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National Reefer Demand and Capacity
Reefer ratio down 7%

Sep 9 - 15 - Load board activity was down last week, with Hurricane Florence hitting the southeast coast on Friday. In the week following the 4-day Labor Day week, normally we would see a 25% increase in load and truck posts. Last week, however, reefer load posts were up only 7% and truck posts were up only 14%. That resulted in a 7% decline in the load-to-truck ratio, from 8.3 to 7.7 loads per truck.

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 up 1% in August

Reefer load posts increased 6% in August, compared to July, and truck posts increased 5%. That caused the national load-to-truck ratio to bump up 1% to 8.9 loads per truck. The monthly ratio is 9% lower than it was in August 2017.

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

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Last update: 9/17/2018 – Next update: 9/18/2018

National Load-to-Truck Ratio Load-to-Truck Ratio Chart - Truck Graphic
8/25 9.6
9/1 9.2
9/8 8.3
9/15 7.7
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