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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Feb 21

Last week we talked about how it looked like van rates might be near the bottom. It’s looking that way for reefer rates now also, and the number of reefer loads available on DAT TruckersEdge has been relatively constant as of late.

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Feb 21

Van freight has gotten steady in the past few weeks, but the lower number of available reefer loads has been a drag on van rates. When there isn’t enough reefer freight to go around, those trucks start competing for van freight, and the extra capacity has kept van rates from going up in a lot of places.

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Feb 09

February is here, so falling prices are to be expected. Still, rates haven’t dropped off as sharply as we’ve seen in the slow seasons of years past, at least not yet. Van rates were still higher last week than they were in February of 2016.

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Feb 09

Flatbed rates had been trending down for the past month, but there was a small rebound last week. On the top 78 lanes, rates rose on 42 of them, while 31 declined. The other 5 were neutral.

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Jan 31

Similar to what we've seen with van rates, reefer rates have been trending downward, but not as sharply as they did around this time in 2016. Volumes actually improved on the top 72 reefer lanes, which has probably helped slow the normal seasonal decline.

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Jan 31

Van volumes have been pretty solid for the past three weeks. Unlike 2016, the number of available loads hasn’t slipped badly in January, but vans have been easy to find in most parts of the country.

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Jan 24

Reefer rates peaked right around when the calendar turned to 2017, and they've been slipping since then. It's normal for reefer rates to fall in January, and most major reefer rates have been in decline this month. The good news is that a lot of those lanes had been paying a lot more than usual for this time of year, and reefer load posts are still high on DAT TruckersEdge.

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Jan 24

Rates usually drop in January, and this year has been no different. The plus side is that we're coming off what was probably the strongest month for freight in 2016. Still, rates in every major van market are down compared to December.

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Jan 19

Van rates continued to drop back down from an end-of-year surge. Load counts have been trending up, though, so rates could stabilize soon. Winter weather also affected many parts of the country.

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