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ACT Research For-Hire Trucking Index: Volumes Lowest in Survey’s 10-Year History

April 22, 2020, 07:12 AM
Filed Under: Trucking

The latest release of ACT Research’s For-Hire Trucking Index, with March data, showed further contraction for both volumes and freight rates, now at 42.4 and 43.2 respective diffusion index readings. Productivity, while neutral at 50.0, likely was supported by the temporary pantry-stocking phenomenon.

“Because of the talk surrounding a surge in freight driven by pantry stocking, the Volume Index decline was somewhat surprising, but likely reflects the start of shutdowns late in March,” said Tim Denoyer, ACT Research’s Vice President and Senior Analyst.

Regarding the drop-in freight rates, he said, “COVID-19 is adding a new level of pricing pressure due to the sharp decline in load volumes into an already overcapacitized market. Our for-hire carriers continue to show better capacity discipline than the industry at large, which we see as a good leading indicator of tighter capacity down the road.”

When asked about the overall picture, Denoyer explained, “The supply-demand balance reading accelerated to the downside in March at 44.9, after a modestly negative reading in February, at 48.8 seasonally adjusted. The cyclical bottom that was being built prior to COVID-19 has been laid low by the health crisis. Fleets are taking aggressive actions to protect their people, including: following CDC guidelines, implementing virtual meetings and orientations, limiting use of cash, and finding creative ways to procure sanitizer.”

The ACT For-Hire Trucking Index is a monthly survey of for-hire trucking service providers. ACT Research converts responses into diffusion indexes, where the neutral or flat level is 50.

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