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National Reefer Demand and Capacity
Reefer Load-to-Truck Ratio Declines

Jun 10 - 16 - Capacity loosened up a bit following the previous week's Roadcheck inspection blitz. Load posts declined 9% and truck posts increased 6%. As a result, the national load-to-truck ratio for reefers fell 15%, from 14.7 to 12.6 loads per truck. Despite that, the national average reefer rate increased 1¢.

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.

Load-to-Truck Ratio Edged Up in May

Reefer load posts were up 15% in May, compared to April, and truck posts climbed 14%. That pushed the national load-to-truck ratio up 1% to 9.2 loads per truck. The ratio was up 34% compared to May 2017.

The chart above depicts national average load-to-truck ratio for reefers 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 9.7
6/2 9.4
6/9 14.7
6/16 12.6
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