Trucking & Rail Volume Collapsed. Now the Hope is That April Was the Bottom.

by Wolf Richter
Wolf Street

YRC, one of the largest less-than-truckload carriers, wheezes under the strain.

The hope is that April was the bottom, that volumes can’t fall further, that factories and retailers will gradually open and that consumers and businesses will buy these goods, and that trucks and railroads will roll again. That’s the hope. It might take a long time to get back on track, but at least the hope is that the plunge in the demand for transportation services bottomed out in April.

Shipment volume in the US by truck, rail, and air collapsed by 22.7% in April compared to April last year, and is down 25% from April 2018, according to the Cass Freight Index for Shipments today.

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