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National Van Demand and Capacity
Van Load-to-Truck Ratio Falls 11%

Apr 8 - 14 - Van load posts declined 1% while truck posts increased 11%. That caused the van load-to-truck ratio to fall 11% to 6.6 loads per truck. The national average van rate slipped 3¢ 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 Dips in March

The van load-to-truck ratio dipped slightly in March compared to February, but is still well above normal for this time of year. Van load load posts increased 14% in March compared to February, but truck posts increased 15%. As a result, the March load-to-truck ratio declined 2% to 6.9 van loads per truck. The March ratio was 116% higher than it was in March 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: 4/16/2018 – Next update: 4/17/2018

National Load-to-Truck Ratio Load-to-Truck Ratio Chart - Truck Graphic
3/24 6.9
3/31 7.2
4/7 7.4
4/14 6.6
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