Truck freight tonnage index declines in March but remains well ahead of last year’s pace

PORTLAND, OR, May 1, 2018 (RISI) -American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index declined 1.1% in March after easing 0.8% in February. In March, the index equaled 110, down from 111.2 in February. ATA revised the February decline from the originally reported 2.6% to 0.8%. 

Compared with March 2017, the SA index jumped 6.3%, which was below February’s 7.7% year-over-year gain, but still well above 2017’s annual increase. For all of 2017, the index increased 3.8% over 2016. In the first quarter of this year, tonnage rose 0.9% and 7.4% from the previous quarter and a year earlier, ...

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