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Commentary

High inventories impede GDP growth and depress freight demand, and often are seen as an omen of economic downturn and recession. Inventory-to-sales ratios “are approaching pre-recession levels, with retail, manufacturing and wholesale all trending in the wrong direction,” Deutsche Bank Markets Research said in a late-January report.

News & Analysis

21 Jun 2016
Inventory destocking is likely under way, but the process will probably be slow.
21 Jun 2016
Shipment volumes climbed in May, but not enough to pull transport providers out of a deep year-over-year hole.
U.S. exports of polyethylene to Latin America are expected to jump.
08 Jun 2016
Latin America’s demand for polyethylene, the key raw material for plastics production, is forecast to rise sharply.
07 Jun 2016
Containerized imports are expected to spike in the fall.
02 Jun 2016
Less-than-truckload shipments only inched upward in May.
25 May 2016
Higher U.S. diesel prices and fuel surcharges may threaten transportation savings.
25 May 2016
Commodities traditionally dominate U.S. containerized exports in terms of volume, but the stars are rarely aligned for U.S. exporters.
24 May 2016
U.S. containerized exports rose in the first quarter of the year for the first time after six successive quarters of decline.
19 May 2016
Despite "positive" economic indicators, freight volumes seem stuck at a "standstill."
13 May 2016
High levels of inventory continue to depress freight demand and help create excess truck capacity.