The Cass Truckload Linehaul Index is a measure of market fluctuations in per-mile truckload linehaul rates, independent of additional cost components such as fuel and accessorials. The decline that started in 2019 has seen a slight uptick starting in mid-2020.
Spot rates were all about the old adage “what goes up must come down.” After strong growth in 2017 and 2018, rates in 2019 were sharply negative through mid-year before firming.
U.S. business logistics costs, as calculated in CSCMP’s 2020 State of Logistics Report, sponsored by Penske and authored by A.T. Kearney, rose 0.6% in 2019 to reach $1.63 trillion, or 7.6% of the $21.43 trillion GDP, a 2.3% growth over 2018. The logistics industry grew as well, seeing $1.63 billion in expenditures. With 2018's fast GDP growth and capacity shortages leading to logistic costs being the highest percentage of GDP since 2018, 2019 was a return to normal.
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Although labor issues remain a significant challenge for respondents in the National Private Truck Council's annual survey, they continued to report retention and turnover performance far better than their for-hire colleagues.
Heavy-duty truck driver and tractor-trailer driver wages and employment rates vary greatly by state.
Looking at the average price of the benchmark sleeper tractor sold through the two largest nationwide no-reserve auction companies, Class 8 auction volume increased in June.
While both tractor and trailer sales saw a surge in October of 2019, those numbers quickly started dropping, with a COVID-19-related low in April 2020 of 1,680 tractors and 209 trailers.
EPA SmartWay data from 2018 shows Class 7, 8A, and 8B mileage-weighted miles per gallon data for each truck category for SmartWay program participants.
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