The debate over whether a freight recession is starting in US trucking is getting hotter as spot rates decline but other demand and pricing indicators stay positive.
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19 Dec 2019
The Cass Freight Index suggests the bottom of the trucking market has passed, although the data doesn’t provide a clear picture of when pricing power will flip toward carriers again.
03 Dec 2019
Cass Information Systems is partnering with the University of Tennessee to enhance its benchmark truckload and intermodal pricing indexes, and explore new data opportunities.
20 May 2019
At a time when freight volumes should be increasing, they’re slowing, casting a shadow over the outlook for US trucking and intermodal rail operators.
20 Feb 2019
US transportation markets are coming into balance, heading toward slower growth in volume and pricing in 2019, according to economic indicators and reports.
01 Nov 2017
As intermodal rail container and trailer volumes hit historic highs, pressure, that may lift pricing in 2018 and beyond, is building.
20 Mar 2017
Cass truckload and intermodal data reflect importance of fuel in pricing and rising demand.
28 Nov 2016
Indices measuring trucking demand, pricing, and tonnage fell again in October, but decelerating declines are raising motor carriers’ hopes that the market has reached the bottom of the trough.
19 Apr 2016
Freight volumes sputtered in March, climbing 1.4 percent from February and dropping 1.5 percent year-over-year, while shipper spending on transportation dropped 1 percent from February and was down 7 percent from March 2015, according to the Cass Freight Index.
24 Feb 2016
The Cass Truckload Linehaul Index rose only 0.4 percent in January, the lowest increase for the index since 2010, while the Cass Intermodal Price Index dropped 2.2 percent.
11 Nov 2015
The Cass Freight Index, both for U.S. freight shipments and payments, dropped a step in October, as shippers worked through piles of inventory.
14 Sep 2015
The addition of some over-the-road capacity is tempering contract rate hikes, Avondale Partners says. Low spot market truck rates and fuel prices may be helping, too.
12 Aug 2015
The surge in freight traffic that began in April dissipated in July, as shipments dropped 1.6 percent from June, the latest Cass Freight Index shows. That's a normal seasonal trend, Cass said, pointing out that volumes are still higher than in 2013 and the early economic recovery.
10 Feb 2015
U.S. freight shipments and spending took a seasonal dip in January, but remained elevated compared with 2013 and previous years.
02 Feb 2015
Avondale Partners sees higher over-the-road pricing ahead for shippers, but still expects some freight to shift from intermodal rail to truck as fuel prices and surcharges plummet, cutting into total trucking costs.
18 Dec 2014
Truckload rates and intermodal pricing continued their year-over-year climb in November, spurred by stronger freight demand and port congestion.
10 Oct 2014
Shipper spending rose faster than shipment volume in September, according to the Cass Freight Index, as the economy cooled a degree but U.S. freight rates remained elevated and surface transportation capacity tight amid the inland peak shipping season.
22 Jul 2014
Spurred by stronger industrial production, consumer spending and housing activity, truckload rates rose 5.2 percent on average in June from a year ago...
13 Feb 2014
Truckload rates rose 2.9 percent in January, with intermodal rates climbing 1.7 percent year-over-year, Cass Information Systems said.
12 Sep 2013
Truckload linehaul rates increased only slightly in August while intermodal rates were essentially flat, according to the latest indices from Cass Information Systems.
16 Jul 2013
North American truckload pricing in June increased 1.5 percent year-over-year and 1.0 percent month-over-month, according to the Cass Truckload Linehaul Index.
14 Jun 2013
North American truckload pricing in May increased 1.4 percent from the same month in 2012, but fell 2.4 percent from April, according to the Cass Truckload Linehaul Index.
14 Mar 2013
A timely indicator of market fluctuations in per-mile truckload pricing isolating the linehaul component of full truckload costs from other components (fuel and accessorials), providing a reflection of trends in baseline truckload prices.
12 Mar 2013
Truckload pricing in February increased 4.3 percent from the same month in 2012, but declined 0.1 percent from January, according to the Cass Truckload Linehaul Index.
17 Jan 2013
Truckers who were “cautiously optimistic” in 2012 are increasingly pessimistic about their business outlook for 2013.
12 Dec 2012
Truckload line-haul costs for November rose 1.4 percent from October and 2.7 percent from November 2011, as costs moved modestly upward for the second straight month, according to Cass Truckload Linehaul Index.
09 Nov 2012
Truckload pricing in October increased 0.9 percent from the same month in 2011, compared with a 0.5 percent increase from year-over-year in September...
19 Oct 2012
More goods packed into warehouses and sitting on store shelves meant not as much freight moving in trucks during the summer, a situation carriers and shippers hope is changing as the year-end holidays and trucking’s annual peak shipping season approach.
18 Oct 2012