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National Flatbed Demand and Capacity
Flatbed ratio moves lower

Sep 9 - 15 - Last week truck posts increased 26%, which is normal when a five-day work week follows the four-day Labor Day week. Load posts, however, were only up 15% on DAT Load Boards. That caused the national load-to-truck ratio to drop 9%, from 25.5 to 23.3 loads per truck. The national average flatbed rate also declined.

Hot Market Maps and Hot State Maps (above) in DAT RateView depict geographic trends in the load-to-truck ratio.

About the Load-to-Truck Ratio

Load-to-truck ratios represent the number of loads posted for every truck posted on DAT Load Boards. The load-to-truck ratio is a sensitive, real-time indicator of the balance between spot market demand and capacity. Changes in the ratio often signal impending changes in rates.

August flatbed ratio down 36% M-O-M

Flatbed load posts dropped 24% in August compared to July, while truck posts increased 19%. That led to a 36% decline in the national flatbed ratio, dropping to 28.5 loads per truck. That ratio was very similar (28.7) in August 2017.

The chart above depicts national average load-to-truck ratio for flatbeds from 2015 to the present.

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Last update: 9/17/2018 – Next update: 9/18/2018

National Load-to-Truck Ratio Load-to-Truck Ratio Chart - Truck Graphic
8/25 28.2
9/1 25.3
9/8 25.5
9/15 23.3
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