Alongside the increase in spot market freight volumes, which are following typical seasonal patterns, truckload freight rates rose in September for all equipment types. National average rates increased 2.3% for dry vans compared to August and 3.9% compared to September 2010 -- excluding fuel surcharges.
Refrigerated van rates were up 1.3% versus August, and 2.1% compared to September 2010.
Flatbed rates were stable month-over-month with a 0.6% increase compared to August, but that segment gained 10.2 percent year-over-year due to high demand.
Spot market rates are those paid to the carrier by freight brokers and third-party logistics (3PL) companies.
TransCore's monthly North American Freight Index reflects spot market freight availability on the company's network of load boards in the United States and Canada.