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National Reefer Demand and Capacity
Reefer Load Posts Dip 6%

Aug 6 - 12 - Higher reefer volumes from Fresno, McAllen, and Twin Falls weren't enough to offset a seasonal slowdown in the Dallas, Philadelphia, Elizabeth, NJ, and Lakeland, FL freight markets. Nationally, reefer load posts dipped 6% and truck posts added 4%, for a 9% decline in the load-to-truck ratio. It's still solid, at 8.7 loads per truck. National average reefer rates also moved lower last 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.

July Reefer Demand Drops from June Peak

Following a strong June, reefer load posts declined 16% in July, and truck posts declined 4%. That caused the load-to-truck ratio to dip 13%, from 10.1 to 8.8 loads per truck nationally—the second highest monthly load-to-truck ratio this year. Compared to July 2016, the load-to-truck ratio was up 68%.

The chart above depicts national average load-to-truck ratio for reefers 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 8.5
7/29 9.1
8/5 9.6
8/12 8.7
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