2 Aug 16


We expected the sizzling hot freight market to cool off a little, and it did. An 8% drop in load posts last week pushed load-to-truck ratios down, and average rates also declined a few cents per mile, compared to record highs of the previous two weeks.

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Aug 09


July ended and August began, so you might have expected a quiet week. Nope. Load posts edged down on DAT load boards, but national average rates rose 3¢ per mile for vans and flatbeds, while reefers added 4¢.

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1 Aug 01

We got a welcome surge of spot market freight to close out July. It's unusual to see an uptick in volumes at this point in the summer, but the top 100 van lanes set all-time records for volumes last week.

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Jul 25

It’s normal for spot market rates and volumes to slip this time of year, but load posts declined only 3% on DAT load boards last week. Rates also drifted down, but the national average rates for vans and flatbeds were still higher than the averages for the month of June.

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Jul 21


While volume increased last week on the top 100 lanes, rates started to move down. The holiday weekend was followed by big retail sales events, but the urgency finally gave way to a more typical summer pattern of declining rates in July.

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Jul 21

Flatbed volumes didn’t slip as expected in the first half of July. Instead, there were almost 50% more loads last week than the week before, and rates are holding up at the highest levels in two years.

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Jul 12

Reefer volumes were down during the first week in July, but that was to be expected. But load counts didn’t slip as much as vans during the short 4th of July week, with strong demand was strong on shorter hauls.

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Jul 12

Since the 4th of July landed on a Tuesday this year, a lot of people also took Monday off. That led to a quieter week on DAT load boards in terms of load and truck posts.

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Jul 05


Flatbed freight volume and rates gained some traction in June, after a couple of slow months. Texas had the biggest rebound last week, partly due to a surge of loads leaving Houston, the biggest flatbed freight market in the country by far. National average rates gained 6¢ per mile, to $2.16 including the fuel surcharge.

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Jul 05


Reefer rates rose 10¢ per mile in June, compared to May, landing at $2.12, the highest monthly average in almost two years. Load availability was up 30% compared to May, and 84% compared to June 2015. The biggest changes last week were in California, where reefer freight finally started to move out of Fresno and Sacramento in serious quantities, but load counts fell sharply in L.A. and Ontario.

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