Market Conditions 2/19/2017-2/25/2017

Market volumes this week remained higher than 2015 and 2016, but reefer and van rates continued to decline again this week. Load availability increased 2% and truck availability increased by 1%. When taking all averages, reefer rates decreased 1.5%, van rates decreased by 1%, and flatbed rates increased 1%. Taking an average of rate points from various metrics, we have found the national average rates to be the following: Reefer: $1.90/mi, Van: $1.63/mi, Flatbed: $1.97/mi.


Refrigerated Freight  


The reefer market remained slow again this week but the decline in load volume leveled off. The Northwest, west coast, and Southwest had the lightest volumes again and plentiful amounts of available equipment. Florida continues to ship mixed vegetables, berries, citrus, and melons. 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 some of the highest load to truck ratios in the nation. We expect the over the road trucking market to increase in the next couple weeks as the domestic produce pushes begin. 


The Mexican border crossings saw an uptick in load volume this week. Nogales, AZ had an adequate to light truck surplus while McAllen/ Laredo, TX maintained a higher volume with a slight shortage of trucks. Central and south Florida will continue to increase the volumes of berries, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, green beans and melons.





-DAT Power Load to Truck Reefer Densities 2/25/17


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 2/25/17


-United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, Market News 2/25/17


Dry Freight


On a national average, load availability increased by 3% and truck postings increased by 1%. Similar to the reefer market, the van market in the Heartland, Texas, and parts of the South have the highest load to truck densities and therefore, the highest outbound rates.





-DAT Power Load to Truck Van Densities 2/25/17


Flatbed Densities​​​​





-DAT Power Load to Truck Flatbed Densities 2/25/17


Diesel Pricing


Diesel prices rose 0.7 cents, bringing the national average price to $2.572 per gallon. This marks a 58.9 cent increase from the same week last year.


-U.S. Energy Information Administration, Independent Statistics & Analysis 2/25/17


National Truck Shipments​


-United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, Market News 2/25/17

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