Top 10 markets for freight in 2018

Posted: 07 Jan, 2019 by Matt Sullivan


Categories: Trucking Industry Trends

Tags: CarrierBrokerOwner-OperatorShipper


Rankings based on transaction data in DAT RateView

What do you get when you combine an economy that's growing like gangbusters and a truck shortage? That'd be 2018. 

The surge in truckload demand led to record-high rates last year, as freight brokers and shippers routinely had trouble securing capacity. For comparison, there were 161 million loads posted on the DAT Load Board in 2017. Last year, there were 260 million loads posted.

That underscores how much trouble brokers had finding trucks. But to see exactly which markets were the busiest, we looked at data from DAT RateView, which tracks loads that were actually moved, based on more than $57 billion in freight payments to carriers. Above were the top 10 markets for outbound dry van, refrigerated van and flatbed freight.


Find loads, trucks and lane-by-lane rate information in DAT load boards, including rates from DAT RateView.

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    Jagjit sangha

    • 1/15/2019 10:35:26 AM

    I am not where they gather all the data, but dry van load rates are going down and down. Shipper and brokers not paying reasonable rates to the carriers . They getting more profit margin and not passing to the carriers who helped them delivered the loads. How you saying, there is no shortage in trucks when rates are low and truckers have to spend lot of time finding loads and sometimes have to spend extra days because of not finding freight

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