Trucking

By John D. Schulz · January 19, 2017
While details of President-elect Donald J. Trump’s so-called trillion-dollar infrastructure stimulus are still unclear, the need for such big spending on the nation’s crumbling bridges and highways is not.
By Jeff Berman · January 17, 2017
The most recent edition of the Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) issued this week by freight transportation consultancy FTR remained in familiar territory, as market conditions appeared to show signs of stabilization at the end of 2016 heading into 2017.
By Jeff Berman · December 22, 2016
The October SCI was 0.4, which is ahead of September’s -2.4, which FTR described as a “pause” before an expected 2017 decline, brought about by a meshing of pending regulations and expected increases in freight rates and economic improvement.
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 19, 2016
While shipments were down, the report noted that it does not create a major cause for concern, with some degree of normal seasonality at work, coupled with Donald Broughton, the report’s author and transportation analyst at Avondale Partners, noting that on an industry and anecdotal basis market sentiment indicates there are daily reports of stronger shipment volume in almost all modes of freight transportation.
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 26, 2016
Aided by capacity-tightening regulations that are augmenting pricing and margins for motor carriers, the most recent edition of the Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) from freight transportation consultancy FTR headed up from July to August, FTR said this week.
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 John D. Schulz · October 17, 2016
Under a proposal that its high-profile Gov. Chris Christie (R) says he will sign, the state legislature is close to approving an immediate 23-cent per gallon increase in the gasoline tax. For truckers, it will be mean a 27-cent per gallon increase on diesel, effective Jan. 1.
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 29, 2016
For shippers, carriers, brokerages and really all other industry stakeholders that have not given much thought to the possibility of Uber becoming a truckload carrier, it appears it may be time to change that mindset.
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 · 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.

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