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

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

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 activity level is 50. Please contact us at trucks@actresearch.net if you are a for-hire executive interested in participating. In return, participants receive a detailed monthly analysis of the survey data, including Volumes, Freight Rates, Driver Availability, Capacity, Productivity and Purchasing Intentions, plus a complimentary copy of ACT’s Transportation Digest report.

Concerning volume, Tim Denoyer, Vice President & Senior Analyst at ACT Research, commented, “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.”

ACT For-Hire Trucking Index: Volumes

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.”

ACT For-Hire Trucking Survey: Supply-Demand Balance

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.”

The ACT Freight Forecast provides forecasts for spot truckload rates by trailer type for four to six quarters and truck volumes and contract rates for three years for the truckload, less-than-truckload and intermodal segments of the transportation industry. In 2019, the average accuracy of the report’s truckload spot rate forecasts was 98%. The ACT Research Freight Forecast uses equipment capacity modeling and the firm’s economics expertise to provide unprecedented visibility for the future of freight rates, helping businesses in transportation and logistics management plan for the future with confidence.

ACT Research: Freight Forecast, U.S. Volume and Rate OUTLOOK

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More information about ACT’s Freight Forecast, U.S. Rate and Volume OUTLOOK.

More about other freight-related publications offered by ACT Research.

November’s For-Hire Trucking Index press release.

ACT’s In the News page.

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