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.
So, while rates might still be low on the rates you're running, things are finally trending in the right direction.
Darker-colored states have higher load-to-truck ratios, meaning that there's less competition for van loads in those states.
Volumes finally started to improve out of Los Angeles, though not yet enough to turn California dark in the Hot State Map above. The same was true in Chicago, so rates could go up in both markets soon. Load counts slipped in Houston, that market has been relatively strong all winter long. As you can tell by the map above, a lot of the strongest activity in the past couple weeks has been in the Southeast.
Top 5 for Van Load Posts
5. Elizabeth, NJ
Memphis, Atlanta, and Seattle saw the biggest increases in outbound rates, though Seattle outbound rates are usually pretty low by comparison.
NOT SO HOT
Only lane on the top 100 to drop more than 10 cents: The average rate for Stockton, CA, to Salt Lake City fell 18 cents to $1.92 per mile.
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