Hurricane Winds and Flooding Expected in Houston

DAT Solutions

Hurricane Harvey is expected to hit South Texas, including Houston and the Gulf Coast, tonight or tomorrow morning, and it may remain in place for days. Harvey Will Affect Fuel Prices and Freight Transportation.

Today’s Freight Capacity Crisis: Where Do We Go from Here?

Talking Logistics

More than a year into a freight capacity crisis that shows little sign of weakening, it’s time for all parties involved in logistics and freight transportation to meet this issue head on. Freight Capacity Crisis: How Did We Get Here So Quickly?

What Happens To Your Freight During A Natural Disaster?

Freight Center

Hurricane Harvey by itself affected 10% of the nation’s trucking capacity after leaving Houston flooded. It begs the question: what happens to your freight during a natural disaster? This could be from debris or flooding, especially since freight trucking is the most common mode of transport. Despite delayed delivery times, rest assured that your freight is out of harm’s way and trust your carrier’s disaster preparedness.

How to Protect Your Freight From Cargo Thieves

GTG Technology Group

5 Tips for Protecting Your Freight Against Cargo Thieves. Protecting freight is one of the responsibilities you have to your clients. A few areas with high rates of cargo theft are Los Angeles, New Jersey, New York, Miami, Houston, and Chicago.

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Van freight gears up for the holidays

DAT Solutions

DAT load boards provide the largest and most trusted digital freight marketplace in the trucking industry, with more than 279 million loads and trucks posted annually, plus insights into current spot market and contract rates based on $57 billion in real transactions.

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. Another cost of Hurricane Harvey: many Houston-area refineries were offline, and some remain closed for now.

West Coast Heats Up for Van Freight

DAT Solutions

For van freight, we’re starting to see hot markets shift westward, with big rate increases out of Seattle, Los Angeles, Denver and Stockton, CA. Rerouted port traffic from Houston to Seattle after Hurricane Harvey may have added to demand for trucks in the area.

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. Houston to Oklahoma City was down 8¢ to $1.97/mile. Reefer freight is in transition. Meanwhile, the bulk of California freight has yet to hit the spot market.

Ocean Freight Routing Terms Explained

Material Handling & Logistics

The ocean freight industry uses many acronyms to describe a shipment’s routing. Here are some of the most common ocean freight routing terms that are important to know. . At first glance, this freight forwarding term might seem interchangeable with IPI.

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017 - DAT Freight Talk Blog

DAT Solutions

The ELD mandate, rising freight rates, and the impact of multiple hurricanes on the supply chain were among the topics readers were most interested in last year. Below is a list of the top 10 blog posts of 2017, from the DAT Freight Talk Blog.

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Freight Rates Adjust to Post-Hurricane Irma Demand

DAT Solutions

We’ve seen a big increase in van freight moving from Atlanta and Charlotte down into the state. Load counts also continued to climb out of Dallas and Houston, as Texas works its way back to business as usual. Houston to New Orleans also declined 19¢ to $2.42/mile.

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. Houston to Oklahoma City slipped 12¢ to $1.92/mi.

Top 10 Freight Markets for Contract and Spot Freight

DAT Solutions

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.

Dog days of summer freight?

DAT Solutions

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. It's looking more and more like you won't have to sweat much of a summer slowdown this year.

Inspection Blitz Sends Freight Rates Skyward

DAT Solutions

Freight rates were relatively calm back when the full enforcement of the ELD mandate went into effect on April 1, as conditions had already settled into what’s feeling like the "new normal." Houston to Atlanta added 23¢ at $2.47/mile.

Flatbed freight regains footing in December

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DAT load boards provide the largest and most trusted digital freight marketplace in the trucking industry, with more than 279 million loads and trucks posted annually, plus insights into current spot market and contract rates based on $57 billion in real transactions.

What happened to all the Texas freight?

DAT Solutions

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. Demand also cooled out of Houston, the largest flatbed market in the country and the top market supplying Midland and its surrounding counties.

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Spot Freight Volumes Get Welcomed Boost

DAT Solutions

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.

Summer freight: Calm before the storm?

DAT Solutions

Freight rates have steadily declined since the Fourth of July, but they're still high. There isn’t much urgency for long-haul freight at this time of year, so a lot of shipping has moved over to rail.

Is the Freight Recession Really Over?

DAT Solutions

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.

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. The regional trip from Dallas to Houston fell 22¢ to $2.53

Flatbed Freight Continues to Gain Momentum

DAT Solutions

February has been a strong month for flatbed freight. Looking to move flatbed freight? DAT has the largest digital freight marketplace in the trucking industry, with more loads posted daily than any other load board.

The History of the Shipping Container


For centuries the expense, risk, and frustration with ocean freight held back expansion of the international economy, despite the invention of the steam invention. First use of a modern container for ocean freight. Did You Know That … It wasn’t just about freight.

How Will Hurricane Harvey Affect Freight Rates?

DAT Solutions

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.

Winter Storm Stalls Freight, as Van Rates Rise

DAT Solutions

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.

Will We See an Early Spring for Dry Van Freight?

DAT Solutions

DAT 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.

August Demand Stays Hot for Truck Freight

DAT Solutions

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.

Capacity Crunch Factors: What Causes a Capacity Crunch?


This puts a strain on the existing transportation resources, and if mother nature wipes out the infrastructure in coastal areas, such as Houston, the Port of Miami or even shipments between Puerto Rico and the mainland, capacity tightens faster than anyone expects. Capacity Crunch FreightUnbelievably, the capacity crunch is back the shipping headlines. In April 2017, William B.

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. Volumes had the steepest declines in Atlanta and Houston , but Memphis van load counts spiked 13%.

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

DAT Solutions

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.

Freight Rates Are Coming Back Down to Earth

DAT Solutions

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.

March Freight Moves Out on a High Note

DAT Solutions

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.

3 Cheers for the Spring Freight Season!

DAT Solutions

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. Dallas was pretty quiet, but demand is picking up in Houston and Laredo.

Spring Came Early in These Freight Markets

DAT Solutions

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. Load counts slipped in Houston , but that market has been relatively strong all winter long.

Reefer Freight Adjusts to Post-Holidays, Post-ELD

DAT Solutions

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.