ATA Truck Tonnage Index
advances 2.8% in June 2011
Aug 2, 2011 11:14 AM
The American Trucking Associations’ advance seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 2.8% in June 2011 after decreasing a revised 2.0% in May 2011.
May’s drop was slightly less than the 2.3% ATA reported June 27, 2011. The latest gain put the SA index at 115.8 (2000=100) in June, up from the May level of 112.6 and the highest since January 2011.
The not seasonally adjusted index, which represents the change in tonnage actually hauled by the fleets before any seasonal adjustment, equaled 122.3 in June, which was 5.3% above the previous month.
Compared with June 2010, SA tonnage jumped 6.8%, the largest year-over-year gain since January 2011. In May, the tonnage index was 3% above a year earlier.
“Motor carriers told us that freight was strong in June, and that played out in the data as well,” said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. Tonnage recovered all of the losses in April and May when the index contracted a total of 2.6%.
“After growing 5.5% in the first half of the year from the same period last year, the strength of truck tonnage in the second half will depend greatly on what manufacturing output does,” Costello said. “If manufacturing continues to grow stronger than GDP, I fully expect truck freight to do the same.”
Trucking serves as a barometer of the US economy, representing 67.2% of tonnage carried by all modes of domestic freight transportation, including manufactured and retail goods. Trucks hauled 9 billion tons of freight in 2010. Motor carriers collected $563.4 billion, or 81.2% of total revenue earned by all transport modes.
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