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Van rates fall after 4th of July

It's typical for rates to fall after the Fourth of July, and this year was no different. Now that the holiday has passed, there's less urgency for the freight that's moving. That lack of urgency, combined with sufficient capacity and a well-rested workforce, resulted in lower rates last week.  On the top 100 van lanes, rates had been rising for the past eight weeks, but last week that trend ended. Rates were lower in 73 of… Read More

How much do hot shot loads pay?

Running hot shots is one of the easier ways to start your own trucking company, but one of the most confusing things about the business is figuring out what rate you should charge. Long story short: It varies a lot. Read More

How to find hot shot loads

Looking for freight for your hot shot rig? With DAT TruckersEdge, you can use special tools and tricks to find the LTL, expedited, and partial loads you want. Read More

Trucker Tips: How I find the best-paying loads

Being an owner-operator is tough. You need all the tools possible to stay profitable. Now that I operate under my own MC number, I focus on more than just my expenses. Read More

Van rates ride high through Independence Day

Independence Day fell on a Thursday this year, so there were many people who took Friday off as well. That meant any shipments needing to be delivered last week had a tighter window, and those shipments moved at a premium. Read More

Reefer freight hits its stride as summer produce arrives

After a slow start, reefer freight is finally hitting its stride. We've seen a uptick in both rates and freight volumes the past two weeks. The Midwest is leading the way, as summer produce is finally moving. Read More

Trucker Tips: How I started trucking

When I took a job as a delivery helper for a local distributor back in 2000, I never planned on that turning into a trucking career. But after a couple of months, someone mentioned to me that I could make an additional $10,000 per year if I got a commercial driver’s license and my own route. Read More

Reefer volumes peak in pre-holiday push

The run-up to the 4th of July holiday brought increased demand for refrigerated truckload shipments, and reefer freight volumes hit their peak. Read More

Van rates hit highest mark since January

June freight volumes finished the month strong, and rates responded to close Q2. Over the past six weeks, van rates have climbed about 10% on the top 100 van lanes. Read More

Contract rates are up compared to 2018, but for how long?

This year's truckload spot market rates have fallen well short of the heights set in 2018, but it's a different story for contract freight. For the first half of 2019, contract rates were 3% higher than in 2018. Reefer rates increased the most, followed by vans and then flatbeds. Read More

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