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Keep Looking Up to Follow Path of Truckload Rates

Based on various commentaries from speakers at the recent 2017 FTR Transportation Conference and CSCMP Edge, it stands to reason that in the coming months, rates are only heading in one direction: up.

Trucking Posts

October’s Freight TSI reading of 129.2 marks a new all-time high, topping August 2017’s 129 by 0.2%, as well as the third all-time high set over the last four recorded months and the fourth in the last six recorded months. (December 15, 2017)

Now that trucking and transport interests are applauding what appears to be the first major cut in corporate taxes in 30 years, they are hoping the applause they are heaping on Republicans reverberates into a call to spending some of that money on improving the nation’s infrastructure woes. (December 15, 2017)

2017 was a strong year for the equipment finance industry. (December 14, 2017)

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is strongly lobbying to tweak – not trash – the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA.) And it’s not just transport companies who are leading the charge within the Chamber, U.S. Business Roundtable and other Washington lobbyist heavyweights. But since the talks opened in August, the Trump administration – to the chagrin of many trucking executives – has been playing hardball in its “America First” approach to the negotiations. (December 14, 2017)

October’s reading of 9.48 far outpaced September’s 3.5, with FTR explaining that a strong economy, combined with pressure from hurricane recovery and the ELD mandate, is creating a very tight market resulting in improved contract rates. (December 12, 2017)

Ongoing freight transportation capacity tightness continued to drive down the most recent reading of the Shipper Conditions Index (SCI), from freight transportation consultancy FTR. (December 04, 2017)

FedEx and UPS rival DHL says it will order 10 Tesla Semis, the company's first battery-powered heavy-duty truck, also Fortigo Freight Services, one of Canada's largest fleet management companies, said they have pre-ordered the Tesla electric truck to test on limited routes, more than 200 orders have been placed by various companies to date. (November 28, 2017)

After much anticipation, “a trucker’s market” is due to finally arrive in 2018, says Stifel Nicolaus trucking analyst John Larkin, although he cautions that supply and demand is tight across the industry as the domestic economy continues to grow at a slow, steady pace. (November 22, 2017)

In this report, the International Council on Clean Transportation, ICCT, assess zero-emission heavy-duty vehicle technology to support decarbonization of the freight sector and compare the evolution of heavy-duty diesel, diesel hybrid, natural gas, fuel cell, and battery electric technologies in the 2025–2030 timeframe. (November 18, 2017)

This study closely examines four global commercial vehicle markets and identifies the trends that will fundamentally transform the global truck markets. (November 18, 2017)

Elon Musk finally showed off Tesla's new all-electric semi-truck design yesterday, aptly named the ‘Tesla Semi’ and the Class 8 vehicle will have 500 miles of range and is more aerodynamic than a Bugatti Chiron supercar. (November 17, 2017)

The new edition of the Trucking Conditions Index from freight transportation consultancy FTR reversed course, in the right direction, from August to September, the most recent month for which data is available. (November 16, 2017)

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has turned on the publicity machine announcing on Twitter that tomorrow's Tesla Semi unveiling will be live streamed and will “blow your mind” and not just any blow your mind, but in epic proportions that will send it “clear out of your skull and into an alternate dimension.” (November 15, 2017)

Customers, carriers and drivers play a major role in ensuring hazmat shipments are transported safely and compliantly. (November 13, 2017)

We tend to take it for granted, and it’s not until you stop and really digest some of the numbers that you realize just how dominant trucking is as a mode of freight transportation in the United States. (October 31, 2017)










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