Market Conditions 1/15/2017-1/21/2017

This week's market has shown another decrease in load to truck demand on a national average. Load availability decreased 9% and truck availability increased by 5%. When taking all averages, reefer rates decreased 2%, van rates decreased by 1.5%, and flatbed rates decreased 1%. Taking an average of rate points from various metrics, we have found the national average rates to be the following: Reefer: $2.03/mi, Van: $1.74/mi, Flatbed: $1.92/mi.

Refrigerated Freight

The reefer market confirmed the decrease in demand for trucks and decreased volumes this week. California, the Southeast, and especially Florida had lighter volumes again and plentiful amounts of available equipment. In the Northeast, the Buffalo and Rochester markets continue to have the densest load to truck ratios, shipping various foods and dairy. The Heartland, Texas, and parts of the Midwest have continued with the higher load to truck ratios. The winter weather system made it very difficult for equipment to move in the Northwest causing many shipments to be delayed. The Northwestern region of the U.S. still maintains a high demand for trucks with a 40-60 load to truck ratio. Outbound line haul rates still range from $2-$3 per mile.

The Mexican border crossings have continued with elevated load volumes. There was very little truck availability around Nogales, AZ and McAllen/ Laredo, TX again this week. Central and south Florida will continue to increase the volumes of squash, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, green beans and melons.



-DAT Power Load to Truck Reefer Densities 1/21/17

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 1/21/17

-United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, Market News 1/21/17

Dry Freight

On a national average, load availability decreased by 2% and truck postings increased 7%. Similar to the reefer market, the van market the Northwest, Heartland, Texas, and parts of the Midwest have the highest load to truck densities and therefore, the highest outbound rates.




-DAT Power Load to Truck Van Densities 1/21/17

Flatbed Densities​​​​



-DAT Power Load to Truck Flatbed Densities 1/21/17

Diesel Pricing

Fuel broke the steady increase in price, decreasing by 1.2 cents, bringing the national average price to $2.585 per gallon. This marks a 47.3 cent increase from the same week last year.

-U.S. Energy Information Administration, Independent Statistics & Analysis 1/21/17

National Truck Shipments​

-United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, Market News 1/21/17

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