Trailer Orders Fall 30%, But In Line Seasonally

COLUMBUS, IN — There was a 30 percent drop in trailer orders in May from April, reported ACT Research today.

That deep dive might seem like cause for concern, but ACT said the 30 percent drop “was mostly due a comparison to a very strong April.” May’s volumes are now sitting with seasonal expectations.

Frank Maly, director-CV Transportation with ACT Research, said “softer orders in May were not a concern, since the industry is now past the prime order season.”

As far as cancellations, they’re a “non-issue for the industry,” despite increasing month-over-month in May. “It was evident that some fleets reassessed their commitments for the second half of the year, since cancellations were at 7.9 percent of new orders.”

Net orders were off 1 percent year-over-year.

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