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National Flatbed Demand and Capacity
Flatbed ratio continues climb

Feb 10 - 16 - Flatbed load posts on DAT Load Boards were up 7%, while truck posts were dropped by 5%. That pushed the national flatbed ratio up to 27 loads per truck. 

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.

Flatbed loads rebound in January

Flatbed load posts rose sharply in January, with a 34% increase compared to December. There were 20% more truck posts, so the load-to-truck ratio rose from 21.0 to 23.5 loads per truck, month over month. The average ratio was 58% higher in January 2018, however, due mostly to capacity constraints at the start of the ELD mandate.

The chart above depicts national average load-to-truck ratio for flatbeds from 2017 to the present.

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Last update: 2/18/2019 – Next update: 2/25/2019

National Load-to-Truck Ratio Load-to-Truck Ratio Chart - Truck Graphic
1/26 21.2
2/2 22.6
2/9 24.1
2/16 27.0
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