US trailer market struggling

Trailer net orders in the US fell 25 per cent month-over-month in July, and contracted 50 per cent year-over -year, ACT Research found.

“The second half of the year opened on a disappointing note; net orders of 10,147 trailers were the lowest monthly volume since January 2010,” said Frank Maly, Director CV Transportation Analysis and Research at ACT.

“Low freight rates along with slow demand appear to have brought contemplation of fleet overcapacity to the forefront, causing fleets to reassess their equipment needs for the short and medium terms.”

He added that the impact of that attitude shift was exacerbated by the usual mid-summer seasonal order trough.

Maly also noted, “Current market conditions will challenge the timing of this year’s order season; recent years have seen a progressive ‘pull-ahead’ of volumes, as fleets saw equipment needs and were willing to fast-track their commitments.

“Market conditions don’t really support that pattern this year; we anticipate, at best, near-normal order season timing, which means more action in Q4 versus the Q3 trend we’ve seen in recent years.”

Trailer net orders in the US fell 25 per cent month-over-month in July, and contracted 50 per cent year-over -year, ACT Research found.

“The second half of the year opened on a disappointing note; net orders of 10,147 trailers were the lowest monthly volume since January 2010,” said Frank Maly, Director CV Transportation Analysis and Research at ACT.

“Low freight rates along with slow demand appear to have brought contemplation of fleet overcapacity to the forefront, causing fleets to reassess their equipment needs for the short and medium terms.”

He added that the impact of that attitude shift was exacerbated by the usual mid-summer seasonal order trough.

Maly also noted, “Current market conditions will challenge the timing of this year’s order season; recent years have seen a progressive ‘pull-ahead’ of volumes, as fleets saw equipment needs and were willing to fast-track their commitments.

“Market conditions don’t really support that pattern this year; we anticipate, at best, near-normal order season timing, which means more action in Q4 versus the Q3 trend we’ve seen in recent years.”

Earlier this month, research company, FTR, had reported July trailer orders in the US were “below expectations” at 9,500 units, marking 55 per cent drop compared to the same month a year ago.

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