The mid-winter freight slump is almost in the rearview. Demand for vans is slowly starting to pick up, but load-to-truck ratios are still very low in a lot of parts of the country. That means there's a lot of trucks out there competing for those loads.
Last week, the national load-to-truck ratio was just 1.4 loads available per truck. In Chicago, the ratio has been as bad as 0.2 loads per truck this month. If load posts are up, then where's the freight?
Here are 5 markets where you can find a van load fast. Each city ranks in the top 20 for load posts, with load-to-truck ratios above the national average.
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HOUSTON climbed up to number 2 for load posts. Dallas is the most popular destination out of Houston, which is a backhaul lane. The good news is that rates on the headhaul from Dallas to Houston have been trending up, but the rate for the roundtrip is still low for this lane.
MEMPHIS has seen a recent uptick in loads heading to Houston. Atlanta and Lexington, KY have also been top destinations for recent load posts.
CHARLOTTE to Atlanta rates are down from January, but they're heading back up. The average for February is $2.01/mile, but you can probably do better. The return trip from Atlanta to Charlotte averaged $1.99/mile last week.
LOS ANGELES has been quiet so far this year. California markets are slowly starting to improve, which will hopefully have a ripple effect.
DECATUR, AL, has the highest load-to-truck ratio of any market in the top 20 for load posts.
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