But it added that commercial growth could be tempered by the costs of heavy congestion.
Congestion costs the UK economy a staggering Â£20 billion per year and contributes thousands of tonnes of CO2 to the atmosphere.
Malcolm Bingham, head of road traffic management policy at the FTA, said: â€œIncreasing commercial traffic does indicate increasing commercial activity and after the appalling year the logistics industry has had, it is a relief to see signs of a recovery.
â€œBut if traffic returns to pre-2008 levels we will be back to square one, with heavy congestion clogging up some of our most essential arterial trade routes.â€
Among the solutions proposed by the FTA are: a reduction in rates on the M6 toll road; and the integration of other modes of transport, such as rail freight, into the supply chain.