ACT Freight Forecast, U.S. Rate and Volume Outlook

A Guide To Negotiating Rates


Actionable Intelligence from Industry Experts

Visibility on transportation supply and demand is better than ever and now accessible to you and your business.

The ACT Research Freight Forecast provides an unprecedented look at the future of freight rates to inform businesses in transportation and logistics management. 

  • What is the potential impact of tariffs?
  • How will the market adjust to short-term demand?
  • Who has the pricing power and which direction will the pendulum swing?

We address these questions and more in our Freight Forecast Outlook to give you transportation transparency while letting the data do the talking.


A History of Excellence

ACT Research is the leader in economic forecasting for the commercial vehicle industry as we analyze both the new and used classes 5, 6, 7, 8 truck markets. For more than 30 years, ACT Research has worked with the industry and built foundational population models, including vital data such as average age, which have become the industry standard. We produce more than 18 product reports on various divisions of the commercial vehicle industry, tailored to the needs of a variety of participants. Through these forecasts, we are able to measure and understand the demand for new trucks, as well as their used counterparts, which represent the supply side of the transportation industry on the flip side of the same coin.

ACT Freight Forecast Focus

Rate Projections

Gain an understanding of the pattern of supply and rates increasing transparency as businesses of all shape and sizes can plan and prepare for the next 18 months, working to understand future freight market imbalances. Our models saw the capacity crunch of 2017, accurately predicted the rollover in spot truckload rates which started in the middle of 2018 (as published in our N.A. Commercial Vehicle Outlook report), and they can help you to better understand where freight rates are headed from here.

Supply Side Knowledge

ACT Research has been analyzing the supply-side of freight for more than three decades. Using our foundational population modeling in conjunction with decades of supply-side research allows us to produce a truly unique rate predictions model.

Truckload Spot Leading Indicator

Need to know where Spot Rates are going? Our Spot Leading Indicator gives a unique, 3-month look "around the corner". For a history of the success of this tool, click here.