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National Flatbed Demand and Capacity
Flatbed Load-to-Truck Ratio Dips, But Remains High

Jun 11 - 17 - The flatbed load-to-truck ratio declined a bit after hitting its highest level in years the previous week. Flatbed load posts held steady while truck posts increased 11%. That caused the load-to-truck ratio to dip 10% to 44.5 loads per truck. The national average flatbed rate was unchanged 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 Declined 16% in May

Compared to April, flatbed load posts dropped 3% in May, while truck posts rose 16%. That pushed the load-to-truck ratio down 16% to 36.6 loads per truck nationally. Compared to May 2016, the ratio has soared 117%.

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

National Load-to-Truck Ratio Load-to-Truck Ratio Chart - Truck Graphic
5/27 34.2
6/3 38.8
6/10 49.2
6/17 44.5
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