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National Flatbed Demand and Capacity
Flatbed Load-to-Truck Ratio Drops Below 100

Jun 10 - 16 - Although the flatbed load-to-truck ratio remains extremely high, it did dip below the 100 mark, after hitting 109 the previous week. Last week load posts declined 7% and truck posts increased 7%, causing the load-to-truck ratio to fall 19%, to 88.7 loads per truck. The national average flatbed rate hit another record high.

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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 Remained High in May

Compared to April, flatbed load posts rose 9%, but that was outpaced by a 17% uptick in truck posts. That led to a 6% decline in the national flatbed ratio, but it was still extremely high at 99.2 loads per truck. That ratio was 171% higher than in May 2017.

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

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Last update: 6/18/2018 – Next update: 6/19/2018

National Load-to-Truck Ratio Load-to-Truck Ratio Chart - Truck Graphic
5/26 89.8
6/2 99.4
6/9 109.1
6/16 88.7
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