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National Flatbed Demand and Capacity
Flatbed capacity loosens

Dec 2 - 8 - Flatbed demand slipped slightly last week after the surge in the previous week. Flatbed load posts on DAT Load Boards dipped 4%, while truck posts increased 16%. As a result, the national load-to-truck ratio fell from 23.9 to 19.8 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 fall in November

Flatbed load posts fell 11% in November compared to October, and truck posts were down 12%. That led to a 2% increase in the national average ratio for flatbeds, from 18.2 to 18.5 loads per truck. The monthly average ratio was 36% lower than in November 2017, when flatbed demand got a boost from energy exploration and construction projects following two major hurricanes.

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

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Last update: 12/10/2018 – Next update: 12/11/2018

National Load-to-Truck Ratio Load-to-Truck Ratio Chart - Truck Graphic
11/17 18.5
11/24 15.9
12/1 24.0
12/8 19.8
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