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ACT Research: U.S. Trailer Orders Continued to Drop in April, Down 23% Y/Y and 30% YTD

Posted by Jennifer McNealy on May 22, 2019 5:32:52 PM

Trailer Graph 5-22-19New US trailer orders of 18.6k were up 4% month-over-month, but after accounting for cancellations, net orders slid to 14.7k units, down 6% from March. Year-to-date, net orders are 37% below last year, according to this month’s issue of ACT Research’s State of the Industry: U.S. Trailer Report. Near-record backlogs have filled 2019 build slots for many OEMs, and there continues to be some resistance toward booking orders into next year, resulting in the modest order volumes.

ACTSeminar57_155-300x200“New orders in April were surprisingly stronger on a month-over-month basis than the double-digit decline expected by seasonal patterns, but higher cancellations pushed net orders below last month’s level,” said Frank Maly, Director–CV Transportation Analysis and Research at ACT Research. He continued, “Most surprising was extremely weak reefer volumes, with new orders off 45% sequentially month-over-month and 65% year-over-year. A surge in cancelations helped push reefer net orders to the lowest monthly volume since December of 2000, when the industry posted a net-negative order month.”

Additionally, Maly said, “Although up more than 20% year-over-year, industry backlog posted a fourth consecutive sequential decline, and that pattern is likely to continue for the next couple of months, particularly for dry vans and reefers.”

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