Van freight stabilizes in early October

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But freight has mostly "normalized” on the spot market. The throttle is a significant increase in capacity, especially among small and mid-sized carriers. In other periods when carriers had pricing power, capacity expanded fairly quickly to bring the marketplace back into balance.

Spring freight rates: Stable or stuck?

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Refrigerated produce freight has been notably absent from the picture, so that likely has some reefers competing for van freight. National Average Freight Rates - April to-date. Houston to Oklahoma City slipped 12¢ to $1.92/mi.

Extra capacity takes a bite out of prices

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That extra capacity cut the national van load-to-truck ratio nearly in half. Plus, freight moves are less urgent at this time of year, so prices down were across the country. Houston to Oklahoma City rose 13¢ to $2.18/mile.

Spot Freight Volumes Get Welcomed Boost

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We got a welcomed surge of spot market freight to close out July. That would’ve led to more reefer trucks competing for van freight, and the extra capacity kept rates down.

Major Freight Markets Saw Biggest Rate Surge of the Year

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Freight patterns showed increased retail trade ahead of Memorial Day weekend, and since some drivers finished the week up early ahead of the holiday weekend, capacity also tightened. Houston to Oklahoma City rose 24¢ to an average of $2.04/mile.

Flatbed Demand Surges in Oregon and South Dakota

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South Dakota has also been a hot state for flatbeds lately, with lots of loads originating in the Rapid City market. uptick in truck capacity. Rates are derived from DAT RateView , and are based on actual rate agreements between freight brokers and carriers.

Truckload Rates Finally Catch Up to Freight Volumes

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That's normal, since it comes right after the end of Q1, when shippers are rushing to move freight before closing their books. That may have caused reefer trucks to spill over into van capacity out in Charlotte , with the extra competition driving down outbound van rates.

Higher van volumes fail to boost rates

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Van freight volumes did increase more than 6% in the last week of March, but there was enough capacity to cover the demand. Freight volumes were up more than 10% in Houston last week, with pushed prices up on several lanes. Denver to Oklahoma City slipped 14¢ to $1.12/mi.

Is Spring Shipping Season Finally Here?

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There were strong gains in 5 of the top 6 van markets, which could start to chip away at some of the excess truckload capacity that’s been building on the spot market lately. Van rates spiked in early April, but the national average was in a steady decline for the rest of the month.

Van rates drop to 16-month low

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There’s the normal seasonal slowdown that occurs around this time each year, but falling fuel surcharges and increased capacity in the spot market are adding to downward pressure on rates. Denver to Oklahoma City rates rose 13¢ to $1.34/mile.

Seasonal Lull Continues for Flatbeds, But Bright Spots Emerge

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Flatbed freight availability dropped 13% on the spot market last week, after a one-week gain. Truck capacity increased, too, so the national average load-to-truck ratio declined from 12.8 There is still plenty of flatbed freight in Texas , and rates there are trending up.

Rates rise, but gains may be temporary

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Truckload capacity remained tight during the first week of 2019, and national average rates increased 3¢ for vans, reefers and flatbeds. That pushed the load-to-truck ratio up 6%, signaling that demand outpaced truckload capacity.

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

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Contract carriers are busy with their regularly scheduled hauls, so a lot of the late-arriving freight gets tendered to brokers and 3PLs. The map depicts outbound load-to-truck ratios by state, for dry van freight. Changes in the ratio often signal impending changes in freight rates.

Van Rates May Spring Ahead Very Soon

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Expect a surge of spot market freight next week, as shippers rush to close the quarter on a high note, while refrigerated trucks move last-minute food for Easter. as final-mile retail freight activity picked up ahead of Easter.

Have Van Rates Hit Their Peak?

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As expected, the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate has made trucks harder to find, while winter storms and truckers taking time off for New Year's Day made capacity even tighter last week. Seattle to Salt Lake City also lost 33¢ at $2.44/mile.

Demand Surges in Final Week of 2015

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The calendar was a big factor, as shippers try to push freight out the door before the end of the fiscal year or quarter. Large carriers might still make all their scheduled deliveries, but they don't take a lot of exception freight when fewer drivers are willing to work.