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22 Jan 09

New rules like the ELD mandate have the potential to force some small carriers out of business and raise freight rates when capacity tightens. There are several other proposed regulations that could also have major impacts on the trucking industry in 2017.

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1 Jan 02

The freight recession is over. An 18-month malaise was triggered by the worldwide collapse of oil prices at the end of 2014. Freight volume and rates began to revive in May 2016, and year-over-year volume comparisons turned positive in August. Instead of tapering off after October, however, a boom market emerged for truckload transportation in November and December. What does it mean for 2017?


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2 Dec 30

Lots of people like to take vacation during the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. Business is usually pretty quiet, so those vacationers aren't missing much.This week has been anything but quiet for trucking, however. The spot market is overwhelmed with loads, and rates are higher than they've been all year. What the heck?!

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7 Dec 30

Regulations, rates, HOS, parking -- what's your top concern about the trucking industry heading into the new year?

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Dec 22

For all of you DAT blog readers, here is a list of this year's Top 10 blog posts on the DAT Freight Talk blog, ranked by the number of readers per blog post. ICYMI.

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2 Dec 21


Van rates dropped 3¢ per mile as a national average last week, which is not the best news. However, the average rate for December is still higher than any other month in 2016. Also, rates might rise again in the final days of the year, as shippers move their last-minute freight before they literally close the book on 2016.

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1 Dec 14

The FMCSA announced that it will again delay implementation of its Unified Registration System (URS), which will do away with MC numbers. The final stage of URS implementation was scheduled to begin January 14, 2017. FMCSA will announce a revised schedule in January.

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9 Dec 14

As of this week, the ELD mandate is one year away. And it's not just carriers who are concerned. Brokers worry that the ELD mandate will lead to reduced capacity and will take a bite out of profit margins.

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Dec 14

As you probably remember from the "snowpocalypse" in Q1 2014, when the weather outside is frightful, rates can become more delightful for carriers. On the other hand, the weather causes delays and cancellations, so trucking companies can end up earning less during a storm, despite the rate increases.

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Dec 13

This year Austin Freight Systems celebrates its 20th anniversary. How can a freight brokerage get through the down times and survive to reach the 20-year milestone—especially when competition is fierce? The company's CEO offers these five tips.

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