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National Van Demand and Capacity
Van load posts increase

Feb 10 - 16 - Van load posts on DAT load boards climbed 2% last week, while truck posts fell by 2%. That pushed the national load-to-truck ratio up from 4.6 to 4.8 loads per truck. 

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.

More trucks posted in January

Load posts declined only 8.5% in January, but a 19% increase in truck posts caused the load-to-truck ratio to drop 23% month over month, from 6.0 to 4.6 loads per truck. That's a typical seasonal trend. The ratio plunged 51% compared to January 2018, which was the first full month under the ELD mandate. 

The chart above depicts the national average load-to-truck ratio for vans from 2017 to the present. 

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Last update: 2/18/2019 – Next update: 2/25/2019

National Load-to-Truck Ratio Load-to-Truck Ratio Chart - Truck Graphic
1/26 4.0
2/2 4.9
2/9 4.6
2/16 4.8
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