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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.
Truck | DAT Load-to-Truck ratio
The DAT load-to-truck ratio is a measure of the number of loads that were requested from shippers in relation to the number of trucks available to move any given shipment. The number can be used to show demand in the trucking market. The larger the number the harder it will be for a shipper to find a carrier.
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.
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.
Ocean | Freight Rates
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.
Ocean | West coast import numbers
Import numbers from the nation’s ports provide a snapshot of the ongoing trade environment. They are reported on a monthly basis.
Ocean | East coast import numbers
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