In North America, favourable market conditions from 2015 have continued into 2016, according to US research company, FTR.
“We are now experiencing the first sustained period of favourable shipping conditions since 2009,” said Larry Gross, a Partner at FTR.
“Slow industrial growth and adequate capacity in all modes are combining to create this situation.”
Gross added, “Positive shipper conditions would continue indefinitely based solely on our economic forecast, but the addition of the regulatory component changes the equation.
“We expect conditions to begin to deteriorate from a shipper standpoint as we move through the year.”