Trucking Conditions Index inches upward
Jan 11, 2012 11:12 AM
FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index, as reported in the January 2012 Trucking Update, increased by slightly less than two points from the previous month to a reading of 5.2 in November.
This index has now been in positive territory for more than a year. The environment for truckers remains modestly favorable with decent growth, capacity, and pricing conditions. The TCI is projected to continue to move upward over the course of 2012, but the removal of HOS regulation changes from the 2012 equation has made a severe capacity shortage much less likely. The index is a compilation of factors affecting trucking companies. Any reading above zero indicates an adequate trucking environment with readings above 10 a sign that volumes, prices, and margin are in a good range for trucking companies.
Larry Gross, senior consultant for FTR, said, “The 2012 environment is coming into better focus now that it is certain that no changes in hours-of-service regulations will occur before 2013 at the earliest. The conditions for the trucking industry will now turn on the fundamentals of supply and demand, as well as the continuing effects of existing new safety regulations such as CSA. We expect these factors combined will work to keep trucking capacity modestly tight over the course of the year, enabling continued progress on trucking rates for carriers.”
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