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STATE OF FREIGHT TODAY

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Truckstop & FTR Spot Pressure Heat Map

Load Volumes & Spot Rates

Learn more about the TruckStop & FTR U.S. Spot Pressure Heatmap at this knowledgebase article:
https://help.ftrintel.com/knowledge/faq-spot-pressure-heatmaps

Spot Market Insights

July 15, 2024

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Spot rates decline, but van rates are still higher y/y

 As expected, broker-posted spot rates in the Truckstop system decreased during the week ended July 12 (week 28) as the market entered what is typically a soft period for rates following the mid-year peak, especially for van equipment. However, spot rates were still higher y/y for both van types, and dry van spot rates recorded their strongest y/y comparison since March 2022. Flatbed rates, which also were down from the prior week, posted their strongest y/y performance in nearly two years.

Trucking & Rail Updates from FTR

Updated weekly with downloadable slide decks

TMU _Avery_ Podcast Graphics - Updated 5.28.24

Updated weekly on Tuesday, FTR's Avery Vise provides timely updates on key trucking topics moving the market.

Key Issues Replay  Graphic -5.9.24

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Baby on Board RMU Podcast Graphics - Updated 5.28.24

Returning in July, FTR's Joseph Towers provides timely updates on rail topics moving the market.

Most Recent 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.

Weekly Transportation Update

Weekly Transportation Update: Consumer inflation falls m/m for the first time in just over four years
Weekly Transportation Update: Consumer inflation falls m/m for the first time in just over four years
by The FTR Experts
In June, inflation was mild at both the consumer and producer levels, with consumer prices declining month-over-month for the first time since May 2020. This was mainly due to ...
Weekly Transportation Update: U.S. adds 206,000 payroll jobs as the unemployment rate rises to 4.1%
Weekly Transportation Update: U.S. adds 206,000 payroll jobs as the unemployment rate rises to 4.1%
by The FTR Experts
In June, employment showed stability with slower growth and slight revisions from previous months. Job openings remained high, surpassing pre-pandemic levels by about 1 million. ...
Weekly Transportation Update: Real consumer spending rises in May after downward revisions.
Weekly Transportation Update: Real consumer spending rises in May after downward revisions.
by The FTR Experts
Economic indicators were mixed this week with an increase in real consumer spending, no change in non-automotive retail inventories, lackluster new orders for durable manufactured ...

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