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Looking at the spot market for the third week of July, it's hard to tell where we may be going, with rates and volumes hard to compare to typical seasonal trends due to COVID-19.

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Spot Rates Recover to Pre-COVID Levels

According to DAT Freight Trends for the week of June 1-7, average van, refrigerated, and flatbed rates have recovered to where they were prior to widespread shutdowns of the U.S. due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

COVID-19 Economic Conditions Catch up to Spot Market

The pressure to restock grocery stores and distribution centers stripped by COVID-19 buying has quickly given way to a slump for truck freight. As March segued into April, the spot market took a tumble, according to figures from DAT Solutions and Truckstop.com.

FTR: 2019 Freight Market 'Steadier' Than it May Seem

While it’s been a challenging year for the trucking industry in some ways, comparisons to the runaway market of 2017-2018 may make it seem worse than it is. In their monthly State of Freight webinar Dec. 12, the transportation intelligence analysts at FTR discussed the top trends affecting freight volumes and rates.

Spot Van Rate Hits High Point

The national average spot van rate hit its highest level since last January and load-to-truck ratios for all three equipment types surged during the week ending Dec. 8, according to DAT Solutions.

Are We In a Truck Recession?

First-quarter 2019 GDP grew at 3.2%, and the latest guess about the second quarter is 1.7%. That latter number is a disappointment for sure, but it is not a negative, says longtime trucking economic analyst Noel Perry. But what about freight?