Spot truckload capacity rises; freight amount falls

Spot truckload capacity rises; freight amount falls

The number of trucks posted on the spot truckload market jumped 21% for the week ending December 12, 2015, while available freight fell 18% compared with the previous week, according to DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.

Nationally, the average van rate slumped 5 cents to $1.72 per mile, led by a falling surcharge and declines in key markets including Los Angeles CA (down 9 cents to $2.02 per mile) and Memphis TN (off 10 cents to $1.94 per mile).

The number of available van loads dropped 25% week over week and truck posts increased 22%, producing a van load-to-truck ratio of 1.7 loads per truck, meaning there were 1.7 van loads for every truck posted on the DAT network.

For reefers, the national average rate dipped 1 cent to $1.94 per mile due to a lower fuel surcharge. The number of reefer load posts was down 26% while truck posts climbed 24% for an average reefer load-to-truck ratio of 3.4.

The number of flatbed loads posted was off 1% and available truck capacity rose 18%, leading to a national load-to-truck ratio of 6.8. Average flatbed rates were $1.91 per mile, down a penny due to a lower fuel surcharge.

Diesel’s price lost another 4 cents for a national average of $2.34 per gallon.

Rates are derived from DAT RateView, which provides real-time reports on prevailing spot market and contract rates, as well as historical rate and capacity trends. All reported rates include fuel surcharges.

Load-to-truck ratios represent the number of loads posted for every truck available on DAT load boards. The load-to-truck ratio is a sensitive, real-time indicator of the balance between spot market demand and capacity. Changes in the ratio often signal impending changes in rates.

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