Spot market rates for week ending Oct. 18

| Thursday, October 23, 2014

Van, refrigerated and flatbed capacity increased by 5.6 percent while available freight decreased by 5.6 percent for the week ending Oct. 18, according to DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.
 
Load-to-truck ratios decreased for all three equipment categories. Van ratios went down to 2.8 from 3.1, reefer went down 11 percent to 7.8 loads per truck, and flatbed ratios have decreased 8.6 percent to 21.9 loads per truck.

In addition to load-to-truck numbers, rates have also weakened. Van and flatbed rates both slipped 2 cents to $2.01 per mile while reefer rates decreased by a penny to $2.28 per mile.

Van rates in Los Angeles have been unusually high at $2.25 per mile. Other cities with strong rates include Columbus, Ohio ($2.31 per mile) and Buffalo ($2.40 per mile). Memphis rates went down 6 cents to $2.32.

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