Some of the increase can be attributed to demand for vans and refrigerated trucks for disaster relief and re-stocking after Hurricane Sandy.
The increase in U.S. freight availability was partly offset by a seasonal decline in freight from Canada.
Year-over-year, North American freight volume on the spot market increased 4.1%.
On a month-over-month basis, van load volumes increased 11% and reefer freight levels rose 16%, but flatbeds experienced a 6% decline in freight availability. Year-over-year, van freight volume rose 7.7%, reefer freight remained stable with a 0.4% increase, while flatbed freight volumes fell 10%.
Following a similar pattern, van and reefer rates increased 6.8 and 1.3%, respectively on a per-mile basis, while flatbed rates declined 1.8%, compared with October. Compared to November 2011, van rates rose 3.7%, reefer rates were up 1.3% and flatbed rates increased 1.2%.
Rates are derived from the DAT Truckload Rate Index, and do not include fuel surcharges, which declined by 1 cent in November on a month-over-month basis and increased year-over-year for all equipment types. Spot market rates are paid by brokers and 3PLs to the carrier.
Looking ahead to January, typically a slow season on the spot market, the best combination of load volume and a favorable ratio of outbound loads should be found in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin in the Midwest, and in the Southeastern states of Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee.