Top 10 Markets for Reefer Loads in First Half of 2018

As noted in our rundown of the top 10 markets for van load posts this year, 2018 has been a year of records on the spot market. This past June saw the highest national reefer rate ever recorded in DAT Trendlines, our weekly report on national spot market pricing and capacity trends.

The high demand and tight truck load capacity has led to unprecedented numbers of reefer load posts on DAT load boards, North America's largest on-demand freight exchange. For comparison, no reefer market had more than 1 million outbound load posts in 2017. This year, the top three markets are on pace to cross that threshold.

DAT load boards provide the largest and most trusted digital freight marketplace in the trucking industry, with more than 270 million loads and trucks posted annually, plus insights into current spot market and contract rates based on $57 billion in real transactions.

Below are the top 10 markets for outbound reefer load posts through June.

The two Florida markets of Lakeland (which includes Orlando) and Miami made huge jumps, as Florida is seeing more out-of-season and in-season produce, along with produce imports through Miami. Produce from Mexico also boosted load posts out of McAllen, TX. Indianapolis, Twin Falls, ID, and Joliet, IL, each fell out of the top 10 from last year.

See the top 10 markets for van load posts.

See the top 10 markets for flatbed load posts.


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Matt Sullivan

Matt Sullivan is the editor of DAT Carrier News. He has more than 10 years of journalism experience.

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