Industry Trends
JAN 10 - JAN 16 VS. JAN 03 - JAN 09
DEC 2021 VS. NOV 2021
DEC 2021 VS. DEC 2020
Spot Load Posts +1.1%+13.7%+48.4%
Spot Truck Posts +20.8%-10.5%+6.9%
Van Load-To-Truck -18.9%+25.9%+35.2%
Van Spot Rates +2.1%+2.5%+21.8%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck -1.4%+36.3%+27.3%
Flatbed Spot Rates +1.3%+0.8%+24.0%
Reefer Load-To-Truck -33.7%+17.6%+64.6%
Reefer Spot Rates +1.4%+0.9%+29.9%
Fuel Prices +1.2%-2.3%+40.9%

Fuel Prices

Percent Change: +1.6%

Fuel Price: $3.72 /gallon

Spot rates normally drop in January, but not in 2022

National Spot Rates: Van, Flatbed, Reefer
Truckload pricing continues to climb in the new year

Jan. 10 – 16 – The last time spot rates increased in the month of January was way back in 2018. That was the start of a bull market that lasted well into June of that year. Loads moved on the DAT freight network increased by 35% last week for dry vans, up 17% for reefers but down 4% in flatbed. Carriers posting their equipment onto the DAT Load Board was 22% lower last week compared to the same time last year, underscoring the tighter capacity in the spot market.

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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: 1/22/2022 12:00:00 AM
Next update: 1/24/2022 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.