Net trailer orders of 165,000 for the six months of the 2013-14 order season are  up 22% year-over-year, according to ACT Research Co.

Volumes eased month-over-month in April, but large fleet commitments were still providing support, according to the most recent State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers published by ACT Research Co. (ACT). Cancellations posted single-digit rates and the order board was the best in nearly eight years.

“The month-over-month slide in orders was in line with seasonal expectations,” said Frank Maly, Director–CV Transportation Analysis and Research at ACT. “New order volume was 29,730 trailers, down 8% from March; after cancellations, net volume of 29,370 was down 2%.”