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FTR’s March Shippers Conditions Index Reflects Continuing Tough Environment for Shippers

The March Shippers Conditions Index reading from FTR remained in double digit negative territory at -10.5 reflecting the continued tough environment facing shippers.  Conditions remain highly unfavorable with tight capacity and rising rates in both truckload and intermodal sectors.  Shippers may see some relief after the second quarter and conditions may improve further during Q4.  One bright spot for shippers is that the hard enforcement of the ELD regulation, based on spot-market data, does not appear to have had a major impact.  

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