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Trucking Demand Had Uptick in February

Triumph Insurance Group

March 31, 2016

The tonnage shipped by the trucking business rose to an all-time high in February, with rates for truckload shipments up ticking slightly from a year ago. The American Trucking Associations’ seasonally-adjusted truck tonnage index rose 7.2 percent in February from a month earlier.*

ATA’s chief economist attributed February’s strong volumes to shippers playing “catch-up” after winter storms in January held up some shipments. Many analysts had predicted a lackluster 2016 for the freight business, especially in the first half of the year. But many have noted that last month’s strong volumes are encouraging.

A monthly report by Cass Information Systems Inc. showed that per-mile truckload rates were 0.5 percent higher this February as compared to the same time last year. But overall the rates were down month-to-month, reaching their lowest point since last summer. Cass analysts attributed the decline to softening demand and overcapacity in the truckload market.

Many national carriers are doing well, however, smaller regional carriers are losing market share.

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