While all indicators are there for a recovery in the freight industry, the recovery is slow. First quarter numbers from top carriers show year-over-year income growth of 10-20%. However, just like the comparison of Wall Street to Main Street, the freight loads are nowhere near their 2006 peak of 200 million truckloads.
Growth is initially expected in flatbed loads, as the industry reacts to a stronger housing market. New construction starts are prompting an initial boost in flatbed loads hauling building materials to residential job sites. Other industry sectors are expected to bolster truckload freight in the upcoming quarters.