In the second half of 2009 many trucking companies are shedding excess capacity in many ways. They are doing so by decreasing fleets, selling trucks and trailers, and some smaller trucking companies are just shutting their door. With shortage of trucks on the road means increased profitability for shippers. There are too many trucks on the road competing for same freight, which means bargain basement pricing.
Shippers that are on a daily basis are asking their transportation service providers to renegotiate rates. Many are forecasting that the trucking industry will not see relief until about December 2010. Until then shippers will enjoy the lowest rates in decades for truckload service. Many shippers are currently sending requests for proposals and trying to lock in rates for the next few years.