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Severe Setback Expected for China’s CV Markets in Q1

| March 19, 2020

Policies like “reducing human gathering and mobility” in response to the virus outbreak were a heavy blow to freight demand

According to the recent release of ACT Research’s China Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, China’s heavy and medium truck markets, including tractors, are expected to suffer a severe setback in Q1’20, before a small recovery in Q2. The report also explained that policies like “reducing human gathering and mobility” in response to the virus outbreak were a heavy blow to freight demand, which harmed medium and heavy duty truck demand. These same forces have dramatically reduced the medium and large bus forecast.

China’s economy is likely to give less support to the heavy and medium truck markets, particularly with GDP growth muted as a result of COVID-19. This is in addition to the ongoing structural changes, such as stricter weight-limit enforcement, modal shifts, and the removal of NSIII vehicles, within China’s CV markets.

Regarding China’s freight rates, the report noted that rates remain sluggish, with dealers noting that capacity in the market is approaching saturation. As transportation is ultimately a commodity, overcapacity will negatively impact freight rates.

SIC is affiliated with the National Development and Reform Commission of China and is engaged in research on the macro-economy, key industries and information technology.

Category: General Update

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