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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Outbound volumes from Houston also fell 73%, but the rearrangement of supply chains, the difficulty of shipping in the flooded region, and increased seasonal demand in other parts of the country combined to create pockets of tight capacity that put extra pressure on truckload rates.

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

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Hurricane Matthew Affects Spot Rates and Freight Volumes

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due to the fallout from the Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy. 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.

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California's Weather Impacts Truckload Capacity

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The central valley of California has been called "the nation's bread basket," as a wide variety of fruit, vegetables, nuts, rice and dairy products are shipped to all corners of North America. California's weather—good or bad—has a major impact on truckload capacity.

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

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FedEx Introduces Enhancements to Deep Frozen Shipping. 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.

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Delayed Produce Could Lead to a Busy May

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We’re hearing a lot about shipping gaps in California due to delays in planting because of an unusually wet winter, which explains the flat reefer volumes last week. Out of California , volumes were flat, with higher load counts out of the Fresno area offset by declines farther south.

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. Demand is still extra-high out of potato-shipping regions ahead of Thanksgiving, but rates from Twin Falls, ID, to Phoenix dropped 27¢ to an average of $2.74/mile.

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.

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.

Truckload rates halt 8-week slide

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We haven't seen a surge in California shipping as had been anticipated. 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.

Truckload Rates Finally Catch Up to Freight Volumes

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Miami continued to ship lots of reefer roads, while Lakeland in the central part of the state joined the Florida parade. We expect load counts to pick up there and in the border market of McAllen, TX , with avocados shipping ahead of Cinco de Mayo.

Spot Market Volumes Are Strong, but Rates Still Lag

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Did you know that California ships 87% of the strawberries in the U.S.? Berries started moving out of Santa Maria in late February, and Ventura County is gearing up for peak shipping season. The end of Q1 contributed to a flurry of activity on the load board on Friday.

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Truckload Rates Finally Catch Up to Freight Volumes

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Miami continued to ship lots of reefer roads, while Lakeland in the central part of the state joined the Florida parade. We expect load counts to pick up there and in the border market of McAllen, TX , with avocados shipping ahead of Cinco de Mayo.