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National Van Demand and Capacity
Van Load-to-Truck Ratio Drops

Jul 8 - 14 - Both brokers and carriers increased their activity in the week following the 4th of July holiday week. Van load posts on DAT load boards increased 14%, but truck posts increased 21%. That caused the weekly load-to-truck ratio to dip to 7.3 loads per truck. The national average van rate dropped 7¢.

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.

June Load-to-Truck Ratio Up 45% Over May

Van load posts outpaced truck posts in June, with load posts up 23% and truck posts down 15%, compared to May. That pushed the van load-to-truck ratio up 45% to 9.9 van loads per truck, tying the record high set in January. The June ratio was 76% higher than it was in June 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: 7/16/2018 – Next update: 7/23/2018

National Load-to-Truck Ratio Load-to-Truck Ratio Chart - Truck Graphic
6/23 9.2
6/30 9.2
7/7 7.7
7/14 7.3
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