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

Sep 24 – 30 – Supply chain disruptions caused by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, coupled with economic growth and a strong harvest season, have put tremendous pressure on both capacity and rates. The national average rates for vansflatbeds, and reefers increased again last week, exceeding two-year highs. Capacity is tight, as the van load-to-truck ratio hit its highest mark in more than 7 years last week. Load-to-truck ratios for reefers and flatbeds are also at multi-year highs.

The chart above depicts national average spot market rates for the past four weeks, including fuel surcharges. Weekly rate snapshots reflect averages for the month to-date, from DAT RateView.

Industry Trends - Spot Market Industry Trends - Van Industry Trends - Flatbed Industry Trends - Reefer Industry Trends - Fuel Prices
Industry Trends WEEK MONTH YEAR
Sep 24 – 30 vs.
Sep 17 – 23
Sep 2017 vs.
Aug 2017
Sep 2017 vs.
Sep 2016
Spot Market Loads +5.4% +12% +117%
Spot Market Capacity 3.2% 13% 7.5%
Van Load-To-Truck +9.5% +28% +120%
Van Rates (Spot) +1.5% +11% +22%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +16% +46% +226%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.9% +3.7% +20%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +1.6% +23% +104%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +0.5% +7.2% +17%
Fuel Prices 0.1% +7.3% +16%
Rates Rise Again, Exceeding Two-Year Highs
Fuel Prices
+0.0%$2.79 / gallon

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

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