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FTR Reports North American Class 8 Orders for January Drop 26% M/M to Lowest Since October 2016

FTR reports preliminary North American Class 8 orders for January 2019 dropped 26% M/M to the lowest since October 2016 at 15,600 units.  This year’s January order activity was down 67% versus last year and is the worst for the month since 2010. The low Class 8 order number was not entirely unexpected, as the great majority […]

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The Outlook for Trucking

Trucking is coming off perhaps its best year in history. What does 2019 have in store for the trucking sector? FTR will review the state of trucking and the trends in the key areas of capacity, demand, and pricing. It is also time to consider the regulatory environment and what changes it might bring for […]

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FTR Reports Preliminary Trailer Orders for December at 28,000 Units Finishing Out a Record Year

FTR reports preliminary trailer orders for December at 28,000 units, a 38% drop from November and 39% below a year ago.  Trailer order activity moderated in December after experiencing tremendous levels over the previous three months.  Total trailers orders of 127,000 units in Q4 2018 were the second highest quarter ever with 2018 totaling 409,800 […]

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FTR Trucking Conditions Index for November Bounces Back from October Reading

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for November rebounded by more than two and a half points from October to a reading of 5.84.  The improvement was due primarily to a slightly firmer rate environment and lower diesel prices. The 2018 November TCI was basically unchanged from a year ago, in spite of the volatility affecting the […]

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FTR Reports North American Class 8 Orders Fell Again in December to 21,000 Units

FTR reports preliminary North American Class 8 orders for December fell to 21,000 units, the lowest total since August 2017.  December order activity was as expected, with fleets ordering to secure a dwindling number of available build slots in the second half of 2019.  There are few build slots remaining for 2019, so expect orders […]

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FTR Schedules a Complimentary State of Freight Webinar: 2019 Demand Drivers

For 18 months or more, the focus in transportation has been almost exclusively on the capacity side. While capacity clearly remains a big issue, the bigger question for 2019 and beyond might be the strength of and outlook for freight demand. We will review the outlook for some of the major factors that drive freight […]

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FTR’s October Shippers Conditions Index Indicates the Worst May Be Over

FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) for October improved to a reading of -2.1, showing indications that the worst may well be over for shippers.  They are seeing the best environment in more than a year because of stabilizing rates and moderating fuel prices.  The range of SCI readings should continue this trend into 2019 possibly […]

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FTR Trucking Conditions Index for October Dips Again M/M

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for October fell to a reading of 3.17, more than a point lower than September, which had seen a significant dip from August when the TCI measure was in plus double digits. Stabilizing truckload rates and a short-lived run up in diesel prices were largely responsible for a continued deterioration in […]

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FTR Schedules State of Freight Webinar: Year in Review

This webinar will review an extraordinary year in transportation that saw major stresses on capacity and rates growing at a pace we haven’t seen in years. We will discuss the impacts of the truck driver shortage and the deterioration in rail/intermodal service metrics in the first half of the year and where things stand heading […]

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FTR Reports North American Class 8 Orders Fell in November to 27,500 Units as Few Build Slots Remain Available for 2019

FTR reports preliminary North American Class 8 orders for November fell to 27,500, as the market winds down from five consecutive months topping 40,000 units.  November orders were the lowest total this year and the weakest since September 2017.  However, the drop off in order activity was expected, as OEM’s have nearly filled their order […]

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FTR’s September Shippers Conditions Index Continues to Improve with Positive Trend Expected Into 2019

FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) for September reflected continued improvement in the environment for shippers with a new reading of -7.6, more than one point better than August. Overall conditions are still not favorable for shippers but FTR’s SCI measure is expected to steadily moderate in 2019.  Increasing capacity and productivity in both truck and […]

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FTR Reports September Preliminary Orders Shatter Previous All-Time Record

September trailers orders were a tremendous 56,000 units, exceeding the previous record from October 2014 by over 10,000 trailers. Orders continue to exceed expectations with September units 59% higher than August and up 133% y/y. Trailer orders for the past twelve months have now exceeded 400,000 units. The OEMs opened up their order boards for […]

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