Industry Pulse

Keep track of monthly trends for each mode of transportation through this data hub.


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    Cargo handling delays clog airfreight volumes in November

    Air cargo rates jumped 8% from October to November while capacity, still below pre-pandemic levels, rose 0.5%, according to Clive Data Services.

    By Dec. 7, 2021
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    Air cargo demand rises, rates soar as shippers prepare for peak

    The cost to ship goods by air rose 155% in October when compared to pre-pandemic levels. But high ocean shipping rates and port congestion have some shippers considering airfreight.

    By Nov. 9, 2021
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    Legislators propose federal office to manage supply chain crises

    A new bill would create the Office of Supply Chain Resiliency and Crisis Response to monitor and respond to disruptions.

    By Oct. 18, 2021
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    East Coast port volumes rise as some importers avoid West Coast congestion

    Delays at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have sent importers looking for other options, but that is leading to congestion at East Coast ports, said Judah Levine, head of research at Freightos, in an emailed analysis.

    By Oct. 11, 2021
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    Shanghai terminal closure further strained air cargo capacity in August

    COVID-19-related disruptions have sparked noticeable swings in availability and spot rates, even as capacity recovers.

    By Sept. 24, 2021
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    Higher contract rates pull volume from spot truck market

    DAT Principal Analyst Dean Croke said this is the result of carriers securing higher contract rates, which reduces the incentive to focus on the spot market.

    By July 14, 2021
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    Airfreight demand returns to pre-pandemic levels, but capacity could take longer to materialize

    The transpacific lane won't be the first to benefit from the return of passenger planes and belly capacity. Freighters expect their services will be in demand into next year.

    By July 8, 2021
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    Supply chain constraints, spot posts push up trucking rates

    Strong demand resulted in rates continuing to rise MoM and YoY across van, flatbed and reefer, according to DAT.

    By June 21, 2021
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    Railroads post strong volume but struggle with congestion

    Rail dwell time at the San Pedro Bay surged to 11.2 days in April, up from more than 7 days in January.

    By June 14, 2021
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    Sea-to-air conversions drive up airfreight rates on Transpacific

    Tight capacity and volatility in the air cargo market leads many shippers to seek longer-term contracts with their carriers.

    By May 10, 2021
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    Tight trucking capacity won't ease until later in 2021

    The market has led to increases in freight spending, which was up nearly 17% YoY in February.

    By April 6, 2021
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    Tight ocean market, extended lead times push shippers to airfreight

    Air cargo demand has rebounded to pre-pandemic levels. But capacity remains down with many passenger planes grounded, and pricing is unstable.

    By March 9, 2021
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    No rate relief in sight for ocean shippers as Lunar New Year passes

    If consumer spending doesn't fall off during 2021, the ocean shipping industry could be in for a busy and record-breaking year, one analyst predicted.

    By Feb. 23, 2021
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    Tight capacity puts pricing power in trucking's hands as spot, contract rates rise

    Trailer orders are up YoY and fleets say they're trying to hire drivers, but one analyst said it will be the end of the pandemic that will bring drivers back.

    By Feb. 12, 2021
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    Analysts see 'no underlying currents' to loosen tight airfreight capacity

    Shippers, forwarders and carriers pivoted to short-term rate negotiations and the spot market as airfreight capacity dropped 18% YoY.

    By Feb. 4, 2021
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    Intermodal carloads up 12% but railroads struggle with trip plan compliance

    Traditional commodities, such as coal, saw volume slump on the rail lines in 2020, but intermodal grew thanks to a tight trucking market and a glut of containers needing to move.

    By Jan. 26, 2021
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    Ocean rates rose through January as ports report record year

    Carriers have held off on the blank sailings that usually happen around Lunar New Year, but one forwarder suggested booking loads for spring now as capacity is strained.

    By Jan. 22, 2021
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    Analysts: Restocking in Q1 will keep trucking market hot

    Cass' latest Freight Index showed expenditures were up almost 6% in November as rate increases in the spot market have begun to spill over into contracts.

    By Jan. 5, 2021
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    Airfreight rates from China to US rise 58% ahead of the holidays

    The ongoing distribution of coronavirus vaccines could increase annual air cargo demand by 2% and lift airfreight rates in the first half of next year, according to one analyst.

    By Dec. 22, 2020
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    Restocking is 'alive and well,' giving intermodal its best month ever

    Intermodal volume was up 10% YoY in October and saw strong numbers in the first two weeks of November.

    By Nov. 18, 2020
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    Airfreight rates climb as peak nears

    Rates between China/Hong Kong and the United States increased by nearly 46% between Oct. 12 and Nov. 9 to reach $7.40 per kilogram, which is more than double the rate during the same time last year.

    By Nov. 9, 2020
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    Carriers talk of adding capacity as tight trucking market continues to raise rates

    Shippers could see their freight costs go up — if they haven't already — as they wait for new capacity to enter the market.

    By Nov. 5, 2020
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    Intermodal volume swells to 4th-strongest month of all time amid restocking, e-commerce boom

    It is difficult to project how long the current trend in intermodal volume will last, considering unpredictable variables like coronavirus case numbers and federal relief, one analyst said.

    By Oct. 13, 2020