shipments Rose 0.2% in September from August

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 0.2% in September from August, rising after a one-month decline

Tags: Economy, Freight, BTS

November 15, 2012 - Industry News

Spot Freight Market Down Year Over Year in October

Spot freight was up only slightly in October from the previous month and fell year-over-year, according to the DAT North American Freight Index

Tags: Economy, Freight

November 12, 2012 - Industry News

Economy, Trucking to Get Boost from Sandy

Debris and clean-up operations continue in Long Beach, New York. (FEMA photo)

The economic recovery is progressing at a normal pace, and rebuilding from "superstorm" Sandy will be a boon for some sectors of the economy, including flatbed truckers, according to trucking economist Noel Perry

Tags: Economy, Sandy

November 5, 2012 - Industry News

Fleet Survey Indicates Increase in Planned Order Activity

Fleets surveyed by CK Commercial Vehicle Research were increasing their planned order activity for power units in the coming three months, while planned trailer orders slowed. Freight demand, while slipping somewhat, is still solid at most fleets, according to the Q4 Fleet Sentiment Report, but it's still solid at most fleets

Tags: Fleets, Truck Orders, Economy, Navistar

November 5, 2012 - Industry News

August Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 2.6%

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners, Canada and Mexico, was 2.6% higher in August 2012 than in August 2011.

Tags: Economy, Mexico, Canada, NAFTA, Surface Trade

November 4, 2012 - Industry News

Class 8 Orders Look Stronger for October

Preliminary data shows October Class 8 truck orders around 23,000 units - the highest since January. FTR Associates, Nashville, Ind., puts the number at at 22,760, 50% higher than the previous month and much improved over third quarter averages, while ACT Research, Columbus, Inc., projects orders will approach 23,200 units for Class 8 trucks and 18,500 for medium duty Class 5-7 vehicles

Tags: Economy

November 1, 2012 - Industry News

Losses to Trucking from Sandy Will Be Recouped in Future

President Barack Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talk with citizens who are recovering from Hurricane Sandy, while surveying storm damage in Brigantine, N.J. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Hurricane Sandy hit a region that's both densely populated and important economically. According to IHS Global Insight, the initial estimate of economic losses are in the $30-$50 billion range. However, some trucking companies may see a boost in both the near term and longer term

Tags: Economy

October 28, 2012 - Industry News

Used Truck Market Suffers Weak Performance in September

September's weak performance all but wiped out the gains that had been made in the used truck market the prior three months

Tags: Economy

October 24, 2012 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Gain Strength in September

Net orders for trailers jumped 11% month-over-month in September, rising to 16,990 units. That is a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 224,800 units

Tags: Economy

October 23, 2012 - Industry News

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Rose 0.4% in September

The American Trucking Associations' For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 0.4% in September after falling 0.9% in August

Tags: Economy

October 13, 2012 - Industry News

DAT Freight Index Softened in September

The DAT North American Freight Index reports a softer spot market in September. The seasonal decline in overall freight volume was attributed to a reduction in flatbed and reefer freight availability. Both equipment types experienced a decline month-over-month. However, while flatbed volumes were down compared to the prior year by 13%, reefer freight volumes rose by 1.1% when compared with September 2011.

Tags: Economy

October 13, 2012 - Industry News

Freight Shipments Fell 0.6% in August from July

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry fell 0.6% in August from July, declining after a one-month rise. This information is according to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics' Freight Transportation Services Index

Tags: Economy

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