The American Trucking Associations’ advance seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased for the sixth time in the last seven months, gaining another 0.9 percent in April. This followed a 0.4 percent increase in March.
The latest improvement put the SA index at 110.2 (2000=100), which is the highest level since September 2008.
Over the last seven months, the tonnage index grew a total of 6.5 percent.
We add this indicator to a growing list of indicators that show that this recovery has “legs” and we are now in what we have been calling “a new normal.”
Compared with April 2009, SA tonnage surged 9.4 percent, which was the fifth consecutive year-over-year gain and the largest increase since January 2005.
Year-to-date, tonnage is up 6 percent compared with the same period in 2009.
ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello said that the latest tonnage reading fits with a sustained economic recovery. “Truck tonnage volumes continue to improve at a solid, yet sustainable, rate. Tonnage is being boosted by robust manufacturing output and stronger retail sales.” (emphasis ours!)
Bottom Line: Trucking serves as a barometer of the U.S. economy, representing 68 percent of tonnage carried by all modes of domestic freight transportation, including manufactured and retail goods. The latest ATA numbers confirm our manufacturing markets continue their recovery.
The American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry.
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And lets hope that precision manufacturing keeps on truckin’..
What do you think? Have your shipments increased as reflected in the ATA report?