1 Apr 19

The week before Easter tends to wind up early on Friday. Most truckers want get home for the weekend, so they aren’t taking any new loads on Friday. Many are willing to take a lower rate than usual to get home in time for Easter. Some shippers also take Good Friday off. Still, the drop-off in load counts wasn’t nearly as steep as we’ve seen in past years, and in some key markets, volumes were actually up.

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Apr 19

Easter had the same effect on reefer load counts as it did on van volumes. Namely, it led to fewer loads since most load board activity was winding down early Friday. But the rush to get produce in stores contributed to higher rates out of Florida, Fresno, CA, and near the border in Nogales, AZ.

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1 Apr 13

Reefer freight has finally been gaining momentum in the past couple of weeks. There have been lots of reefer roads shipping out of Miami, while Lakeland in the central part of the state joined the Florida parade last week. Overall, produce areas were up, while urban areas were generally down.

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Apr 13

Flatbed freight was strong in March, and there was a spike in rates to close the month. Some of that dropped off last week, but flatbed is still looking good. Just look at all the dark spots in the Hot States Map.

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Apr 06

If you just look at the national average reefer rate, you’d think things were quiet for reefer last week. But on a market-by-market basis, there were some big swings.

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Mar 08

Demand for flatbed trucks continued to climb ahead of schedule. Even California joined the party last week, with higher than normal activity for this time of year.

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Mar 08

Reefer trends started to reverse course last week. It wasn't a big jump, but it was good news considering the steady string of declines we had been seeing.

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Mar 08

Van load posts on DAT TruckersEdge continued to climb last week, enough to finally put pressure on van rates to rise. The national average van rate was up 4 cents, while 56 of the top 100 van lanes paid better. Thirty lanes paid less, but most of those drops were slight. The rest of the lanes held steady.

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Feb 28

Flatbed freight has been strong, especially considering it's only February. Volumes have been climbing steadily for weeks, which is about a month ahead of schedule. The national average flatbed rate has been rising steadily, too, but a lot of individual lanes have been up-and-down recently, depending on weather.

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Feb 28

A couple weeks ago we talked about how it looked like van rates had found the bottom, but we haven’t really seen things get any better yet. The national average van rate held at $1.62/mile last week after several weeks of steady decline, but volumes continued to improve on the top 100 van lanes. If van loads keep climbing, it'll put pressure on rates to go up soon.

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