Truckload pricing power has swung back to U.S. shippers as the new balance of capacity build outs and reduced demand forecasts mean trucking companies will need to compete.
Kevin Zweier, VP of transportation practice at Chainalytics, expects that a return to traditional seasonality in 2019. Less Than Truckload (LTL) prices have been increasing at a faster rate than Long-Distance Truckload prices for the last few years (approximately 40 months) but truckload pricing seems to have shifted accordingly with LTL pricing since mid-2017. However, the sudden jolt to the market in 2019 with capacity increases being fully implemented that’s stymied the upward growth in prices. It seems that LTL prices aren’t going to go down as quickly though.
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