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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
Oct 15 – 21 vs.
Oct 8 – 14
Sep 2017 vs.
Aug 2017
Sep 2017 vs.
Sep 2016
Spot Market Loads 5.1% +12% +117%
Spot Market Capacity 1.5% 13% 7.5%
Van Load-To-Truck +0.3% +28% +120%
Van Rates (Spot) 1.4% +11% +22%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 8.3% +46% +226%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.4% +3.7% +20%
Reefer Load-To-Truck 5.7% +23% +104%
Reefer Rates (Spot) 1.3% +7.2% +17%
Fuel Prices +0.4% +7.3% +16%
Van Rate Dips, But Still Above $2 Per Mile

Flatbed Prices Continue to Climb

Oct 15 – 21 – Rates for vans and reefers dipped for the second week in a row, but flatbed prices continue to climb. The national average van rate fell 3¢ to $2.04 per mile, which is well above normal for the season. Reefer rates were also down 3¢, after hitting a multi-year high the first week of October. Flatbed prices, however, have been climbing for the past two months. Flatbeds are in high demand as rebuilding efforts continue in the areas affected by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. Load-to-truck ratios remain elevated for all three trailer types.

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: 10/25/2017 – Next update: 11/01/2017

Fuel Prices
+0.4%$2.80 / gallon

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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
Oct 8 – 14 vs.
Oct 1 – 7
Sep 2017 vs.
Aug 2017
Sep 2017 vs.
Sep 2016
Spot Market Loads 9.7% +12% +117%
Spot Market Capacity +7.0% 13% 7.5%
Van Load-To-Truck 17% +28% +120%
Van Rates (Spot) 1.0% +11% +22%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 12% +46% +226%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.9% +3.7% +20%
Reefer Load-To-Truck 19% +23% +104%
Reefer Rates (Spot) 0.4% +7.2% +17%
Fuel Prices 0.6% +7.3% +16%
Average Van Rate Remains Above $2 Per Mile

Oct 8 – 14 – The national average van rate dipped 2¢ to $2.07 per mile, which is well above seasonal norms. Reefer rates edged down a penny from a multi-year high, but flatbed prices continued to climb. Rebuilding efforts have begun in areas affected by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, and strong freight volumes are being produced in the Western region. The combination has put additional pressure on truckload capacity, so load-to-truck ratios remain elevated for the three trailer types.

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: 10/18/2017 – Next update: 10/25/2017

Fuel Prices
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Capacity Remains Tight for All 3 Trailer Types

Oct 1 – 7 – The national average van rate reached $2.09 per mile last week. The last time the average van rate was that high was December 2014. Reefer and flatbed rates are also at multi-year highs. Relief and rebuilding efforts in areas affected by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey – along with strong harvests in Northern states and California – have put a squeeze on capacity nationwide, as load-to-truck ratios remain high for all three trailer types.

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
Oct 1 – 7 vs.
Sep 24 – 30
Sep 2017 vs.
Aug 2017
Sep 2017 vs.
Sep 2016
Spot Market Loads 3.0% +12% +117%
Spot Market Capacity +1.2% 13% 7.5%
Van Load-To-Truck 7.1% +28% +120%
Van Rates (Spot) +6.1% +11% +22%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 6.9% +46% +226%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +1.8% +3.7% +20%
Reefer Load-To-Truck 0.2% +23% +104%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +6.3% +7.2% +17%
Fuel Prices 0.4% +7.3% +16%
Average Van Rate Hits $2.09 Per Mile

Last update: 10/11/2017 – Next update: 10/18/2017

Fuel Prices
-0.4%$2.78 / gallon

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Load-to-Truck Ratios Surge for All 3 Trailer Types

Sep 24 – 30 – Supply chain disruptions caused by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, coupled with economic growth and a strong harvest season, have put tremendous pressure on both capacity and rates. The national average rates for vansflatbeds, and reefers increased again last week, exceeding two-year highs. Capacity is tight, as the van load-to-truck ratio hit its highest mark in more than 7 years last week. Load-to-truck ratios for reefers and flatbeds are also at multi-year 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
Sep 24 – 30 vs.
Sep 17 – 23
Sep 2017 vs.
Aug 2017
Sep 2017 vs.
Sep 2016
Spot Market Loads +5.4% +12% +117%
Spot Market Capacity 3.2% 13% 7.5%
Van Load-To-Truck +9.5% +28% +120%
Van Rates (Spot) +1.5% +11% +22%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +16% +46% +226%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.9% +3.7% +20%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +1.6% +23% +104%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +0.5% +7.2% +17%
Fuel Prices 0.1% +7.3% +16%
Rates Rise Again, Exceeding Two-Year Highs
Fuel Prices
+0.0%$2.79 / gallon

Last update: 10/4/2017 – Next update: 10/11/2017

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