ARLINGTON, Va. – The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index dropped 0.9% in November, after an increase of 1.8% in October.
According to the ATA, in November, the index equaled 134.3 (2000=100), down from 135.5 in October, and 1.1% below the all-time high of 135.8 reached in January 2015.
Year-over-year, the SA index increased 0.2%, which was the smallest year-over-year gain since February 2013. Year-to-date through November, compared with the same period last year, tonnage was up 2.7%.
“Tonnage gave back half of the gain in October highlighting weakness in factory output and new fracking activity, as well as a glut of inventories throughout the supply chain,” said ATA chief economist Bob Costello. “With year-over-year gains averaging just 1.2% over the last three months, there has been a clear deceleration in truck tonnage.
“Looking ahead, I remain concerned about the high level of inventories throughout the supply chain. We recently learned that inventories throughout the supply chain and relative to sales rose in October. This will have a negative impact on truck freight volumes over the next few months,” he said.
In this video, Costello provided a glimpse of what is to come in 2016.