BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The latest Trucking Conditions Index from FTR shows tightening capacity in the truckload sector.
FTR says that tightness could see some relief if freight growth slows in the second quarter as expected. The industry analyst says the stressed supply situation is caused primarily by regulatory drag on shipping capacity as well as winter disruptions.
Trucking capacity is projected to remain tight through the rest of the year.
“Truckers should be feeling much better now that they have finally been able to use the ever tightening truck supply to get much needed rate gains,” said Jonathan Starks, FTR’s director of transportation analysis.
“It looks like much of the supply-and-demand balance is coming back down to a more ‘normal’ level as shippers are finishing their spring freight season and the backlog of loads caused by the winter weather has largely subsided. ‘Normal’ remains a relative term since the industry continues to be operating at much higher levels of utilization than we have seen in the past. Recent data shows a strong uptick in economic activity, but it will be hard to know if we are merely playing catch-up from a bad Q1 or if there is some real sustained growth occurring.”