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National Flatbed Demand and Capacity
Flatbed Load-to-Truck Ratio Continues to Decline

Jul 8 - 14 - The national load-to-truck ratio for flatbeds fell for the fifth week in a row, down to 48.4 loads per truck. That's still high, but it's less than half the early-June level of 109 loads per truck. Last week, which followed the 4th of July holiday week, there was a 25% increase in flatbed load posts on DAT load boards, and a 36% increase in truck posts. The national average flatbed rate dropped 2¢.

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 Ratio Up 100% Y-O-Y

Flatbed load posts dropped 15% in June compared to May, while truck posts dipped 2%. That led to a 13% decline in the national flatbed ratio, dropping to a still-high 86.1 loads per truck. That ratio was 100% higher than in June 2017.

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

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Last update: 7/16/2018 – Next update: 7/23/2018

National Load-to-Truck Ratio Load-to-Truck Ratio Chart - Truck Graphic
6/23 77.9
6/30 68.6
7/7 52.9
7/14 48.4
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