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August Demand Remains Strong

Aug 20 – 26 – The month continues with an unusually strong demand for freight. Hurricane Harvey hit late in the week, on Friday, August 25, so its effect on capacity and rates will be seen more in next week’s numbers. Last week, national vanflatbed and reefer rates were unchanged compared to the previous week. Load-to-truck ratios moved higher for vans and reefers, but were lower for flatbeds.

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.

Industry Trends - Spot Market Industry Trends - Van Industry Trends - Flatbed Industry Trends - Reefer Industry Trends - Fuel Prices
Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Aug 20 – 26 vs.
Aug 13 – 19
Jul 2017 vs.
Jun 2017
Jul 2017 vs.
Jul 2016
Spot Market Loads +1.0% 16% +89%
Spot Market Capacity 1.8% 5.4% +0.3%
Van Load-To-Truck +7.4% 7.1% +81%
Van Rates (Spot) +0.0% 0.6% +9.8%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 3.9% 14% +156%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.0% +1.4% +14%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +7.2% 13% +68%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +0.0% 1.9% +7.8%
Fuel Prices +0.0% 0.6% +3.8%
Rates Hold Steady Ahead of Hurricane

Last update: 8/30/2017 – Next update: 9/6/2017

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Van, Reefer, Flatbed Prices Dip 1¢

Aug 13 – 19 – August continues with an unusually strong demand for freight. Rates remain high as well, even though they’ve declined a bit since early August. Vanflatbed and reefer rates all dipped 1¢ per mile, as a national average. Load-to-truck ratios moved lower for vans and flatbeds, but increased for reefers.

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.

Industry Trends - Spot Market Industry Trends - Van Industry Trends - Flatbed Industry Trends - Reefer Industry Trends - Fuel Prices
Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Aug 13 – 19 vs.
Aug 6 – 12
Jul 2017 vs.
Jun 2017
Jul 2017 vs.
Jul 2016
Spot Market Loads 2.1% 16% +89%
Spot Market Capacity +0.0% 5.4% +0.3%
Van Load-To-Truck 1.4% 7.1% +81%
Van Rates (Spot) 0.6% 0.6% +9.8%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 6.0% 14% +156%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) 0.5% +1.4% +14%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +6.5% 13% +68%
Reefer Rates (Spot) 0.5% 1.9% +7.8%
Fuel Prices +0.7% 0.6% +3.8%
Freight Volumes and Rates Remain Strong

Last update: 8/23/2017 – Next update: 8/30/2017

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Rates Give Back Previous Week’s Gain

Aug 6 – 12 – August continues with an unusually strong demand for freight. Rates remain high as well, although they gave back the gains of the previous week, returning closer to July averages. Van and flatbed rates dipped 3¢ per mile, and reefer rates fell 4¢, as a national average. Load-to-truck ratios also moved lower, compared to the prior week’s highs.

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.

Industry Trends - Spot Market Industry Trends - Van Industry Trends - Flatbed Industry Trends - Reefer Industry Trends - Fuel Prices
Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Aug 6 – 12 vs.
Jul 30 – Aug 5
Jul 2017 vs.
Jun 2017
Jul 2017 vs.
Jul 2016
Spot Market Loads 7.8% 16% +89%
Spot Market Capacity +3.4% 5.4% +0.3%
Van Load-To-Truck 12% 7.1% +81%
Van Rates (Spot) 1.6% 0.6% +9.8%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 14% 14% +156%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) 1.4% +1.4% +14%
Reefer Load-To-Truck 9.3% 13% +68%
Reefer Rates (Spot) 1.9% 1.9% +7.8%
Fuel Prices +0.8% 0.6% +3.8%
August Freight Volumes Remain Strong

Last update: 8/16/2017 – Next update: 8/23/2017

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August Begins With Strong Demand and Rates

Jul 30 – Aug 5 – July ended, and August began, with unusually strong demand for freight. National average van and flatbed rates gained 3¢ per mile, and reefer rates added 4¢. Load-to-truck ratios increased for vans and reefers, due partly to a boost in activity in the Midwest.

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.

Industry Trends - Spot Market Industry Trends - Van Industry Trends - Flatbed Industry Trends - Reefer Industry Trends - Fuel Prices
Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Jul 30 – Aug 5 vs.
Jul 23 – 29
Jul 2017 vs.
Jun 2017
Jul 2017 vs.
Jul 2016
Spot Market Loads 1.0% 16% +89%
Spot Market Capacity 2.1% 5.4% +0.3%
Van Load-To-Truck +5.5% 7.1% +81%
Van Rates (Spot) +1.7% 0.6% +9.8%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 8.6% 14% +156%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +1.4% +1.4% +14%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +6.1% 13% +68%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +1.9% 1.9% +7.8%
Fuel Prices +1.9% 0.6% +3.8%
Rates Rise for Vans, Reefers, and Flatbeds

Last update: 8/9/2017 – Next update: 8/16/2017

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Flatbed Rates Rise as Vans and Reefers Dip

Jul 23 – 29 – An unexpected boost in freight volumes lifted load-to-truck ratios for all equipment types in late July. Rates did not follow suit, although they remain atypically strong for the season. National average van rates dipped 2¢ and reefers lost 1¢. Only flatbed rates rose, adding 1¢ per mile to the national average.

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.

Industry Trends - Spot Market Industry Trends - Van Industry Trends - Flatbed Industry Trends - Reefer Industry Trends - Fuel Prices
Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Jul 23 – 29 vs.
Jul 16 – 22
Jul 2017 vs.
Jun 2017
Jul 2017 vs.
Jul 2016
Spot Market Loads +2.2% 16% +89%
Spot Market Capacity 2.3% 5.4% +0.3%
Van Load-To-Truck +8.5% 7.1% +81%
Van Rates (Spot) 1.1% 0.6% +9.8%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +3.1% 14% +156%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.5% +1.4% +14%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +6.2% 13% +68%
Reefer Rates (Spot) 0.5% 1.9% +7.8%
Fuel Prices +0.8% 0.6% +3.8%
Freight Volumes Get Unexpected Boost

Last update: 8/2/2017 – Next update: 8/9/2017

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