ORLANDO--The American Trucking Associations has partnered with DAT, the operator of an industry spot marketplace, to include data about the spot market for trucking services in ATA's monthly Trucking Activity Report, ATA American Trucking Trends, and other information services ATA provides to its members and the public. The annoucement was made during ATA's Management Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Fla.

As part of the relationship, DAT provides ATA with its U.S. Spot Market Freight Index, an early indicator of truckload freight trends in general based on exception freight not under long-term contract to carriers, based on an average of 90 million loads and trucks annually for vans, refrigerated trailers and flatbeds.

In addition, DAT provides ATA its Spot Market Truckload Rate Index, based on $13 billion of contract transactions and $11 billion of spot transactions involving carriers, shippers, and brokers of vans, refrigerated and flatbed freight.

Since March of 2013, ATA has used this data in assembling its monthly Trucking Activity Report and in compiling the annual ATA American Trucking Trends. Both Trac and Trends can be purchased through ATA Business Solutions.