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National Van Demand and Capacity
Van Load-to-Truck Ratio Recedes

Jun 11 - 17 - The load-to-truck ratio for vans receded after surging the previous week due to the annual Roadcheck that tightened capacity. Nationally, load posts declined 1% and truck posts increased 9%. That caused the load-to-truck ratio to fall 9% to 5.2 loads per truck. The national average van 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.

May Load-to-Truck Ratio Increases 8%

Van load load posts jumped up 22% in May compared to April. Truck posts also rose 13%, contributing to an 8% increase in the national load-to-truck ratio. At 3.7 van loads per truck, the ratio was up 109% from where it was in May 2016. 

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

National Load-to-Truck Ratio Load-to-Truck Ratio Chart - Truck Graphic
5/27 4.2
6/3 5.1
6/10 5.7
6/17 5.2
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