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Fuel Prices

Percent Change: +0.0%

Fuel Price: $3.07 /gallon


Rates increase during holiday-shortened week

National Spot Rates: Van, Flatbed, Reefer

Shippers rush freight out ahead of holiday weekend

Nov 25-Dec 1 – The Thanksgiving holiday led to a shortened work week that boosted rates for vans and reefers. Van freight had to arrive by Black Friday, and reefers delivered last-minute items ahead of Thanksgiving Day. Rates continued to rise after the 30th, a signal that pressure is likely to continue in the run-up to Christmas..

For more info, read the Rate Trend of the Week.

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Trendlines last updated: 12/3/2019 12:00:00 AM

Next update: 12/17/2019 12:00:00 AM

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Fuel Prices

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Fuel Price: $3.06 /gallon


Freight volumes build ahead of Thanksgiving

National Spot Rates: Van, Flatbed, Reefer

Van and reefer rates up slightly

Nov 11-17 – Van and reefer load-to-truck ratios got a big boost last week, rising more than 20%. Vans are moving retail products in preparation for Black Friday and reefers are hauling fresh food ahead of Thanksgiving. Rates, however, have remained fairly stable. Van and reefer rates saw a slight increase, while flatbed rates declined.

For more info, read the Rate Trend of the Week.

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Trendlines last updated: 11/19/2019 12:00:00 AM

Next update: 12/03/2019 12:00:00 AM

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Rates improve as holiday freight starts to move

National Spot Rates: Van, Flatbed, Reefer

Load-to-truck ratios up for vans, reefers, flatbeds

Oct 28 – Nov 3 – More loads left the West Coast ports, heading toward retail distribution centers in advance of the holiday shopping season. The additional volume shored up van rates at the end of the month. Volume rose for reefers and flatbeds, as well, driving up load-to-truck ratios in major markets across the country.

For more info, read the Rate Trend of the Week.

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Next update: 11/19/2019 12:00:00 AM

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Fuel Prices

Percent Change: +0.0%

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Volumes rise in key markets

National Spot Rates: Van, Flatbed, Reefer

Rates could soon follow

Oct 14 – 21 – Spot market volumes increased on many high-traffic lanes last week, and demand was higher in the key markets of Chicago, Dallas, and Los Angeles. That hasn’t pushed van, reefer, or flatbed rates higher yet, but we could start to see prices move upward this week.

For more info, read the Rate Trend of the Week.

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Next update: 11/05/2019 12:00:00 AM

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DAT Trendlines™

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Industry Trends
 
WEEK
JUL 22 – JUL 28 VS. JUL 15 – JUL 21
MONTH
JUN 2019 VS. MAY 2019
YEAR
JUN 2019 VS. JUN 2018
Spot Market Loads -8.0% +35.9% -50.3%
Spot Market Capacity -1.6% -18.8% +29.9%
Van Load-To-Truck -0.8% +76.2% -50.3%
Van Rates (Spot) +0.5% +5.4% -18.5%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck -16.4% +57.2% -74.5%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) -1.0% +1.0% -18.4%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +10.7% +80.0% -55.0%
Reefer Rates (Spot) -0.2% +4.9% -16.9%
Fuel Prices -0.2% -2.3% -5.0%

Fuel Prices

Percent Change: -0.3%

Fuel Price: $3.04 /gallon


Summer slump continues, but with bright spots

National Spot Rates: Van, Flatbed, Reefer

July on pace to beat May numbers

July 22 – 28 – As expected, spot market rates have dipped this month, but volumes and pricing for July are still on track to beat May’s numbers. Van rates were mostly stable last week, with upticks in load counts out of key markets like Los Angeles, while volumes out of California also gave reefers a lift. Flatbed rates peaked early in July.

For more info, read the Rate Trend of the Week.

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Next update: 8/13/2019 12:00:00 AM

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DAT Trendlines™

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Industry Trends
 
WEEK
JUL 08 – JUL 14 VS. JUL 01 – JUL 07
MONTH
JUN 2019 VS. MAY 2019
YEAR
JUN 2019 VS. JUN 2018
Spot Market Loads +48.3% +35.9% -50.3%
Spot Market Capacity +20.9% -18.8% +29.9%
Van Load-To-Truck +19.1% +76.2% -50.3%
Van Rates (Spot) -0.5% +5.4% -18.5%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +23.5% +57.2% -74.5%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +1.0% +0.9% -18.4%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +9.2% +80.0% -55.0%
Reefer Rates (Spot) -3.5% +4.9% -16.8%
Fuel Prices +0.4% -2.3% -5.0%

Fuel Prices

Percent Change: +0.7%

Fuel Price: $3.06 /gallon


Spot rates take summertime slide

National Spot Rates: Van, Flatbed, Reefer

Post-holiday prices drop for truckload freight

Jul 8 – 14 – There was a significant uptick in spot market activity last week, with a full workforce returning after a break for Fourth of July. But with the holiday in the rear-view mirror, there’s also less urgency for truckload shipments. That led to declining van, reefer, and flatbed rates in many parts of the country.

For more info, read the Rate Trend of the Week.

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Next update: 7/30/2019 12:00:00 AM

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DAT Trendlines™

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Industry Trends
 
WEEK
JUN 24 – JUN 30 VS. JUN 17 – JUN 23
MONTH
JUN 2019 VS. MAY 2019
YEAR
JUN 2019 VS. JUN 2018
Spot Market Loads +11.9% +35.9% -50.3%
Spot Market Capacity -5.9% -18.8% +29.9%
Van Load-To-Truck +20.9% +76.2% -50.3%
Van Rates (Spot) +2.4% +5.6% -18.3%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +10.1% +57.2% -74.5%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.6% +1.2% -18.2%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +28.4% +80.0% -55.0%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +1.5% +4.9% -16.8%
Fuel Prices -0.9% -2.3% -5.0%

Fuel Prices

Percent Change: -1.0%

Fuel Price: $3.04 /gallon


Q2 ends on a strong note

National Spot Rates: Van, Flatbed, Reefer

Capacity tightens in last week of June

Jun 24 – 30 – The end of the second quarter brought higher truckload demand last week. The increased load-to-truck ratio pushed prices higher, with the national averages for van and reefer rates hitting their highest marks since January. The June averages for each were 10¢ higher than in May, while June’s national flatbed rate was 3¢ higher than the May average.

For more info, read the Rate Trend of the Week.

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Industry Trends
 
WEEK
JUN 10 – JUN 16 VS. JUN 03 – JUN 09
MONTH
MAY 2019 VS. APR 2019
YEAR
MAY 2019 VS. MAY 2018
Spot Market Loads -9.8% -10.6% -62.6%
Spot Market Capacity +13.8% +2.5% +32.7%
Van Load-To-Truck -22.7% +22.1% -54.4%
Van Rates (Spot) +1.0% -0.8% -16.9%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck -14.1% -42.9% -85.6%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.0% -2.2% -16.1%
Reefer Load-To-Truck -30.5% +10.1% -60.2%
Reefer Rates (Spot) -1.2% +0.1% -15.4%
Fuel Prices -1.0% +1.3% -2.6%

Fuel Prices

Percent Change: -1.3%

Fuel Price: $3.1 /gallon


Capacity rebounds after Road check

National Spot Rates: Van, Flatbed, Reefer

Ratios fall but national rates hold steady

Jun 10 – 16 – Trucks returned to the highways last week after the annual Roadcheck inspection blitz put a squeeze on capacity in the previous week. That pushed load-to-truck ratios lower for each trailer type, and many lanes that saw major rate increases during Roadcheck had declines last week. Still, national average rates for vans and reefers remain the highest they’ve been since January.

For more info, read the Rate Trend of the Week.

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Industry Trends
 
WEEK
MAY 20 – MAY 26 VS. MAY 13 – MAY 19
MONTH
MAY 2019 VS. APR 2019
YEAR
MAY 2019 VS. MAY 2018
Spot Market Loads +1.7% -30.2% -70.8%
Spot Market Capacity -1.8% -14.5% +10.6%
Van Load-To-Truck +10.1% +10.6% -58.7%
Van Rates (Spot) +0.3% -0.9% -17.0%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck -6.5% -0.9% -17.0%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) -1.3% -2.3% -16.2%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +12.2% +1.5% -63.3%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +0.0% +0.2% -15.3%
Fuel Prices +0.1% +1.3% -2.6%

Fuel Prices

Percent Change: +0.0%

Fuel Price: $3.16 /gallon


Prices get a push from holiday rush

National Spot Rates: Van, Flatbed, Reefer

Van and reefer rates get summertime boost

May 20 – 26 – Summer is here unofficially, and the truckload spot market finally started to heat up last week. Load-to-truck ratios rose for van and reefer freight heading into Memorial Day weekend, which contributed to higher rates on many major lanes. Meanwhile, flatbed demand continued to soften.

For more info, read the Rate Trend of the Week.

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Industry Trends
 
WEEK
MAY 13 – MAY 19 VS. MAY 06 – MAY 12
MONTH
APR 2019 VS. MAR 2019
YEAR
APR 2019 VS. APR 2018
Spot Market Loads -1.5% +3.1% -53.5%
Spot Market Capacity -1.7% +9.8% +42.3%
Van Load-To-Truck +3.4% -7.9% -58.9%
Van Rates (Spot) +1.0% -2.7% -16.1%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck -5.3% -2.7% -16.1%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) -0.3% -0.4% -11.8%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +11.3% -12.1% -60.9%
Reefer Rates (Spot) -0.5% -1.1% -11.6%
Fuel Prices -0.3% +1.5% +0.8%

Fuel Prices

Percent Change: -0.3%

Fuel Price: $3.16 /gallon


Spot market sends mixed messages

National Spot Rates: Van, Flatbed, Reefer

Truckload rates stick to holding pattern

May 13 – 19 – Higher truckload volumes in the East were offset by declines in the West, as spot market rates still haven’t turned the corner ahead of peak shipping season. For more info, read the Rate Trend of the Week.

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Industry Trends
 
WEEK
APR 29 – MAY 05 VS. APR 22 – APR 28
MONTH
APR 2019 VS. MAR 2019
YEAR
APR 2019 VS. APR 2018
Spot Market Loads +4.2% +3.1% -53.5%
Spot Market Capacity +1.6% +9.8% +42.3%
Van Load-To-Truck +9.1% -7.9% -58.9%
Van Rates (Spot) +2.0% -2.6% -16.0%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck -7.1% -2.6% -16.0%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.1% +0.0% -11.5%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +15.7% -12.1% -60.9%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +2.6% -1.1% -11.5%
Fuel Prices +0.7% +1.5% +0.8%

Fuel Prices

Percent Change: +0.6%

Fuel Price: $3.17 /gallon


Spring has sprung for truckload freight

National Spot Rates: Van, Flatbed, Reefer

Better weather leads to higher demand

April 29 – May 5 – Van and reefer rates are turning upward in May, edging above the April averages after several weeks of declines. Flatbed rates are stable, compared to last month.

Trendlines shows a weekly snapshot of the month-to-date for national average rates from DAT RateView. National average spot market rates for the past four months, including fuel surcharges, are shown in the three graphs, above.

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Industry Trends
 
WEEK
APR 15 – APR 21 VS. APR 08 – APR 14
MONTH
MAR 2019 VS. FEB 2019
YEAR
MAR 2019 VS. MAR 2018
Spot Market Loads -13.4% +8.7% -54.7%
Spot Market Capacity +0.3% +16.1% +36.1%
Van Load-To-Truck +4.9% -22.4% -63.3%
Van Rates (Spot) +1.3% -1.8% -13.6%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck -27.6% -1.8% -13.6%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.2% +0.4% -7.7%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +6.0% -21.1% -63.2%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +1.9% -1.9% -9.7%
Fuel Prices +0.8% +2.6% +2.9%

Fuel Prices

Percent Change: +0.3%

Fuel Price: $3.09 /gallon


Easter week starts strong, finishes weak

National Spot Rates: Van, Flatbed, Reefer

Van rates dip

April 14 – 20 – Last week began with solid demand, but activity tapered off as Good Friday and the Easter weekend approached. Load-to-truck ratios peaked on Tuesday for all three trailer types, but were down sharply by Friday. The national average van rate is 3¢ lower than the March average, reefer rates are 2¢ lower, and flatbed averages are unchanged.

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Industry Trends
 
WEEK
APR 01 – APR 07 VS. MAR 25 – MAR 31
MONTH
MAR 2019 VS. FEB 2019
YEAR
MAR 2019 VS. MAR 2018
Spot Market Loads -2.3% +8.7% -54.7%
Spot Market Capacity +8.8% +16.1% +36.1%
Van Load-To-Truck -23.9% -22.4% -63.3%
Van Rates (Spot) +1.0% -1.9% -13.6%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck -2.4% -1.9% -13.6%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.9% +0.3% -7.7%
Reefer Load-To-Truck -13.3% -21.1% -63.2%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +1.0% -1.9% -9.8%
Fuel Prices -0.1% +2.6% +2.9%

Fuel Prices

Percent Change: +0.3%

Fuel Price: $3.08 /gallon


Spot freight rates stuck in neutral

National Spot Rates: Van, Flatbed, Reefer

Truck availability keeps pressure off prices

April 1 – 7 – Spot market capacity continued to outpace truckload demand last week, as evidenced by falling load-to-truck ratios for each trailer type. Freight volumes actually rose, compared to a year ago, but the availability of trucks has kept the monthly national average rates for vans and reefers mostly in neutral. Flatbed rates have climbed in April.

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Industry Trends
 
WEEK
MAR 18 – MAR 24 VS. MAR 11 – MAR 17
MONTH
FEB 2019 VS. JAN 2019
YEAR
FEB 2019 VS. FEB 2018
Spot Market Loads +0.5% -4.6% -42.9%
Spot Market Capacity +5.0% -11.4% +35.9%
Van Load-To-Truck -13.9% +8.8% -49.8%
Van Rates (Spot) +0.7% -3.3% -11.3%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +13.5% -3.3% -11.3%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +1.1% -1.0% -1.6%
Reefer Load-To-Truck -16.9% -7.4% -48.2%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +0.6% -4.2% -8.7%
Fuel Prices -0.3% +0.6% -1.6%

Spot market still waiting for spring

National Spot Rates: Van, Flatbed, Reefer

Fuel Prices

Percent Change: +0.0%

Fuel Price: $3.08 /gallon


National Spot Rates: Van, Flatbed, Reefer

Freight rates slow to rebound

Mar 18 – 24 – The bomb cyclone rerouted supply chains two weeks ago, and flooding continues in the Midwest. Freight markets have been slow to rebound, and a major tank fire in Houston added further disruption last week. Volumes are still strong compared to last year, but extra capacity has kept national average rates in check for vans, reefers and flatbeds in March.

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Last update: 3/26/2019 – Next update: 4/9/2019

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Industry Trends
 
WEEK
Mar 03 – Mar 09 vs.
Feb 24 – Mar 02
MONTH
Feb 2019 vs.
Jan 2019
YEAR
Feb 2019 vs.
Feb 2018
Spot Market Loads -1.7% -5.1% -27.5%
Spot Market Capacity +5.1% -9.7% +0.0%
Van Load-To-Truck -8.9% +0.0% -34.1%
Van Rates (Spot) +0.0% -3.6% -11.3%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +1.0% -3.6% -11.3%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.4% +0.0% -0.8%
Reefer Load-To-Truck -7.1% -5.9% -40.1%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +0.5% -3.5% -8.3%
Fuel Prices +0.9% +0.6% -1.6%

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Percent Change: +1.0%

Fuel Price: $3.08 /gallon


National Spot Rates: Van, Flatbed, Reefer

Truckload rates halt 8-week slide

Mar 3 – 9 – After falling for eight straight weeks, van and reefer rates are stabilizing. The national average van rate held steady, and van volumes are actually up compared to last year at this time. The national averages for reefers and flatbeds each added 1¢, but many of the top reefer lanes are still waiting for the spring surge.

National average spot market rates for the past four weeks, including fuel surcharges, are shown in the three graphs, above. Weekly rate snapshots reflect averages for the month to-date, from DAT RateView.

Last update: 3/12/2019 – Next update: 3/26/2019

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Feb 17 – 23 vs.
Feb 10 – 16
Jan 2019 vs.
Dec 2018
Jan 2019 vs.
Jan 2018
Spot Market Loads 5.6% +2.7% 34%
Spot Market Capacity +2.9% +16% +49%
Van Load-To-Truck 9.5% 23% 53%
Van Rates (Spot) 0.5% 5.3% 13%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 7.1% +12% 58%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.4% 2.5% +0.0%
Reefer Load-To-Truck 5.3% 14% 61%
Reefer Rates (Spot) 0.4% 5.7% 12%
Fuel Prices +1.3% 4.6% 1.3%
Spot rates level off
Van and reefer rates dip 1¢ while flatbed price rises

Feb 17 – 23 – Rates continue their seasonal slide, but the pace of the decline has slowed. The national average van and reefer rate was down just a penny, while the average flatbed rate took its first upturn in six weeks, rising 1¢ per mile. Freight volumes in February are up compared to January, and rising volumes should reignite rates during March.

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Last update: 2/26/2019 – Next update: 3/12/2019

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Feb 3 – 9 vs.
Jan 27 – Feb 2
Jan 2019 vs.
Dec 2018
Jan 2019 vs.
Jan 2018
Spot Market Loads +4.0% +2.7% 34%
Spot Market Capacity +4.0% +16% +49%
Van Load-To-Truck 5.1% 23% 53%
Van Rates (Spot) 1.0% 5.3% 13%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +6.6% +12% 58%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) 0.4% 2.5% +0.0%
Reefer Load-To-Truck 10% 14% 61%
Reefer Rates (Spot) 1.7% 5.7% 12%
Fuel Prices +0.0% 4.6% 1.3%
Rates continue their seasonal slide
Flatbed demand picks up steam

Feb 3 – 9 – Rates continued their seasonal decline last week, even though January and February freight volumes are running higher than the past three years. National average rates were down for vans, reefers and flatbeds. National load-to-truck ratios fell for vans and reefers last week, but ticked up for flatbeds, as temperatures improved following the polar vortex.

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Last update: 2/12/2019 – Next update: 2/26/2019

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Jan 20 – 26 vs.
Jan 13 – 19
Dec 2018 vs.
Nov 2018
Dec 2018 vs.
Dec 2017
Spot Market Loads 1.7% 5.5% 19%
Spot Market Capacity 7.8% 11% +34%
Van Load-To-Truck +8.7% +7.6% 33%
Van Rates (Spot) 2.0% 0.5% 2.4%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 2.3% +13% 41%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) 0.4% +0.0% +4.3%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +13% 0.3% 49%
Reefer Rates (Spot) 1.3% 1.2% 1.6%
Fuel Prices 0.4% 5.4% +7.3%
Average van rate falls below $2 per mile
Cheaper fuel and extra capacity keep rates down

Jan 20 – 26 – The national average van rate dropped below the $2 per mile mark for the first time since September 2017. Falling fuel surcharges and increased capacity in the spot market are putting downward pressure on rates, as average reefer and flatbed prices also moved lower.

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Last update: 1/29/2019 – Next update: 2/12/2019

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
  Jan 6 – 12 vs.
Dec 30 – Jan 5
Dec 2018 vs.
Nov 2018
Dec 2018 vs.
Dec 2017
Spot Market Loads +8.8% 5.5% 19%
Spot Market Capacity +77% 11% +34%
Van Load-To-Truck 48% +7.6% 33%
Van Rates (Spot) 2.8% 0.5% 2.4%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 26% +13% 41%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) 1.6% +0.0% +4.3%
Reefer Load-To-Truck 38% 0.3% 49%
Reefer Rates (Spot) 2.0% 1.2% 1.6%
Fuel Prices 1.1% 5.4% +7.3%
Rates drop as capacity comes back strong
Van, reefer, flatbed prices decline

Jan 6 – 12 – After two holiday weeks, truckload capacity came back strong last week, which knocked down national average rates for dry van, reefers and flatbeds. Freight moves now are less urgent, and the e-commerce and retail holiday season is over. Falling fuel surcharges are also contributing to the decline in rates.

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Last update: 1/15/2019 – Next update: 1/29/2019

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Dec 23 – 29 vs.
Dec 16 – 22
Nov 2018 vs.
Oct 2018
Nov 2018 vs.
Nov 2017
Spot Market Loads 20% 1.8% 8.3%
Spot Market Capacity 47% 10% +30%
Van Load-To-Truck +74% +14% 19%
Van Rates (Spot) +0.5% +0.0% +0.5%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +34% +1.6% 36%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.4% 2.8% +3.4%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +49% +14% 40%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +0.8% +2.5% +2.1%
Fuel Prices 1.4% 2.0% +13%
Christmas capacity crunch raises rates
Holiday vacations affect truck availability

Dec 23 – 29 – Less freight moved last week, as businesses shut down for Christmas. But for the loads that did need to move, freight brokers and shippers had a hard time finding trucks, as evidenced by the soaring load-to-truck ratios. That capacity crunch pushed rates higher for dry van, refrigerated and flatbed freight.

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Last update: 1/1/2019 – Next update: 1/15/2019

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Dec 9 – 15 vs.
Dec 2 – 8
Nov 2018 vs.
Oct 2018
Nov 2018 vs.
Nov 2017
Spot Market Loads 4.6% 1.8% 8.3%
Spot Market Capacity 0.4% 10% +30%
Van Load-To-Truck 5.6% +14% 19%
Van Rates (Spot) 2.8% +0.0% +0.5%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 1.1% +1.6% 36%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) 0.4% 2.8% +3.4%
Reefer Load-To-Truck 1.2% +14% 40%
Reefer Rates (Spot) 1.6% +2.5% +2.1%
Fuel Prices 1.4% 2.0% +13%
December demand disappoints
Rates dip for vans, reefers, flatbeds

Dec 9 – 15 – In recent years, spot market rates have spiked in December, but that hasn’t happened in 2018. In fact, the national van rate dipped a few cents to $2.08 per mile, matching the average rates for both November and October. The national reefer and flatbed rates also declined. The load-to-truck ratio—a measurement of demand versus capacity—dipped for vans and flatbeds and was unchanged for reefers.

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Last update: 12/18/2018 – Next update: 1/1/2019

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Nov 25 – Dec 1 vs.
Nov 18 – 24
Nov 2018 vs.
Oct 2018
Nov 2018 vs.
Nov 2017
Spot Market Loads +54% 1.8% 8.3%
Spot Market Capacity +21% 10% +30%
Van Load-To-Truck +13% +14% 19%
Van Rates (Spot) +0.5% +0.0% +0.5%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +51% +1.6% 36%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.0% 2.8% +3.4%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +33% +14% 40%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +0.4% +2.5% +2.1%
Fuel Prices 0.6% 2.0% +13%
Holiday freight pushes demand and rates higher

Van and reefer rates gain 1¢

Nov 25 – Dec 1 – Demand for vans was exceptionally strong last week, especially in lanes associated with retail and e-commerce freight. Both the national average van rate and reefer rate increased 1¢ per mile, while the national flatbed rate held steady, halting an 8-week decline. Load-to-truck ratios increased for all three equipment types and demand is expected to remain strong through the holidays.

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Last update: 12/4/2018 – Next update: 12/18/2018

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Nov 11 – 17 vs.
Nov 4 – 10
Oct 2018 vs.
Sep 2018
Oct 2018 vs.
Oct 2017
Spot Market Loads +6.7% 10.0% 10%
Spot Market Capacity 2.2% +25% +37%
Van Load-To-Truck +12% 32% 15%
Van Rates (Spot) 0.5% 2.3% +3.5%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +6.4% 29% 54%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) 0.8% 3.1% +6.0%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +6.9% 22% 39%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +0.8% 2.8% +4.7%
Fuel Prices 0.6% +3.2% +20%
Thanksgiving rush boosts reefer rates

Capacity tightens ahead of retail season

Nov 11 -17 – Reefer rates bumped up again last week, as grocery shelves were stocked ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. The national average reefer rate added 2¢ and the reefer load-to-truck ratio increased 7%. Van rates lost 1¢, but demand is building, as the van load-to-truck ratio jumped 12%. Meanwhile, flatbed prices continue their seasonal decline.

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Last update: 11/20/2018 – Next update: 12/04/2018

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Oct 28 – Nov 3 vs.
Oct 21 – 27
Oct 2018 vs.
Sep 2018
Oct 2018 vs.
Oct 2017
Spot Market Loads +3.4% 10.0% 10%
Spot Market Capacity 2.8% +25% +37%
Van Load-To-Truck +9.8% 32% 15%
Van Rates (Spot) 0.5% 2.3% +3.5%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 1.2% 29% 54%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) 0.8% 3.1% +6.0%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +10% 22% 39%
Reefer Rates (Spot) 1.2% 2.8% +4.7%
Fuel Prices 0.7% +3.2% +20%
Spot market gears up for the holidays

Tighter capacity puts pressure on prices

Oct 28 – Nov 3 – The West Coast continued to drive spot market demand, pushing load-to-truck ratios higher for vans and reefers. That slowed the decline in the national van rate, which fell 1¢ due to lower fuel costs. The national averages for reefer and flatbed rates also continued to drift. But with the tighter capacity and the holiday season right around the corner, we could see prices move up soon.

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Last update: 11/6/2018 – Next update: 11/20/2018

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Oct 14 – 20 vs.
Oct 7 – 13
Sep 2018 vs.
Aug 2018
Sep 2018 vs.
Sep 2017
Spot Market Loads 1.7% 11% +0.8%
Spot Market Capacity +0.6% 9.3% +24%
Van Load-To-Truck 0.6% +7.7% +9.0%
Van Rates (Spot) 0.9% +0.9% +9.1%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 6.8% 10% 39%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) 0.8% 3.0% +13%
Reefer Load-To-Truck 3.8% 8.2% 32%
Reefer Rates (Spot) 0.8% +1.2% +12%
Fuel Prices +0.3% +1.4% +17%
Van rates hit lowest point of the year

Extra capacity leads to cooler freight markets

Oct 14 – 20 – Freight movements stalled two weeks ago when Hurricane Michael wreaked havoc on the Southeast, and volumes have yet to rebound. As a result,  load-to-truck ratios for each equipment type are the lowest they’ve been all year. An increase in available capacity also pushed national average rates lower for vans, flatbeds and reefers, with dry van rates also hitting their lowest point so far this year.

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Last update: 10/23/2018 – Next update: 11/06/2018

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Sep 30 – Oct 6 vs.
Sep 23 – 29
Sep 2018 vs.
Aug 2018
Sep 2018 vs.
Sep 2017
Spot Market Loads 13% 11% +0.8%
Spot Market Capacity +8.3% 9.3% +24%
Van Load-To-Truck 22% +7.7% +9.0%
Van Rates (Spot) +0.9% +0.9% +9.1%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 15% 10% 39%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) 1.2% 3.0% +13%
Reefer Load-To-Truck 18% 8.2% 32%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +0.0% +1.2% +12%
Fuel Prices +1.3% +1.4% +17%
Spot market demand slows after Q3 close

Van rates rebound from late-summer slide

Sep 30 – Oct 6 – Spot market demand cooled down in the first week of October when compared to the end of September, when shippers were trying to move freight before the close of Q3. That contributed to looser capacity, as shown by the lower load-to-truck ratios, but the national average van rate rose 2¢ compared to the September average. The national flatbed rate fell 3¢, while the average reefer rate held steady.

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Last update: 10/9/2018 – Next update: 10/23/2018

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Sep 23 – 29 vs.
Sep 16 – 22
Sep 2018 vs.
Aug 2018
Sep 2018 vs.
Sep 2017
Spot Market Loads +2.4% 12% 0.1%
Spot Market Capacity 2.4% 9.7% +23%
Van Load-To-Truck +7.1% +6.9% +8.2%
Van Rates (Spot) +0.0% +0.9% +9.1%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +0.0% 11% 39%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.0% 3.0% +13%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +4.9% 8.1% 32%
Reefer Rates (Spot) 0.4% +1.2% +12%
Fuel Prices +0.1% +1.4% +17%
Spot market settles after storm

Van and reefer rates return to May levels

Sep 23 – 29 -Shipping resumed out of the Carolinas last week, following the disruptions caused by Hurricane Florence, and load-to-truck ratios rose for dry van and refrigerated freight. Pricing stabilized as well, with the national averages for dry van and flatbed holding steady, while the national reefer rate dipped a penny. For the month of September, rates for van and reefer freight were back to about where they were in May, while flatbed prices continued their seasonal slide.

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Aug 26 – Sep 1 vs.
Aug 19 – 25
Aug 2018 vs.
Jul 2018
Aug 2018 vs.
Aug 2017
Spot Market Loads 3.0% 7.1% +27%
Spot Market Capacity +4.9% +10% +18%
Van Load-To-Truck 5.9% 8.8% +29%
Van Rates (Spot) 0.5% 5.7% +20%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 10% 36% 0.8%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) 0.8% 4.3% +21%
Reefer Load-To-Truck 3.5% +1.4% 9.1%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +0.0% 3.9% +20%
Fuel Prices +0.6% 0.5% +24%
August rates 20% higher than last year

Reefer capacity tightens in Northern states

Aug 26 – Sep 1 – August closed with average rates that were lower than June and July, but still about 20% higher than last year at this time. Demand for flatbeds has returned to 2017 levels, but reefer demand is strong in several Northern states as harvests are underway for apples, potatoes, onions and other late-summer crops. The national average rate fell 1¢ per mile for vans, dropped 2¢ for flatbeds, and held steady for reefers. Load-to-truck ratios moved lower for all three equipment types.

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Last update: 9/4/2018 – Next update: 9/18/2018

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Aug 12 – 18 vs.
Aug 5 – 11
Jul 2018 vs.
Jun 2018
Jul 2018 vs.
Jul 2017
Spot Market Loads 5.0% 29% +45%
Spot Market Capacity +0.7% +12% +20%
Van Load-To-Truck 5.9% 26% +41%
Van Rates (Spot) 0.9% 0.9% +29%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 7.2% 48% +21%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) 0.7% 1.8% +28%
Reefer Load-To-Truck 1.6% 33% 0.3%
Reefer Rates (Spot) 0.4% 3.3% +26%
Fuel Prices 0.2% 0.6% +29%
Summer break for spot freight?

Rates return to April / May levels

Aug 12 – 18 – Late-summer spot market demand isn’t nearly as overheated as it was in early summer, and freight rates for each trailer type were back down to April and May levels last week. That’s still high for this time of year, but prices are trending downward, with a 2¢ drop in the national van and flatbed rates and a 1¢ decline in the national reefer rate.

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Last update: 8/21/2018 – Next update: 9/04/2018

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Aug 5 – 11 vs.
Jul 29 – Aug 4
Jul 2018 vs.
Jun 2018
Jul 2018 vs.
Jul 2017
Spot Market Loads 5.3% 29% +45%
Spot Market Capacity +2.9% +12% +20%
Van Load-To-Truck 3.2% 26% +41%
Van Rates (Spot) 2.7% 0.9% +29%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 19% 48% +21%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) 2.2% 1.8% +28%
Reefer Load-To-Truck 5.3% 33% 0.3%
Reefer Rates (Spot) 1.2% 3.3% +26%
Fuel Prices 0.1% 0.6% +29%
Van Rates Fall, but Volumes Hold Steady

Load-to-Truck Ratios Decline

Aug 5 – 11 – Rates for vans, reefers and flatbeds continue their seasonal slide, but prices are still more than 20% higher than last year at this time. Freight volumes held steady for vans last week, but national load-to-truck ratios declined for all three equipment types.

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Last update: 8/14/2018 – Next update: 8/21/2018

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Jul 29 – Aug 4 vs.
Jul 22 – 28
Jul 2018 vs.
Jun 2018
Jul 2018 vs.
Jul 2017
Spot Market Loads 0.7% 29% +45%
Spot Market Capacity 1.3% +12% +20%
Van Load-To-Truck +3.7% 26% +41%
Van Rates (Spot) 2.6% 0.9% +29%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 7.9% 48% +21%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) 1.1% 1.8% +28%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +6.9% 33% 0.3%
Reefer Rates (Spot) 3.1% 3.3% +26%
Fuel Prices +0.2% 0.6% +29%
Rates Drop Seasonally, but Volumes Increase

Load-to-Truck Ratios Rise For Vans and Reefers

Jul 29 – Aug 4 – Truckload rates continue their seasonal decline, although freight volumes and prices rose in several top markets. In the first few days of August, national average rates dropped for vansreefers and flatbeds compared to July averages. National load-to-truck ratios increased for vans and reefers, a sign that the rate picture could turn around soon.

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Last update: 8/7/2018 – Next update: 8/14/2018

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Jul 22 – 28 vs.
Jul 15 – 21
Jun 2018 vs.
May 2018
Jun 2018 vs.
Jun 2017
Spot Market Loads 4.2% +2.5% +72%
Spot Market Capacity +0.5% 14% +1.5%
Van Load-To-Truck 3.4% +44% +76%
Van Rates (Spot) 1.3% +7.9% +29%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 8.1% 13% +100%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) 0.4% +3.7% +31%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +0.8% +43% +30%
Reefer Rates (Spot) 1.1% +6.3% +27%
Fuel Prices 0.6% +0.3% +30%
Rates Recede from Record Highs

Ratios Edge Down for Vans and Flatbeds

Jul 22 – 28 – Truckload rates continue their seasonal decline, but rates are still only pennies lower than June’s record highs. Both the national average van rate and reefer rate dropped 3¢ per mile for the month to-date, while the average flatbed rate dipped 1¢. National load-to-truck ratios declined slightly for vans and flatbeds last week, while the reefer ratio was stable compared to the previous week.

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Last update: 7/31/2018 – Next update: 8/7/2018

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Jul 15 – 21 vs.
Jul 8 – 14
Jun 2018 vs.
May 2018
Jun 2018 vs.
Jun 2017
Spot Market Loads 5.5% +2.5% +72%
Spot Market Capacity +1.3% 14% +1.5%
Van Load-To-Truck 2.1% +44% +76%
Van Rates (Spot) 2.1% +7.9% +29%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 11% 13% +100%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) 0.4% +3.7% +31%
Reefer Load-To-Truck 7.3% +43% +30%
Reefer Rates (Spot) 1.9% +6.3% +27%
Fuel Prices 0.1% +0.3% +30%
Truckload Capacity Slowly Returns to Spot Market

Spot Rates Continue Seasonal Decline

Jul 15 – 21 – Truckload capacity has been tight all year, but that’s eased gradually from the June peak. The national load-to-truck ratios declined last week for dry vans, reefers, and flatbeds, taking some pressure off what have been historically high spot rates. The national average van rate declined 5¢ to $2.33 per mile, but that’s still higher than the June average. The national reefer rate also dropped 5¢, while the average flatbed rate dipped 1¢.

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Last update: 7/24/2018 – Next update: 7/31/2018

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Jul 8 – 14 vs.
Jul 1 – 7
Jun 2018 vs.
May 2018
Jun 2018 vs.
Jun 2017
Spot Market Loads +18% +2.5% +72%
Spot Market Capacity +21% 14% +1.5%
Van Load-To-Truck 5.6% +44% +76%
Van Rates (Spot) 2.9% +7.9% +29%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 8.4% 13% +100%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) 0.7% +3.7% +31%
Reefer Load-To-Truck 4.1% +43% +30%
Reefer Rates (Spot) 2.5% +6.3% +27%
Fuel Prices +0.2% +0.3% +30%
Van, Reefer Rates Step Down from Record Highs

Capacity Beginning to Loosen

Jul 8 – 14 – Rates for vans and reefers stepped down a bit last week, but they’re still higher than the average for June. The national average van rate fell 7¢ to $2.38 per mile, and the national reefer rate dropped 7¢ to $2.70 per mile. After holding steady for two weeks in a row, the national flatbed rate dipped 2¢ to $2.80 per mile. Load-to-truck ratios declined for all three equipment types, a sign that capacity is beginning to loosen.

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Last update: 7/17/2018 – Next update: 7/24/2018

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Jul 1 – 7 vs.
Jun 24 – 30
Jun 2018 vs.
May 2018
Jun 2018 vs.
Jun 2017
Spot Market Loads 32% +2.5% +72%
Spot Market Capacity 11% 14% +1.5%
Van Load-To-Truck 16% +44% +76%
Van Rates (Spot) +5.6% +7.9% +29%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 23% 13% +100%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.0% +3.7% +31%
Reefer Load-To-Truck 29% +43% +30%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +3.0% +6.3% +27%
Fuel Prices +0.6% +0.3% +30%
Van and Reefer Rates Hit New Highs

Flatbed Demand Shows Signs of Easing

Jul 1 – 7 – Freight rates reached record heights at the end of June, only to skyrocket even higher during the July 4th holiday week. The national average van rate rose to a new record of $2.45 per mile, and the national reefer rate jumped to $2.77 per mile. The national flatbed rate held steady at $2.82 per mile, but the flatbed load-to-truck ratio declined for the fourth week in a row. Load-to-truck ratios declined for vans and reefers, as well, due partly to holiday vacation schedules.

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Last update: 7/10/2018 – Next update: 7/17/2018

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Jun 24 – 30 vs.
Jun 17 – 23
Jun 2018 vs.
May 2018
Jun 2018 vs.
Jun 2017
Spot Market Loads 2.2% +2.5% +72%
Spot Market Capacity +0.7% 14% +1.5%
Van Load-To-Truck +0.3% +44% +76%
Van Rates (Spot) +0.4% +7.9% +29%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 12% 13% +100%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.4% +3.7% +31%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +4.3% +43% +30%
Reefer Rates (Spot) 0.4% +6.3% +27%
Fuel Prices 0.9% +0.3% +30%
Spot Rates Hit All-Time Highs in June

4th of July and Close of Q2 Keep the Pressure On

Jun 24 – 30 – Urgency to move freight before the end of Q2 and ahead of the 4th of July holiday kept rates high last week. June ended with record-setting rates for vans, reefers and flatbeds. The national average van rate moved up 1¢ to $2.32 per mile. The national reefer rate was $2.69 per mile, and the national flatbed rate increased 1¢ to 2.82 per mile. Load-to-truck ratios increased for reefers, held steady for vans, and declined for flatbeds.

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Last update: 7/3/2018 – Next update: 7/10/2018

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Jun 17 – 23 vs.
Jun 10 – 16
May 2018 vs.
Apr 2018
May 2018 vs.
May 2017
Spot Market Loads 6.0% +12% +105%
Spot Market Capacity +5.6% +11% +4.8%
Van Load-To-Truck 11% +3.2% +82%
Van Rates (Spot) +0.4% +0.5% +28%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 12% 6.3% +171%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) 0.4% +3.0% +31%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +0.6% +1.4% +34%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +0.0% +4.1% +25%
Fuel Prices 0.7% +4.8% +27%
National Van Rate Hits New High

Capacity Loosens, but Shortages Remain

Jun 17 – 23 – Capacity continues to return slowly to the spot market, but trucks are still in short supply in many parts of the country. That’s kept freight rates high, and the national average van rate pushed into uncharted territory at $2.31 per mile. The national reefer rate remained at a record high of $2.70 per mile. The national flatbed rate dipped 1¢, and while demand remains elevated, the load-to-truck ratio dropped to its lowest level since late February.

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Last update: 6/26/2018 – Next update: 7/03/2018

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Jun 10 – 16 vs.
Jun 3 – 9
May 2018 vs.
Apr 2018
May 2018 vs.
May 2017
Spot Market Loads 6.4% +12% +105%
Spot Market Capacity +5.4% +11% +4.8%
Van Load-To-Truck 8.4% +3.2% +82%
Van Rates (Spot) +0.4% +0.5% +28%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 19% 6.3% +171%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.4% +3.0% +31%
Reefer Load-To-Truck 14% +1.4% +34%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +0.4% +4.1% +25%
Fuel Prices 0.6% +4.8% +27%
Rates Approach Record Levels

Vans, Reefers, Flatbeds Add 1¢

Jun 10 – 16 – Although some capacity returned to the spot market after the Roadcheck inspection blitz, trucks were still hard to find last week, pushing prices upward for all three equipment types. The national average van rate increased 1¢ per mile, matching the record high set in early January. The average reefer rate also inched up 1¢, a penny below its January peak. And the national flatbed rate hit another record high, gaining 1¢ to reach $2.82 per mile.

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Last update: 6/19/2018 – Next update: 6/26/2018

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Jun 3 – 9 vs.
May 27 – Jun 2
May 2018 vs.
Apr 2018
May 2018 vs.
May 2017
Spot Market Loads +27% +12% +105%
Spot Market Capacity 0.4% +11% +4.8%
Van Load-To-Truck +32% +3.2% +82%
Van Rates (Spot) +4.6% +0.5% +28%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +9.8% 6.3% +171%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +2.2% +3.0% +31%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +57% +1.4% +34%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +5.5% +4.1% +25%
Fuel Prices 0.1% +4.8% +27%
June Poised for Record Rates

Roadcheck Adds Pressure on Already Tight Capacity

Jun 3 – 9 – Spot market demand has exploded in June. Capacity was already tight from Memorial Day week, so the effect from last week’s Roadcheck inspection blitz was even more pronounced this year. The national average van rate jumped 10¢ per mile, and is now just below its January peak. The average reefer rate surged 14¢, and the national flatbed rate hit another record high, increasing 6¢ to $2.81 per mile.

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Last update: 6/12/2018 – Next update: 6/19/2018

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
May 27 – Jun 2 vs.
May 20 – 26
May 2018 vs.
Apr 2018
May 2018 vs.
May 2017
Spot Market Loads 9.1% +12% +105%
Spot Market Capacity 18% +11% +4.8%
Van Load-To-Truck +21% +3.2% +82%
Van Rates (Spot) +1.9% +0.5% +28%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +11% 6.3% +171%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.7% +3.0% +31%
Reefer Load-To-Truck 3.0% +1.4% +34%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +1.6% +4.1% +25%
Fuel Prices +0.3% +4.8% +27%
Capacity Remains Tight Heading Into June

Memorial Day Leads to Higher Rates

May 27 – Jun 2 – Demand outpaced capacity during the week of Memorial Day. The scarcity of trucks, along with rising fuel costs, led to higher spot market rates in each segment. The national averages for both van rates and reefer rates each increased 4¢ per mile, while the national flatbed rate continued to add to its record high, climbing another 2¢ to $2.75 per mile.

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Last update: 6/5/2018 – Next update: 6/12/2018

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
May 20 – 26 vs.
May 13 – 19
Apr 2018 vs.
Mar 2018
Apr 2018 vs.
Apr 2017
Spot Market Loads +1.3% +3.9% +100%
Spot Market Capacity +2.2% +2.2% +7.5%
Van Load-To-Truck +4.9% 4.3% +90%
Van Rates (Spot) 0.2% +0.9% +29%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 7.3% +17% +142%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.4% +4.7% +28%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +5.0% 14% +37%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +0.8% +1.3% +25%
Fuel Prices +1.2% +3.6% +20%
Capacity Tightens Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend

Spot Rates Rise Out of Major Markets

May 20 – 26 – Many small carriers and owner-operators adjusted their schedules last week to be home in time for the long holiday weekend. That led to tighter capacity for dry van and reefer freight and pushed rates higher out of many major markets. The national average van rate held steady, while the national reefer rate was up 2¢ per mile and the national flatbed rate rate hit another record, rising 1¢ to $2.73 per mile.

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Last update: 5/29/2018 – Next update: 6/5/2018

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
May 13 – 19 vs.
May 6 – 12
Apr 2018 vs.
Mar 2018
Apr 2018 vs.
Apr 2017
Spot Market Loads 1.2% +3.9% +100%
Spot Market Capacity 3.2% +2.2% +7.5%
Van Load-To-Truck +4.7% 4.3% +90%
Van Rates (Spot) +0.2% +0.9% +29%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 5.3% +17% +142%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.4% +4.7% +28%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +8.8% 14% +37%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +0.0% +1.3% +25%
Fuel Prices +1.2% +3.6% +20%
Spot Rates Adjust to Changes in Produce Shipments

Fuel Prices Keep Pressure on Rates

May 13 – 19 – Spot market demand adjusted to changes in produce shipments, and higher diesel prices helped keep freight rates elevated. The national averages for dry van and refrigerated freight held steady, but a sharp decline in reefer volumes out of Florida had ripple effects across both segments, including higher prices out of Atlanta. The national flatbed rate rose 1¢ per mile, but the flatbed load-to-truck ratio fell below 100 loads per truck for the first time since March.

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Last update: 5/22/2018 – Next update: 5/29/2018

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
May 6 – 12 vs.
Apr 29 – May 5
Apr 2018 vs.
Mar 2018
Apr 2018 vs.
Apr 2017
Spot Market Loads +1.2% +3.9% +100%
Spot Market Capacity +3.6% +2.2% +7.5%
Van Load-To-Truck +3.8% 4.3% +90%
Van Rates (Spot) 1.4% +0.9% +29%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 7.8% +17% +142%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) 0.4% +4.7% +28%
Reefer Load-To-Truck 8.0% 14% +37%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +0.4% +1.3% +25%
Fuel Prices +0.4% +3.6% +20%
Spring Produce Boosts Reefer Rates

Flatbed Rate Dips from Record High

May 6 – 12 – Spring produce season is underway, boosting the national average reefer rate 1¢ per mile. Van rates took a breather last week, as the national average van rate declined 3¢ per mile, despite a strong showing from several Southern markets. The average flatbed rate dipped 1¢ per mile from a record high the previous week, and the flatbed load-to-truck ratio remains over 100 loads per truck.

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Last update: 5/15/2018 – Next update: 5/22/2018

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Apr 29 – May 5 vs.
Apr 22 – 28
Apr 2018 vs.
Mar 2018
Apr 2018 vs.
Apr 2017
Spot Market Loads +1.3% +3.9% +100%
Spot Market Capacity 1.0% +2.2% +7.5%
Van Load-To-Truck +1.0% 4.3% +90%
Van Rates (Spot) +0.9% +0.9% +29%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +2.7% +17% +142%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +2.6% +4.7% +28%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +12% 14% +37%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +2.5% +1.3% +25%
Fuel Prices +0.8% +3.6% +20%
May Brings Higher Rates

Reefer and Flatbed Demand Especially Strong

Apr 29 – May 5 – May got off to a strong start, with rates rising for all three trailer types. Spring produce is kicking into high gear and reefer load posts were up nearly 10%. Compared to the month of April, the national average van rate increased 2¢ per mile, the average reefer rate gained 5¢, and the flatbed rate jumped 7¢. Flatbed capacity remains extremely tight, as the flatbed load-to-truck ratio returned to its record-high of 111 loads per truck.

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Last update: 5/8/2018 – Next update: 5/15/2018

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Apr 22 – 28 vs.
Apr 15 – 21
Mar 2018 vs.
Feb 2018
Mar 2018 vs.
Mar 2017
Spot Market Loads +3.1% +27% +92%
Spot Market Capacity +2.6% +14% 7.0%
Van Load-To-Truck 5.0% 1.5% +116%
Van Rates (Spot) +0.0% +1.4% +32%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +5.7% +37% +148%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.4% +6.8% +25%
Reefer Load-To-Truck 1.9% +7.0% +68%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +0.0% 0.4% +28%
Fuel Prices +0.9% 1.9% +17%
Freight Volumes Build as Spring Kicks In

Van and Reefer Rates Hold While Flatbed Prices Climb

Apr 22 – 28 – Rates didn’t show much movement during the last full week of April, but volumes are building as we get deeper into spring. Last week the national average van and reefer rates were unchanged, while the flatbed rate increased 1¢ per mile. Still, compared to March averages, April van rates are 1¢ higher, reefer rates are 2¢ higher, and flatbed rates are 12¢ higher. The flatbed load-to-truck ratio has exceeded 100 loads per truck for five weeks in a row.

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Last update: 5/01/2018 – Next update: 5/8/2018

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Apr 15 – 21 vs.
Apr 8 – 14
Mar 2018 vs.
Feb 2018
Mar 2018 vs.
Mar 2017
Spot Market Loads +3.1% +27% +92%
Spot Market Capacity +4.0% +14% 7.0%
Van Load-To-Truck 2.2% 1.5% +116%
Van Rates (Spot) 2.3% +1.4% +32%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 1.0% +37% +148%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.4% +6.8% +25%
Reefer Load-To-Truck 10% +7.0% +68%
Reefer Rates (Spot) 0.8% 0.4% +28%
Fuel Prices +2.0% 1.9% +17%
Van and Reefer Rates Take a Dip

Flatbed Load-to-Truck Ratio Remains Above 100

Apr 15 – 21 – Van and reefer rates took a slight dip last week, as produce is slow to take off and winter weather returned to parts of the Northeast and Midwest. The national average van rate fell 5¢ per mile, and the average reefer rate declined 2¢, while the flatbed rate increased 1¢. Still, rates for all three equipment types are higher than their March averages, and the flatbed load-to-truck ratio has exceeded 100 loads per truck for four weeks in a row.

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Last update: 4/24/2018 – Next update: 5/01/2018

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Apr 8 – 14 vs.
Apr 1 – 7
Mar 2018 vs.
Feb 2018
Mar 2018 vs.
Mar 2017
Spot Market Loads 0.8% +27% +92%
Spot Market Capacity +11% +14% 7.0%
Van Load-To-Truck 11% 1.5% +116%
Van Rates (Spot) 1.3% +1.4% +32%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 6.9% +37% +148%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.0% +6.8% +25%
Reefer Load-To-Truck 15% +7.0% +68%
Reefer Rates (Spot) 1.6% 0.4% +28%
Fuel Prices +0.0% 1.9% +17%
Rates Moderate as Capacity Returns

Truck Posts Increase for Vans, Reefers, Flatbeds

Apr 8 – 14 – Rates moderated last week as capacity returned to the market. Truck posts increased for all three equipment types. The national average van rate declined 3¢ per mile, while the average reefer rate fell 4¢, and flatbed  prices held steady. Rates for all three equipment types are still higher than their March averages, and the flatbed load-to-truck ratio has exceeded 100 loads per truck for the past three weeks.

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Last update: 4/17/2018 – Next update: 4/24/2018

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Apr 1 – 7 vs.
Mar 25 – 31
Mar 2018 vs.
Feb 2018
Mar 2018 vs.
Mar 2017
Spot Market Loads +3.2% +27% +92%
Spot Market Capacity 2.7% +14% 7.0%
Van Load-To-Truck +2.8% 1.5% +116%
Van Rates (Spot) +4.2% +1.4% +32%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +9.3% +37% +148%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +4.0% +6.8% +25%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +5.8% +7.0% +68%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +3.3% 0.4% +28%
Fuel Prices +1.1% 1.9% +17%
Rates Rise as ELD Penalty Phase Begins

Flatbed Load-to-Truck Ratio Hits All-Time High

Apr 1 – 7 – There’s often a lull following the end of Q1, but spot market rates for vans, reefers and flatbeds roared in the first week of April, compared to the March averages. Last week was the first week in which trucks would be placed out of service for not having an ELD, and load-to-truck ratios rose for vans, reefers, and flatbeds, indicating tight truckload capacity. The flatbed ratio hit an all-time high of 111 loads per truck.

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Last update: 4/10/2018 – Next update: 4/17/2018

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Mar 25 – 31 vs.
Mar 18 – 24
Mar 2018 vs.
Feb 2018
Mar 2018 vs.
Mar 2017
Spot Market Loads +3.5% +27% +92%
Spot Market Capacity 3.1% +14% 7.0%
Van Load-To-Truck +4.3% 1.5% +116%
Van Rates (Spot) +0.9% +1.4% +32%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +16% +37% +148%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.4% +6.8% +25%
Reefer Load-To-Truck 0.9% +7.0% +68%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +0.0% 0.4% +28%
Fuel Prices +1.3% 1.9% +17%
Van Rates Rise as Q1 Ends

Flatbed Load-to-Truck Ratio Tops 100

Mar 25 – 31 – Van rates rose last week as Easter freight moved to its final destinations and shippers closed the books on Q1. The national average van rate increased 2¢ per mile, while the average reefer rate held steady. The national average flatbed rate gained 1¢, but more significantly the flatbed load-to-truck ratio surged to a record-setting 101 loads per truck.

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Last update: 4/3/2018 – Next update: 4/10/2018

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Mar 18 – 24 vs.
Mar 11 – 17
Feb 2018 vs.
Jan 2018
Feb 2018 vs.
Feb 2017
Spot Market Loads +3.6% 14% +121%
Spot Market Capacity +1.1% +2.9% 8.5%
Van Load-To-Truck +0.7% 29% +185%
Van Rates (Spot) 0.5% 4.9% +31%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +1.2% +19% +150%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.8% 0.4% +20%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +3.7% 39% +106%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +0.0% 8.3% +30%
Fuel Prices +1.3% +0.9% +19%
Freight Volumes Rise as April Approaches

Average Flatbed Rate Increases

Mar 18 – 24 – Freight volumes are building and load-to-truck ratios increased for all three equipment types last week. The national average van rate dipped 1¢ per mile, while the average reefer rate held steady and the flatbed rate gained 2¢. Rates could go up as we approach Easter, the end of the quarter, and the beginning of the penalty phase of the ELD mandate on April 1.

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National average spot market rates for the past four weeks, including fuel surcharges, are shown in the above graph. Weekly rate snapshots reflect averages for the month to-date, from DAT RateView.

Last update: 3/27/2018 – Next update: 4/03/2018

Fuel Prices
+1.3%$3.01 /gal.

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