REPORT: Trucking Conditions Worsen To Lowest Level Since August 2017

Bloomington, Indiana – Conditions for trucking companies continue to worsen according to a new report by FTR, a leading trucking industry analyst.

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index fell in February to a reading of 1.71.

This is the lowest reading for the index since August 2017 and reflects the easing market conditions for this transportation segment.


Economic indicators linked to freight volume are generally weaker entering the new year and the rate environment in trucking continues to soften.

FTR projects the TCI measure to remain close to neutral throughout 2019 and into 2020.

Avery Vise, FTR’s vice president of trucking, commented, “We continue to see modest weakening in trucking conditions due to the near-term easing of freight rates and volumes, but we should remain generally above neutral during the coming year.”

Vise warned conditions could continue to worsen. “However, we are close enough to neutral that negative TCI readings are now a possibility,” he said.


About FTR’s TCI

The Trucking Conditions Index tracks the changes representing five major conditions in the U.S. truck market. These conditions are: freight volumes, freight rates, fleet capacity, fuel price, and financing. The individual metrics are combined into a single index that tracks the market conditions that influence fleet behavior. A positive score represents good, optimistic conditions. Conversely, a negative score represents bad, pessimistic conditions. Similarly, a reading well below zero on the FTR Trucking Conditions Index warns you of a problem, while readings high above zero spell opportunity. Readings near zero are consistent with a neutral operating environment, and double-digit readings (both up or down) are warning signs for significant operating changes.

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