Spot truckload rates jumped sharply during the week ending June 9 as the number of loads on DAT load boards increased 27 percent while truck posts fell 0.4 percent. Higher demand for capacity during a week that included the annual Roadcheck inspection blitz helped drive up rates in all three equipment types:
- Van: $2.29/mile, up 10 cents
- Flatbed: $2.81/mile, up 6 cents
- Reefer: $2.69/mile, up 19 cents
While spot truckload rates typically increase in June, the van rate gained 16 cents last week and the reefer rate was up 15 cents compared to May averages. National average van and reefer load-to-truck ratios were the highest they’ve been since rates spiked in January, following the ELD mandate.
VAN OVERVIEW: Van load posts on the DAT network increased 35 percent last week (a 20 percent change is more typical after a holiday-shortened week). Truck posts rose just 2 percent, which pushed the load-to-truck ratio up 32 percent to 11.3 loads per truck. Hot van markets:
- Houston: $2.38/mile, up 17 cents. Outbound volume increased 7.6 percent compared to the previous week and is 11.2 percent higher over the last four weeks.
- Columbus, Ohio: $2.76/mile, up 17 cents. Outbound volume increased 6.4 percent and is up 11.1 percent over the last four weeks.
- Los Angeles: $2.89/mile, up 10 cents. Outbound volume increased 3.7 percent and is up 18.2 percent over the last four weeks.
Two key lanes showed unusually strong rates:
- Memphis to Indianapolis, up 25 cents to $3.08/mile
- Columbus to Chicago, up 22 cents to $2.62/mile
FLATBED OVERVIEW: At 109, the flatbed load-to-truck ratio pushed past 100 after a three-week stretch below it. Flatbed load posts increased 18 percent and truck posts were up 7 percent, leading to a 10 percent increase in the flatbed load-to-truck ratio.
REEFER OVERVIEW: Reefer load posts increased 42 percent during the first full week after Memorial Day but truck posts fell 9 percent. As a result, the national reefer load-to-truck ratio jumped 57 percent to 14.7 loads per truck.
Dallas activity was particularly strong. The average outbound rate from Dallas soared 44 cents to $3.03/mile and several lanes reflected extraordinary increases:
- Dallas to Atlanta: $2.95/mile, up 55 cents
- Dallas to Denver: $3.64/mile, up 55 cents
California reefer pricing continues to improve, with rates up 25 percent during the past month out of Sacramento. In Florida, the origin of loads has shifted to the middle and upper parts of the state. As a result, Miami averaged $2.36/mile, down 11 cents, and the Miami to Atlanta lane is falling into off-season pricing: the average rate fell 26 cents last week to $1.72/mile.