Best and worst states for outbound freight

If you’re looking for loads on the spot market, you’d do well to get yourself to Texas. For the first half of 2018, freight brokers posted more truck loads there than any other state in the country.

It’s been a wide variety of freight, too. Texas was the top state for all three major trailer types: Dry van, refrigerated van ("reefer") and flatbed.

Below are the top five and bottom five states for outbound loads posted on DAT load boards so far this year (not counting Alaska and Hawaii, though we do get freight posted in those states).

VAN LOADS

Top 5

  1. Texas
  2. Georgia
  3. Pennsylvania
  4. Ohio
  5. Illinois
Bottom 5
  1. Wyoming
  2. Vermont
  3. Montana
  4. New Hampshire
  5. Delaware

REEFER LOADS

Top 5
  1. Texas
  2. California
  3. Georgia
  4. Illinois
  5. Pennsylvania
Bottom 5
  1. Rhode Island
  2. Montana
  3. Wyoming
  4. Vermont
  5. New Hampshire

FLATBED LOADS

Top 5
  1. Texas
  2. Alabama
  3. Arkansas
  4. Illinois
  5. Georgia
Bottom 5
  1. Rhode Island
  2. Delaware
  3. New Hampshire
  4. Vermont
  5. North Dakota


Matt Sullivan

Matt Sullivan joined DAT Freight & Analytics in 2014, covering topics for motor carriers, freight intermediaries and shippers. Prior to joining DAT, Matt spent more than 10 years in journalism as a writer and editor for the Anchorage Daily News, Nashville Scene and other publications.