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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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Last update: 10/02/2018 – Next update: 10/9/2018

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

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Mar 11 – 17 vs.
Mar 4 – 10
Feb 2018 vs.
Jan 2018
Feb 2018 vs.
Feb 2017
Spot Market Loads 1.2% 14% +121%
Spot Market Capacity +2.0% +2.9% 8.5%
Van Load-To-Truck +0.9% 29% +185%
Van Rates (Spot) +0.0% 4.9% +31%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 2.1% +19% +150%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.0% 0.4% +20%
Reefer Load-To-Truck 3.1% 39% +106%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +0.0% 8.3% +30%
Fuel Prices 0.5% +0.9% +19%
National Van Rate Unchanged for 4 Weeks

Reefer and Flatbed Rate Also in Holding Pattern

Mar 11 – 17 – National average rates are in a holding pattern for now. The national average van rate held steady at $2.14 per mile for the fourth week in a row. Average reefer and flatbed rates also were unchanged. Don’t expect that to last long though. Just ahead is the end of third quarter, the pre-Easter rush, and the penalty phase of the ELD mandate.

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Last update: 3/20/2018 – Next update: 3/27/2018

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Mar 4 – 10 vs.
Feb 25 – Mar 3
Feb 2018 vs.
Jan 2018
Feb 2018 vs.
Feb 2017
Spot Market Loads +5.0% 14% +121%
Spot Market Capacity +3.1% +2.9% 8.5%
Van Load-To-Truck 3.6% 29% +185%
Van Rates (Spot) +0.0% 4.9% +31%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +11% +19% +150%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +4.6% 0.4% +20%
Reefer Load-To-Truck 1.5% 39% +106%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +0.0% 8.3% +30%
Fuel Prices 0.3% +0.9% +19%
Van and Reefer Rates Stay in Neutral

Flatbed Rate and Ratio Continue to Climb

Mar 4 – 10 – The national average van rate held steady at $2.14 per mile for the third week in a row. The average reefer rate also was unchanged. In contrast, the national average flatbed rate rose 11¢ per mile and the load-to-truck ratio for flatbeds hit a record high of almost 90-to-1 last week.

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Last update: 3/13/2018 – Next update: 3/20/2018

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Feb 25 – Mar 3 vs.
Feb 18 – 24
Feb 2018 vs.
Jan 2018
Feb 2018 vs.
Feb 2017
Spot Market Loads +7.6% 14% +121%
Spot Market Capacity 1.7% +2.9% 8.5%
Van Load-To-Truck +4.8% 29% +185%
Van Rates (Spot) +0.0% 4.9% +31%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +13% +19% +150%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +1.7% 0.4% +20%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +15% 39% +106%
Reefer Rates (Spot) 1.2% 8.3% +30%
Fuel Prices 0.7% +0.9% +19%
Are Van Rates Ready to Rebound?

Flatbed Load-to-Truck Ratio Surges

Feb 25 – Mar 3 – Vans held steady at a national average of $2.14 per mile, after seven weeks of declining rates. Van rates may be ready to rebound. Meanwhile, the load-to-truck ratio for flatbeds hit a record high of almost 80:1 last week, and the average flatbed rate rose 4¢. The national average rate for reefers declined 3¢, but load volume is on the rise.

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Last update: 3/6/2018 – Next update: 3/13/2018

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Feb 18 – 24 vs.
Feb 11 – 17
Jan 2018 vs.
Dec 2017
Jan 2018 vs.
Jan 2017
Spot Market Loads +1.4% +26% +134%
Spot Market Capacity +0.6% +4.1% 6.9%
Van Load-To-Truck 7.0% +9.5% +200%
Van Rates (Spot) 0.5% +7.1% +35%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +10% +57% +144%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +2.2% +3.0% +24%
Reefer Load-To-Truck 3.1% +14% +118%
Reefer Rates (Spot) 0.8% +7.3% +36%
Fuel Prices 1.2% +3.8% +17%
Van and Reefer Rates Continue Seasonal Decline

Flatbed Load-to-Truck Ratio Tops 70:1

Feb 18 – 24 – Van rates took another step down last week, but that drop is from record highs that were experienced in January. Reefers rates also moved lower, but flatbed prices gained ground for the third week in a row. The load-to-truck ratio for flatbeds continues to skyrocket, topping 70:1 last week. The national average van rate dipped 1¢ and the national reefer rate declined 2¢, while flatbed rates moved up 5¢.

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Last update: 2/27/2018 – Next update: 3/06/2018

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Feb 11 – 17 vs.
Feb 4 – 10
Jan 2018 vs.
Dec 2017
Jan 2018 vs.
Jan 2017
Spot Market Loads +1.5% +26% +134%
Spot Market Capacity +1.1% +4.1% 6.9%
Van Load-To-Truck +1.4% +9.5% +200%
Van Rates (Spot) 0.9% +7.1% +35%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +4.8% +57% +144%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.9% +3.0% +24%
Reefer Load-To-Truck 4.5% +14% +118%
Reefer Rates (Spot) 2.0% +7.3% +36%
Fuel Prices 1.0% +3.8% +17%
More Trucks Mean Lower Rates for Vans and Reefers

Flatbed Rates Trend Upward

Feb 11 -17 – Spot market rates have remained high in 2018, even as the normal winter slowdown chips away at the peaks we saw a few weeks ago. For instance, the national average van rate lost another 2¢ last week, but it is still higher than at any point in 2017. The national reefer rate declined 5¢, but flatbed rates moved the other direction, rising 2¢.

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Last update: 2/20/2018 – Next update: 2/27/2018

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Feb 4 – 10 vs.
Jan 28 – Feb 3
Jan 2018 vs.
Dec 2017
Jan 2018 vs.
Jan 2017
Spot Market Loads +0.3% +26% +134%
Spot Market Capacity 1.5% +4.1% 6.9%
Van Load-To-Truck +2.3% +9.5% +200%
Van Rates (Spot) 2.7% +7.1% +35%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 1.0% +57% +144%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.9% +3.0% +24%
Reefer Load-To-Truck 1.8% +14% +118%
Reefer Rates (Spot) 3.5% +7.3% +36%
Fuel Prices +0.5% +3.8% +17%
Van and Reefer Rates Continue Seasonal Decline

Flatbed Rates Reverse Course

Feb 4 – 10 – Rates have continued to decline for vans and reefers, but turned upward for flatbeds. Although rates have stepped down from their sky-high levels in early January, they’re still significantly higher than at this time last year. National average rates last week dropped 6¢ for vans and 9¢ for reefers, but gained 2¢ for flatbeds.

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Last update: 2/13/2018 – Next update: 2/20/2018

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Jan 28 – Feb 3 vs.
Jan 21 – 27
Jan 2018 vs.
Dec 2017
Jan 2018 vs.
Jan 2017
Spot Market Loads 5.7% +26% +134%
Spot Market Capacity +2.5% +4.1% 6.9%
Van Load-To-Truck 19% +9.5% +200%
Van Rates (Spot) 1.3% +7.1% +35%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +15% +57% +144%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) 5.4% +3.0% +24%
Reefer Load-To-Truck 20% +14% +118%
Reefer Rates (Spot) 3.0% +7.3% +36%
Fuel Prices +1.5% +3.8% +17%
Spot Rates Adjust to Seasonal Slowdown

Capacity Loosens for Van and Reefer Freight

Jan 27 – Feb 3 – Rates have continued to decline during the past four weeks, though the national average rates for vans and reefers are still higher now than they were at any point in 2017. Load-to-truck ratios have also stepped down, but remain significantly higher than at this time last year. National average rates last week dropped 3¢ for vans, 8¢ for reefers and 13¢ for flatbeds.

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Last update: 2/6/2018 – Next update: 2/13/2018

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Jan 21 – 27 vs.
Jan 14 – 20
Dec 2017 vs.
Nov 2017
Dec 2017 vs.
Dec 2016
Spot Market Loads 3.0% +7.0% +86%
Spot Market Capacity +8.3% 14% 5.9%
Van Load-To-Truck 13% +31% +138%
Van Rates (Spot) 0.4% +1.9% +22%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +0.0% +23% +77%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) 0.4% +0.0% +19%
Reefer Load-To-Truck 17% +18% +73%
Reefer Rates (Spot) 1.1% +1.2% +24%
Fuel Prices 0.1% +0.0% +16%
Rates Decline Seasonally, but Remain High

Load-to-Truck Ratios Ease Off

Jan 21 – 27 – Rates declined for the third week straight, but remain higher than at any point in 2017. Load-to-truck ratios have eased off from record highs, but the ELD mandate, a healthy economy and regional snowstorms continue to exert pressure on truckload capacity. National average rates dipped 1¢ for vans and flatbeds last week, while the average reefer rate dropped 3¢.

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Last update: 1/30/2018 – Next update: 2/6/2018

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Jan 14 – 20 vs.
Jan 7 – 13
Dec 2017 vs.
Nov 2017
Dec 2017 vs.
Dec 2016
Spot Market Loads 3.5% +7.0% +86%
Spot Market Capacity +4.6% 14% 5.9%
Van Load-To-Truck 8.5% +31% +138%
Van Rates (Spot) 0.4% +1.9% +22%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +0.5% +23% +77%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) 0.8% +0.0% +19%
Reefer Load-To-Truck 16% +18% +73%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +0.0% +1.2% +24%
Fuel Prices +1.1% +0.0% +16%
Van and Flatbed Rates Show Slight Decline

Spot Market Demand Slows Seasonally

Jan 14 – 20 – A decline in spot market freight last week was followed by lower national averages for both van and flatbed rates. So far, the rate of decline has been slow compared to the rapid rate increases that followed the ELD mandate in mid-December, so prices remain elevated. Last week’s national average van rate dipped 1¢, flatbed rates fell 2¢, and reefer rates were unchanged.

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Last update: 1/23/2018 – Next update: 1/30/2018

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Jan 7 – 13 vs.
Dec 31 – Jan 6
Dec 2017 vs.
Nov 2017
Dec 2017 vs.
Dec 2016
Spot Market Loads +17% +7.0% +86%
Spot Market Capacity +52% 14% 5.9%
Van Load-To-Truck 27% +31% +138%
Van Rates (Spot) 0.9% +1.9% +22%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 16% +23% +77%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) 0.4% +0.0% +19%
Reefer Load-To-Truck 27% +18% +73%
Reefer Rates (Spot) 0.4% +1.2% +24%
Fuel Prices +0.8% +0.0% +16%
Rates Decline Slightly as Capacity Returns
Truck Posts Jump Following Holidays

Jan 7 – 13 – Rates edged down slightly for all three equipment types last week. The national average van rate stepped down 2¢, and reefer and flatbed rates dipped 1¢. Those lower rates are still higher than at any point in 2017, however. Truck posts were up significantly following the two holiday weeks, but snowstorms in the East, plus drivers adjusting to ELDs, continue to affect productivity.

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Last update: 1/17/2018 – Next update: 1/24/2018

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Dec 31 – Jan 6 vs.
Dec 24 – 30
Dec 2017 vs.
Nov 2017
Dec 2017 vs.
Dec 2016
Spot Market Loads +27% +7.0% +86%
Spot Market Capacity +7.4% 14% 5.9%
Van Load-To-Truck +19% +31% +138%
Van Rates (Spot) +9.0% +1.9% +22%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +22% +23% +77%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +4.3% +0.0% +19%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +6.4% +18% +73%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +10% +1.2% +24%
Fuel Prices +1.0% +0.0% +16%
New Year Brings Record-High Rates

Load-to-Truck Ratios Hit Record Highs

Dec 31 – Jan 6 – The combination of extreme weather, plus tightened capacity as a result of the recently implemented ELD mandate, drove rates higher during the first week of 2018. The national average van ratereefer rate and flatbed rate all moved higher last week. The demand for trucks pushed load-to-truck ratios to record highs, including an all-time record-high of 14.7 loads per truck for vans.

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Last update: 1/9/2018 – Next update: 1/16/2018

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Dec 24 – 30 vs.
Dec 17 – 23
Dec 2017 vs.
Nov 2017
Dec 2017 vs.
Dec 2016
Spot Market Loads 22% +7.0% +86%
Spot Market Capacity 36% 14% 5.9%
Van Load-To-Truck +22% +31% +138%
Van Rates (Spot) +1.0% +1.9% +22%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +26% +23% +77%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.0% +0.0% +19%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +33% +18% +73%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +2.5% +1.2% +24%
Fuel Prices +0.1% +0.0% +16%
2017 Ends With Record Rates
Van Ratio Hits All-Time High

Dec 24 – 30 – There was urgency to move freight before the end of the year, but the combination of frigid weather and tight capacity due to both the holiday and the recently implemented ELD mandate meant that it cost more to move those loads last week. Load-to-truck ratios surged, setting a new all-time record-high of 12.2 loads per truck for vans. Spot rates also reached historic highs: The national average van rate rose 2¢ per mile, the national reefer rate jumped up 6¢, and the average flatbed rate held steady.

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: 1/3/2018 – Next update: 1/10/2018

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Dec 17 – 23 vs.
Dec 10 – 16
Nov 2017 vs.
Oct 2017
Nov 2017 vs.
Nov 2016
Spot Market Loads +9.7% 5.7% +93%
Spot Market Capacity 19% 6.0% 1.9%
Van Load-To-Truck +29% +17% +119%
Van Rates (Spot) +0.5% +2.5% +24%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +31% 27% +93%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.4% 1.3% +21%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +62% +14% +75%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +1.7% +4.7% +24%
Fuel Prices 0.3% +4.1% +19%
ELDs and Holiday Add to Capacity Pressures

Van Ratio Hits All-Time High Ahead of Christmas

Dec 17 – 23 – The ELD mandate went into effect last week, just as last-minute orders were on the move before Christmas. Many truckers also took time off before the holiday, so spot market capacity tightened and load-to-truck ratios surged, setting a new all-time record-high ratio for vans: 10.1 loads per truck. Spot rates also came close to historic highs: The national average van rate rose 1¢ per mile, the national reefer rate jumped up 4¢, and the average flatbed rate increased 1¢.

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Last update: 12/27/2017 – Next update: 1/3/2018

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Dec 10 – 16 vs.
Dec 3 – 9
Nov 2017 vs.
Oct 2017
Nov 2017 vs.
Nov 2016
Spot Market Loads +2.4% 4.1% +96%
Spot Market Capacity 7.5% 5.6% 1.5%
Van Load-To-Truck +9.0% +19% +124%
Van Rates (Spot) 1.0% +2.5% +24%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +14% 26% +94%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.4% 1.3% +21%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +12% +16% +78%
Reefer Rates (Spot) 1.7% +4.7% +24%
Fuel Prices 0.4% +4.1% +19%
Van and Reefer Rates Step Down from Record Highs

Flatbed Prices Add 1¢

Dec 10 – 16 – Last week the national average van rate stepped back 2¢ to $2.08 per mile, but that was from a 3-year high experienced the week before. Reefer rates moved down 4¢ to $2.36 per mile, after hitting 3-year highs during Thanksgiving week. Flatbed prices increased 1¢, to $2.32 per mile.

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Last update: 12/20/2017 – Next update: 12/27/2017

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Dec 3 – 9 vs.
Nov 26 – Dec 2
Nov 2017 vs.
Oct 2017
Nov 2017 vs.
Nov 2016
Spot Market Loads 10% 4.1% +96%
Spot Market Capacity +12% 5.6% 1.5%
Van Load-To-Truck 23% +19% +124%
Van Rates (Spot) +0.5% +2.5% +24%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 8.9% 26% +94%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.4% 1.3% +21%
Reefer Load-To-Truck 26% +16% +78%
Reefer Rates (Spot) 1.2% +4.7% +24%
Fuel Prices 0.1% +4.1% +19%
National Van and Flatbed Rates Add 1¢

Reefer Prices Step Down from Record Highs

Dec 3 – 9 – Van rates, which rose prior to Thanksgiving, just keep moving higher. Last week the national average van rate increased 1¢ to $2.10 per mile—a 3-year high. Flatbed rates also increased 1¢, to $2.31 per mile. For reefers, we may be experiencing a lull between Thanksgiving and Christmas, as rates declined 3¢ from their record high the week before.

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: 12/13/2017 – Next update: 12/20/2017

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Nov 26 – Dec 2 vs.
Nov 19 – 25
Nov 2017 vs.
Oct 2017
Nov 2017 vs.
Nov 2016
Spot Market Loads +64% 4.1% +96%
Spot Market Capacity +22% 5.6% 1.5%
Van Load-To-Truck +37% +19% +124%
Van Rates (Spot) +1.0% +2.5% +24%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +17% 26% +94%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.4% 1.3% +21%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +38% +16% +78%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +0.0% +4.7% +24%
Fuel Prices +0.5% +4.1% +19%
November Van and Reefer Rates Hit 3-Year High

Demand Revs Up As Holidays Approach

Nov 26 – Dec 2 – Freight volumes surged in the week following Thanksgiving, sending van rates up 2¢ to $2.09 per mile and flatbed rates up 1¢ to $2.30 per mile. Reefer rates held steady at an unseasonably high $2.43 per mile. November’s monthly average rate for both vans and reefers hit levels not seen since June of 2014.

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: 12/6/2017 – Next update: 12/13/2017

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Nov 19 – 25 vs.
Nov 12 – 18
Oct 2017 vs.
Sep 2017
Oct 2017 vs.
Oct 2016
Spot Market Loads 33% +1.4% +114%
Spot Market Capacity 26% +13% +0.9%
Van Load-To-Truck +1.5% 12% +106%
Van Rates (Spot) +0.5% +2.5% +22%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 5.3% 5.5% +172%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.0% +2.2% +21%
Reefer Load-To-Truck 26% 14% +77%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +1.3% +3.1% +22%
Fuel Prices 0.1% +0.3% +14%
Reefers Hit a 3-Year High, and Vans May Follow

Thanksgiving Rush Boosts Rates for Vans and Reefers

Nov 19 – 25 – As last-minute Thanksgiving freight moved to stores nationwide, the average reefer rate rose another 3¢ to $2.43 per mile, the highest weekly average in more than 3 years. Van rates added 1¢ to $2.07 per mile. If vans stay at or near that level for a few more days, November’s average will be an all-time high. Flatbeds held steady at $2.29 per mile, despite a seasonal decline in load volume.

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: 11/28/2017 – Next update: 12/05/2017

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Nov 12 – 18 vs.
Nov 5 – 11
Oct 2017 vs.
Sep 2017
Oct 2017 vs.
Oct 2016
Spot Market Loads +7.4% +1.4% +114%
Spot Market Capacity 0.2% +13% +0.9%
Van Load-To-Truck +15% 12% +106%
Van Rates (Spot) +0.0% +2.5% +22%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 5.2% 5.5% +172%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) 0.4% +2.2% +21%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +13% 14% +77%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +1.3% +3.1% +22%
Fuel Prices +1.1% +0.3% +14%
Reefer Rates Hit 3-Year High, as Vans Hold at $2.06

Fuel, Demand, and ELDs Ratchet Up Rate Pressures

Nov 12 – 18 – Rising fuel prices, unprecedented spot market demand, and the imminent ELD mandate combine to ratchet up the pressure on rates. The national average reefer rate increased 3¢ to $2.40 per mile — a 3-year record — as shippers rush to fill the stores with fresh produce, poultry and meat for Thanksgiving. The average van rate remained at $2.06 per mile, signaling that November’s average may hit an all-time high. Flatbed rates slipped 1¢, to $2.29 per mile, which is atypically high for the season.

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: 11/22/2017 – Next update: 11/29/2017

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Nov 5 – 11 vs.
Oct 29 – Nov 4
Oct 2017 vs.
Sep 2017
Oct 2017 vs.
Oct 2016
Spot Market Loads 1.6% +1.4% +114%
Spot Market Capacity +7.6% +13% +0.9%
Van Load-To-Truck 6.6% 12% +106%
Van Rates (Spot) 0.5% +2.5% +22%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 15% 5.5% +172%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.4% +2.2% +21%
Reefer Load-To-Truck 2.4% 14% +77%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +0.0% +3.1% +22%
Fuel Prices +2.2% +0.3% +14%
Pre-Thanksgiving Rush Keeps Rates High

Van and Reefer Rates Hover Near Peak Levels

Nov 5 – 11 – Strong demand and rising fuel prices have kept spot market rates at or near peak levels for the season. The national average van rate dipped 1¢ to $2.06 per mile, only 3¢ below the post-hurricane peak of early October. Reefer rates are back up to a high of $2.37 per mile, driven by a pre-Thanksgiving rush. For flatbeds, a downward trend was interrupted last week by a 1¢ increase that partially offset rising fuel costs.

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: 11/15/2017 – Next update: 11/22/2017

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Oct 29 – Nov 4 vs.
Oct 22 – 28
Oct 2017 vs.
Sep 2017
Oct 2017 vs.
Oct 2016
Spot Market Loads +4.8% +1.4% +114%
Spot Market Capacity 3.2% +13% +0.9%
Van Load-To-Truck +11% 12% +106%
Van Rates (Spot) +2.0% +2.5% +22%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 5.1% 5.5% +172%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) 2.1% +2.2% +21%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +22% 14% +77%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +2.2% +3.1% +22%
Fuel Prices +2.1% +0.3% +14%
Rates Rebound for Vans and Reefers

Flatbed Prices Start to Recede

Oct 29 – Nov 4 – Rates for vans and reefers shot up again after receding for three weeks in a row. Flatbed rates moved the other direction, edging down after two months of steady increases. Still, rates for all 3 equipment types have been well above seasonal norms for more than a month. The national average van rate increased 4¢ to $2.07 per mile, while reefer rates increased 5¢, to $2.37 per mile. The national average flatbed price declined 5¢ to $2.29 per mile.

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: 11/8/2017 – Next update: 11/15/2017

Fuel Prices
+2.1%$2.88 / gallon

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Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Oct 22 – 28 vs.
Oct 15 – 21
Sep 2017 vs.
Aug 2017
Sep 2017 vs.
Sep 2016
Spot Market Loads 1.8% +12% +117%
Spot Market Capacity 2.4% 13% 7.5%
Van Load-To-Truck +4.3% +28% +120%
Van Rates (Spot) 0.5% +11% +22%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck 4.3% +46% +226%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.0% +3.7% +20%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +1.3% +23% +104%
Reefer Rates (Spot) 0.4% +7.2% +17%
Fuel Prices +0.7% +7.3% +16%
Average Freight Rates Remain High

Van and Reefer Rates Dip; Flatbeds Hold Steady

Oct 22 – 28 – Rates for vans and reefers declined for the third week in a row, while flatbed rates held steady after climbing for the past two months. Rates remain elevated for this time of year for all three equipment types. The national average van rate dipped 1¢ to $2.03 per mile. Reefer rates also dropped 1¢, to $2.32 per mile. The national average flatbed price was unchanged at $2.34 per mile as building materials continue to move to Florida and the Gulf Coast. Load-to-truck ratios are also 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.

Last update: 11/01/2017 – Next update: 11/8/2017

Fuel Prices
+0.7%$2.82 / gallon

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