Industry Pulse: A guide through the latest logistics data
Keep track of monthly trends for each mode of transportation through this data hub.
Editor's Note: Check in each Monday for fresh insights on the latest freight trends.
Each section below includes a graph to visualize changes in demand, supply or rates for the trucking, air freight, maritime shipping and rail industries. Beneath each graph, additional resources can be found in the links.
Ocean | Freight Rates vs. Loaded Imports
The Freightos International Freight Index, launched in February, aggregates real-time data on rates for shipments from five ports in China to 10 ports in the U.S., collected through the company's freight rate management platform.
- Supply Chain Dive Shipping to the West Coast is not so cheap anymore
- Freightos Freightos International Freight Index
Rail | AAR Monthly Carload and Intermodal Traffic
The Association of American Railroads reports both carload and intermodal traffic on a weekly basis. Various sources compile and use this data, partly to track commodities' performance. Carload traffic is often seen as a better indicator for commodities, like coal, as intermodal containers may contain any of a variety of products.
Air | IATA Air Freight Monthly Analysis
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) Air Freight Market Analysis offers a monthly overview of global supply and demand, measured by freight ton kilometers (FTKs) and available freight ton kilometers (AFTKs). The IATA represents 265 airlines comprising 83% of global air traffic.
- Supply Chain Dive Trade war may present long-term headwind for air freight
- IATA Air Freight Market Analysis
Truck | Cass Freight Index
The Cass Freight Index measures trucking shipments and expenditures, a proxy for demand and supply, by analyzing $20 billion in annual freight payables from Cass Information Systems' clients. The report is renowned for its insight into industry trends, as well as its sister linehaul and intermodal indices. Click here for a view of trends since 2006.