Transport Market Monitor Quartal 3 | 2016: Price and capacity indices decline while diesel index continues to recover

The twenty-ninth edition of the Transport Market Monitor by Capgemini Consulting and Transporeon assesses European transport and haulage dynamics

Utrecht, 22nd November 2016 - The twenty-ninth edition of the Transport Market Monitor (TMM) by Transporeon and Capgemini Consulting reveals that transport prices decreased by 1.3% in Q3 2016 compared to Q2 2016.

Main highlights of the report:


•    The price index decreased by 1.3% in Q3 2016 (index 95.1). When comparing to the index level of the previous year, Q3 2015, we see that the price index decreased by 5.5%.
•    In Q3 2016, the capacity index decreased to an index level of 84.9 (-3.4%). Compared to Q3 2015, all 2016 Q3 months show an increase in the capacity index.
•    The diesel index displayed growth for the second quarter in a row, to an index of 69.9. This index is 2% higher than Q2 2016.

Erik van Dort, Supply Chain Director at Capgemini notes: “2016 remains a challenging year for transport companies. Similar to Q2, the prices paid in Q3 for transport are exceptionally low. Only in the crisis year of 2009 were the prices a bit lower, but then the diesel was significantly cheaper at that time too, so you could defend the statement that this looks like the worst Q3 for carriers since we started tracking.”

Peter Förster, Managing Director of Transporeon, added: “It is very unusual for the capacity index and price index to fall at the same time. When a shortage of capacity no longer leads to a price rise, that is something new, above all for the transport service providers, and particularly when the price of diesel is rising again. However, since prices generally rise in the fourth quarter, it will be very interesting to see what happens in the next few months.“

More details can be found in the Transport Market Monitor on transportmarketmonitor.com.

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