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Trucks, trailers, tonnage: What transport data says about the state of the industry

By November 29, 2021 No Comments

Economic forces, consumer demand, seasonality, natural disasters and myriad other factors contribute to transport’s cyclical market.


The charts below show the latest data on Class 8 truck orders, trailer orders, monthly tonnage, linehaul rates and load-to-truck ratios. We’ll update this page frequently as new data is released.


The American Trucking Associations has been tracking tonnage, calculating the index based on member surveys, since the 1970s. In the chart below, the baseline is 100, which represents conditions in 2015. Tonnage primarily reflects freight movement through contracts versus on the spot market.


Tonnage came in at 113, seasonally adjusted, in October, up 0.4% from September.