ACT Research: Spending on Goods Driving Recovery in Freight Demand



ACT Research released the latest installment of the ACT Freight Forecast, U.S. Rate and Volume OUTLOOK report.

“The substitution of spending to goods and away from services is driving a recovery in freight demand and, coupled with slow capacity re-engagement, has led to unprecedented rate increases,” Tim Denoyer, vice president and senior analyst for ACT Research, said. “We expect the truckload market to rebalance over the course of 2021 as drivers gradually return and with substitution back to services once a vaccine is available. But we don’t see a big loosening as recoveries in housing and industrial should support freight demand. The Class 8 tractor fleet is like a big ship, which takes time to turn. As a result of the 2020 supply shock, even with aggressive production growth forecasts, fleet growth still looks muted next year.”

The monthly 56-page ACT Freight Forecast report provides three-year forecasts for volumes and contract rates for the truckload, less-than-truckload and intermodal sectors of the transportation industry. For the truckload spot market, the report forecasts rates for the next 12 to 15 months.

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