ACT Research: U.S. Trailer Net Orders Down 42% Y/Y, 52% YTD

New U.S. trailer orders of 37,200 were up 72% month-over-month, and after accounting for cancellations, net orders of 31,800 hit their fourth consecutive sequential rise, increasing 71% from September, but down 42% compared to October of 2018. Year-to-date, however, net trailer orders are 52% below last year, according to this month’s issue of ACT Research’s State of the Industry: U.S. Trailer Report.

“Most notable in this month’s data is the strength of the dry van segment, bringing volumes in more than double September’s level,” said Frank Maly, director, CV Transportation Analysis and Research at ACT Research.

“Discussions we’ve had have indicated that several large fleet orders underpinned last month’s results, but there are concerns about a continuation of that support, or at least support to that degree, in upcoming months.”

Additionally, Maly said, “Anecdotal information we’ve received indicates that CapEx commitments are proceeding at replacement levels, at best, as fleets balance equipment needs with the impact of softer freight demand and the resulting influence on their financials. As expected, trailer OEMs are encountering pricing pressure, as the market pendulum has swung to the fleets’ advantage.”

ACT Research’s State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers report provides a monthly review of the current US trailer market statistics, as well as trailer OEM build plans and market indicators divided by all major trailer types, including backlogs, build, inventory, new orders, cancellations, net orders, and factory shipments.

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