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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Mar 19 – 25 vs.
Mar 12 – 18
Feb 2017 vs.
Jan 2017
Feb 2017 vs.
Feb 2016
Spot Market Loads 0.4% 8.6% +87%
Spot Market Capacity +5.7% +4.7% 1.8%
Van Load-To-Truck 5.5% 25% +79%
Van Rates (Spot) 0.6% 3.0% +5.9%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 4.4% +16% +155%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.5% +2.1% +7.1%
Reefer Load-To-Truck 4.1% 35% +60%
Reefer Rates (Spot) 0.5% 4.6% +3.3%
Fuel Prices 1.0% 0.5% +29%
Lower Fuel Surcharges Cause Dip in Van, Reefer Rates

Capacity Still Loose in Many Places

Mar 19 – 25 – Trucks were ready to go after the winter storm from a couple weeks ago had cleared out, so even though volumes picked up on many of the top van lanes, there was enough capacity to keep rates from rising. Lower fuel surcharges caused the national averages for van and reefer rates to dip 1¢ per mile. The national average flatbed rate 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: 3/29/2017 – Next update: 4/5/2017

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Mar 12 – 18 vs.
Mar 5 – 11
Feb 2017 vs.
Jan 2017
Feb 2017 vs.
Feb 2016
Spot Market Loads +8.3% 8.6% +87%
Spot Market Capacity 3.4% +4.7% 1.8%
Van Load-To-Truck +23% 25% +79%
Van Rates (Spot) +0.6% 3.0% +5.9%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +5.4% +16% +155%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.0% +2.1% +7.1%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +16% 35% +60%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +0.0% 4.6% +3.3%
Fuel Prices 0.6% 0.5% +29%
Van Rates Add 1¢, as Reefers and Flats Hold Steady

Load-to-Truck Ratios Climb

Mar 12 – 18 – A late winter storm stalled freight activity in and out of East Coast markets. The week began with a rush to move freight out ahead of the snowfall. During the storm, there was a lull, and some major roads were closed. By the end of the week, shippers rushed to catch up, at higher rates. Load-to-truck ratios rose for all three equipment types, but only the national average van rate edged up 1¢ per mile. Reefer rates and flatbed rates 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: 3/22/2017 – Next update: 3/29/2017

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It’s official: The 2013 HOS restart rules are no more.

The 2013 version of the 34-hour restart rule required drivers to be off-duty for two periods from 1AM to 5AM before they could go back to work, and the restart could only be used once per week.

A poll of DAT TruckersEdge readers showed that 73% of them use the 34-hour restart on a weekly basis, so the 1-5AM provision forced a lot of truckers to operate during high-traffic times. That led to a big loss in productivity for most carriers.

Those rules were suspended in December of 2014, but whether or not that suspension was going to be permanent had been a question hanging over the industry ever since.

The FMCSA and Virginia Tech conducted a safety review to determine whether or not to go back to the 2013 version of the restart rules. Ultimately, they found that the 2013 version of the restart rule wasn’t any safer than the version of the rule that everyone is using now, so the current version of the rule is what’s going to stay in place.

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Mar 5 – 11 vs.
Feb 26 – Mar 4
Feb 2017 vs.
Jan 2017
Feb 2017 vs.
Feb 2016
Spot Market Loads +1.3% 8.6% +87%
Spot Market Capacity 0.4% +4.7% 1.8%
Van Load-To-Truck 2.3% 25% +79%
Van Rates (Spot) 1.8% 3.0% +5.9%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +3.6% +16% +155%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) 0.5% +2.1% +7.1%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +1.2% 35% +60%
Reefer Rates (Spot) 0.5% 4.6% +3.3%
Fuel Prices 0.8% 0.5% +29%
Rates Dip For Vans, Reefers, Flatbeds

Flatbed Load-to-Truck Ratio Still Climbing

Mar 5 – 11 – Load-to-truck ratios increased for reefers and flatbeds last week, with flatbeds continuing a 6-week climb. That, however, did not translate into rate increases. Last week the national average van rate dropped 3¢ per mile, while both reefer rates and flatbed rates slipped 1¢ per mile.

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: 3/15/2017 – Next update: 3/22/2017

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Apply for a Loan

Before you apply for a loan here’s what you should do:

1. Write a Business Plan

Your loan request should be based on and accompanied by a complete business plan. This document is the single most important planning activity that you can perform. A business plan is more than a device for getting financing; it is the vehicle that makes you examine, evaluate, and plan for all aspects of your business. A business plan’s existence proves to your banker that you are doing all the right activities. Once you’ve put the plan together, write a two-page executive summary. You’ll need it if you are asked to send “a quick write-up.”

2. Have an accountant prepare historical financial statements.

You can’t talk about the future without accounting for your past. Internally generated statements are OK, but your bank wants the comfort of knowing an independent expert has verified the information. In addition, you must understand your statement and be able to explain how your operation works and how your finances stand up to industry norms and standards.

3. Line up references.

Your banker may want to talk to your suppliers, customers, potential partners or your team of professionals, among others. When a loan officer asks for permission to contact references, promptly answer with names and numbers; don’t leave him or her waiting for a week.

Walking into a bank and talking to a loan officer will always be something of a stressful situation. Preparation for and thorough understanding of this evaluation process is essential to minimize the stressful variables and optimize your potential to qualify for the funding you seek.

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The number of loads available on the spot market last month was also up more than 100% compared to February 2016, which is a pretty good sign that the freight recession really is over. Rates are still low in some places, but in general, things are trending upward.

Load-to-truck ratios are highest for vans in the darker red areas on the Hot States Map, above.

There were a lot more van loads available out of Chicago and Los Angeles. Even though it wasn’t enough to turn those states dark in the Hot States Map above, don’t be surprised if rates are up out of those places soon. Load counts slipped in Houston, but that market has been relatively strong all winter long. It closed the week strong, too, and the load-to-truck ratio hit 5.6 on Friday, compared to the 2.9 van loads per truck for the rest of the country. Rates got the biggest boosts out of Memphis, Atlanta and Seattle.

All rates below include fuel surcharges and are based on real transactions between brokers and carriers.

RISING

Buffalo has had a lackluster month. Since the freight coming out didn’t pay very well, inbound lanes paid more.

  • Philadelphia to Buffalo was up 18¢ to $2.13/mile
  • Columbus to Buffalo rose 17¢ to $2.57/mile
  • Chicago to Buffalo rates were up 15¢ to an average of $2.17/mile
  • Out West, the lane from Stockton to Denver recovered 13¢ to pay $1.82/mile on average
  • Memphis to Chicago was also up 12¢ at $1.76/mile

FALLING

Only one major van lane was down more than 10¢: Stockton to Salt Lake City dropped ▼18¢ to $1.92/mile

The freight market in L.A. finally started to improve, but that means some inbound lanes paid less. The lane from Chicago to L.A. fell ▼9¢ to just $1.17/mile. That lane competes a lot with rail, which also keeps the rates down.


Load-to-truck ratios are highest for reefers in the darker blue areas on the Hot States Map, above.

REEFER TRENDS

Reefer rates reversed course last week, too, though it was a bit slighter when compared to vans. Still, it’s good news considering the steady string of declines we had been seeing.

RISING

Volumes surged out of Miami. It’s still early for produce season in Florida, as evidenced by the light color in the Hot States Map. Volumes were also up big in McAllen, TX, down near the Mexican border. It was number 3 for reefer load posts on DAT load boards, behind Atlanta (1) and Elizabeth, NJ (2).

  • Usually when there’s an uptick in loads and rates out of Miami, it means that the inbound rate goes down — that wasn’t the case last week on the lane from Atlanta to Miami, which was up ▲15¢ to $2.58/mile
  • Dallas to Columbus was up ▲21¢ to $1.70/mile

The biggest spikes were on lanes out of Grand Rapids, but there aren’t a lot of loads on those lanes this time of year.

  • Grand Rapids to Cleveland jumped up ▲50¢ to $3.34/mile
  • Grand Rapids to Philly rose ▲38¢ to $2.88/mile

FALLING

California was still missing in action, and outbound rates slipped even lower out of Los Angeles. Recent rains have delayed strawberry harvests in much of the state, so those shipments are still a few weeks away.

Out East, two lanes out of Northern New Jersey took a hit last week

  • Elizabeth, NJ, to Boston fell ▼15¢ to $3.40/mile
  • Elizabeth to Lakeland, FL was down ▼12¢ to $1.71/mile


Load-to-truck ratios are highest for flatbeds in the darker green areas on the Hot States Map, above.

FLATBED TRENDS

Demand for flatbed trucks continued to climb ahead of where it normally is for this time of year. Even California joined the party last week, with higher than normal activity.

RISING

Rates improved almost everywhere, and port cities that had been down the week before rebounded last week. The biggest gains were in Atlanta, Memphis, and Baltimore.

  • Memphis to Dallas was up ▲39¢ to $2.74/mile, with a nice boost in volumes
  • Atlanta to Nashville also climbed ▲35¢ to $2.58/mile

FALLING

Pittsburgh rates and volumes didn’t hold after seeing a spike in the previous week.

  • The number of loads heading from Pittsburgh to Houston was down sharply, and rates came crashing back to earth at an average of $1.67/mile
  • Phoenix and Las Vegas volumes have been low, which is indicative of statewide trends in Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico.
  • Cleveland has also been a little softer than other major flatbed markets this winter
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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Feb 26 – Mar 4 vs.
Feb 19 – 25
Feb 2017 vs.
Jan 2017
Feb 2017 vs.
Feb 2016
Spot Market Loads +17% 8.6% +87%
Spot Market Capacity 3.9% +4.7% 1.8%
Van Load-To-Truck +25% 25% +79%
Van Rates (Spot) +2.5% 3.0% +5.9%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +19% +16% +155%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +3.1% +2.1% +7.1%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +30% 35% +60%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +0.5% 4.6% +3.3%
Fuel Prices +0.0% 0.5% +29%
Rates Rise, and Load Counts Keep Climbing

Load-to-Truck Ratios Increase Sharply

Feb 26 – Mar 4 – Spot market demand has been building, and last week that led to rate increases for each equipment type. The national average van rate increased 4¢ per mile, reefer rates added 1¢, and flatbed rates jumped 6¢. Load-to-truck ratios were also up sharply for each trailer type.

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: 3/8/2017 – Next update: 3/15/2017

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Feb 19 – 25 vs.
Feb 12 – 18
Jan 2017 vs.
Dec 2016
Jan 2017 vs.
Jan 2016
Spot Market Loads +1.5% +0.6% +100%
Spot Market Capacity +1.1% +5.2% +5.2%
Van Load-To-Truck 6.6% 13% +76%
Van Rates (Spot) +0.0% 2.9% +1.2%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +8.0% +14% +164%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.0% 2.6% +1.6%
Reefer Load-To-Truck 5.5% 10% +62%
Reefer Rates (Spot) 0.5% 1.5% +3.2%
Fuel Prices +0.4% +2.8% +20%
Flatbed Freight Remains Strong for February

Ratios Slip for Vans and Reefers

Feb 19 – 25 – Flatbed freight demand continued to climb last week, with load-to-truck ratios rising 8%. Meanwhile, the late February lull for vans and reefers led to lower ratios, with the national average reefer rate down another 1¢, The national averages for van and flatbed rates were unchanged compared to 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: 3/1/2017 – Next update: 3/8/2017

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