TORONTO – TransCore Link Logistics volumes for Canadian and cross-border loads closed the third quarter of 2016 with a positive gain. Compared to last month, volumes were up five percent month-over-month. Year-over-year volumes also increased; up 10 percent compared to September 2015.
The third quarter of 2016 showed a decline in load volumes, dipping eight percent compared to the previous quarter. Despite this quarter-over-quarter decline, year-over-year volumes were higher by seven percent when compared to the third quarter of 2015.
Intra-Canada load volumes represented 29 percent of the total volumes and were up 13 percent compared to September 2015. Cross-border loads averaged 66 percent of the total data submitted by Loadlink’s Canadian-based customers, and improved compared to last year. Loads leaving Canada were slightly higher by two percent, and loads coming into Canada were up by 18 percent year-over-year.
Equipment capacity decreased nine percent month-over-month; however, capacity was up three percent year-over-year. The equipment-to-load ratio decreased to 3.10 trucks for every load available, down from 3.58 in August. Year-over-year, this ratio decreased six percent from 3.29 in September 2015.
TransCore’s Canadian Freight Index accurately measures trends in the truckload freight spot market. The components of the Freight Index are comprised from roughly 5,500 of Canada’s trucking companies and freight brokers; this data includes all domestic, cross-border and interstate data submitted by Loadlink customers.
Truckload spot rates in specific areas can be accessed from TransCore’s Rate Index truckload rating tool, and real-time and historical data on total truck and load volumes, as well as ratios in specific areas can be accessed from TransCore’s Posting Index.
About TransCore Link Logistics
Looking for a better way to match available freight loads with trucks, TransCore Link Logistics in 1990 developed Loadlink, a load board connecting brokers, carriers, owner operators and private fleets in Canada to a real-time database of 15 million loads, shipments and trucks – the largest in the industry. The monthly Canadian Freight Index now defines the freight movement spot market. The company also provides its customers with dispatch solutions, ACE/ACI eManifest, Posting Index, Rate Index, credit solutions, factoring, online transportation job boards, mileage software and more.