PORTLAND, Ore. — Spot market freight availability on TransCore load boards in December rose by 103 percent year over year, to twice the level achieved in the same month of 2008, according to the TransCore Freight Index. Freight volume also exceeded November levels by 11 percent on the North American spot market (United States and Canada). The index is a measure of truckload freight volume found on load boards supported by TransCore’s DAT Network, including 3sixty Freight Match, TruckersEdge.net and the company’s Canadian subsidiary service Link Logistics.
COLUMBUS, Ind. — Commercial trailer factory shipments reached 8,296 in December, the highest monthly total for 2009. However, full year shipments were off 44 percent year-over-year and fell to the lowest level since 1975, according to commercial truck and trailer market analyst ACT Research Co.
OMAHA, Neb. — Union Pacific Corp. said Thursday its fourth-quarter profit fell 17 percent as the railroad’s efforts to improve productivity and limit costs could not offset lower shipping volume.
NEW YORK — CSX Corp., the nation’s third-largest railroad, said Tuesday the economy improved modestly in the fourth-quarter, but its shipping volume dropped from a year ago as demand for coal to produce electricity remained weak.