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Industry Trends
MAY 29 - JUN 04 VS. MAY 22 - MAY 28
MAY 2023 VS. APR 2023
MAY 2023 VS. MAY 2022
Spot Load Posts -7.7% +29.4% -61.2%
Spot Truck Posts -13.7% +8.6% +10.2%
Van Load-To-Truck +13.5% +31.8% -43.0%
Van Spot Rates +0.7% -0.3% -23.8%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +1.3% -3.7% -81.5%
Flatbed Spot Rates +0.4% -0.6% -22.2%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +5.3% +34.1% -52.0%
Reefer Spot Rates -0.4% +1.9% -20.4%
Fuel Prices -0.7% -4.5% -29.7%

National Spot Rates

Van markets tighten but rates still lag

Weekly Brief

Flatbed prices fall after holding steady in April

May 8 – 14 – Load-to-truck ratios edged upward for vans, but the national average rate still lags. Ratios and rates both dropped for reefers. Flatbed markets also loosened,. After holding steady for most of April (minus fuel surcharges), the national average May rate has fallen for two straight weeks.

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Fuel Prices

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Trendlines shows a weekly snapshot of the month-to-date for national average rates
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About Trendlines

DAT Trendlines is a free weekly spot market freight report, providing an overview of national freight market trends. The average trucking rates are based on DAT iQ’s $150 billion database of actual freight payments.

The report includes a weekly snapshot of the rolling month-to-date national average trucking rates for van, reefer and flatbed. National average rates in Trendlines are for lanes of 250 miles or more.

Trendlines also includes national supply and demand metrics based on load and truck posts on the DAT One load board network by freight brokers, shippers and carriers.

You can also explore historical monthly trucking industry trends and compare spot trucking freight rates to the contract rates that shippers pay directly to carriers by visiting the links below:

Van Demand & Capacity 
Van Spot Market Rates 
Flatbed Demand & Capacity 
Flatbed Spot Market Rates 
Reefer Demand & Capacity 
Reefer Spot Market Rates

The national trends reported in DAT Trendlines are not necessarily reflective of trends that freight brokers, shippers and carriers may be seeing in individual trucking lanes or regions. To fully understand market and truckload pricing dynamics in your lanes, DAT provides a full suite of freight rate and market data available from DAT iQ or tools in DAT One load boards.

To access the full history of DAT Trendlines reports, contact DAT’s Analytics Services team.