Reefer rates remain in flux

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Reefer produce failed to climb at the end of July, due in part to a sharp decline in volumes from Fresno California and Texas remain in flux with overall volumes roughly the same the last several weeks.

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Rates and Demand Are Still High for Refrigerated Freight

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

Storms put damper on spot rates

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Freight volumes were up more than 20% in the Lakeland, Florida market, as well as in Sacramento and Fresno , California. Fresno to Denver surged 40¢ to $2.24/mi. Fresno to Boston gained 19¢ to $2.23/mi.

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

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Back in December, we welcomed two new members to our family: Milo and Otis, guinea pig brothers we adopted.

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Reefers still waiting for spring

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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.

2 Signs That the Freight Recession Really Is Over

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Projections for Central California produce are still strong for June, so we’re keeping an eye on the Fresno market, but those shipping gaps meant that rates didn’t continue their upward trend on many of the top reefer lanes.

Spot Market Freight Rates Soar After Hurricane Harvey

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Out of California, Fresno to Denver rates hit $2.39, up 30¢ from the week before. Van rates rose all across the country last week, following Hurricane Harvey. The national average van rate jumped up 12¢ to $1.90

Hurricane Matthew Affects Spot Rates and Freight Volumes

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Out West, Fresno and nearby Sacramento were off for this time of year. The lane from Fresno to Denver was down 21¢ to $2.01/mile, and the average reefer rate for Sacramento to Salt Lake City fell 20¢ to $2.27/mile. Spot market rates were up last week, but volumes fell.

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Reefer Demand Dips, But Rates Don't

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Fresno volumes were down unexpectedly, and so were load counts out of the Ontario market in Southern California and along the border in Nogales, AZ. Out West, Fresno to Denver lane rates two weeks ago, but fell 56¢ last week, to an average of $2.58

Reefer Demand Spikes During Inspection Blitz

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We did get the expected bump in rates out of Fresno though, and California produce shipments are expected to remain strong at least until the 4th of July. Refrigerated freight was met with tight capacity last week, with the annual Roadcheck inspection blitz taking many trucks off the road.

California's Weather Impacts Truckload Capacity

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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.

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

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The vehicles have a range of up to 75 miles and primarily will deliver packages to customers in Sacramento, San Bernardino, Ceres, Fresno and Bakersfield. Schools are closed, the roads are empty, and we’re all just waiting for the blizzard to arrive.

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Spring surge delayed again

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A 23% increase in loads moved out of Fresno was led by a surge of freight on the lane from there to Seattle, coupled with a 17-cent boost to the average rate per mile. Fresno to Seattle gained 17¢ to $2.57/mi. It looks like we'll have to wait a little longer for a spring surge.

Thanksgiving surge boosts reefer prices; van freight heads east

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Western produce picked up in nearly every market, led by gains in Twin Falls, ID and Fresno in Central California. Fresno to Denver added 20¢ to hit $3.18/mile.

Reefer rates hit lull between holidays

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

Freight Rates Are Climbing, Especially on These 3 Lanes

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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.

Reefer rates rise as Florida hits its stride

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Fresno to Denver fell 15¢ to $2.32/mi. It's been a slow spring for fresh produce, but there are some hot spots, especially in the southernmost states.

Spring Produce Season: Where Are Reefers Needed?

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Reefer load counts were up in Sacramento , while outbound rates popped out of Fresno. Spring produce has gotten off to a slow start this year. The momentum had been building in Florida and Texas , but that stalled a bit last week.

Spot Market Reefer Rates Hit a 3-Year High

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On average, outbound lanes from Fresno, CA , soared 13%. Lately, the spot market for refrigerated freight has looked a lot more like June than November. Last week, the national average reefer rate hit $2.40 per mile, its highest mark in 3 years.

Reefer Capacity Gets Tighter Ahead of Thanksgiving

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Out West, the extra-long haul from Fresno to Boston rose 29¢ to $2.41/mile. Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so trucks are still in high demand to move refrigerated freight.

Reefer Demand Focuses on the Midwest

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More loads left Fresno last week, too, but the volume hasn’t been high enough to change pricing very much. The national average for reefer rates stayed put at $2.07 per mile last week, but pricing got rearranged by region.

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.

Delayed Produce Could Lead to a Busy May

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Out of California , volumes were flat, with higher load counts out of the Fresno area offset by declines farther south. Outbound averages fell in N ogales and Fresno , but that had more to do with a change in where the freight was going.

Major Freight Markets Saw Biggest Rate Surge of the Year

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Central California produce returned in a big way last week, and outbound reefer rates soared 13% in Fresno. Fresno to Denver surged 52¢ to $2.70/mile on average. Fresno to Chicago was up 35¢ to $2.16/mile.

Reefer volumes gearing up for fall holidays

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

Tens of Thousands of New Jobs, and One Worry: Robots

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This year alone, Amazon announced new fulfillment centers in Eastvale, Redlands, Fresno and most recently Sacramento, where the Seattle company said it would hire 1,500 workers. Friday in 5 – interesting news bits from around the supply chain horn, served up in one spot to keep you up to date.

Van and Reefer Rates Drop, in Mid-July Lull

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For example, look for rates to rise in Fresno instead of L.A. , Reefer freight volume is building in Fresno , so look for rates to trend up there, even as volume and rates decline in L.A. The typical July lull began last week, which is a little later than expected.

Rates Rise in Major Markets During Inspection Blitz

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Things are heating up in California, with lots of loads rolling out of Fresno , and a big rebound under way in Sacramento. Prices surged in the major van markets last week, despite the fact that the national average van rate dipped 1¢ per mile.

Vans and Reefers Have a Friend in California

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Fresno and Sacramento have lots of loads, too. There were a lot of loads available in California, though, especially outbound from Los Angeles, Fresno , and Ontario , which is the gateway to the "inland empire" of agricultural markets in the Imperial and Coachella Valleys.

Florida Reefer Rates Take a Dive

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In California, volume and rates revved up for reefers in Los Angeles , and prices rose for outbound reefer loads in nearby Ontario , as well as the Fresno and Sacramento markets. Peak season for Florida seems to have come to a close, and reefer rates responded accordingly.

Will Tighter ELD Enforcement = Tighter Reefer Capacity?

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Out of California , Fresno outbound pricing jumped 4.4% Reefer rates usually dip around Easter, when the urgency to get fresh shipments into stores before the holiday fades. That wasn't the case last week, though. Volumes were down, but prices weren't.

Reefer Markets Could Be in for a Wild March

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Volumes were up in California , especially out of Fresno. Reefer demand and rates declined steadily throughout February, which is a pretty typical spot market trend.

Van and Reefer Rates Slip, but Volumes Strong for January

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Rates were up slightly in Fresno , but available loads dropped by 23%. Late January is typically a time for lower rates and less demand, but spot market volumes haven't fallen off sharply like they did around this same time a year ago.

Truckload rates halt 8-week slide

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Rate increases were seen in Fresno, CA , and McAllen, TX , two of the nation's top produce markets. Van and reefer rates are stabilizing, after falling for eight straight weeks.

Freight Abounds, but Rates Return to July Levels

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HOT MARKETS - There was an increase in loads moving out of Fresno last week, which is a welcome change. Fresno had been a little disappointing until now, but it may yet produce the post-drought volumes of fruit and vegetables that we’ve been hoping for.

Are High Freight Rates in December the New Normal?

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Out of California, reefer loads paid less in Ontario and Fresno. There have been strong signs of growth in the spot market since May, but it had mostly been a slow-and-steady climb. That changed last week.

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