The American Trucking Associations (ATA) released its most recent ATA Freight Transportation Forecast: 2020 to 2031, which is conducted annually by IHS Markit, showing that despite contraction in 2020, the long-term trend for both trucking and overall freight shipments is still positive.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on many parts of the economy and trucking is no exception,” says ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. “However, despite significant contractions in 2020, the forecast makes it clear that the long-term trend for trucking, as well as for the overall freight economy, is positive.”
Among the findings in this year’s forecast, ATA says:
Total freight volumes in 2020 are likely to collapse by 10.6 percent to 14.6 billion tons, although truck freight volumes falls a smaller 8.8 percent.
Trucking volumes are expected to rebound in 2021, rising 4.9 percent next year and then growing 3.2 percent per year on average through 2026.
Overall freight revenues in 2020 will total $879 billion, rising to $1.435 trillion in 2031.
“Freight Forecast provides a roadmap for where our industry, as well as all modes of freight transportation, are going,” Costello says.