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|Apr 1 – 7 vs.
Mar 25 – 31
|Mar 2018 vs.
|Mar 2018 vs.
|Spot Market Loads||+3.2%||+27%||+92%|
|Spot Market Capacity||–2.7%||+14%||–7.0%|
|Van Rates (Spot)||+4.2%||+1.4%||+32%|
|Flatbed Rates (Spot)||+4.0%||+6.8%||+25%|
|Reefer Rates (Spot)||+3.3%||–0.4%||+28%|
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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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: 4/10/2018 – Next update: 4/17/2018