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National Van Demand and Capacity
August Remains Strong for Van Freight

Aug 6 - 12 - August van trends remain strong, even though the second week of August was not as robust as the first week, which saw some of the highest load counts in almost two years. Nationally, van load posts declined 12% and truck posts increased 1% compared to the previous week, to yield a 12% drop in the load-to-truck ratio, from 5.5 to 4.9 loads per truck. The national average van rate also declined.

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.

Load-to-Truck Ratio Dips in July

Van load load posts declined 13% from June to July and truck posts lost 6%, to yield a 7% dip in the national load-to-truck ratio. At 5.2 van loads per truck, the ratio is up 81% compared to July 2016. 

The chart above depicts the national average load-to-truck ratio for vans 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 4.8
7/29 5.3
8/5 5.5
8/12 4.9
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