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30 Feb 25

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. 

Rates include fuel surcharges, and are based on real transactions between carriers and brokers. Add lane rates to your TruckersEdge load board package.

 

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 HoustonAtlanta 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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Jeff Besing
Jeff Besing

The problem is ...... the brokers are not paying anything close to what your board says the broker rate is.

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exactly... they offer about .90 cents mile to 1.20 mile... lol  Sad thing is, idiots take those dirt cheap loads.. As long as there's idiots like that, the brokers will continue to screw over trucks any way they can. Say NO to cheap freight..

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Rayjae Transport Inc
Rayjae Transport Inc

Man , you got that craps right.
And they also think it's funny and cute to screw us over, mean time I said the Hell with them for couple months.
I figure about 1 more month these a******s will have the bottom feeding cheap freight no money making hitches out of business and rates will start climbing, then the true business man like myself can conduct business again..

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Matt Sullivan
Matt Sullivan

What lane are you looking at?

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The problem is the brokers have no skin in the game.   Just a fax machine, phone and a computer.  They have no idea what cost is to own and operate trucks.  They price freight cheap to keep the phone line open with their customers when freight gets slow.  I hope they eat their cheap freight

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Jackie Scott
Jackie Scott

I agree with Jeff. Every week you guys post load rates and the brokers are not releasing any loads at those rates. Who are the brokers information you guys are using? That way I can haul for them.....

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Matt Sullivan
Matt Sullivan

Hundreds of company send us their rates, both carriers and brokers. We only collect those rates after the transaction is official, so the numbers are not based on bid rates or asking prices. The rates that shows up for each lane that you search are an average price for the past 90 days.

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First regardless of what lane you travel your costs remain constant. I do not drive truck to break even. We all need to say no to cheap freight! If you are thinking about getting your own authority, first determine what kind of freight you will haul. Next keep track of all the brokers who have good freight. No you may not solicit them. But you may call them and say hey! I'm john, I use to work for ................trucking, and when they remember you, just say yes well I have my own authority now.
If you stop there you are good. They may say to you would you like to haul some loads for us? Now they are soliciting you, and that's ok also.  And this is how you begin.... Remember there are 1000s of trucking companies out there. To be successful you must offer them something they need.......Good Service!

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I pull a flat & i see the same thing. The brokers are cttting the rates because they are aware of the truck to load ratio.  I wont haul thier freight when i see them playing the cutthroat truck aGainst truck game. I bounced my truck from southern cal to denver last week because of this.

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I don't know from where you get your data but the average per mile that truckersedge reports never been accurate. We carriers know what the brokers pay and it is not even close to what DAT is reporting.

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Matt Sullivan
Matt Sullivan

Which lane would be a good example of this? Hundreds of carriers and brokers are sending us their rates, all of them after the transactions are official. The rate that shows up for each lane that you search is an average price for the past 90 days, so if the price on a lane moves drastically in one week, it doesn't always show up in that 90-day average. That's why we're do these blog posts for you guys.  

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Chuck Carlson
Chuck Carlson

I believe there should be a blog or board for owner operators that we can post when we get our freight from the broker and post the rate along with the broker name we got it from. That could possibly give everyone an advantage to get better rates.

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Jovey Marshall
Jovey Marshall

The one thing that I have to say about the rates are if broker puts certain amount of miles then it should be just that? Not 235 miles further that just isn't right it's just like stealing.

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Chuck Carlson
Chuck Carlson

If you run across this then it is your responsibility to run the actual miles and tell the broker you are showing 500 miles and it's actually 625 miles so I need to be paid on the correct miles. Make sure you do this prior to signing the rate con.

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Rayjae Transport Inc
Rayjae Transport Inc

Come on Rookie go get an education before you conduct business with a freight broker , that's the oldest trick in the book .just like the man said that should be the first thing you do before even calling , run the freaking miles man. S***head it's a no wonder this industry is s**t.

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It look like whoever wrote this not even in business

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Fernando amador
Fernando amador

Yes is right dat puts a price per mile not even close to what we can get out there I don't go by that and  if the rate is not what I want I don't pull, if there is no money I don't move it   at all  

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KAS TRANSPORT
KAS TRANSPORT

I agree totally. One of the first things to learn and stick to is if the rate is low you don't go!!

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Although I am not seeing it all the time, I have to agree with Matt Sullivan.  There is no incentive for them to lie about the information given to them but I would like to know how it is confirmed because brokers and carriers are not known for their honesty.  The spot that Matt is advertising is from a very small reporting percentage compared to the whole pie so just because you are not seeing it at at any given point does not make it so.  There are too many variables but I still like to see the spot reports so as to have a point of reference, even if the report turns out to be 15% higher at times.

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Matt Sullivan
Matt Sullivan

Thanks Michael,

We receive the numbers when there is a rate agreement between the broker and carrier. One way is through the company's TMS, but there are a few other ways as well. We also receive any rate adjustments, which also shows up in our data. But the biggest thing is the rates we're reporting are averages. Some were higher; some were lower. These are here to hopefully help with your negotiations and to make everything more transparent.

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Matt Sullivan
Matt Sullivan

This blog post might answer some of questions people have about where the rates come from:

http://www.dat.com/blog/post/Freight-Rates-FAQ

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The rates sound good but those numbers corolate with short hauls .250 mile trip grosses 500 per day and a net of maybe 200 per day .like to see charlotte to houston at 2.00 per mile or dallas to ohio for 2.00 per mile or atlanta to California for 2.00 per mile. Short haul dollar per mile sounds o.k until you factor in dead head on each end and not much net at the end of the week or month.

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Brokers typically only pay what they have to based on access to trucks available although if you consistently provide good service some brokers will pay you more at there option .low load numbers =equal lower rates as long as someone is willing to haul for the lower rates .higher loads  to truck numbers brokers have to compete for available trucks .just the way it is .true supply and demand basics it's really that simple.

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Phil Schlotter
Phil Schlotter

why can't DAT give us the last 30 day average instead of the last 90 , I believe it would be more precise on the current rates then what is presented now, a lot can change greatly in 90 days

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Matt Sullivan
Matt Sullivan

More recent lane averages are available on the DAT Power load board and in our standalone freight rates product, DAT RateView. Below are links to info for each.

http://www.dat.com/solutions/carriers/features

www.dat.com/freight-rates/rateview-for-carriers

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Phil Schlotter
Phil Schlotter

Oh I see something more to purchase

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Would you at DAT tell me why you allow brokers or anyone for that matter to post any loads when they have a credit score of 76 ??? They should not be allowed to post anything any where I thought you guys looked out for us just alittle I must be very wrong

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The credit scores come from a third party. I don't know exactly how the ratings work, but I know if the broker is new, it could take time to build up a strong credit score. Still, you can choose not to work with that company based on the credit score, which is why we include that info. The average credit score for brokers on the load board is 94.

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It's not that brokers don't know how much it cost to operate a truck. They simply do not care. As long as we bid each other down, they'll take advantage.

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the same is true ami me I had to remove my company because the broker thieves steal all the driver are abusing us the small compan

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