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Three-Quarters of Carriers Expecting Lower Utilization reports that, with new hours of service regulations, in effect on July 1st, approximately 75% of carriers are expecting utilization to lower. The way shippers work to minimize the impact of these changes will also affect this tightening capacity.

“This potential reduction in truck capacity is hitting at the same time as spot rates are climbing, reflecting a stronger demand in June. Rates will likely increase further in the months ahead,” noted Richard Mikes, TCP Partner.

Full article here.

Current State of the Truckload Industry

A recent conference call hosted by Stifel featured Transport Capital Partners Managing Partner, Dr. Richard Mikes. In the call, Mikes suggests that fairly flat demand and supply point to an upcoming capacity shortfall in the truckload industry. Furthermore, tightening supply and demand is increasing the potential for future rate increases. To read the full transcript, click here.

Outlook Hopeful for the Transportation Industry

Powers & Stinson reports that TCP’s most recent Business Expectations Survey reflects a growing optimism among those in the transportation industry. More carriers now expect volumes to remain steady, or even grow, ending a 3-year trend of negative volume growth expectations. Additionally, a large majority of carriers are anticipating rates to increase over the next 12 months. Read the full post.

Optimism Growing for Future Rate and Volume Increases

There is an increasingly positive outlook for volume and rate growth in the industry. Both and recently shared encouraging data from TCP’s 2nd quarter industry survey.  The survey indicated that eighty percent of all carriers have seen rates hold steady over the past quarter. Furthering optimism, seventy-three percent of carriers are expecting rates to increase over the next year.

“Even with modest improvement in freight demand, carriers are anticipating much-needed higher rates from customers,” says Steven Dutro, TCP partner. full article. full article.

Three-Year Trend of Lowered Volume Expectations Ends

Today’s Trucking references data from the 2nd quarter TCP Business Expectations Survey to suggest a more positive direction for the industry. In this survey, half of all carriers reported that they expect volumes to increase. These results finally break a three-year trend of lowered second quarter outlooks. Read the full article here.

Richard Mikes Comments on the State of the Trucking Industry in IMTA Quarterly

TCP managing partner Richard Mikes contributed an article to the most recent issue of the Iowa Motor Truck Association‘s quarterly Lifeliner Magazine. In the article, Mikes highlights data from last quarter’s TCP Business Expectations Survey showing increasing, if hesitant, optimism for volume and rate expectations in the industry. Trucking is warming up, but at what pace? For more, click here to download a .pdf of the full article.

Significant Rise in Use of E-logs by Carriers has shared results from TCP’s First Quarter 2013 Business Expectations Survey that display a sizable increase in the adoption of electronic driver logs (e-logs) by carriers. Canadian fleet management company, Shaw Tracking is pleased to see that the benefits of implementing e-log use are being recognized by more and more fleets owners and drivers. Full article here.

Possibility of a Capacity Shortfall Increasing

An article from reports that with rates still largely flat, much of the TL segment appears to be stalling on expanding capacity. However, a trucking capacity crunch could still be offset by capacity growth within the private fleet segment. The posting sites comments by TCP partner, Richard Mikes from his recent webinar hosted by Wall Street investment firm, Stifel Nicolaus. To read the full article, click here.

Richard Mikes Presenting Free Webinar on May 3

TCP Partner Richard Mikes will be presenting a webinar on Friday, May 3 at 11:00am EDT hosted by John Larkin, CFA – Transportation Analyst titled U.S. Truckload Fleet Status: TCP Survey 2013. 

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Discussion of the results of TCP’s latest industry wide survey of truckload management teams
  • Truckload industry supply and demand
  • Truckload pricing outlook
  • The impact that new/revised federal environmental, safety and security regulations will have on capacity
  • CSA compliance changes & costs
  • Electronic log use rates
  • New engine (2010) fleet experience
  • Time for Q&A will be allotted at the end

Dial-In Number(s)
888-267-2848 (Domestic)
973-413-6103 (International)
Passcode: 346981
800-332-6854 (Domestic)
973-528-0005 (International)
Passcode: 346981

Questions? Contact Richard Mikes at


Freight brokerage still important

Freight brokerage is still playing an important role for carriers, reports Bulk Transporter. Despite an increase of brokered freight services in the last three months, 62% of carriers are using fewer brokers than six months ago. Small carriers (under $25 million in revenue) report a higher use of brokers than larger carriers, most likely due to lower lane density and smaller marketing staffs. The article is based on TCP’s recent Business Expectations Survey. Click here to read the full article.

TCP’s Second Quarter Business Expectations Survey will launch on Thursday, May 2nd. If you are a carrier interested in participating, please visit our industry survey page to learn more.