FTR Reports Final Trailer Orders for November at 45,000 Units

12.20.18 | FTR

Final trailer orders for November, as reported by FTR, came in at 45,000 units.  November 2018 trailer orders were 17% below the impressive October activity, but with a 5% y/y increase, it was the fifth highest order month ever and the best November in history. Trailer orders for the past twelve months now total 427,000 units.

Trailer orders were elevated for the third month in a row as dry van fleets placed large requirements orders for the second half of 2019. Orders for other trailer segments retreated back to more normal totals, after being near record levels the previous two months. 

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Don Ake, FTR Vice President of Commercial Vehicles, commented,   “There are still shortages of trailers in some markets as fleets continue to struggle to keep up with growing freight demand. Fleets are expecting they will need significantly more trailers throughout 2019. At some point, supply has to catch up with demand and that could begin to happen around mid-year. Expect trailer orders to fall for the next few months because most fleets already have their orders in for next year.”

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