ATA truck tonnage chart for October 2022

American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) announced last week its advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index decreased 2.3 percent in October after rising 0.8 percent in September. In October, the index equaled 116.3 (2015=100) versus 119.1 in September.

“For-hire truck tonnage saw the largest single monthly decrease in October since the start of the pandemic,” says ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. “The decrease fits with the anecdotal reports of a muted fall freight season. It also coincides with a slowing economy. Housing is a weak spot in freight in addition to a slowing in personal consumption of goods. While factory-related freight is holding up better than other areas, it is also decelerating.”

Compared with October 2021, the SA index increased 2.8 percent, which was the fourteenth straight year-over-year gain, but the smallest gain since April. In September, the index was up 5.7 percent from a year earlier. Year-to-date through October, compared with the same period in 2021, tonnage was up 3.9 percent.

The not seasonally adjusted index, which represents the change in tonnage actually hauled by fleets before any seasonal adjustment, equaled 118.9 in October, 0.4 percent below the September level (119.3). ATA’s For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index is dominated by contract freight as opposed to spot market freight.

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