FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for September Reflect Robust Market Conditions for Carriers

11.16.20 | FTR

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index rose again in September to a positive reading of 10.69, up 2+ points from August. September’s TCI - the third highest reading since January 2010 - reflects strong freight rates mostly due to the intense stress in the consumer goods supply chain.
Details of the September TCI are found in the November issue of FTR’s Trucking Update, published October 30. Additional commentary discusses the confluence of factors that are spurring an unprecedented surge in newly authorized motor carriers. 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, vice president of trucking, commented, "We envision trucking conditions remaining strong for a while " probably well into 2022 " although we could see some near-term softness once we normalize retail inventories. An industrial recovery should support broad-based growth in freight volume. Robust spot rates already are starting to push up rates in the much larger contract arena, and constraints on the driver supply stemming from the pandemic likely will maintain that pressure. However, continued strong economic recovery is not secured given the latest surge in COVID-19 infections and a political environment that likely makes further relief and stimulus more difficult. The road ahead is still not crystal clear."

Read a more in-depth explanation of the Trucking Conditions Index > 

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