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Van load-to-truck ratio falls

Nov 4 - 10 - Van load posts on DAT load boards declined 5%, while truck posts increased 4%. That dropped the van load-to-truck ratio down to 5.2 loads per truck, a 9% decline from the previous 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.

October ratio drops below 5-to-1

Van load posts were down 13% in October, and there were 27% more truck posts, compared to September. That combination yielded a 32% drop in the load-to-truck ratio for vans, from 7.1 to 4.9 loads per truck. October's ratio is the first since May 2017 with an average below 5-to-1.

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

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Last update: 11/12/2018 – Next update: 11/19/2018

National Load-to-Truck Ratio Load-to-Truck Ratio Chart - Truck Graphic
10/20 4.7
10/27 4.7
11/3 5.2
11/10 4.7
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