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Truck Tonnage Decreased in November

Truck Tonnage Decreased in November

Dec. 21, 2023
The American Trucking Associations says the freight market remains in a recession.

After increasing 0.8% in October, the Novermber For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index, from the American Trucking Associations  decreased 1% in November. The index equaled 113.7 (2015=100) compared with 114.9 in October.  

“We continued to see a choppy 2023 for truck tonnage into November,” said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello,  in a statement.. “It seems like every time freight improves, it takes a step back the following month. While year-over-year comparisons are improving, unfortunately, the freight market remains in a recession. Looking ahead, with retail inventories falling, we should see less of a headwind for retail freight, but I’m also not expecting a surge in freight levels in the coming months.”

Compared with November 2022, the SA index fell 1.2%, which was the ninth straight year-over-year decrease. In October, the index was down 2.4% from a year earlier. 

The not seasonally adjusted index, which represents the change in tonnage actually hauled by the fleets before any seasonal adjustment, equaled 113.2 in November, 5.1% below the October level (119.3). In calculating the index, 100 represents 2015. ATA’s For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index is dominated by contract freight as opposed to spot market freight. 

Trucking serves as a barometer of the U.S. economy, representing 72.6% of tonnage carried by all modes of domestic freight transportation, including manufactured and retail goods. Trucks hauled 11.46 billion tons of freight in 2022. Motor carriers collected $940.8 billion, or 80.7% of total revenue earned by all transport modes. 

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