TRUCK TONNAGE NEARS ALL-TIME HIGH
More commercial truck tonnage is on America's highways now than at any time since November, 2013. The American Trucking Association's (ATA) index of tonnage actually hauled by the nation's professional trucking fleets rose 1.3% in July. That places it only 0.6% below the all-time high recorded in November, 2013. Select 1 Group's (S1G) fleet of specialty vehicle haulers continues to grow, too, as the company expands its Mobile X Events mobile exhibit and marketing vehicles.
The nationwide tonnage total has rocketed up 4.9% from a recent low in January, the ATA said the reason for the increase is simple: business is good. "Tonnage really snapped back in July," said Bob Costello, ATA Chief Economist. "The gain fits with anecdotal reports we are hearing from the motor carriers that freight volumes are good."
ATA calculates the tonnage index based on surveys from its membership and has been doing so since the 1970s. The report includes month-to-month and year-over-year results, relevant economic comparisons and key financial indicators.
Commercial truckers carried 9.7 billion tons of freight in 2013. That's over 69 percent of tonnage carried by all modes of freight transportation. ATA calculates the tonnage index based on surveys from its membership and has been doing so since the 1970s.
Select 1 Group's trucks transport specialty motor vehicles for major manufacturers and private collectors. The Mobile X division creates and moves custom, expandable trailers for high-impact graphic and video presentations at trade shows, sales events and many other activities where customized, highly effective visuals are required.