Bloomington, Ind.-- FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) for August, at a reading of -0.8, continues to reflect the moratorium in TL rate growth over the summer. However, the current soft level in the SCI is still below equilibrium, with the slightly negative reading. Shippers should expect a more challenging environment in 2016 in anticipation of the increasing regulatory drag on capacity expected to get into full throttle in 2017.
The Shippers Conditions Index is a compilation of factors affecting the shippers transport environment. Any reading below zero indicates a less-than-ideal environment for shippers. Readings below -10 signal that conditions for shippers are approaching critical levels, based on available capacity and expected rates.
"Shippers are currently receiving the benefit of relatively slow growth →