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National Flatbed Demand and Capacity
Flatbed Load-to-Truck Ratio Dips

Aug 6 - 12 - Flatbed load posts dipped 8% while truck posts increased 6%. That caused the load-to-truck ratio to decline 14% to 29.4 loads per truck—still a high load-to-truck ratio for this time of year. The national average flatbed rate moved lower compared to the previous week.  

Hot Market Maps and Hot State Maps (above) in DAT RateView depict geographic trends in the load-to-truck ratio.

About the Load-to-Truck Ratio

Load-to-truck ratios represent the number of loads posted for every truck posted on DAT Load Boards. The load-to-truck ratio is a sensitive, real-time indicator of the balance between spot market demand and capacity. Changes in the ratio often signal impending changes in rates.

Flatbed Ratio Up 156% Year Over Year

Compared to June, flatbed load posts declined 18% in July, while truck posts declined 5%. That caused the load-to-truck ratio to fall 14%, to 37 loads per truck—still, a very high national average. Compared to July 2016, the ratio rocketed up 156%.

The chart above depicts national average load-to-truck ratio for flatbeds from 2015 to the present.

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Last update: 8/15/2017 – Next update: 8/22/2017

National Load-to-Truck Ratio Load-to-Truck Ratio Chart - Truck Graphic
7/22 36.1
7/29 37.2
8/5 34.0
8/12 29.4
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