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Insights: Construction Industry

The construction sector began a strong rally before the pandemic and made a rapid recovery as the economy opened back up. Construction is poised for strong growth over the next two years.
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Insights: Russia-Ukraine Conflict

Russias invasion of Ukraine sent energy prices skyrocketing in a U.S. economy already reeling from inflation. War injects further uncertainty into the outlook, but a sizable negative effect on the economy and freight is hardly a sure bet.
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Insights: Paper Industry

Reduced need for newsprint, declining net exports, and substitution of plastics for paper in packaging have impacted paper demand, but e-commerce growth with increased demand for packaging materials has balanced these losses.
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Intermodal Challenges Persist

2021 was a challenge for the intermodal industry. Coming off the pandemic-dented 2020, 2021 dawned with the promise and hope of better consistency and growth for intermodal and the supply chain in general.


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C-Suite Synopsis: Freight Transportation for February 2022

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TRUCKING: Trucking conditions improve, but they might have finally peaked.

RAILCAR: Carload volumes are being held back by four main commodities to start 2022.

INTERMODAL: International volumes remained weak in December and face near-term headwinds to growth in 2022.

SHIPPERS: Fuel costs are proving to be the difference between tough and really tough market conditions.

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Insights: Oil and Gas Industry

In 2020, the U.S. became a net exporter of petroleum products. This is the result of a fifteen-year trend toward increased domestic production, increased exports, and decreased imports.
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Intermodal at a glance | November 2021

The outlook for intermodal dimmed this month as it appears volumes will hold at present levels through the end of the year. There is demand to move more goods via intermodal, but congestion and metering by the carriers are limiting how high volumes can go. The existing thinking is that volumes will not improve meaningfully until the mid-to-late-first quarter at the earliest.


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Transportation Update | U.S. Economy

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C-Suite Synopsis: Freight Transportation for November 2021

Headlines

TRUCKING: Strengthening freight rates support a high floor on market conditions for carriers.

RAILCAR: The 2021 carload outlook took another step down in the latest month and now sits at just over 5% compared with 2020. 

INTERMODAL: International and domestic traffic each weakened in September as volumes are metered by providers. 

SHIPPERS: Market conditions are stalled at a level unfavorable to shippers. 

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