Compared to March 2010, rates for this segment increased 2.9 percent, 4 cents per mile.
Outbound lanes originating in Chicago and Dallas warmed up reefer rates, which typically rise along with reefer freight volume during the early spring produce season. This year's severe winter weather delayed or reduced produce shipments, particularly from California.
Reefer rates increased gradually throughout the month, while van and flatbed rates on the spot market rose during the first week of March and remained stable through the rest of the month. Van rates were up 4 percent, while flatbed rates rose 2.5 percent compared to February.
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