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By Jeff Berman · February 27, 2017
Regardless of how one comes to a conclusion regarding the state of the economy, specifically, the freight economy, in this case, one thing it seems most everyone can come to some sort of general agreement on is that things appear to be looking up. Now, that is far from breaking news, but it merits attention all the same, considering that watching the economy is indeed a definitive part of what we are all doing on a daily basis. And based on what we have seen lately, things are ostensibly trending in the right economic direction.
By Jeff Berman · February 23, 2017
Seasonally-adjusted (SA) for-hire truck tonnage in January at 138.8 (2000=100) was up 2.9 percent compared to December and up 2.6 percent annually. The annual gain was ahead of a 0.2 percent annual December decline, and the January SA was down 8.9 percent compared to February 2016’s all-time high of 142.7.
By LM Staff · January 24, 2017
Seasonally-adjusted (SA) for-hire truck tonnage for the month at 133.8 (2000=100) was off 6.2 percent compared to November’s 142.7, which was up a revised 8.4 percent (from an original reading of 8.2 percent) over October. The December SA was well below the February’s all-time high of 144.
By LM Staff · December 21, 2016
Seasonally-adjusted (SA) for-hire truck tonnage in November at 142.4 (2000=100) was up 8.2 percent compared to October, following a 0.3 percent October dip from September.
By Jeff Berman · December 9, 2016
The topic of driver turnover is always prevalent in trucking, and all of freight transportation and logistics to a larger extent, and it is typically viewed with a bit of apprehension, as the supporting data is almost always dire in highlighting the severity of the driver shortage. That is not to say that the driver shortage does not remain a significant issue, it does to be sure. But based on data issued by the American Trucking Associations (ATA), things don’t appear to be as bad as usual at least.
By Jeff Berman · November 22, 2016
The ATA’s not seasonally-adjusted (NSA) index, which represents the change in tonnage actually hauled by fleets before any seasonal adjustment, was 138.2 in October, which was ahead of September by 1.9 percent and down 1.4 percent annually.
By Jeff Berman · October 21, 2016
Many things pertaining to both the freight economy and general economy remain consistently inconsistent for lack of a better description. That was spelled out in two very reliable monthly freight-based data sources earlier this week, the American Trucking Associations monthly truck tonnage index and the Cass Freight Index Report.
By Jeff Berman · October 14, 2016
While the current state of affairs for trucking may be viewed as, say, stagnant, mundane, uneven, or some other less than flattering term, it appears that the mode’s future is actually quite bright, especially when compared to others.
By Jeff Berman · October 7, 2016
While the ATA was initially somewhat receptive to the DOT proposal in late August, calling proposed rule as “a potential step forward for safety,” it seems to have changed its tune.
By John D. Schulz · October 5, 2016
The fed is hitting truckers with a barrage of costly regulations in an era of scant profits. Everything from emissions, training standards, electronic onboard recorders, fuel mileage standards and speed limiters are in play—and it’s only going cost shippers more.
By Jeff Berman · September 21, 2016
With macroeconomic indicators as mixed as they have been in several quarters, data issued this week by the American Trucking Associations pointed to truck tonnage volumes pointing up in August.
By Jeff Berman · September 1, 2016
The ATA said that the second quarter turnover rate at truckload fleets with more than $30 million in annual revenue dropped six points to 83 percent, which ATA said is its lowest level in five years going back to the second quarter of 2011.
By Jeff Berman · August 5, 2016
Once again, the numbers in the American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) annual American Trucking Trends publication continue to show strength, even at a time like the present, when strength could in some ways be viewed in short supply, given the myriad challenges the sector finds itself up against.
By Jeff Berman · July 20, 2016
The ATA’s not seasonally-adjusted (NSA) index, which represents the change in tonnage actually hauled by fleets before any seasonal adjustment, was 142.2 in June, which topped May’s 139.1 by 2.2 percent.
By John Schulz · July 12, 2016
The American Trucking Associations (ATA) is applauding a two-year Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) pilot program that would allow carriers to have non-preventable crashes stricken from their record.

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