Shippers’ Condition Index (SCI)

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The Shippers’ Condition Index (SCI), produced by transportation forecasting firm FTR Associates, has moved upward this month, signifying improving conditions for shippers. The current SCI rose to a reading of -3.6 from the -5.4 reported last month. While the negative SCI reading indicates that overall conditions are still viewed as unfavorable from the standpoint of the shipper, the situation is considerably less acute than it was earlier this year...

The SCI sums up all market influences that affect shippers; a reading above zero suggests a favorable shipping environment, while a reading below zero is unfavorable.