Industry Trends
 
WEEK
NOV 15 - NOV 21 VS. NOV 08 - NOV 14
MONTH
OCT 2021 VS. SEP 2021
YEAR
OCT 2021 VS. OCT 2020
Spot Load Posts +5.5% -3.3% +35.2%
Spot Truck Posts -1.8% +4.2% +0.5%
Van Load-To-Truck +14.4% -11.6% +28.9%
Van Spot Rates +1.1% +1.1% +18.9%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +4.6% +1.4% +30.8%
Flatbed Spot Rates +0.2% -0.2% +25.2%
Reefer Load-To-Truck +2.1% -10.9% +38.3%
Reefer Spot Rates +1.3% +1.1% +26.5%
Fuel Prices +0.1% +6.7% +51.2%

Fuel Prices

Percent Change: -0.3%

Fuel Price: $3.72 /gallon

Spot rates spike in major Christmas tree markets

National Spot Rates: Van, Flatbed, Reefer
Capacity tightens rapidly ahead of next week’s peak in tree shipments

Nov 15 – 21 – Spot rates for all three equipment types surged last week, especially in the Portland, OR, and Charlotte freight markets, which produce just over half of the 25-30 million trees harvested nationwide. In the Pacific Northwest, reefer spot rates for loads from Portland to Los Angeles averaged $4.27/mile last week, representing an increase of $1.00/mile in the last month and $1.80/mile higher than this time last year. Farther south, Los Angeles to Las Vegas reefer spot rates broke the $7.00/mile mark ahead of Thanksgiving, averaging $7.07/mile.

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Trendlines shows a weekly snapshot of the month-to-date for national average rates from DAT RateView. National average spot market rates for the past four months, including fuel surcharges, are shown in the three graphs, above.

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Trendlines last updated: 11/26/2021 12:00:00 AM
Next update: 11/29/2021 12:00:00 AM

About Trendlines

DAT Trendlines is a free weekly spot market freight report, providing an overview of national freight market trends. The average trucking rates are based on DAT iQ’s $110 billion database of actual freight payments.

The report includes a weekly snapshot of the rolling month-to-date national average trucking rates for van, reefer and flatbed. National average rates in Trendlines are for lanes of 250 miles or more.

Trendlines also includes national supply and demand metrics based on load and truck posts on the DAT One load board network by freight brokers, shippers and carriers.

You can also explore historical monthly trucking industry trends and compare spot trucking freight rates to the contract rates that shippers pay directly to carriers by visiting the links below:

Van Demand & Capacity 
Van Spot Market Rates 
Flatbed Demand & Capacity 
Flatbed Spot Market Rates 
Reefer Demand & Capacity 
Reefer Spot Market Rates

The national trends reported in DAT Trendlines are not necessarily reflective of trends that freight brokers, shippers and carriers may be seeing in individual trucking lanes or regions. To fully understand market and truckload pricing dynamics in your lanes, DAT provides a full suite of freight rate and market data available from DAT iQ or tools in DAT One load boards.

To access the full history of DAT Trendlines reports, contact DAT’s Analytics Services team.