Market Conditions 9/11/2016-9/17/2016

This week's market load to truck demand remained flat from the previous week's slight decrease. Collectively, truck availability decreased 1% causing a slightly tighter market. When taking all averages, reefer and van rates stayed flat, while flatbed rates decreased by 0.5%. Taking an average of rate points from various metrics, we have found the national average rates to be the following: Reefer: $1.99/mi, Van: $1.67/mi, Flatbed: $1.89/mi.


Rates have remained stable in the Southern and Southeastern regions of the U.S. while rates have held for a third week in the Northeast, Midwest, Heartland, and Northwest.  


Refrigerated Freight 


The following states had the highest truckload volumes this past week: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, Michigan, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and California has tightened up.  


The recent elevated freight volumes held steady with melons, mixed vegetables, peppers, and pumpkins being harvested. Michigan peppers, cucumbers, squash, and apples are shipping. Delaware and New Jersey are shipping melons. Washington, Oregon, and Idaho are shipping Apples, potatoes and onions. Arkansas, southern Missouri, and Illinois are shipping chicken and mixed produce. The pumpkin harvest has begun in Colorado and areas of the Midwest. Signs of produce wrapping up are occurring in the Northeast and upper Midwest but expect shipments to continue with considerable volume through the end of September and early October. 





-DAT Power Load to Truck Reefer Densities 9/17/16



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 9/17/16


-United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, Market News 9/17/16



Dry Freight


On a national average, load availability increased 2% this week while truck availability stayed flat. States with higher freight densities include the Northwest, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.  





-DAT Power Load to Truck Van Densities 9/17/16



Flatbed Densities​​​​





-DAT Power Load to Truck Flatbed Densities 9/17/16



Diesel Pricing


Fuel prices dropped 0.8 cents bringing the national average price to $2.399 per gallon. This marks a $0.118 drop from the same week last year.


-U.S. Energy Information Administration, Independent Statistics & Analysis 9/17/16



National Truck Shipments​


-United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, Market News 9/17/16

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