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Truckload freight numbers climb in unusual surge

Truckload freight numbers climb in unusual surge

An unusual surge of truckload freight led to higher-than-normal volumes on the spot market during the week ending July 29, 2017, said DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.

The number of available loads increased 2% while truck posts edged down 2% compared with the previous week. National average load-to-truck ratios stayed firm: reefers held at 8.5; the van load/truck ratio was 5.3, up from 4.8; while flatbeds remained at 36.1.

Typically, July is a month when spot truckload freight activity begins to decline.

Reefer demand remained strong for late July as load posts gained 5% and truck posts dropped 2%. The national average rate fell 1 cent to $2.08/mile.

Regionally, harsh weather is taking a toll on crops, but several lanes showed solid gains:

•Grand Rapids MI–Cleveland OH added 50 cents to $4.12/mile

•Grand Rapids–Madison WI rose 32 cents to $3.19/mile

•Chicago IL–Atlanta GA was up 32 cents to $2.59/mile

•Sacramento CA–Denver CO added 26 cents to $2.55/mile

The highest outbound average reefer rate the week ending July 29 was Green Bay WI, a penny higher at $2.88/mile. Chicago added 11 cents to $2.46/mile.

In the van market, the top 100 van lanes set all-time records for volumes the week ending July 29. Nationally, load posts climbed 6% and posted truck capacity decreased 2%. Rates did not respond: the national average van rate dipped 2 cents to $1.79/mile. Chicago ($2.08/mile, down 1 cent), Los Angeles  CA ($2.15/mile, down 3 cents), Houston TX ($1.76/mile, down 3 cents) and Charlotte NC ($2.16/mile, down 3 cents) trended lower for outbound spot van rates.

Flatbed load posts retreated 1% the week ending July 29 while truck posts lost 4%. At $2.19/mile, the national average flatbed rate was 1 cent higher than the previous week.

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.

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