FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index fell below the recent trend line in April, reflecting short-term fluctuations, the group said.
The index declined to 5.91 from 8.69 in March, but the environment for carriers remains positive, the transportation forecasting firm said.
“Just as the truck environment continues to get back to normal, the revisions to the GDP data for Q1 gives everyone a moment of pause. How could we have had such a strong trucking market when the economy was apparently in decline? Part of the answer lies in the fact that goods movement was abnormal during this winter, and it likely led to a reduction in final inventories at many places.,” Jonathan Starks, FTR’s director of transportation analysis, said in a statement.