Despite rising concern in recent weeks about the U.S. economy’s footing, the fundamentals for freight demand in 2019 remain mostly positive, said analysts at FTR on Thursday.
Speaking in the firm’s monthly State of Freight webinar series, forecasters Avery Vise and Eric Starks said they expect freight movement to remain healthy in 2019, though the market will continue to moderate from the surge seen in late 2017 and through the first half of 2018. “We expect a growing transportation sector in 2019,” said Vise. “Not explosive by any stretch. We will really just be moving back toward a normal market.”