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National Van Demand and Capacity
Dry van demand drops

Dec 2 - 8 - Demand for holiday freight took a step back last week, with load posts on DAT load boards down 13%. Truck posts surged 53%, and the looser capacity pushed the load-to-truck ratio down from 7.2 in the previous week to 5.5 loads per truck last week.

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.

November ratio rebounds 14%

Compared to October, van load posts stayed about the same in November, while truck posts declined 12%. That bumped up the load-to-truck ratio for vans from 4.9 to 5.6 loads per truck, a 14% increase. Compared to November 2017, the load-to-truck ratio is 19% lower.

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

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Last update: 12/10/2018 – Next update: 12/11/2018

National Load-to-Truck Ratio Load-to-Truck Ratio Chart - Truck Graphic
11/17 5.3
11/24 6.4
12/1 7.2
12/8 5.5
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