Canadian freight volumes hit all-time highs

Transcore Link LogisticsTORONTO – The TransCore Link Logistics Canadian Freight Index closed 2014 with unprecedented record highs for annual load volumes, trouncing 2013 annual load volumes by 33 percent.

The year saw historic volumes for 10 months, the most since TransCore Link Logistics started recording data. The two months that did not set records, August and November, barely missed reaching all-time high volumes.

Load volumes for fourth quarter 2014 were 20 percent higher compared to the fourth quarter of 2013, and only three percent lower than the third quarter of 2014.

December’s volumes improved 11 percent compared to November, representing the highest month-over-month percentage change since March and the third highest month-over-month increase for the year. Year-over-year volumes increased significantly, surpassing December 2013 load volumes by 19 percent.

Cross-border load volumes for December averaged 70 percent of the total. Year-over-year, cross-border loads leaving and entering Canada to and from the United States increased 41 and 15 percent, respectively.

Intra-Canada load volumes represented 26 percent of the total volumes for December and increased 10 percent year-over-year.

Equipment postings showed no change in volumes compared to the previous year, but did decrease 8 percent compared to November. The equipment-to-load ratio decreased to 1.66 from 2.01 in November, representing a 19 percent improvement year-over-year.

TransCore’s Canadian Freight Index accurately measures trends from roughly 5,000 of Canada’s trucking companies and freight brokers, and includes all domestic, cross-border and interstate data submitted by Loadlink’s Canadian-based customers.

Real-time and historical data on total truck and load volumes, as well as ratios in specific areas can be accessed from TransCore’s Posting Index. 

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