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June 21, 2018

American truck tonnage index rose 0.7% in May

The American Trucking Associations' (ATA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 0.7% in May after rising 2.7% in April. In May, the index equaled 113.8 (2015=100), up from 113 in April.

Compared with May 2017, the index increased 7.8%, down from April's 9.9% year-over-year increase. Year-to-date, compared with the same five months last year, tonnage increased 8%, far outpacing the annual gain of 3.8% in 2017.

"This continues to be one of the best, if not the best, truck freight markets we have ever seen," said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello.

"May's increases, both sequentially and year-over-year, not only exhibit a robust freight market, but what is likely to be a very strong GDP reading for the second quarter. However, in the near-term, look for moderating growth rates for freight simply due to more difficult year-over-year comparisons, not from falling tonnage levels."

Source: ATA