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National Van Demand and Capacity
Load-to-Truck Ratio Dips 2%

Feb 4 - 10 - Van load posts held steady while truck posts declined 3%. That caused the load-to-truck ratio to increase 2%, from 6.9 to 7.1 loads per truck. The national average van rate 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.

Load-to-Truck Ratio Surges to 9.9 in January

Van load load posts increased 16% in January compared to December, and truck posts increased 6%. As a result, the January load-to-truck ratio increased 10% to 9.9 van loads per truck—the highest monthly average ever recorded in DAT Trendlines. January's ratio was 200% higher than it was in January 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: 2/12/2018 – Next update: 2/13/2018

National Load-to-Truck Ratio Load-to-Truck Ratio Chart - Truck Graphic
1/20 9.8
1/27 8.5
2/3 6.9
2/10 7.1
Fuel Prices
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