Truck loadings explained

The demand for trucking services affects both sides of the trucking equation – rates, which tend to rise as capacity tightens, and costs for trucking inputs such as equipment and drivers.

What it is: The FTR Truck Loadings data is an estimate of total truckloads being moved in the U.S. This data, unique to FTR, comes from our Freightcast transportation model. Unlike other measures that concentrate on longer-haul dry van freight, this FTR measurement captures all manner of truck freight, including short-haul and bulk shipments. In addition to this overall measure, FTR also produces similar figures for Dry Van, Reefer, Flatbed, Tank, and Bulk freight. We also break out the same data by the type of commodity that is being moved.

What it’s for: The demand for trucking services affects both sides of the trucking equation – rates, which tend to rise as capacity tightens, and costs for trucking inputs such as equipment and drivers. Future demand for trucking freight is a key metric for identifying the issues on which to focus attention in the coming months. Our ability to segment the market allows you to understand how the different segments are expected to perform.