FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for November Eases from October High

01.15.21 | FTR

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) fell in November from the previous month’s record high. The November reading of 10.26 is still strong as rising freight rates continue to power robust trucking conditions. FTR expects the index to settle into single-digit positive readings through 2021, reflecting a healthy but more stable truck freight market.
Details of the November TCI are found in the January 2021 issue of FTR’s Trucking Update, published December 23, 2020. Additional commentary discusses forecast risks and renewed uncertainty for 2021. Beyond the TCI and additional commentary, the Trucking Update includes data and analysis on load volumes, the capacity environment, and rates. FTR also publishes ongoing publicly available analysis on the impact of COVID-19 on freight transportation at FTR’s COVID-19 intelligence.

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Avery Vise, FTR’s vice president of trucking, commented, "Market conditions for trucking companies remain quite strong, and they should be for months to come. Economic indicators still point to strength in freight demand, and total spot volume is holding at record levels. Although consumer spending has stabilized, the industrial sector is beginning to build some momentum. Also, the latest help from Washington at a minimum should keep consumer spending from falling in the near term. Meanwhile, constraints on the driver supply related to the pandemic - fewer new drivers trained and significantly reduced U.S. labor participation - likely will keep capacity tight through most of the year at least."

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