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April 17, 2018

Spot Rates Fall as Available Truck Capacity Rises

Spot truckload rates moderated during the week ending April 14 as more trucks returned to the marketplace. The number of trucks posted to the DAT Solutions network of load boards jumped 11% compared to the previous week while the number of loads fell almost 1%.

April 16, 2018

FTR: February Freight Environment for Carriers Scores Highest Ever

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for February hit its highest reading ever, reflecting an unmatched positive environment for carriers.

April 16, 2018

Overall Freight, Spending Post Double-Digit Gains in March; Truckload, Intermodal Rates Jump

Newly released figures on the health of the North American freight marketplace as well as on U.S. truckload linehaul and intermodal rates show all are at or near record highs.

April 11, 2018

Spot Truckload Rates Jump as Number of Available Loads Rise

The number of loads on the DAT network of load boards increased 3.2% and load-to-truck ratios moved higher for all three equipment types during the week ending April 7, which caused rates to spike.

April 3, 2018

Spot Truckload Capacity Tightens, Shipper Demand Jumps

The number of trucks on the spot truckload freight market did not keep pace with demand from shippers wanting to move goods before the end of the first quarter and the start of Easter holidays, sending rates and load-to-truck ratios higher.

March 28, 2018

Spot Freight Jumps 3.6%, Capacity Increases Slightly

The number of loads on the spot truckload freight market jumped 3.6% during the week ending March 24 while truck capacity increased 1.3%, according to DAT Solutions.

March 22, 2018

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Remain Firm

Spot truckload freight volume slipped 1.2% and truck posts increased 2% for the week ending March 17, according to DAT Solutions and its load boards, while load-to-truck ratios and rates were relatively even, although both are considerably higher compared to a year ago.

March 21, 2018

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Remain High Despite Slip

Freight rates for truckload linehaul and intermodal movements continued showing great strength in February, according to figures released Wednesday from one freight payment processor.

March 14, 2018

Spot Flatbed Rates Continue Increasing as Vans, Reefers Remain Stable

Flatbed load availability and rates made big gains and the flatbed load-to-truck ratio hit a new record during the week ending March 10, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards, while a separate report for last month showed a drop in rates but they remained above year-ago levels.

March 7, 2018

Spot Freight Availability Jumps, Capacity Tightens Over Past Week

The number of loads on the spot truckload freight market surged 7.6% during the week ending March 3 as rates appear poised to rebound, according to DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.

February 28, 2018

Spot Flatbed Rate Rises Again, Van and Reefers Continue Decline

The national average rate for spot flatbed loads increased for the third straight week and the flatbed load-to-truck ratio topped 70 to 1 during the week ending Feb. 24, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

February 22, 2018

Spot Market Van, Reefer Rates Cool as Flatbeds Rise Again

National average spot van and refrigerated truckload rates fell during the week ending Feb. 17 but remain well ahead of last year’s levels, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

February 15, 2018

Spot Load Posts, Capacity Hold Firm as Rates Continue Decline

Spot market truckload freight rates continued moving lower for the week ending Feb. 10, according to load board operator DAT Solutions, despite a slight increase in available freight and a drop in truck capacity.

February 13, 2018

Spot Market Truckload Rates Soar in January

Spot truckload rates for van, refrigerated, and flatbed freight set new records in January as capacity remained tight due to shipper demand and fallout from the electronic logging device mandate, according to load board operator DAT Solutions.

February 8, 2018

ELD Mandate: Exemptions, Uneven Enforcement Obscure Impact

It’s impossible to gauge the full impact of the electronic logging device mandate yet, between temporary exemptions and a phased-in enforcement period, and in fact we may not know the true effect on the industry until rates soften significantly, according to FTR analysts.

February 7, 2018

Spot Freight Rates Continue Dip Amid Greater Trucker Capacity

National average spot truckload rates continued their decline into February but remain unseasonably high, according to new figures based on the DAT Solutions network of load boards.

January 30, 2018

Spot Truckload Rates Drop for Third Straight Week

Spot truckload freight rates continued trickling lower for the third straight week for the week ending Jan. 27, according to new figures release from freight matching service provider DAT Solutions. Despite this drop, rates remained higher than at any point in 2017, based on information from this network of load boards.

January 29, 2018

4th Quarter Freight Spending Surges as Shipments Ease

A measure of the nation’s freight market showed gains in both spending and shipments during the fourth quarter of 2017, but the strength of the advances differed widely.

January 25, 2018

Trucking Capacity Crunch Leading to Record Freight Rates

There is increasing evidence that the supply of trucks available to move freight is outpacing demand, based on a flurry of recently released reports – but it’s also helping push freight rates higher. What's behind the capacity crunch?

January 23, 2018

Demand for Spot Truckload Capacity Slows, Rates Edge Slightly Lower

National average spot van and flatbed rates fell slightly and the refrigerated rate was unchanged during the week ending Jan. 20 as there were fewer loads and an increase in truck capacity, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

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