Van freight stabilizes in early October

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But freight has mostly "normalized” on the spot market. NOTE: The map depicts outbound load-to-truck ratios for dry van freight. Changes in the ratio often signal impending changes in freight rates.

2 Signs That the Freight Recession Really Is Over

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Together, the ratio and rates offer strong evidence yet that the freight recession is over. The biggest spike was on the lane from Charlotte to Buffalo , which jumped up 44¢ to an average of $2.74/mile. Reefer freight is in transition.

Freight Rates Adjust to Post-Hurricane Irma Demand

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We’ve seen a big increase in van freight moving from Atlanta and Charlotte down into the state. As mentioned above, there’s been a big uptick in freight going into Florida from Atlanta and Charlotte , and rates on those lanes soared last week.

How Hurricane Florence affects freight

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Big weather events like this usually affect the spot freight market in three stages. Before the storm , there’s urgency to move freight into the area or out of the way of the storm’s path.

Emergency Freight: What Harvey Tells Us About Irma

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Less than ten days after Hurricane Harvey, trucks are already moving freight out of Houston, with almost the same volume as before the storm. Outbound freight has picked up by now, and rates have declined in both directions after the initial, post-storm peak.

Rates and Demand Are Still High for Refrigerated Freight

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Seasonal harvests are winding down, but capacity is still tight for reefer freight. The weakest reefer lane was Lakeland, FL to Charlotte , down 30¢ to $1.19/mile, and it’s continuing on a downward trend this week.

Dog days of summer freight?

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This would typically be a down time for freight, and while rates in July and August are lower than they were in June, they're still 25 to 30% higher than last year. Buffalo to Charlotte gained 27¢ to $2.56/mile.

Prices fall as flooding halts freight

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As many parts of the Southeast deal with flooding as a result of Hurricane Florence, the transportation industry is re-adjusting to recovery mode, as demand for emergency freight shipped to the area will increase in the coming days. Atlanta to Charlotte also jumped up 20¢ to $2.96/mile.

Early winter storms could cause freight schedules to slip

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That means a lot of freight delivery schedules are going to slip. Over the weekend, Winter Storm Diego blanketed Charlotte, Raleigh and many miles of highway in North Carolina, extending east to Tennessee and north to Virginia. Storms freeze freight flows.

Freight Rates Dip while Load Availability Climbs

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Freight volume increased slightly for vans on the spot market last week, but truckload capacity increased more, so the national average load-to-truck ratio edged down from 1.9 They had relatively few loads though, so check outbound freight before taking a load into those states.

Where's the Freight? 5 Markets with Lots of Van Loads

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Of the 13 major van freight markets tracked weekly in DAT Trendlines , only Memphis had an average outbound rate above $2.00/mile last week. Dallas is the top destination for loads, but Texas is in a freight slump. Freight Rates

Spring Has Sprung for Spot Market Freight

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Produce season is also kicking into high gear in many reefer markets, which affects dry van freight. Retail freight is also rebounding after a lull, which we can see in the higher rates on the lane from Memphis to Columbus , OH, and others that are heavily influenced by retail shipments.

Freight Surge Expected for Q2 and July 4

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Van freight was a little quiet last week, but a rebound should be underway now, to close the second quarter on a high note. Reefer freight volume should get a boost too, due to last-minute demand for fresh food, ahead of the July 4th weekend.

Florida Refrigerated Freight in Full Swing

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California Reefer Freight Starts to Heat Up

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HOT MARKETS: The biggest changes last week were in California, where reefer freight finally started to move out of Fresno and Sacramento in serious quantities, but load counts fell sharply in L.A.

August Demand Stays Hot for Truck Freight

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Freight out of Columbus is associated with retail traffic. Compared to last week, rates were stable in most other major markets, but if you compare to late July, rates are down in Atlanta , Charlotte and Houston.

How Will Hurricane Harvey Affect Freight Rates?

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Trucks can’t get in or out of Houston , which is a huge freight hub – it’s the number 1 source of loads for flatbeds, thanks to the oil and gas industry, and one of the top 5 or 6 markets for both van and reefer freight. Buffalo to Charlotte added 20¢ to $1.88

Is the Freight Recession Really Over?

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At the beginning of the year, DAT Pricing Analyst Mark Montague declared that the freight recession was over. Since then, we've been in the middle of what's traditionally been the slow season for freight. Savannah to Charlotte also lost 44¢ at $2.41/mile.

Here's How Hurricanes Irma and Harvey Have Affected Van Freight

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A lot of the spot market freight volumes that were stalled in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey have started to come back. Last week, Houston's van freight volumes rebounded to 88% of pre-storm levels. That’s a common trend when the flow of freight shifts southward.

3 Cheers for the Spring Freight Season!

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Spring has sprung, bringing a long-awaited upward trend in freight volume.and RATES!! But seasonal freight is coming soon, and it should provide welcome relief for carriers after a quiet winter. For all trailer types!!!

March Freight Moves Out on a High Note

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That song is from "Carousel" and I started humming it under my breath as I sat down to write about last week's freight market. Looks like we won't have to wait until June for freight and rates to be "bustin' out all over" though, because rates are already heading in that direction.

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Reefer Freight Adjusts to Post-Holidays, Post-ELD

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The demand for refrigerated trailers peaked at year-end, but the extra-cold weather in many parts of the country has kept prices at record-setting levels in many areas, since those trailers are being used to keep freight from freezing. Lakeland to Charlotte lost 62¢ at $1.81/mile.

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. The backhaul lane from Philadelphia to Charlotte added 15¢ to $1.46/mile, which could be a reaction to the conditions in Charlotte -- more on that below.

Spot market settles after Hurricane Florence

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As people in the Carolinas try their best to return to their normal routines, the freight markets have settled back down into typical seasonal trends following Hurricane Florence. Unlike with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the impact from Florence on freight movements was mostly felt regionally.

Freight Rates Are Coming Back Down to Earth

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December was arguably the strongest month for freight in 2016. Spot market volumes still look strong, but contract freight has been a little slow. There's more freight moving out of Houston this month. Rates on the lane from Buffalo to Charlotte improved 9¢ to $1.75

Freight Abounds, but Rates Return to July Levels

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We expected the sizzling hot freight market to cool off a little, and it did. Van Freight Abounds, but Rates are Down. We did have a dip in load availability last week but there’s still a lot of freight out there for vans. Charlotte and Atlanta also lost traction.

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Winter Storm Stalls Freight, as Van Rates Rise

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Winter Storm Stella kept a lot of freight from moving early last week, which stalled volume in markets along the East Coast. First, there was a rush to move freight before the storm hit, and then highways were closed, so most freight couldn’t move at all.

Hurricane Matthew Affects Spot Rates and Freight Volumes

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Shippers paid more to move freight ahead of the storm, and then load posts dropped when the affected markets locked down at the end of the week. Reefer load posts spiked in Charlotte last week ahead of Hurricane Matthew. Spot market rates were up last week, but volumes fell.

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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. The backhaul lane from Philadelphia to Charlotte added 15¢ to $1.46/mile, which could be a reaction to the conditions in Charlotte -- more on that below.

Van Freight Volume Edges Up, as Rates Lag

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Van freight availability rebounded 3% on the spot market last week , and truck posts increased 2%. Texas had less freight than usual, and a lot more trucks, especially in the Dallas area during the GATS Expo.

Hurricane Michael halts shipments

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Demand for trucks will likely increase in the coming weeks, with FEMA loads and emergency freight heading to the Florida Panhandle, Georgia and the Carolinas. How to find FEMA loads and trucks, and what to consider when handling emergency freight.

Freight Rates Were Mostly Neutral Ahead of Winter Storm

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That'll no doubt affect freight movements, with trucks banned from some highways in the Northeast while Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Virginia declare states of emergency. That includes van freight, but it’s especially true for flatbed.

Sun Belt States are Hot for Seasonal Freight

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Freight markets are heating up in the Sun Belt. Flatbeds saw rising freight volume and rates in the Southwest and a handful of Southeastern markets. Flatbed freight is strongest in the Southeast region, but not in the usual locations.

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Vans Find Freight in the South, as Reefers Head West

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Freight volume is trending up in some key lanes, a signal that rates may turn around this week or next. Three Southeast regional hubs are in the top four cities for load posts on DAT load boards: Atlanta , Charlotte and Memphis.

Will sub-zero temps stall trucking operations?

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often suffer from all kinds of severe weather during the first quarter, impacting freight movements. If freight needs protection from freezing, the shipper may need to change routing instructions. Large swaths of the U.S.