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. Reefer freight is in transition. Meanwhile, the bulk of California freight has yet to hit the spot market.

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. Reefer rates on the lane from Sacramento to Portland soared 70¢ to $3.42/mile. Sacramento to Denver gained 29¢ at $2.55/mile.

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. Sacramento to Portland, OR, also gained 23¢ to $2.93/mi.

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. Sacramento to Portland , OR rates soared 31¢ to $2.77

Thanksgiving surge boosts reefer prices; van freight heads east

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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.

Refrigerated Freight Adjusts Between Holidays

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Sacramento to Portland, OR , dropped 41¢ to a still-high $3.23/mile average.

August Demand Stays Hot for Truck Freight

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Freight out of Columbus is associated with retail traffic. More loads left Sacramento last week, too, but it’s still not a high-volume market at this point in the summer, so it didn't make a big regional impact.

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

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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.

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.

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. Out West, Sacramento to Portland gained 22¢ to $2.44/mile.

Freight Rates Are Climbing, Especially on These 3 Lanes

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Outbound rates tumbled in Sacramento , so you’d be better off hauling out of Fresno this time of year. It's not uncommon for us to see a slump in rates after Memorial Day, but that wasn’t the case last week.

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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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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. Out West, Sacramento to Portland gained 22¢ to $2.44/mile.

Spot Market Reefer Rates Hit a 3-Year High

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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.

Reefers still waiting for spring

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Reefer Rates Lose Traction in California Heat Wave

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Spot rates are trending down for reefer freight, due to hot weather in Southern California. Changes in the ratio often signal impending changes in freight rates. Sacramento to Denver rebounded, jumping 38¢ to $2.96/mile. Ontario to Sacramento dropped 45¢ to $2.90/mile.

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

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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.

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Storms put damper on spot rates

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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.

Reefer Rates Respond to New Regulations and Pre-Holiday Urgency

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Combine all that with the tighter capacity that came about as a result of the ELD mandate going into effect, and you get higher rates out of nearly every major market for refrigerated freight.

Reefer Demand Spikes During Inspection Blitz

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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. Sacramento to Portland added 50¢ to 3.21/mile.

Vans and Reefers Have a Friend in California

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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 volumes gearing up for fall holidays

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Even though rates are slow to respond, freight volumes are rising as we get closer to the fall holidays of Halloween and Thanksgiving. Offsetting this are declines out of Atlanta, Grand Rapids and Sacramento. Changes in the ratio often signal impending changes in freight rates.

Rates Rise in Major Markets During Inspection Blitz

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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.

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

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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.

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Spring Produce Season: Where Are Reefers Needed?

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Reefer Demand Remains High in Mid-Winter

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Reefer load counts stayed high through the second week of January, with temperature-controlled trailers being used in many areas to keep freight from freezing in the cold weather. Prices continued to slide out of Florida and California , with the exception of Sacramento.

Reefer Rates Continue to Cool

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February is usually the slowest month of the year for spot freight, and declines in reefer rates have been sharper than in the van segment. There were a lot of dramatic shifts in load counts last week in the major markets for refrigerated freight, which led to some price swings.

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Reefer Demand Focuses on the Midwest

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On the down side, Nogales, AZ, rates slipped lower, and Sacramento gave up the previous week’s gains in rates and volume. per mile, as freight volume out of Southern California continues to drop. The national average for reefer rates stayed put at $2.07

Reefer Truck Shortages Push Rates Higher

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Flatbed Rates Set Another Record

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Florida Reefer Rates Take a Dive

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Demand Heats Up for Vans and Reefers

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End-of-quarter and pre-holiday freight was even stronger than expected last week in Atlanta , Charlotte and Memphis , which were the top three markets for outbound loads on DAT load boards. There were lots of loads moving at higher rates last week, especially for vans and reefers.

Reefers Get a Late Spring Boost

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The darker states above have higher load-to-truck ratios, meaning there's less competition for freight in those states. The Southeast continues as the best region to find reefer freight.

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