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This page is your go-to resource for transportation insights and expert commentary on how COVID-19 prevention steps are affecting the economy and transportation markets. FTR will be focusing the work of its team of experts and the Freight•cast™ forecasting model to inform and guide transportation professionals and its clients. Check this space frequently for reports, webinars, forecasts, commentary, and all intelligence that is available for you to navigate these difficult times. 

 

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Page Contents:

Interactive Dashboards

FTR COVID-19 Impact Heatmap

 

COVID-19 Freight Recovery Indexes

Rail Freight Recovery Index

Truck Freight Recovery Index

 

Commentary and Updates

Spot Market Insights

Trucking Market Update Podcast

Rail Market Update Podcast

Rail Equipment Update

Commercial Vehicle Update

The Outlook After Coronavirus Webinar

 

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Interactive Dashboards:

FTR has developed a series of interactive dashboards to help transportation professionals understand the real-time true impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the rates and volumes in the freight marketplace. The map below assesses the state-level impacts on the U.S. trucking industry by four equipment types – dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and specialized – using Truckstop.com spot market data.

 

FTR’s analysis examines historical seasonal behavior regarding rates in each state and normalizes the data to represent how the trucking environment would look in a typical growth economy. By comparing that norm to the current rate environment, we can understand how COVID-19 is affecting rates on a state-by-state basis.

To help you better understand how the map works, visit our Knowledge Base FAQ.

 

COVID-19 Freight Recovery Index:

The COVID-19 Freight Recovery Index for Rail and Trucking measure the industry's response and recovery based on pre-pandemic levels, while accounting for historical patterns and seasonal fluctuations. Indexes are now available for trucking as a total, as well as narrowed by dry van, refrigerated, and flatbed, using Truckstop.com spot rate metrics and for rail showing North American carload and intermodal, economically sensitive freight, automotive, and energy sectors. Download either below to view all graphs available.

 

May 27

Rail Freight Recovery Index

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Intermodal has stabilized at a low level, but carload markets are still weakening

N.A. Carload: The carload environment may have found a bottom, but it still lacks robust, sustained momentum.

N.A. Intermodal: Intermodal moved up once more, but it won’t be until next month until we can tell if it is better import activity or improvement on the domestic front.

Economically Sensitive Freight: When excluding Ag, Petroleum, and Coal we look to be past the bottom. Most sectors are either moving up or staying stable - very few are still declining.

Other Segments: Automotive & Energy included in PDF

Click here to download the PDF for our complete analysis. >

May 25

Truck Freight Recovery Index

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Truck market volumes are recovering, but they still haven’t reached “normal”

Total: The trucking market is moving up in a slow, stair-step manner. It still remains below ‘normal’ levels.

Dry Van: Dry Van is now in our “normal” territory. That doesn’t mean that volumes are robust, they are still below last year’s levels.

Refrigerated: Temperature-controlled moves began heading back up again, after barely budging since early May.

Flatbed: The Flatbed sector has stalled out recently and still remains well behind the van sectors in trying to get back to “normal”.

 

Click here to download the PDF for our complete analysis. >

 

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Commentary, Reports, and Updates:

This section will continue to host the most relevant intelligence that FTR is able to provide on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the transportation markets. Check back frequently as we add new information. FTR clients receive even more intelligence and updates. To get the most information available for your decision making, contact us to learn more about our subscription services, reports, and ask how you can attend a complimentary webinar. 

May 25

Spot Market Insights

This content is relevant for: Rail, Trucking, Shipping, Equipment, and Freight Focused Professionals

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Spot volume growth slows but rates accelerate in week 20

Although spot market volumes have risen for five straight weeks, we are seeing sort of a “stair-step” progression with weekly growth alternating between increases of 10% or less and jumps of more than 20%. During the week ended May 22 (week 20), total truck spot market load availability in the Truckstop.com system was up 10.1% over the prior week, which had jumped nearly 27% over the week before that.


Click here to view this complete analysis. >

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May 22

Podcast | Trucking Market Update

This content is relevant for: Trucking, Shipping, Equipment, and Freight Focused Professionals

Trucking Market Update on the State of Freight Podcast

 

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May 22

Podcast | Rail Market Update

This content is relevant for: Rail, Shipping, Equipment, and Freight Focused Professionals

Rail Market Update on the State of Freight Podcast

 

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April 16

Freight Update

This content is relevant for: Shipping, Equipment, and Freight Focused Professionals

Total US Freight Tonmiles

FTR forecasts a bigger hit to freight in Q2 with gradual recovery in Q3

This flash update provides a detailed look at the FTR forecast for the freight markets. As more data enters into the Freight•cast™ model, the scale of economic damage from the COVID-19 pandemic become clearer. While we are expecting a Q3 recovery, the damage already done tells us that we will likely not return to the level of economic output we previously saw. View this report for a full review of the freight markets and the forecast into 2021. 


Click here to download the PDF for our complete analysis. >

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April 17

Rail Equipment Update

This content is relevant for: Rail, Shipping, Equipment, and Freight Focused Professionals

Railcar Deliveries

Freight and economic decline is poised to batter rail equipment for years

  • The sectors that make up most of the existing backlog are also most in the crosshairs of the freight decline.
  • Utilization is expected to languish at record low levels for the next year with nearly half the fleet in storage.
  • FTR’s new North American deliveries forecast is for just 19,700 units in 2020.

 

Click here to download the PDF for our complete analysis. >

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April 17

Commercial Vehicle Update

This content is relevant for: Trucking, Shipping, Equipment, and Freight Focused Professionals

Truck Loadings

Weaker freight forecasts will hinder CV production in 2021

  • Revised total truck loadings are now forecast to drop 9% in 2020, with a gradual recovery.
  • FTR’s revised North American Class 8 shipment forecast for next year is 195,000 units.
  • The revised U.S. trailer production forecast for next year is 190,000 units.

 

Click here to download the PDF for our complete analysis. >

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April 16

The Outlook After Coronavirus - Ask The Experts Webinar

This content is relevant for: Rail, Trucking, Shipping, Equipment, and Freight Focused Professionals

Presenters: Avery Vise, Todd Tranausky, Don Ake
Moderater: Jonathan Starks

The impacts of Coronavirus on the transportation markets have been widespread, causing major disruption across the board. With no definite end in sight, this webinar provided a look at what to expect during a restart of the economy following Coronavirus.

 

Click here to download the PDF for this webinar. >

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Eric Starks

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FTR's priority during these uncertain times is to leverage our expert analysis and the Freight•cast™ model to help our clients understand how the coronavirus crisis will affect their businesses. Visit this page often as we provide updates and resources for navigating these trying times. While we are providing much of this information to the public, we continue to provide greater and more detailed information in the standard products and services that are available only to FTR clients. Contact us to learn how you can get the transportation intelligence you need.