Supply and demand balance for Class 8 trucks continues free fall

IMG_2500-2016-02-17-09-48-500x375The capacity index rose faster than the freight index for the fifth consecutive month and the 11th time in the past 13 months in January, further throwing out of balance the supply and demand of Class 8 trucks.

“While this measure had been getting better (less unfavorable) in previous months, a clear fall-off in freight caused the index to deteriorate further in January,” says Steve Tam, ACT’s vice president, commercial vehicle sector.

The capacity index is an indicator of supply while the the freight index points to demand.

Fleets responding to ACT’s For-Hire Trucking Index survey noted that the East Coast blizzard in January had a damaging effect on freight volumes.

At 18,200 units in January, North American Class 8 net orders were down 48 percent, the second lowest intake since mid-2012.

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