Spot Market Growth Shows No Sign of Slowing

DAT Industry Pricing Analyst Mark Montague says that the spot market has seen strong growth during the past few months and he expects that growth to continue at least through the end of the year.

"If you look at ATA numbers on the for-hire part of trucking, you might say that for-hire freight revenue is the same year to year," Montague said in an interview at the DAT User Conference last month. "But we see the spot market part of truckload growing."

Montague says multiple factors have contributed to increased demand, including:

  • Economic growth, specially in energy and construction
  • Hurricanes and related relief efforts that drove up demand and rates in the fall
  • The approaching ELD mandate

Holiday Season Adds Pressure

Montague sees no signs of demand and rates tapering off, with the holiday season coming on the heels of the current record-setting demand.

"Retail numbers that are starting to come out back up our assertion that load volumes will continue to rise, which puts a lot of pressure on truck capacity." he said.

RFQ Season Ahead

This is also the time of year when many brokers are asked by shippers to provide a Request for Quote for the coming year. Montague says RFQs will be trickier because the past year has not followed normal historical patterns.

 

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Pat Pitz

Pat Pitz is the editor of the DAT Solutions freight broker newsletter. He has nearly 20 years experience as a professional writer and editor. Before joining DAT, he spent 8 years at a Portland advertising and public relations agency, where he wrote newsletters and other content for a variety of high-profile clients, including several in the trucking industry.



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