Is Spring Shipping Season Finally Here?

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Those declines could be a temporary blip, though, because volumes are showing signs that spring shipping season has sprung. The biggest increase was on the lane from Denver to Oklahoma City , which was up 13¢ to $1.40/mile – not much there to be excited about. Van rates spiked in early April, but the national average was in a steady decline for the rest of the month.

2 Signs That the Freight Recession Really Is Over

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Houston to Oklahoma City was down 8¢ to $1.97/mile. 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. Asparagus, beans, and peas are shipping out of Western Michigan, and reefer rates on the lane from Grand Rapids to Philadelphia jumped up 47¢ to $3.17/mile.

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Have Van Rates Turned the Corner?

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Still, this is the second week in a row with rising volumes, so this could be a strong early start to the spring shipping season. Out of the Gulf Coast, the lane from Houston to Oklahoma City dropped 16¢ to $2.11/mile. We had a turnaround in van trends last week, reversing course from the declines we’ve been seeing since mid-January. Volumes and rates rose nearly across the board.

How Hurricane Florence affects freight

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DAT connects carriers with brokers and shippers who have urgent shipping needs, including FEMA loads. When disaster strikes, trucks are needed to get emergency supplies where they're needed most. But as has been the case with Hurricane Florence – which is anticipated to make landfall on the mid-Atlantic coast later this week – we're seeing how trucks are a big part of the preparation process before the storm, too.

Asian imports turn up the heat for vans on the West Coast

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Expect the seasonal pressure to continue through much of November, as a massive typhoon in Hong Kong caused scheduling delays on inbound ships at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the arrival point for 49% of Asian imports. Ships arrived late, and containers were unloaded and drayed to warehouses late, so that cargo is finally heading east and north. Denver to Oklahoma City plummeted 24¢ to $1.38/mile.

Rates rise, but gains may be temporary

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Denver is a big beer producing market, with both large production breweries and smaller craft brewers shipping beer in vans and reefers. Denver to Oklahoma City gained 21¢ to $1.41/mile. Truckload capacity remained tight during the first week of 2019, and national average rates increased 3¢ for vans, reefers and flatbeds. However, rates declined on many of the highest volume lanes, so increases in the national averages could be temporary.

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. Houston to Oklahoma City was up 10¢ to for a springtime high of $1.91/mile. The end of the month didn’t bring the upward bump that we typically see when shippers try to move goods before closing their books.

Truckload Rates Finally Catch Up to Freight Volumes

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Houston to Oklahoma City cooled, falling 15¢ to $1.73/mile. 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. Rock Island to Kansas City was also up big at $2.81/mile. Spot market volumes were down during the first week of April.

Truckload Rates Finally Catch Up to Freight Volumes

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Houston to Oklahoma City cooled, falling 15¢ to $1.73/mile. 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. Rock Island to Kansas City was also up big at $2.81/mile. Spot market volumes were down during the first week of April.