FTR Intermodal Update Adds New Seasonality Analysis


A monthly analysis of seasonality trends is the latest feature to be added to FTR's Intermodal Update publication. This new feature will provide a detailed view each month of the how current performance and seasonal patterns compare to those seen over the past ten years. Comparisons are made for Total, International, Domestic, Domestic Container and Trailer. Analysis of September’s results indicates that Total Intermodal movements were 3.1% higher than the average of the preceding 12 months. This is a bit weaker than the historical trend for September, which shows typical volume 4.2% higher than the average of the preceding 12 months.

Larry Gross, Senior Consultant for FTR and author of Intermodal Update, commented: "Very often we hear comments regarding seasonal intermodal patterns, in particular with regard to peak season. This analysis will take a cold-eyed look each month to see whether there are real changes that are occurring, rather than impressions based on often-murky recollections of past performances. Over time, this analysis will give our readers a clear idea of any “new normal” in intermodal seasonality".

The Intermodal Update, part of the firm's Freight Focus Series, is a joint production of FTR and Gross Transportation Consulting. Each month the Intermodal Update provides a deep dive into current North American intermodal performance, providing segmented detail on intermodal performance including movements of International vs. Domestic Equipment, Container vs. Trailer, Private vs. Rail; and detail on the ten top intermodal lanes. Monthly projections provide the outlook for major intermodal segments and intermodal rates. Quarterly focus features provide important understanding on key intermodal trends including intermodal market share, length of haul, port routings and transloading and looks at conditions that will affect the cost and efficiency of shipping goods via all transportation modes. Those interested in the intermodal sector will find in one reference the essential information they need for a complete picture of the status of the industry. For more information about how to subscribe to the Intermodal Update, send an e-mail to [email protected] or call 888-988-1699 ext. 1.