Economy Watch

An increase in inventories in the third quarter and September is skewing the pre-holiday shipping season, depressing imports and overland freight demand.

The Cass Freight Index, both for U.S. freight shipments and payments, dropped a step in October, as shippers worked through piles of inventory.

Mallory Alexander International Logistics is expanding in China, both through new authority from the Chinese government and a partnership with trucking firm Old Dominion Freight Line.

Long-time truckload profit leader Heartland Express lost some traction as lower shipping demand met higher truck capacity in the third quarter.

China’s economic slowdown threatens container terminal operators and container-backed securities, according to two new financial advisory reports.

Don't let the small drop in total revenue fool you: Werner Enterprises is doing very well in a less-than-robust truckload freight market.

For-hire truck tonnage picked up in September, after declining in August, although high inventories and the driver shortage worry American Trucking Associations economist Bob Costello.

India’s exports plunged 24.3 percent year-over-year in September, the steepest decline since July 2009, increasing pressure on the Narendra Modi-led government to rev up the economy in the wake of sluggish global demand.

The benefits of the recently agreed Trans-Pacific Partnership on Asia-U.S. trade will not be felt immediately, but the 11-nation deal will have an impact on volumes in the longer term, according to JOC senior economist Mario Moreno.

Shipper fears of a "capacity crunch" have faded under a mountain of inventory, relaxed driver rules and lower overall demand for much of 2015. But today's "capacity calm" may not last long.