Dow Jones Transportation Index

Dow Jones Transportation index rose 6.1% during the month of January. (Stock performance of twenty large, well-known U.S. companies in the transportation industry, average of January 10th thru February 10th)

NASDAQ Transportation Index

NASDQ Transportation index increased 1.9% in January. (Average share weights of NASDAQ-listed companies classified as transportation companies, average of January 10th thru February 10th)

DOT Freight Transportation Index

The USDOT’s freight transportation services rose 1% in December 2012.  The index’s reading of 109.9 was down 3.5% from December 2011. (Source: US DOT)

Cass Freight Index

The January shipments index fell 4.8% over the previous month and fell 2.5% year-over-year. The January expenditures index decreased 5.5% for the month, and decreased 1.6% year-over-year. (Source: Cass Information Systems/Cassinfo.com) (Based upon transportation dollars and shipments of Cass clients comprised of over 400 shipping companies)

Import Volumes

In December, the U.S. imported about $224.9 billion of cargo. December U.S. imports have decreased 2.7% in terms of value from November, and fell 2% year-over-year. (Source: US Census)

Export Volumes

In December, the U.S. exported more than $186.4 billion of cargo. December U.S. exports have increased 2.1% in terms of value over the previous month and grew 4.9% year-over-year. (Source: US Census)

Import & Export Price Index

U.S. import prices rose 0.6% in December. Import prices fell 1.3% over the past year. The price index for U.S. exports rose 0.3% in December. Export prices increased 1.1% year-over-year. (Source:  Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Multimodal News Clips:

·Amazon is the most reputable company in America according to the annual Harris Poll RQ study. Amazon.com upset last year’s most reputable company, Apple, which ranks second in 2013. The Harris Poll Reputation Quotient surveys 14,000 members of the general public to measure the reputations of the sixty most visible companies in the country. (Source: Harris Interactive)

·U.S. exports of goods and services reached a record $2.2 trillion in 2012. Exports in 2012 outpaced the growth in imports for the first time since 2007. Exports as a share of U.S. GDP were 13.9% in 2012, matching the record set in 2011. (Source: US Department of Commerce)


U.S. Freight Rail Traffic

Railroad bulk carload freight in January 2013 fell 3.9% from December 2012. Freight traffic in January fell 6.3% from January 2012. Carloads excluding coal and grain increased 1.8% over the previous year. (Source: AAR.org) (Report includes rail car-loadings by 19 different major commodity categories as well as intermodal units)

U.S. Intermodal Rail Traffic

Intermodal rail traffic in January 2013 was 5.3% higher than in January 2012 and 2.4% higher than December 2012 totals. Intermodal loadings have experienced year-over-year gains for 38 straight months. (Source: AAR.org) (Report includes rail car-loadings by 19 different major commodity categories as well as intermodal units)

Railroad Fuel Price Index

The index of average railroad fuel prices in December was 612.8, down 1.4% from the previous month and 4.4% higher year-over-year. (Source: AAR.org) (Average monthly price for gallons purchased by freight railroads; Includes federal excise taxes, transportation, and handling expenses)

Freight Cars in Storage

The number of freight cars in storage has decreased to 315,514 (20.6% of the fleet) on February 1, down 1,709 cars from a month earlier. (Source: AAR.org) (A freight car is “in storage” if it has had a loaded revenue move since 2005, but not in the past 60 days. Decrease here = more demand)

Class 1 Railroad Employment

Railroad employment in December 2012 decreased by 114 employees to 162,652 employees. Total Class 1 rail employment in December 2012 was 0.07% lower than it was in December 2011. (Source: U.S. STB)

Short Line Rail Traffic

In January 2013, short line railroad shipments across North America rose 5.6% compared to the same month last year. A sampling of about 427 small railroads in the U.S. and Canada loaded 676,818 railcars and intermodal units during the month of January. (Source:  RMI RailConnect Index/ rmiondemand.com)

Railroad News Clips:

·Intermodal container volumes hit a record high in 2012 with 13.1 million moves, a 5.9% increase year­-over-year. Total intermodal shipments in 2012 grew 4%. Domestic container shipments topped 5 million for the first time, reflecting a growth rate of 12.2% over 2011 activity. International containers had the largest share of intermodal loadings, accounting for 52% of the total. (Source:  IANA/ intermodal.org)

·Major freight railroads in the U.S. plan to invest an estimated $24.5 billion in 2013 to build, maintain and upgrade America’s rail network. This investment includes $13 billion in projected capital expenditures, which go toward upgrading or enhancing rail network capacity in the year ahead. Freight railroads also expect to hire more than 11,000 employees this year. (Source: AAR.org)


Trucking Volume

The ATA’s seasonally adjusted cargo index rose 2.8% in December after rising 3.9% in November. The for-­hire truck tonnage index fell 2.3% year-over-year.    (Source: American Trucking Association/ Trucking.org)

Truckload Freight

The spot market for truckload freight in January rose 18% compared to the previous month, and was 28% higher year-over-year. Truck capacity rose 19% for the month, and was up 21% year-over-year. (Source:  TransCore FreightIndex/www.transcore freightsolutions.com)

Diesel Prices

U.S. average diesel prices rose to $4.10 per gallon, up 8.2¢ since last week. The U.S. average diesel price was 16¢ higher than the same week last year. The average price of diesel in the lower Atlantic states was $4.08 per gallon. (Source: U.S. DOE) (Reflects the costs and profits of the entire production and distribution chain.)

Trucking Employment

The trucking industry added 5,000 jobs in January. The trucking workforce increased 0.36% over the previous month and rose 3.6% over the previous year.  (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Truck Orders

Orders for heavy-duty Class 8 trucks in North America are expected to total 22,235 units in January 2012. January orders were 7% higher than the previous month, and 11% lower year-over-year. (Source: FTR Associates/ ftrassociates. com)


Surface transport-related trade between the U.S. and its NAFTA partners, Canada and Mexico, was up 6.2% in November compared to the same month in 2011, totaling $81.5 billion. (Source: US DOT)

Trucking News Clips:

·Saia, the Georgia-based carrier, reported a 2012 profit of $32 million, jumping 181.8% from the $11.4 million in 2011. Yearly revenue was $1.1 billion, up 6.7% from $1 billion the previous year.

·C.H. Robinson’s net income rose 38% to $593.8 million in 2012. Revenue in 2012 totaled $11.36 billion, an increase of 10% over the previous year.


Air Cargo Traffic

Global air freight traffic in December decreased 0.3% from one year ago and rose 0.8% from the previous month. North American air freight in December fell 0.7% year-over-year. (Source:  IATA.org) (Global air freight covers international and domestic scheduled air traffic. North American traffic includes only domestic freight traffic.)

Atlanta Air Cargo Traffic

In December, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport transported 54,212 metric tons of cargo, a 3% decrease from the previous month and a 5% decrease year-over-year. (Source:  HJIA)

Air Freight Price Index

Drewry’s recently launched East-West Air Freight Price Index fell by 1.4 points from November to reach 110.8 in December. This brought to an end four consecutive months of gains in the index in which its value had risen by over 20 points since the low of July. (Source:  Drewry – www.drewry.co.uk) (The Drewry Air East-West Air Freight Price Index is a weighted average of airfreight rates across 21 East-West trades.)

Jet Fuel Prices

As of February 8, 2013, the global average jet fuel price was $140 per barrel; up 6.9% from the previous month, and 4.1% higher year-over-year. (Source: IATA.org, platts.com) (The weekly index and price data shows the global average price paid at the refinery for aviation jet fuel)

Air Freight News Clips:

·American Airlines and US Airways announced a merger that will create one of the world’s largest airlines. The two carriers are collectively worth about $11 billion. The combined airline will operate under the American Airlines name.

·Atlas Air Worldwide’s net income surged 56% to a record $52.4 million in 4Q 2012. For the full year of 2012, profit was $129.9 million, a 35% increase over 2011. Annual revenue rose 18% year-over-year to $1.7 billion.


Import Volumes

Import shipment volume, in TEUs, at U.S. ports increased 6.9% in January from the previous month and rose 0.1% year-over-year. Over 1.5 million TEUs were imported in January, and shipments were over 750,000. (Source: Zepol Corporation/ zepol.com)

Shanghai Containerized Freight Index

The February 8th SCFI comprehensive reading was $1,208 per FEU; down 11% from the previous week, and 24.5% higher year-over-year. The spot rate for shipments to the U.S. East Coast was $3,606 per FEU, up 21.9% over the previous year. (Source: Shanghai Shipping Exchange / www.chineseshipping.com.cn/en) (The Shanghai Containerized Freight Index is a weekly reported average export spot rate fromShanghai for 15 different trade lanes.)

Ocean Bulk Freight Rates

The Baltic Dry Index rose 8.9% in January, ending at 760. The BDI has remained steady during the first half of February. (Source: www.bloomberg. com/quote/BDIY:IND) (The Baltic Dry Index is an index that tracks and averages worldwide international shipping prices of various dry bulk cargoes.)

TSA Bunker Surcharge

Between January 1 and March 31, 2013, the bunker fuel surcharge will total $553 per FEU for shipments to the West coast ocean ports and $1,050 per FEU for shipments to the East coast and Gulf ports. (Source:  Transpacific Stabilization Agreement) (The Transpacific Stabilization Agreement is a research and discussion forum of major ocean container shipping lines that carry cargo from Asia to ports in the U.S.)

Port of Savannah

The Georgia Ports Authority moved 2.27 million tons of cargo in December 2012, an 11.7% increase year­-over-year. December’s container tonnage increased by 4.2% to reach 1.76 million tons and 219,128 TEUs. (Source: GPA)

Port of Brunswick

The Port of Brunswick combined with the Port of Savannah to move a total of 54,884 auto and machinery units, an increase of 18.2%, making December the fifth-busiest month on record for Roll-on/Roll-off cargo. (Source: GPA)

Ocean Freight Business News:

·Import volume through major U.S. container ports is expected to increase 8.5% in February. Total U.S. containerized imports in 2013 are expected to increase 3.4%, slightly less than the preliminary 4.2% growth seen in 2012. (Source: NRF/Hackett Associates)

·Liquefied natural gas will soon be exported from Savannah’s Elba Island. Shell US Gas & Power LLC and Southern Liquefaction Co. will invest in pipelines to move natural gas to the terminal and will make modifications enabling the liquefied gas to be pumped onto outbound ships. The project has received U.S. Department of Energy clearance to export up to 4 million tons per year to countries with which the US has free trade agreements.

·UPS expanded its direct Less-than-container load offering to more than 300 additional lanes in 2012 to meet growing global market demands. UPS now operates more than 1,700 direct LCL lanes servicing 116 countries. In Asia alone, UPS added 139 outbound lanes to connect retailers and suppliers in the global market.


Industrial Vacancy

The U.S. average industrial vacancy rate was 8.9% during Q4 2012, down from 9.1% in the previous quarter. Overall vacancy was 10.1% in the South and 13.4% in Atlanta during the fourth quarter. (Source:  Cassidy Turley)

Warehouse Rent Rates

In Q4 2012, warehouse and distribution rental rates in the US averaged $5.00 per square foot. Rental rates for warehouse space averaged $4.52/square foot in the South and $3.42/square foot inAtlanta. (Source: Cassidy Turley)

Industrial Absorption

Net absorption in the US during Q4 2012 totaled nearly +40.9 million square feet, a 44% increase over the same quarter in 2011. The South led all regions with +20.4 million square feet. Absorption totaled more than +1.8 million square feet in Atlanta. (Source: Cassidy Turley) (Absorption is the net change in occupied space between two points in time. Positive absorption means that previously unoccupied space is being occupied.)

Purchasing Managers Index

The National PMI rose 2.9 points to 53.1 in January 2013. New orders rose 3.6 points to 53.3 and production increased 1 point to 53.6. (Source: Institute for Supply Management) (The PMI combines data on new orders, inventory, production, supplier deliveries, and employment. A reading above 50 indicates that the manufacturing economy is generally expanding.)

Purchasing Managers Index in Georgia

Georgia’s  PMI rose 9.8  points to 55 in January. New orders in Georgia surged 21.6 points to 59.6 and production spiked 19.8 points to 55.8.Georgia’s PMI is 2.7 points higher than the national PMI. (Source: Kennesaw State University) (The PMI combines data on new orders, inventory, production, supplier deliveries, and employment. A reading above 50 indicates that the manufacturing economy is generally expanding.)

W&D Business News:

· Norton Packaging is creating 90 new jobs and investing $12 million in a new manufacturing facility in Jasper County, Georgia. The 76,000 square-foot facility will service the southeast region of theUnited States as well as Puerto Rico andEurope.

·Haier America has chosen Georgia as its logistics hub for the Southeast U.S. The company will move its home appliances and air conditioners through its 230,000 square-foot distribution center near Savannah. Haier has cited the approved port deepening project and the number of shipping services calling onSavannah as factors in the selection of its newest facility.


Gross Domestic Product:

The U.S. GDP decreased 0.1% in the fourth quarter of 2012 according to the first preliminary estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. (Source: US BEA)

U.S. Trade Deficit:

The U.S. trade deficit decreased by 20.7% in December to $38.5 billion, the lowest deficit since January 2010. Exports rose 2.1% to $186.4 billion and imports fell 2.7% to $224.9 billion. (Source: US DOC & Census Bureau)

Consumer Confidence:

The Consumer Confidence Index decreased to 58.6 in January 2013 from 66.7 in December 2012. (Source: The Conference Board) (The consumer confidence index is based on a monthly survey of 5,000U.S. households. It is designed to gauge the financial health, spending power, and confidence of the average U.S. consumer.)

Unemployment Rate:

The unemployment rate in America increased to 7.9% in January 2013 as there were 157,000 net new jobs. (Source: US DOL)

The Leading Economic Index

The Leading Economic Index for the U.S. increased 0.5% in December to 93.9 (2004=100), following no change in November and a 0.3% increase in October. (Source: Conference Board) (The LEI is a composite of 10 economic indicators that together create an analytic system designed to signal peaks and troughs in the business cycle. The LEI reveals patterns in economic data in a clearer and more convincing manner than any individual component alone.)

 Retail Sales   

Retail and food service sales rose in January to $416.6 billion, up 0.1% from the previous month, and up 4.4% above January 2012. Non-store retailer sales were up 15.7% from last year. (Source: US Census)

Manufacturing & Trade Sales

Total combined sales and manufacturing shipments totaled $1.27 Trillion in December 2012, up 0.3% from November and up 3.6% from the previous year. (Source: US Census)

Manufacturing & Trade Inventory

Total value of inventory on hand is estimated at $1.62 Trillion in December 2012, up 0.1% from November and up 5.1% from December 2011. (Source: US Census)

Housing Starts

In December, housing starts rose 12.1% to an annual rate of 954,000 units. December’s pace of residential ground breaking was the fastest since June 2008. An estimated 780,000 housing units were started in 2012; a 28.1% increase over housing starts in 2011. Building permits (an indicator of future housing starts) rose 0.3% to an annual rate of 903,000. (Source: U.S. DOC)

Consumer & Producer Price Index

The consumer price index for all urban consumers decreased 0.3% in November from the previous month. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 1.8%. The producer price index for finished goods decreased 0.2% in December from the previous month. Prices for finished goods rose 1.3% over the previous year. (Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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