STATE OF FREIGHT TODAY

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Whether you prefer to read updates, listen to podcasts, or take in the most recent webinar, this page is the source for complimentary FTR content covering everything associated with the commercial freight industry.  

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Spot Market Insights

January 30, 2023

 

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Spot rates continue to fall in line with seasonal expectations

Spot rates in the Truckstop system fell again during the week ended January 27 (week 4), but so far, the declines have tracked with seasonal expectations after the typical late December surge in the van segments. Broker-posted rates in dry van and refrigerated are lower than they were before the final two weeks of 2022, but they are still tracking with the five-year average. The strength of spot rates will become clearer over the next several weeks as they typically begin to firm in February.



Spot Market Insights

November 7, 2022

 

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Flatbed was a drag on the spot market in the latest week

Broker-posted spot rates in the Truckstop system for dry van and refrigerated were hardly robust, but they were up during the week ended November 4 (week 44) while flatbed rates fell. Van segment rate gains lagged the typical pre-Thanksgiving strength that begins in early November, and dry van weakness was especially pronounced. Van segment volume remains close to five-year average levels. Flatbed volume is fairly stable at below-average levels. The West Coast continued to lead total volume gains.  

State of Freight podcasts

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Complimentary webinar

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FTR Present the State of Freight: 2023 Cutting Through the Fog webinar

Planning for Transportation Uncertainty

Recorded on Thursday, January 12, 2023 

Orders & Indices

Class 8 Orders

New class 8 truck orders are normally a leading indicator of the state of the economy. Follow our preliminary order updates to understand the direction of the economy and commercial vehicle production.

Trailer Orders

Strong freight demand dictates the need for new trailers. Follow our preliminary trailer orders to monitor the underlying health of freight and track the demand for new equipment.

Trucking Conditions Index

This exclusive FTR metric combines millions of data points known to influence truck fleet behavior to provide one index measuring the industry's health.

Shippers Conditions Index

This exclusive FTR metric combines millions of transportation data points into one index to help shippers understand rate pressure across the industry.
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Class 8 Orders

We track class 8 truck orders for the transportation industry and report on preliminary order numbers on a monthly basis.

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Trailer Orders

We track trailer orders for the transportation industry and report on preliminary order numbers on a monthly basis.
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Trucking Conditions Index

The Trucking Conditions Index represents five major conditions in the U.S. full-load truck market. These metrics are combined into a single index that tracks the market conditions that influence fleet behavior.
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Shippers Conditions Index

This index represents four major conditions in the U.S. full-load freight market. These metrics are combined into a single index that tracks the market conditions that influence a shipper's freight transportation environment.

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