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Spot Truckload Rates Poised to Set Records in June

Spot truckload rates on the DAT Solutions network of load boards rose again for the week ending June 16 and are on track to achieve the highest ever monthly average for van, refrigerated, and flatbed freight.

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Spot Rates Soar as Load Volume Jumps 27%

Spot truckload rates jumped sharply during the week ending June 9 as the number of loads on DAT load boards increased 27% while truck posts fell 0.4%. Higher demand for capacity during a week that included the annual Roadcheck inspection blitz helped drive up rates.

How Does CVSA's Roadcheck Affect the Spot Market?

The experts at FTR crunch the spot freight numbers to analyze the effect this year's inspection blitz focusing on hours of service affected trucking capacity.

Spot Truckload Capacity Tightens at Start of June

Demand outpaced capacity during the week including Memorial Day as the number of truck posts on DAT Solutions network load boards dropped 18% while load posts fell just 9% over the past week, according to newly released figures.

Spot Rates Post Slight Gains Over Previous Week

National average spot market truckload rates moved slightly higher on the DAT Solutions network of load boards last week as both the number of posted loads and trucks also rose, amid signs of tighter capacity.

Spot Market Truckload Rates Move Little from Last Week

While the number of spot market loads on the DAT network of load boards fell last week along with truck posts, rates changed little.

How Trucking Fleets Are Dealing With a Hot Flatbed Sector

With a steadily improving economy and sectors such as manufacturing and construction going strong, many trucking companies are finding they have more freight than they have trucks to haul – but nowhere is that more true than in the flatbed sector.

Produce Pushes Reefer Spot Rates Higher

The spring shipping season may be late, but it's here, especially in produce-distribution markets, according to the spot freight information reported by the DAT network of load boards.

Spot Truckload Freight Posts Record April Volume, Rates Up Over Last Year

Spot truckload freight volume had the strongest April on record, despite slipping 6.8% lower, a common seasonal trend, according to newly released figures from the DAT North American Freight Index.

What's Behind the Tight Freight Market, and How Long Will It Last?

Although the April 1 start to “hard enforcement” of the electronic logging device mandate does not seem to have had a huge effect on trucking capacity (except perhaps in flatbeds), there are a number of other factors that are working to keep capacity tight and rates high, likely at least until late this year, according to FTR.