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National Van Demand and Capacity
Load posts fall as hurricane approaches

Sep 9 - 15 - Normally we'd expect about a 25% increase in load posts in the week following the 4-day Labor Day week. But as the Southeast braced for Hurricane Florence, van load posts were up only 13% on DAT load boards. Truck posts increased 24%, which resulted in a 9% decline in the national load-to-truck ratio, falling to 6.6 loads per truck. The national average van rate 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.

August load-to-truck ratio falls from June peak

Van truck posts outpaced load posts in August, with truck posts up 11% and load posts up only 1%, compared to July. That pushed the van load-to-truck ratio 9% lower, from 7.3 van loads per truck to 6.7 loads per truck. The August ratio was 29% higher than it was in August 2017. 

The chart above depicts the national average load-to-truck ratio for vans 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 7.1
9/1 6.7
9/8 7.3
9/15 6.6
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