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Industry Trends
 
WEEK
MAY 20 - MAY 26 VS. MAY 13 - MAY 19
MONTH
APR 2024 VS. MAR 2024
YEAR
APR 2024 VS. APR 2023
Spot Load Posts -4.5% +3.8% +6.7%
Spot Truck Posts +7.1% -3.8% -18.9%
Van Load-To-Truck -7.5% +13.2% +38.3%
Van Spot Rates -0.1% -0.8% -4.0%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck -10.0% +0.6% +19.6%
Flatbed Spot Rates -0.4% +0.5% -6.3%
Reefer Load-To-Truck -20.7% -0.9% +23.7%
Reefer Spot Rates -1.9% -1.4% -3.5%
Fuel Prices -1.2% -0.5% -2.4%

National Spot Rates

Spot rates spike during Roadcheck week
VAN
FLATBED
REEFER

Weekly Brief

Roadside inspection blitz leads to tighter capacity

May 13 – 19: The annual Roadcheck inspection blitz often leads to many owner-operators taking a week off from work, and that was no different last week. For the ones who didn’t take a vacation, the increase in inspections led to less availability for transportation buyers. This led to huge spikes in load-to-truck ratios on the DAT One network, with national average spot rates up across the board.

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Fuel Prices

Current national diesel fuel price average

FUEL PRICE / GALLON

$3.79

Weekly Percent Change

-1.5%

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About Trendlines

DAT Trendlines is a free weekly spot market freight report, providing an overview of national freight market trends. The average trucking rates are based on DAT iQ’s $150 billion database of actual freight payments.

The report includes a weekly snapshot of the rolling month-to-date national average trucking rates for van, reefer and flatbed. National average rates in Trendlines are for lanes of 250 miles or more.

Trendlines also includes national supply and demand metrics based on load and truck posts on the DAT One load board network by freight brokers, shippers and carriers.

You can also explore historical monthly trucking industry trends and compare spot trucking freight rates to the contract rates that shippers pay directly to carriers by visiting the links below:

Van Demand & Capacity 
Van Spot Market Rates 
Flatbed Demand & Capacity 
Flatbed Spot Market Rates 
Reefer Demand & Capacity 
Reefer Spot Market Rates

The national trends reported in DAT Trendlines are not necessarily reflective of trends that freight brokers, shippers and carriers may be seeing in individual trucking lanes or regions. To fully understand market and truckload pricing dynamics in your lanes, DAT provides a full suite of freight rate and market data available from DAT iQ or tools in DAT One load boards.

To access the full history of DAT Trendlines reports, contact DAT’s Analytics Services team.