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National Flatbed Demand and Capacity
Flatbed demand sees slight increase

Nov 4 - 10 - Flatbed activity on DAT Load Boards took a slight bump up last week. Load posts increased 8%, while truck posts rose 5%. That pushed the national load-to-truck ratio up from 17.0 to 17.4 loads per truck. The national average flatbed rate declined 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 loads fall off in October

Flatbed load posts fell 7% in October compared to August, and truck posts rose 30%. That led to a 29% decline in the national average ratio for flatbeds, from 25.4 to 18.2 loads per truck. The monthly average ratio was 54% lower than in October 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: 11/12/2018 – Next update: 11/19/2018

National Load-to-Truck Ratio Load-to-Truck Ratio Chart - Truck Graphic
10/20 17.0
10/27 17.2
11/3 17.0
11/10 17.4
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