DAT Freight Index: Spot Market Volumes and Rates Slip Lower in November

Spot market freight volume and rates slid in November for most equipment types. According to the DAT Freight Index, November volume was 2.5% lower month over month, and 24% percent under last year’s extraordinary seasonal mark.

Freight rates remained stable for vans while flatbed rates slipped 7 cents lower for the month, in a typical seasonal pattern.

Reefer cargo bucked trends by rebounding before Thanksgiving with an 8% increase in availability and a 2.5% bump in the average per-mile spot rate from October.

“Spot market volumes and rates are likely to rise through December, as e-commerce deliveries continue to ramp up,” said DAT market analyst Peggy Dorf. “Retailers are offering nearly unlimited free shipping to online customers during the holiday season, boosting orders and adding to pressure on freight transportation and logistics.”

The DAT Freight Index reflects load posting volume on the DAT network of load boards, and 100 on the Index represents the average monthly volume in the year 2000. Additional trends and analysis are available at DAT Trendlines. Referenced rates are the averages by equipment type, based on $57 billion of actual transactions, as recorded in DAT RateView. Rates per mile include fuel surcharges, but not accessorials or other fees.

DAT Spot Market Rates - January 2014 - November 2018

DAT Freight Index 2014-2018
Freight availability declined 2.5 percent on the spot market in November, month over month, according to truckload freight marketplace operator DAT Solutions.

DAT Spot Market Rates 2014-2018

Spot market rates declined in November for dry van and flatbed equipment, while rates rose for refrigerated van trailers in advance of Thanksgiving, according to DAT Solutions, which maintains a rates database of $57 billion in annual market transactions.