Flatbed Report: Excessive inventories create a drag on manufacturing outlook – DAT Freight & Analytics


Regardless of the information headlines, financial exercise within the manufacturing sector grew in July, with the general financial system attaining a twenty sixth consecutive month of development, say the nation’s provide executives within the newest Institute for Provide Administration (ISM®) Manufacturing Report On Enterprise®. Nevertheless, indicators of a slowdown have been current. “The July Manufacturing PMI® registered 52.8 %, down 0.2 share factors from the studying of 53 % in June. That is the bottom Manufacturing PMI® determine since June 2020, when it registered 52.4 %,” in line with Timothy R. Fiore, CPSM, C.P.M., Chair of the Institute for Provide Administration® (ISM®) Manufacturing Enterprise Survey Committee.

Being a diffusion index, the PMI® means any studying above 50 signifies financial growth, so the 52.8% July studying confirms the financial system has expanded for 26 months in a row. Nevertheless, it decreased 0.2% from the June studying of 53%. The July report confirmed development in three of the 5 subindexes that issue into the PMI®, Manufacturing, Provider Deliveries, and Inventories have been in development territory. The Manufacturing Index decreased 1.4 share factors however remained in growth territory. The Provider Deliveries Index slowed whereas the Inventories Index elevated, indicating not less than a slight easing of provide chain congestion.

“4 of the six largest manufacturing industries — Petroleum & Coal Merchandise; Pc & Digital Merchandise; Transportation Gear; and Equipment — registered moderate-to-strong development in July.

Manufacturing carried out properly for the twenty sixth straight month. There are indicators of recent order charges softening — cited in 16 % of common feedback, in comparison with 17 % in June — as panelists are more and more involved about extreme inventories and persevering with record-high lead occasions. Employment exercise remained strongly constructive despite the uncertainty with new order charges,” says Fiore.


All charges cited beneath exclude gasoline surcharges except in any other case famous.

Flatbed capability tightened in California final week following a 30% w/w improve in load put up volumes. Outbound charges in Los Angeles elevated by $0.11/mile to $2.57/mile, whereas in San Francisco, charges elevated from $0.03/mile to $2.53/mile. Los Angeles is the most important flatbed market within the state, the place flatbed load put up volumes have been up 65% within the final month. Masses nearly 2,000 miles to the east to Minneapolis elevated by $0.10/mile to $1.62, whereas shorter haul masses to Stockton elevated by the identical quantity to $2.63/mile. 

Within the Pacific Northwest in Seattle, outbound flatbed spot charges elevated by $0.07/mile to $2.19/mile, whereas on the 800-mile haul to Stockton, charges elevated by $0.20/mile above the July common to $2.55/mile. In Indianapolis, capability tightened final week following a surge in load put up volumes – spot charges have been up by $0.14/mile to $3.26/mile, and additional north in Gary, IN, capability cooled for the fourth week in a row. Outbound masses averaged $3.14/mile, down by $0.19/mile over the identical timeframe.

Flatbed load put up volumes proceed to trace nearly identically with 2018 ranges following final week’s 20% w/w lower. Volumes at the moment are practically 40% decrease than final yr, with 2019 the one yr to document decrease load put up volumes for the primary week of August. Flatbed capability continues to loosen quickly as tools posts exceed the earlier document set in 2019 by 5% final week. In consequence, the flatbed load-to-truck (LTR) ratio decreased by 23% w/w to fifteen.04

Flatbed linehaul charges have been monitoring seasonally with 2018 ranges and, following final week’s $0.04/mile lower, at the moment are simply $0.06/mile above these ranges. The nationwide common flatbed charge excluding gasoline dropped to $2.42/mile final week, which is $0.28/mile decrease y/y and, in comparison with prior non-pandemic years, is $0.41/mile greater.


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