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National Reefer Demand and Capacity
Reefer Ratio Declines 10%

Jun 11 - 17 -  Reefer demand subsided a bit compared to the previous week in which capacity was tight due to the annual Roadcheck inspection blitz.  Reefer load posts declined 2% while truck posts increased 8%. That caused the load-to-truck ratio to fall 10% to 9.1 loads per truck. The national average spot market rate for reefers was unchanged week over 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.

Reefer Ratio Rises 4% in May

Reefer load posts in May were 21% higher than in April, and truck posts increased 17%. That led to a 4% rise in the load-to-truck ratio, from 6.6 to 6.8 loads per truck nationally. Compared to May 2016, the load-to-truck ratio was up 98%.

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

National Load-to-Truck Ratio Load-to-Truck Ratio Chart - Truck Graphic
5/27 7.8
6/3 7.6
6/10 10.1
6/17 9.2
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