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Market Conditions 5/22/2016-5/28/2016

This week's market presented us with an overall increase in available loads. Collectively, spot market loads increased 3% with a 2% decrease in truck availability. When taking all averages, reefer rates increased by 0.7%, van rates increased by 0.4%, and flatbed rates remained flat compared to last week's rates. Taking an average of rate points from various metrics, we have found the national average rates to be the following: Reefer: $1.88/mi, Van: $1.58/mi, Flatbed: $1.92/mi.

Load densities on a national average came up this week again for vans and reefers while flatbed freight held relatively flat. We anticipate the Mexican border hubs to continue shipping higher freight volumes. Production and shipping continues to be on the rise for all three equipment types especially in the Midwest and entire Sun Belt.

Refrigerated Freight

The following states continue to have higher truckload volumes this week: California, the border crossings in Arizona, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina. Florida volumes were back up again this week and Georgia volumes are holding steady. We predict that the high volume will continue next week with melons, mixed vegetables, and blueberries being harvested. The Heartland, South, and Midwest regions of the U.S. have elevated but still manageable freight volumes. Wisconsin, Minnesota, the Dakotas, and Idaho are loose, shipping potatoes, onions and various meats. Arkansas, southern Missouri, and southern Illinois are shipping chicken. Blues are shipping in North Carolina and peaches have just started in South Carolina. Produce will continue to progress further north in the next few weeks as we get closer to the summer months.



-DAT Power Load to Truck Reefer Densities 5/28/16

The rates below are average direct from customer rates. The bold line is the origin, left column is the destination. The following two columns are weekly ranges from the previous week. The next two columns are this week's ranges and the final column on the right is the percent changes from last week to this week.​

-United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, Market News 5/28/16

-United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, Market News 5/28/16

Dry Freight

Load availability increased 1% on a national average this week while truck availability stayed flat. Spot rates are highest in the sunbelt region of the U.S. Regions of higher freight densities include Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, the Carolina's, and Florida. California, Arizona, Florida and Georgia are shipping melons and onions on vented vans in order to ship the required orders.




-DAT Power Load to Truck Van Densities 5/28/16

Flatbed Densities​​​​



-DAT Power Load to Truck Flatbed Densities 5/28/16

Diesel Pricing

Fuel prices increased 6 cents this week, bringing the national average price to $2.357 per gallon. This marks a $0.557 drop from the same week last year.

-U.S. Energy Information Administration, Independent Statistics & Analysis 5/28/16

National Truck Shipments​

-United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, Market News 5/28/16

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