2 Signs That the Freight Recession Really Is Over

DAT Solutions

Together, the ratio and rates offer strong evidence yet that the freight recession is over. Reefer freight is in transition. Meanwhile, the bulk of California freight has yet to hit the spot market.

Spring freight rates: Stable or stuck?

DAT Solutions

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. Fresno volumes were up, but other parts of California went softer.

Rates and Demand Are Still High for Refrigerated Freight

DAT Solutions

Seasonal harvests are winding down, but capacity is still tight for reefer freight. Fresno to Seattle was up 30¢ to $2.80/mile. That’s led to higher reefer rates on the West Coast and in the Midwest.

Spot Market Freight Rates Soar After Hurricane Harvey

DAT Solutions

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.

Thanksgiving surge boosts reefer prices; van freight heads east

DAT Solutions

The map depicts outbound load-to-truck ratios by state, for dry van freight. There has been a strong freight surge moving from Los Angeles toward the East, which is causing higher outbound volumes in cities like Chicago , Columbus and Memphis.

California Reefer Freight Starts to Heat Up

DAT Solutions

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.

Major Freight Markets Saw Biggest Rate Surge of the Year

DAT Solutions

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. Central California produce returned in a big way last week, and outbound reefer rates soared 13% in Fresno.

August Demand Stays Hot for Truck Freight

DAT Solutions

Freight out of Columbus is associated with retail traffic. NOT SO HOT – Unfortunately, we still haven’t seen the volume we expected out of Fresno. Load-to-truck ratios declined for vans and flatbeds on DAT load boards last week, but the average ratio rose for reefers.

Hurricane Matthew Affects Spot Rates and Freight Volumes

DAT Solutions

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. Out West, Fresno and nearby Sacramento were off for this time of year. Spot market rates were up last week, but volumes fell.

Fresno 111

Freight Abounds, but Rates Return to July Levels

DAT Solutions

We expected the sizzling hot freight market to cool off a little, and it did. HOT MARKETS - There was an increase in loads moving out of Fresno last week, which is a welcome change. Van Freight Abounds, but Rates are Down.

Fresno 107

Freight Rates Are Climbing, Especially on These 3 Lanes

DAT Solutions

The best news was out of Fresno , where volumes stayed steady from the previous week, even though last week was just a 4-day work week. Outbound rates tumbled in Sacramento , so you’d be better off hauling out of Fresno this time of year.

Fresno 105

Reefer Freight Market Still Has a Few Hot Spots

DAT Solutions

July is the in-between season for refrigerated ("reefer") freight. Freight volume continued to cool off for reefers last week, but some pockets of high demand remain in New Mexico, Arkansas and the Lower Midwest, as shown in this Hot States Map for the week of July 19-25, 2015, below.

Truckload Rates Finally Catch Up to Freight Volumes

DAT Solutions

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. Shipments out of the Santa Maria District also pushed rates up out of the Fresno market.

Freight Rates Were Mostly Neutral Ahead of Winter Storm

DAT Solutions

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.

Truckload Rates Finally Catch Up to Freight Volumes

DAT Solutions

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. Shipments out of the Santa Maria District also pushed rates up out of the Fresno market.

Reefer rates rise as Florida hits its stride

DAT Solutions

Freight volumes surged about 25% out of both Miami and Lakeland, FL, and some lanes about of Florida saw rates jump as much as 85¢ per mile. California - Overall, California has been slower than usual, with freight volumes down about 3%, due to heavy rain.

Storms put damper on spot rates

DAT Solutions

Despite an increase in freight volumes, national average rates slipped again last week for vans and reefers. National Average Freight Rates - April to-date. Freight volumes were up more than 20% in the Lakeland, Florida market, as well as in Sacramento and Fresno , California.

Reefers still waiting for spring

DAT Solutions

While the Lakeland, FL market was a big winner last week — gaining over 20% more volume — those gains were more than offset by a week-over-week slump in other major reefer markets, including Fresno, Nogales, Boise and much of the Midwest.

This Week in Logistics News (April 4-8, 2016)

Talking Logistics

MercuryGate Launches Global, Omni-modal Freight Procurement Solution. Back in December, we welcomed two new members to our family: Milo and Otis, guinea pig brothers we adopted.

Guinea 137

Spring surge delayed again

DAT Solutions

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. Fresno to Seattle gained 17¢ to $2.57/mi.

This Week in Logistics News (February 4-8, 2013)

Talking Logistics

Cass Freight Index Report – January 2013. 2013 is off to a slow start for freight shipments, according to the Cass Freight Index Report for January. For each of the last two years, freight shipment volumes ended the year at about the same place they began.

Fresno 130

California's Weather Impacts Truckload Capacity

DAT Solutions

Mark Montague's recent blog post Top Ten Freight Markets for Contract and Spot Freight , revealed that the key market areas of Ontario and Fresno, California made the list of 2016 Top 10 Reefer Markets for both contract and spot market freight.

Reefer rates hit lull between holidays

DAT Solutions

Reefer activity picked up after Thanksgiving, but not nearly as much as dry van freight. Fresno to Baltimore fell 29¢ at $2.41/mile.

Reefer Demand Spikes During Inspection Blitz

DAT Solutions

Refrigerated freight was met with tight capacity last week, with the annual Roadcheck inspection blitz taking many trucks off the road. There was a big surge in reefer freight out of Elizabeth, NJ, though rates haven't responded yet.

Rates Rise in Major Markets During Inspection Blitz

DAT Solutions

Retail freight is driving rates up in Memphis and Columbus , especially on lanes heading into the Northeast. Reefer freight is also looking up , but geographic shifts are underway.

Spot Market Reefer Rates Hit a 3-Year High

DAT Solutions

Lately, the spot market for refrigerated freight has looked a lot more like June than November. Fresh produce often drives the demand for reefer freight, and this year, wet fields and high summer temps led to late planting and lower yields out of California.

Reefer Capacity Gets Tighter Ahead of Thanksgiving

DAT Solutions

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.

Truckload rates halt 8-week slide

DAT Solutions

DAT load boards provide the largest and most trusted digital freight marketplace in the trucking industry, with more than 256 million loads and trucks posted annually, plus insights into current spot market and contract rates based on $60 billion in real transactions.

Reefer volumes gearing up for fall holidays

DAT Solutions

Even though rates are slow to respond, freight volumes are rising as we get closer to the fall holidays of Halloween and Thanksgiving. Most parts of California are shipping more loads, especially the Fresno market in central California.

Spring Produce Season: Where Are Reefers Needed?

DAT Solutions

DAT load boards provide the largest and most trusted digital freight marketplace in the trucking industry, with more than 179 million loads and trucks posted annually, plus insights into current spot market and contract rates based on $45 billion in real transactions.

Delayed Produce Could Lead to a Busy May

DAT Solutions

Van load counts were already up big last week, with an uptick in freight moving out of L.A. Out of California , volumes were flat, with higher load counts out of the Fresno area offset by declines farther south.

Vans and Reefers Have a Friend in California

DAT Solutions

Shippers and freight brokers are singing a Merle Haggard classic this week, to their van and reefer BFFs: "L.A. Van fleets are singing a song about California, where freight is strong and getting stronger. Fresno and Sacramento have lots of loads, too.

Reefer Demand Focuses on the Midwest

DAT Solutions

More loads left Fresno last week, too, but the volume hasn’t been high enough to change pricing very much. per mile, as freight volume out of Southern California continues to drop. The national average for reefer rates stayed put at $2.07

Van and Reefer Rates Drop, in Mid-July Lull

DAT Solutions

Load availability and rates dropped from the previous week, but rates are still well above June averages for van and reefer freight. For example, look for rates to rise in Fresno instead of L.A. , The typical July lull began last week, which is a little later than expected.

Florida Reefer Rates Take a Dive

DAT Solutions

DAT load boards provides the largest and most trusted digital freight marketplace in the trucking industry, with more than 179 million loads and trucks posted annually, plus insights into current spot market and contract rates based on $45 billion in real transactions.