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Van and Reefer Operators Give Thanks for Rate Increases

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Late harvests are beginning the journey to your Thanksgiving table, via food processing plants and distribution centers. Christmas trees are also ready for pickup, but experienced truckers will remind you to clean your trailer thoroughly after hauling trees, especially if you plan to follow with a load of food-grade cargo. Look for loads of trees leaving Oregon, and potatoes out of Idaho or North Dakota.

Asian imports turn up the heat for vans on the West Coast

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Demand for vans continues to heat up on the West Coast, boosting load-to-truck ratios in California, Oregon, Idaho, and Utah. This trend repeats every year, as consumer goods from Asia arrive at the ports and begin the eastward journey to regional distribution centers throughout the country. Ships arrived late, and containers were unloaded and drayed to warehouses late, so that cargo is finally heading east and north.