Severe weather causes freight rates to slip

DAT Solutions

Out west, Sacramento to Salt Lake City picked up, possibly replacing the Denver to Salt Lake City lane. Lanes with big price increases included: Sacramento to Salt Lake City skyrocketed 40¢ to $2.35/mi. Just as rates were about to turn around, they took another hit last week. Extreme weather closed highways and forced cancellations and delays. A huge snowstorm in Denver last week closed three interstate highways: I-25, I-70 and I-76.

Rates and Demand Are Still High for Refrigerated Freight

DAT Solutions

Reefer rates on the lane from Sacramento to Portland soared 70¢ to $3.42/mile. Sacramento to Denver gained 29¢ at $2.55/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. Potato shippers seem to be feeling the effects of the ELD protests that have been scattered across the country.


Sign Up for our Newsletter

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

2 Signs That the Freight Recession Really Is Over

DAT Solutions

The lane from Sacramento to Denver paid 24¢ better on average, at $2.63/mile. Crop production is rising out of the Northwest, so reefer rates fell on inbound lanes like Sacramento to Portland , OR. Last week, the national load-to-truck ratio for vans was the highest it's been since March 2014. That was back when demand for trucks skyrocketed because extreme winter weather caused massive disruption to supply chains.

Location and Cost Make Central Valley Logistics a Win-Win

West Coast and California Logistics

It’s home to the state capitol of Sacramento, and is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world. In addition to “the Big Tomato” (one of Sacramento’s many nicknames) and the over 230 crops grown in the Valley (tomatoes included), the Central Valley is home to a burgeoning logistics industry. California’s Central Valley consists of all or part of 19 counties in the center of the state – extending from Bakersfield in the South up near Redding in the north.

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. Sacramento to Portland , OR rates soared 31¢ to $2.77 While Sacramento to Portland was up, Los Angeles to Portland rates fell 31¢ to $2.77/mile. Reefer rates rose 10¢ per mile in June, compared to May, landing at $2.12, the highest monthly average in almost two years.

Thank you for joining us at the 2019 MAVES Advisory Board user Group, See you in 2020


Thanks to all who joined us at # MABUG2019 in # Sacramento. That's a wrap. See you at # MABUG2020 ! The post Thank you for joining us at the 2019 MAVES Advisory Board user Group, See you in 2020 appeared first on Maves.

New LTL freight rates in Canada and USA


Sacramento, CA to Houston, TX — was: USD $258, n ow: USD $189 (savings: 27%).

Hurricane Matthew Affects Spot Rates and Freight Volumes

DAT Solutions

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. Hurricane Matthew likely played a role in both of those factors.

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

Talking Logistics

On Wednesday Amazon announced “the expansion of Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery to even more metro areas including Charlotte, Cincinnati, Fresno, Louisville, Milwaukee, Nashville, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, Stockton, and Tucson, plus new areas in Central New Jersey, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, and San Diego.” Back in December, we welcomed two new members to our family: Milo and Otis, guinea pig brothers we adopted.

Guinea 108

Reefer Demand Spikes During Inspection Blitz

DAT Solutions

Sacramento to Portland added 50¢ to 3.21/mile. Sacramento to Salt Lake City rose 27¢ to an average of $3.00/mile. Refrigerated freight was met with tight capacity last week, with the annual Roadcheck inspection blitz taking many trucks off the road. That, combined with higher demand out of California, led to some big spikes in reefer rates.

Lagging produce volumes hurt reefer rates

DAT Solutions

Reefer freight volumes were up double-digit percentage points coming out of Sacramento , Chicago , Elizabeth, NJ, and Lakeland, FL. Expectations of a post-Easter rebound failed to materialize in reefer produce freight last week. Truckload demand in Florida continued to build, especially late in the week, but rates were mixed. Lakeland, FL had about 20% more loads, but Miami saw loads fall about 8%.

Miami 70

October Flatbed Rates Were Highest of the Year

DAT Solutions

Las Vegas to Sacramento averaged $3.19/mile. The national flatbed rate for October was the highest of the year, boosted at least in part by rebuilding efforts in Florida and the Gulf Coast after the storms from a couple months ago. Volumes were up and down over the course of the month, though, as markets adjusted to constantly changing demand. The Memphis market posted the biggest gains for October, with outbound flatbed rates up 10%.

Vans and Reefers Have a Friend in California

DAT Solutions

Fresno and Sacramento have lots of loads, too. Rates from Sacramento to Portland, OR rose 28¢ last week, to $2.97 per mile, and Sacramento to Salt Lake City jumped up 19¢ per mile, to $2.73. Shippers and freight brokers are singing a Merle Haggard classic this week, to their van and reefer BFFs: "L.A. traffic is bad this time of year, but there's a friend of yours in California sure wishes you were here.".

Reefer Rates Lose Traction in California Heat Wave

DAT Solutions

Sacramento to Denver rebounded, jumping 38¢ to $2.96/mile. Ontario to Sacramento dropped 45¢ to $2.90/mile. Spot rates are trending down for reefer freight, due to hot weather in Southern California. Temperatures in the “fry eggs on the pavement” range, above 115 degrees, ruined some high-value crops, notably avocados. Other parts of the state were also affected, adding to a typical mid-July decline.

Vacancies for US Industrial Space Lowest Since 2000


down 430 bps), Tucson (down 310 bps), Sacramento (down 260 bps), and Jacksonville, (down 220 bps). Vacancies in the US industrial sector, which includes warehouses, distribution centres and other facilities, dropped by 10 basis points (bps) to 7.2 percent in the second quarter of this year, the 32nd consecutive quarter of declining supply and the lowest point since 2000, according to industry sources. The U.S.

Thanksgiving surge boosts reefer prices; van freight heads east

DAT Solutions

Sacramento to Los Angeles gained 24¢ to $3.00/mile – that’s a strong southbound rate. Sacramento to Portland, OR, dropped 19¢ to $3.08/mile, but outbound volume is growing in the Pacific Northwest. With Thanksgiving approaching, it’s the reefer segment that is driving seasonal demand, as grocery stores prepare for the big day. And with Black Friday right around the corner, we may soon see an increase in van demand and rates too. National average rates.

Spring Produce Season: Where Are Reefers Needed?

DAT Solutions

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. Reefer demand did pick up steam out of California , though, and rates responded out of three major markets. On the top 72 reefer lanes, the average rate paid to carriers rose on 37 of them, while prices fell on 31.

Reefer Demand Remains High in Mid-Winter

DAT Solutions

Prices continued to slide out of Florida and California , with the exception of Sacramento. 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. Ice and snow also caused hazardous road conditions in some areas. The weather wasn’t the only reason rates stayed high, though.

Reefer Freight Adjusts to Post-Holidays, Post-ELD

DAT Solutions

Miami, Denver, Sacramento and Lakeland, FL , all experienced sharp drops last week. 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. Reefer capacity is still tight, as the industry continues to adjust to the ELD mandate.

Pre-Christmas Demand Could Keep Reefer Rates High

DAT Solutions

On the West Coast, reefer rates on the lane from Sacramento to Portland, OR fell 32¢, but the $2.91/mile average is still higher than it was a month ago. Reefer rates skyrocketed in November, with the national average hitting its highest mark in more than 3 years at $2.43/mile. Things have calmed down a bit so far in December, with many of those crazy-high prices coming back down to earth.

Refrigerated Freight Adjusts Between Holidays

DAT Solutions

Sacramento to Portland, OR , dropped 41¢ to a still-high $3.23/mile average. The national average for reefer rates remains extremely high at $2.43/mile, but declines on most of the high-traffic lanes indicate that some of the urgency that led to peak prices before Thanksgiving has gone away. Capacity is still tight, though, and the need for pre-Christmas deliveries should keep reefer demand high for at least a couple more weeks or longer.

Where Did Reefer Rates Rise the Most Last Week?

DAT Solutions

Out West, Sacramento to Salt Lake City dropped 20¢ to $2.48/mile. Reefer load counts on the top lanes kept climbing last week, while rates continued to readjust seasonally. Prices continued to slide in the Southeast, coming down from the previous peaks caused by Hurricane Irma. Reefer volumes were up near the Mexican border, especially in McAllen, TX , where rates have climbed 12% in the past month.

Spring freight rates: Stable or stuck?

DAT Solutions

Sacramento to Portland, OR, also gained 23¢ to $2.93/mi. Van and reefer rates continue to move sideways. Refrigerated produce freight has been notably absent from the picture, so that likely has some reefers competing for van freight. There was very little price movement up or down last week and rates — and fuel prices — remain stable.

Reefer Demand Focuses on the Midwest

DAT Solutions

On the down side, Nogales, AZ, rates slipped lower, and Sacramento gave up the previous week’s gains in rates and volume. The national average for reefer rates stayed put at $2.07 per mile last week, but pricing got rearranged by region. The dark areas on the Hot States Map above are areas where the load-to-truck ratio is highest for reefers. As you can see, demand for reefers continues to accelerate in the Midwest. That's a normal trend for this time of year.

Reefers still waiting for spring

DAT Solutions

Volumes dropped significantly lower out of Miami, Twin Falls, Chicago, and Green Bay , which offset gains from Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Elizabeth, NJ. It’s still early in the spring, but the refrigerated truckload sector is not picking up any momentum yet. I wouldn’t say spring was canceled, but it seems to have been delayed, partly due to flooding or continued rain in some regions. The lack of volume is hurting prices.

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

Talking Logistics

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. It’s a stay-at-home-in-your-pajamas kind of day, my favorite. And the fact that it’s Friday makes it even better.

Fresno 100

Rates Rise in Major Markets During Inspection Blitz

DAT Solutions

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. The annual Roadcheck inspection blitz also happened last week, and rates have risen in the past during Roadcheck week. A lot of truckers prefer to take those days off, and others lost time because of the inspections.

Reefer volumes gearing up for fall holidays

DAT Solutions

Offsetting this are declines out of Atlanta, Grand Rapids and Sacramento. Even though rates are slow to respond, freight volumes are rising as we get closer to the fall holidays of Halloween and Thanksgiving. Most parts of California are shipping more loads, especially the Fresno market in central California. Activity is also up from the Nogales, AZ, market, as well as Florida and South Texas.

Reefer Truck Shortages Push Rates Higher

DAT Solutions

Out West, California pricing continues to improve, with rates up 25% in the past month out of Sacramento. Trucks have been in short supply so far in June, and that's been especially true in many of the major reefer markets. To get an idea of just how tight capacity has been, reefer truck posts on DAT load boards were down 9% last week compare to the previous week. Normally you'd expect an increase because that previous week included Memorial Day, so there were only four business days.

Miami 70

Flatbed Rates Set Another Record

DAT Solutions

The lane from Vegas to Sacramento jumped up to an average of $3.22/mile, but it could be a short term-spike since it’s a relatively low-volume lane. Demand for flatbed transportation has been off the charts for much of 2018. For a seven-week stretch in April and May, the national load-to-truck ratio was above 100 loads per truck.

Florida Reefer Rates Take a Dive

DAT Solutions

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. Prices out of Miami and Lakeland plummeted, but the ripple effects also led to higher outbound rates in Atlanta , as prices adjust and demand shifts northward to Georgia produce.

September Van and Reefer Trends Stay Strong After Labor Day

DAT Solutions

Out West, the outbound average in Sacramento surged to $2.39/mile, which is just 2¢ shy of the average reefer rate out of Los Angeles. Volumes and rates got a boost heading into the Labor Day weekend, and those prices mostly held steady last week. Demand was up, but there weren’t many big changes on the top 100 van lanes.

Reefer Rates Respond to New Regulations and Pre-Holiday Urgency


California lane rates had some dramatic increases: Sacramento to Portland, OR, soared 91¢ to $3.78/mile. Last week was a short week, as most carriers needed to get drivers home in time for the Christmas weekend. Still, demand for reefer trucks was sky high last week, with volumes up out of big produce markets in California, Texas, and Florida.

Reefer Rates Continue to Cool

DAT Solutions

Outbound volume rose in Nogales, AZ , and Sacramento , but as you can see in the Hot States Map above, there's no shortage of trucks in those areas. 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. But then again, reefer rates also started from a much higher point, so they had further to fall.

Miami 70

Transportation Trends: What’s Ahead for Trucking with California’s Gig Economy Bill?


There are exemptions in AB-5 for some job classifications, including construction trucking, but that is a carve-out for Teamsters, Rajkovacz told the Sacramento Business Journal. With Assembly Bill 5 signed into law, trucking firms in California are now assessing the impacts and figuring out how to comply with the fast-approaching January 2020 deadline.