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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Dec 18 – 24 vs.
Dec 11 – 17
Nov 2016 vs.
Oct 2016
Nov 2016 vs.
Nov 2015
Spot Market Loads +1.2% +4.6% +87%
Spot Market Capacity 11% 3.3% +5.1%
Van Load-To-Truck +9.5% +9.7% +74%
Van Rates (Spot) +0.6% +1.2% 2.3%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +15% +3.1% +124%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +1.0% 1.0% 3.6%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +28% +15% +60%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +1.0% +3.2% +0.5%
Fuel Prices +0.4% 0.6% 1.2%
Load-to-Truck Ratios Soar, Heading Into Holiday

Rates Rise Ahead of Christmas

Dec 18 – 24 – It cost a little more to move freight as we got closer to Christmas. Even as activity tapered off near the end of the week, urgency rose, which led to higher rates. Van rates  were up 1¢ nationally, while reefer and flatbed rates were each 2¢ higher than they were the previous week.

The chart above depicts national average spot market rates for the past four weeks, including fuel surcharges. Weekly rate snapshots reflect averages for the month to-date, from DAT RateView.

Last update: 12/27/2016 – Next update: 1/3/2017

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Dec 11 – 17 vs.
Dec 4 – 10
Nov 2016 vs.
Oct 2016
Nov 2016 vs.
Nov 2015
Spot Market Loads +1.6% +4.6% +87%
Spot Market Capacity 5.3% 3.3% +5.1%
Van Load-To-Truck +4.5% +9.7% +74%
Van Rates (Spot) 1.7% +1.2% 2.3%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +3.1% +3.1% +124%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.0% 1.0% 3.6%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +21% +15% +60%
Reefer Rates (Spot) 0.5% +3.2% +0.5%
Fuel Prices +0.5% 0.6% 1.2%
Load-to-Truck Ratios Regain Momentum

Rates Dip, But Stay Strong

Dec 11 – 17 – Load-to-truck ratios were already strong, but they went even higher last week, for all equipment types. Van rates dipped 3¢ compared to the previous week, but remain strong for the season. In fact, December is on track to be the peak month for van pricing in 2016. Reefer rates lost 1¢ per mile, and flatbeds were unchanged, week over week.

The chart above depicts national average spot market rates for the past four weeks, including fuel surcharges. Weekly rate snapshots reflect averages for the month to-date, from DAT RateView.

Last update: 12/20/2016 – Next update: 12/27/2016

Fuel Prices
+1.6%$2.53 / gallon
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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Dec 4 – 10 vs.
Nov 27 – Dec 3
Nov 2016 vs.
Oct 2016
Nov 2016 vs.
Nov 2015
Spot Market Loads 8.6% +4.6% +87%
Spot Market Capacity +15% 3.3% +5.1%
Van Load-To-Truck 28% +9.7% +74%
Van Rates (Spot) 0.6% +1.2% 2.3%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 5.6% +3.1% +124%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.5% 1.0% 3.6%
Reefer Load-To-Truck 26% +15% +60%
Reefer Rates (Spot) 0.5% +3.2% +0.5%
Fuel Prices +0.4% 0.6% 1.2%
December Freight Stays Strong

Rates Dip 1¢ for Vans and Reefers

Dec 4 – 10 – Load availability edged down last week after a big spike the week before. Load-to-truck ratios declined for all trailer types, but all remain higher than usual for this time of the year. Van rates dipped 1¢ from the previous week’s high, and reefers also lost 1¢ per mile, but flatbed rates rose 1¢.

The chart above depicts national average spot market rates for the past four weeks, including fuel surcharges. Weekly rate snapshots reflect averages for the month to-date, from DAT RateView.

Last update: 12/13/2016 – Next update: 12/20/2016

Fuel Prices
+0.4%$2.49 / gallon
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2016 Recap: Tax Provisions for Businesses

Whether you file as a corporation or sole proprietor here’s what business owners need to know about tax changes for 2016.

Standard Mileage Rates
The standard mileage rates in 2016 are as follows: 54 cents per business mile driven, 19 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, and 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations.

Health Care Tax Credit for Small Businesses
Small business employers who pay at least half the premiums for single health insurance coverage for their employees may be eligible for the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit as long as they employ fewer than the equivalent of 25 full-time workers and average annual wages do not exceed $52,000 (adjusted annually for inflation) in 2016.

In 2016 (as in 2015 and 2014), the tax credit is worth up to 50 percent of your contribution toward employees’ premium costs (up to 35 percent for tax-exempt employers). For tax years 2010 through 2013, the maximum credit was 35 percent for small business employers and 25 percent for small tax-exempt employers such as charities.

Section 179 Expensing and Depreciation

The Section 179 expense deduction was made permanent at $500,000 by the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH). For equipment purchases, the maximum deduction is $500,000 of the first $2.01 million of qualifying equipment placed in service during the current tax year. The deduction is phased out dollar for dollar on amounts exceeding the $2 million threshold amount (indexed for inflation) and eliminated above amounts exceeding $2.5 million. In addition, Section 179 is now indexed to inflation in increments of $10,000 for future tax years.

The 50 percent bonus depreciation has been extended through 2019. Businesses are able to depreciate 50 percent of the cost of equipment acquired and placed in service during 2015, 2016 and 2017. However, the bonus depreciation is reduced to 40 percent in 2018 and 30 percent in 2019. The standard business depreciation amount is 24 cents per mile.

Please call if you have any questions about Section 179 expensing and the bonus depreciation.

Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)

Extended through 2019, the Work Opportunity Tax Credit has been modified and enhanced for employers who hire long-term unemployed individuals (unemployed for 27 weeks or more) and is generally equal to 40 percent of the first $6,000 of wages paid to a new hire. Please call if you have any questions about the Work Opportunity Tax Credit.

SIMPLE IRA Plan Contributions
Contribution limits for SIMPLE IRA plans increased to $12,500 for persons under age 50 and $15,500 for persons age 50 or older in 2016. The maximum compensation used to determine contributions increases to $265,000.

Please contact the office if you need help understanding which deductions and tax credits you are entitled to.

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NOTE: The load board app is not yet available for iPhone or iPad.

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  • Learns how you work – App remembers your preferences so you save time
  • See up to 500 results at once – No need to thumb through pages
  • Save matches to call later
  • Sort search results by offer rate
  • Broker reviews and credit scores
  • Spot market rates for lanes you search (depending on your DAT subscription)
  • Remembers lanes you recently searched
  • Post your available truck so that brokers find you

The mobile app gives you full access to every load on the DAT Network, so you can find freight for dry van, reefer, flatbed, LTL, hot shot, power only, stepdeck, and much more.

Download DAT Load Board for Truckers in the Google Play Store. Not already a DAT customer? Contact us today to get access to more than 95 million loads posted to DAT Load Boards every year. NOTE: DAT Load Board for Truckers is not available yet for iPhone or iPad.

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Industry Trends - Spot Market Industry Trends - Van Industry Trends - Flatbed Industry Trends - Reefer Industry Trends - Fuel Prices
Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Nov 27 – Dec 3 vs.
Nov 20 – 26
Nov 2016 vs.
Oct 2016
Nov 2016 vs.
Nov 2015
Spot Market Loads +64% +4.6% +87%
Spot Market Capacity +13% 3.3% +5.1%
Van Load-To-Truck +61% +9.7% +74%
Van Rates (Spot) +4.8% +1.2% 2.3%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +27% +3.1% +124%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +1.1% 1.0% 3.6%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +36% +15% +60%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +0.5% +3.2% +0.5%
Fuel Prices +2.4% 0.6% 1.2%
Load-to-Truck Ratios Soar

Rates Climb for Vans, Reefers, Flatbeds

Nov 27 – Dec 3 – As expected, load posts surged last week, following Thanksgiving week in which people took one or more days off. Less expected were the unseasonably high load-to-truck ratios. Last week’s 4.7 load-to-truck ratio for vans is the highest seen since June of 2014. The ratio for reefers was 8.2, the highest since March 2015. Van rates gained 8¢, reefer rates added 1¢, and flatbed rates were up 2¢ compared to the previous week.

The chart above depicts national average spot market rates, including fuel surcharges for the past four weeks. Rates are derived from DAT RateView.

Last update: 12/6/2016 – Next update: 12/13/2016

Fuel Prices
+2.4%$2.48 / gallon
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