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ACT Research: Amid Loose Market Balance, Carriers Start Tapping Brakes on Capacity

January 03, 2023, 07:15 AM
Filed Under: Trucking

The latest release of ACT Research’s For-Hire Trucking Index showed the Supply-Demand Balance and volumes decreased, while freight rates continue to decline.

Concerning volume, Tim Denoyer, Vice President & Senior Analyst at ACT Research, said, “Volumes softened to the lowest levels seen since March and April of 2020, on tepid consumer demand, overstocked retail inventories, and declining imports. At least there are signs of progress on destocking.”

Regarding the supply-demand balance, Denoyer said, “The reading continues to reflect a loose trucking market and a late stage in the freight cycle. But capacity growth slowed sharply among our respondents, who represent sizable fleets, which will help us transition from this oversupplied stage of the cycle back into the early stage when rates recover.”

On rates, he noted, “Pricing power clearly shifted to shippers over the course of 2022, but we see a slower decline this month which may be a sign the bottoming process is beginning, consistent with the slowing in capacity growth.”

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