FTR’s May Trucking Conditions Index, as reported in the July Trucking Update, remained basically flat month over month with a reading of 7.3. The index appears to have stabilized in solidly positive territory after April’s sharp one-month drop in response to softened economic conditions.
The Trucking Conditions Index is a compilation of factors affecting trucking companies and has remained in positive territory for the past seven months. Any reading above zero indicates an adequate trucking environment, with readings above 10 a sign that volumes, prices, and margin are in a good range for trucking companies.
Eric Starks, president of FTR, said, “The leveling off of the TCI after only a one-month decline is an encouraging sign. The trucking industry appears to be negotiating the economic ‘soft patch’ in good fashion. Although we have moderated our expectations with regard to the industry’s ability to raise rates later this year, the overall environment remains favorable, and we expect the TCI to resume its improvement trend shortly.”