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Shippers Conditions Index Sees Most Negative Rate Environment in Index History

Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) for May, as reported in the July Shippers Update, improved marginally to -11.3. However, freight rates impact on shippers’ conditions were the most negative in the history of the index. Only a strong improvement in trucking capacity utilization during the month helped offset this grueling rate environment. Fuel costs also swung from a small positive in April to a small negative in May. Overall, the market has not changed for shippers, and remains extremely challenging.

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Todd Tranausky

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Todd Tranausky commented, “It remains a period of tough sledding for shippers as utilization and rates will remain difficult factors to offset in the near term. The fall peak season will add increasing pressure to supply chains and could create additional negative pressure in the index over that period.”


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