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August Begins With Strong Demand and Rates

Jul 30 – Aug 5 – July ended, and August began, with unusually strong demand for freight. National average van and flatbed rates gained 3¢ per mile, and reefer rates added 4¢. Load-to-truck ratios increased for vans and reefers, due partly to a boost in activity in the Midwest.

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 TrendsWEEKMONTHYEAR
Jul 30 – Aug 5 vs.
Jul 23 – 29
Jul 2017 vs.
Jun 2017
Jul 2017 vs.
Jul 2016
Spot Market Loads1.0%16%+89%
Spot Market Capacity2.1%5.4%+0.3%
Van Load-To-Truck+5.5%7.1%+81%
Van Rates (Spot)+1.7%0.6%+9.8%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck8.6%14%+156%
Flatbed Rates (Spot)+1.4%+1.4%+14%
Reefer Load-To-Truck+6.1%13%+68%
Reefer Rates (Spot)+1.9%1.9%+7.8%
Fuel Prices+1.9%0.6%+3.8%
Rates Rise for Vans, Reefers, and Flatbeds

Last update: 8/9/2017 – Next update: 8/16/2017

Fuel Prices
+1.9%$2.58 / gal
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