Reefer freight has finally been gaining momentum in the past couple of weeks. There have been lots of reefer loads 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.
Darker-colored states have higher load-to-truck ratios, meaning that there's less competition for reefer loads in those states.
Reefer rates rose out of Nogales, AZ, near the Mexican border. We expect load counts to pick up there and in the border market of McAllen, TX, with avocados shipping ahead of Cinco de Mayo. Shipments out of the Santa Maria District also pushed rates up out of the Fresno market in California.
Grand Rapids, MI, to Cleveland rebounded after some big losses in the previous week. Reefer rates on that lane were up ▲25¢ to an average of $3.27/mile
- Rates from Miami to Elizabeth, NJ, are hitting their stride, up ▲32¢ to $1.91/mile
- Miami to Baltimore also jumped up ▲21¢ to $1.75/mile
- Out West, Sacramento to Portland gained ▲22¢ to $2.44/mile
High volumes of produce are going to urban areas like Atlanta, Chicago, and Dallas. As a result, reefer rates fell on lanes leaving those markets. We're still waiting to see how produce shipments will look in Georgia and the Carolinas, after a late season freeze killed a lot of fruit in the area.
- Dallas to Columbus fell from the prior’s week spike, down ▼15¢ to $1.90/mile
- Green Bay to Des Moines was down ▼21¢ to $1.93/mile
The big surprise was in Southern Idaho. Outbound lanes there dipped slightly despite fairly strong demand ahead of Easter, which you can see in the Hot States Map up above.
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