On a month-to-month basis, load volume fell 14 percent in August. This follows the seasonal pattern of the past five years, when spot market loads declined by an average of 5 percent from July to August.
Counter to historical trends, however, freight designated for vans on the spot market declined by the same 14 percent over the month. In the years 2005-09, van loads increased by an average of 5 percent in August compared with July.
TransCore says the month-over-month dip in van freight may have resulted from accelerated shipments of imported goods. TransCore analysts say that container traffic arrived earlier this year to avoid downtime in busy West Coast ports.
— Staff reports