Spot market reports show drop in van rates

| Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Two leading load boards agree van rates dipped this past week. Analysis of rates provided by DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards, and Truckstop.com reveal varied rates for reefers and flatbeds.

Van rates went down 3 cents to $1.79, and load-to-truck ratios increased by 11 percent to 1.9 loads per truck, according to DAT. Truckstop.com has a 1-cent decrease to $1.77.

DAT reefer rates were significantly reduced by 8 cents to $2.05. Comparatively, rates dropped a penny to $2.03 at Truckstop.com.

Flatbed rates increased by 2 cents to $2.15, based on DAT stats. With a significant difference in rates, Truckstop.com is reporting a 2-cent decrease to $2.03.

According to DAT, reefer and van load-to-truck ratios increased by around 10 percent, whereas flatbed ratios dropped 15 percent. Across all modes, Truckstop.com shows that load availability increased by 2 percent and truck availability decreased by 1 percent, indicating an advantage for truckers seeking loads.

Based on both DAT and Truckstop.com reports, load availability in Arkansas appears to be strong, with Texas and North Carolina also showing higher availability. Numbers for Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut indicate a weaker market for load availability.

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