FTR Shippers Conditions Index for May falls reflecting rise in spot rates

July 27, 2016

FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) fell back into negative territory in May to a reading of -2.8, following five months of positive (favorable to shippers) readings. Market signals remain very mixed with some seasonal increase in spot freight rates negatively affecting the SCI.

Overall, the index should remain close to neutral until Congress decides if and when to reinstate of the 34-hour restart rule.  The reinstatement would constrict capacity resulting in more negative readings for the SCI. This chart illustrates the latest report.

Larry Gross, partner at FTR, said: “Shippers have taken full advantage of the current capacity lull as indications are that the bid season has been difficult for carriers. Now rising spot rates may be signaling the start of a slow reversal in circumstances back toward the carriers, but much will depend on whether the regulatory agenda continues to unfold on schedule.”