Severe weather causes freight rates to slip

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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. Cleveland to Chicago also paid 15¢ better at $1.75/mile. Reefer freight is in transition. Meanwhile, the bulk of California freight has yet to hit the spot market.

Spot Market Freight Rates Soar After Hurricane Harvey

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Most of the major van markets actually had fewer outbound loads available, though, and most regular freight heading to Houston was canceled. Dallas rates also soared, as some freight was diverted to that busy freight hub.

Allentown gains traction as freight hub

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Top 10 Freight Markets for Contract and Spot Freight

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Current trends in freight can be explained by looking at the top ten contract markets by percentage of contract-spot mix. Top markets for van freight. For van freight, the top two contract markets are in southern California. England depend on longhaul freight out of the West.

Flatbed freight regains footing in December

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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.

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. Cleveland to Houston also dropped 31¢ to $1.62/mile.

What happened to all the Texas freight?

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In the first half of the year, the spot market in Texas was boiling over, with not nearly enough trucks to cover the growing demand for freight. Regional van markets like Dallas and Memphis —which send freight to Houston—seem to be impacted by the slowdown in oil drilling as well.

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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. Cleveland finally joined the party too. Volumes in Birmingham are still soft, except for local freight.

Spring Came Early in These Freight Markets

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The number of loads available on the spot market last month was also up more than 100% compared to February 2016, which is a pretty good sign that the freight recession really is over. Since the freight coming out didn’t pay very well, inbound lanes paid more.

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. Reefer freight has been gaining momentum. Flatbed freight was strong in March, and there was a spike in rates to close the month.

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. Reefer freight has been gaining momentum. Flatbed freight was strong in March, and there was a spike in rates to close the month.

Flatbed rates and volumes move upward

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While van and reefer rates saw a decline in March compared to February, flatbed bucked the trend, making gains in both freight volumes and rates. On the other hand, flatbed prices trended down in a handful of key markets, including Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Cleveland, Pittsburgh , and Roanoke.

5 Best Places to Find a Load Fast

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Spot market freight rates in L.A. Only Atlanta has more load posts than Cleveland. Atlanta also has a lot more trucks, which makes Cleveland a better bet. Cleveland and Toledo are both hubs for automobile-related industries too, and U.S. Freight Rates

Spot market demand heats up out West

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Flatbed Rates and Ratios at Record Highs

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Cleveland is a major producer of steel and auto parts, and two lanes out of Cleveland show up in our top flatbed lanes: #9 Cleveland market to Detroit market. #16 16 Cleveland market to Chicago market. Freight Rates

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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. Allentown to Cleveland dropped 13¢ to $1.65/mi.

Rebuilding Efforts Fuel Flatbed Demand

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The immediate impacts from Harvey and Irma first showed up in van freight, then reefers. Load counts are up on DAT load boards , with more flatbed freight shipping to support the rebuilding and recovery efforts in areas affected by the storms.

Christmas came calling for reefer carriers

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Shippers had plenty of last-minute freight to deliver before Christmas, and that stopped the slow slide we had been seeing in reefer freight. The demand for fresh food before the holiday pushed volumes up 7% last week, which boosted rates on most of the high-traffic reefer lanes.

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Flatbed ratio reverses 10-week decline

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More loads are moving out of Cleveland and Houston, but the big surprise was a surge in volume and rates out of Roanoke, Virginia. Roanoke to Cleveland gained 61¢ to $3.43/mile. The load-to-truck ratio for flatbeds rebounded last week to 28.4

Spring Comes Early for Flatbeds in the Southeast

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Mild winter weather gave the flatbed freight season an early boost. Demand has been especially strong in the Southeast, although declining steel shipments led to a reduction in flatbed freight volume in Birmingham. Rates were also down in Cleveland and Harrisburg.

Reefers still waiting for spring

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Spring surge delayed again

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Flooding in the Midwest closed roads and rail lines, which will impact freight markets for weeks to come. National Average Freight Rates - March to-date. We may need to wait for April for real spring freight to hit. Grand Rapids to Cleveland increased 29¢ to $4.14/mi.

Flatbed Markets Continue to Boom

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Last week, flatbed volumes surged 10% higher, led by Houston, Fort Worth and Cleveland. While the van markets might be showing signs of heating up, flatbed has been hot all winter long, and getting hotter.

December van rates broke a 6-year streak

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Less freight moved last week, as businesses shut down for Christmas. But for the loads that did need to move, freight brokers and shippers had a hard time finding trucks, as evidenced by the soaring load-to-truck ratios across the country.

Flatbed Volume and Rates Gain Traction in June

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Flatbed freight volume and rates gained some traction in June, after a couple of slow months. Texas had the biggest rebound last week, partly due to a surge of loads leaving Houston, the biggest flatbed freight market in the country by far.

Where to Find Loads in the Slow Season

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February is the slow season for freight, and it may feel like your business is at a crawl right now. Best Bet: Cleveland is number two right now for van load posts on DAT load boards, and there’s a lot less competition for loads coming out of there than in many parts of the country.

Flatbed rates move lower, but they're still pretty high

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Reefer Capacity Gets Tighter Ahead of Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so trucks are still in high demand to move refrigerated freight. Just like with dry van freight , reefer capacity tightened in the first week of November, meaning that shippers and brokers had a harder time finding trucks to move those reefer loads.

Where to Find Flatbed Loads in the Off-Season

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Columbus and Cleveland, OH also offered plenty of loads. Rates trended up in Los Angeles, Rock Island, Cleveland and Memphis. Rates are derived from DAT RateView and are based on actual rate agreements between freight brokers and carriers.

Flatbed Demand Soars, Boosting Rates 11¢

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Booming Oil Industry Boosts Flatbed Demand

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Florida has a balance problem, where the demand for inbound freight is much higher than the demand for outbound trucks. Cleveland to Grand Rapids tumbled to $2.65/mile. The energy sector heated up in January, which contributed to higher flatbed load counts for the month.

Extra capacity takes a bite out of prices

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Plus, freight moves are less urgent at this time of year, so prices down were across the country. Grand Rapids to Cleveland climbed 39¢ to $2.82/mile.