INDUSTRY PULSE: ATA truck tonnage increases in November

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) advanced seasonally adjusted Truck Tonnage Index increased 1.6 percent to 160.0 (1993=100) in November.

According to the association this increase followed a revised 0.1 percent decrease in October.

Compared to November 2003, the unadjusted index surged 12.1 percent. Year-to-date, compared to the same eleven-month period in 2003, truck tonnage was up 6.5 percent.

“November’s gain was the largest month-to-month increase since April of this year and put the tonnage index at its highest level since June,” said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. “This increase placed the truck tonnage index at its third highest level ever, behind April and June of this year, and was the best November increase since 1994. We continue to remain optimistic about the truck freight demand situation going into 2005,” he said

Trucks hauled 9.1 billion tons of freight in 2003, or 68.9 percent of tonnage carried by all modes of domestic freight transportation. Motor carriers collected $610 billion dollars, or 86.9 percent of total revenue earned by all transport modes.

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