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National Reefer Demand and Capacity
Reefer capacity bounces back

Jan 6 - 12 - Reefer capacity bounced back after two holiday weeks. Last week truck posts jumped 57%, while load posts declined 3%, which caused the load-to-truck ratio to drop from 9.8 to 6.1 loads per truck. Reefer rates also moved lower.

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.

Demand for reefers holds steady in December

Reefer load posts fell 9% in December, compared to November, but truck posts also fell 9%. That kept the nationwide load-to-truck average at 7.2 loads per truck. Compared to December 2017, the reefer load-to-truck ratio is 49% lower year over year.

The chart above depicts national average load-to-truck ratio for reefers from 2016 to the present.

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Last update: 1/14/2019 – Next update: 1/21/2019

National Load-to-Truck Ratio Load-to-Truck Ratio Chart - Truck Graphic
12/22 7.1
12/29 10.5
1/5 9.8
1/12 6.1
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