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Lagging produce volumes hurt reefer rates

Expectations of a post-Easter rebound failed to materialize in reefer produce freight last week. Truckload demand in Florida continued to build, especially late in the week, but rates were mixed. Lakeland, FL had about 20% more loads, but Miami saw loads fall about 8%. On the top reefer lanes last week, rates increased in 27 lanes, decreased in 41, and 4 lanes remained neutral. The national average reefer rate so far for April is… Read More

Drug-Alcohol Clearinghouse: Employer asset or capacity killer?

In January, a new FMCSA regulation will take effect that may help fleets avoid hiring drivers who could be a liability to the company. It could also further reduce the already-tight pool of eligible drivers and take a bite out of capacity. FMCSA went live in March with its Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse website, a new online database that will… Read More

Highlights and surprises from the 2019 TIA Conference

Did you miss out on this year’s TIA Capital Ideas Conference and Expo? As usual, this year’s event was packed with expert insights and educational sessions for freight brokers and 3PLs. The Learning Center is always a major highlight of the conference, and representatives from DAT offered… Read More

4 reasons flatbed should bounce back soon

After a strong first quarter, flatbed freight has slowed in April. It's been a wet month throughout the country, and there's been a slowdown in oil production in the Permian Basin in West Texas. There are, however, a number of reasons to be optimistic about the flatbed market, and as you can see in the Hot Market Map, some markets are already recovering. DAT load boards… Read More

Reefers wanted today in Georgia, as Vidalia onions roll out

If you have a reefer trailer, you can be sure to find a load in Southeastern Georgia this week. The load-to-truck ratio jumped from 7 to 18 loads per truck for reefers in the Savannah, Georgia market today — specifically in the farm country that's about 90 miles… Read More

Easter week started strong before demand dipped

Last week started with solid demand, but activity tapered off as Good Friday and the Easter weekend approached. Load-to-truck ratios peaked on Tuesday for all three trailer types, but they dropped sharply by Friday. Van and reefer rates are now lower than their March average, while flatbed rates have held steady. DAT load boards provide the largest and most trusted digital freight… Read More

Storms put damper on spot rates

Despite an increase in freight volumes, national average rates slipped again last week for vans and reefers. Even the arrival of produce season in several southern markets wasn't enough to boost national averages. Weather was a factor, with snowstorms affecting a large swath of the country's mid-section last week, from Colorado to the Upper Midwest and beyond. We're also seeing the effects of extra capacity from the record numbers of… Read More

Trucking scams: How brokers and carriers can protect themselves

Working with a broker or carrier for the first time can lead to a successful and profitable relationship that will last for years. But in this digital age where carriers and brokers rarely meet in person, it's good to follow some common-sense rules to ensure your new business partner is who they say they are. "One of the most common ways thieves pull off scams today is to pose as a legitimate carrier or broker," said DAT Compliance… Read More

Spring freight rates: Stable or stuck?

Van and reefer rates continue to move sideways. Refrigerated produce freight has been notably absent from the picture, so that likely has some reefers competing for van freight. There was very little price movement up or down last week and rates — and fuel prices — remain stable. DAT load boards provide the largest and most trusted digital freight marketplace in the… Read More

DAT's updated credit scoring gives new brokers a boost

You’ve lined up shipper customers and jumped through all the legal hurdles to start your very own freight brokerage. One problem: Carriers are reluctant to take loads from you because your new business doesn’t have a credit score yet. The good news is that DAT load boards now apply credit scores and average days-to-pay quicker, thanks to credit reporting from… Read More

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