FTR is forecasting a tighter, more negative environment for shippers beginning in the fourth quarter.
The deterioration reflects the current trucking situation in which demand has matched available fleet capacity.
FTR says the healthier environment for shippers is due to a slowdown in freight demand growth.
Shippers’ Condition Index fell significantly in April, reflecting tightening capacity and accelerating transport costs.
The short-term forecast for continued deterioration of the index as the outlook for capacity shortages worsens.
FTR Associates said it has lowered its Shippers Condition Index to reflect tightening carrier capacity.
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