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Current Freight Rates

Current Freight Rates – October 2019

October 22, 2019

October 2019 Freight Rates

Oct 14-20 vs Oct 07-13 Sep 2019 vs Aug 2019 Sep 2019 vs Sep 2018
Spot Market Loads -5.0%
+0.0% -12.4%
Spot Market Capacity -1.2% -7.2% +14.9%
Van Load-To-Truck -2.9% +6.6% -24.2%
Van Rates (Spot) +0.5% +1.4% -14.0%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck -7.4% +18.5% -30.%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.7% -0.1% -14.1%
Reefer Load-To-Truck -3.4% +0.1% -24.2%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +0.0% +0.7% -13.9%
Fuel Prices +0.1% +0.4% -7.5%


The four major elements affecting the trucking market show inbound container shipments are down. Load volume is down. Truck capacity is up, and fuel prices are up.

According to the most recent trendlines report, national van rate averages are at $1.81 per mile, down three cents from the September average. The Midwest is the leader with van rates averaging $2.07 per mile, and the lowest average rates are in the Northeast at $1.64 per mile. Load-to-truck ratios are spotty; the higher ratios are scattered across the country. The lowest ratios are in the Southeastern states and the Northwest.

Reefer freight rates are averaging $2.12 per mile, a three cent decrease from the September average. Reefer rates remain highest in the Midwest, averaging $2.49 per mile, and lowest in the Northeast, with an average of $1.90 per mile. Current load-to-truck capacity shows reefer demand is highest in the Northern third of the country. The lowest demand is in Florida, Georgia, and Arizona.

National average flatbed rates are at $2.20 per mile, which is the same average as September. The Midwest has the highest average rates at $2.37 per mile, and the West coast has the lowest, with an average of $1.96 per mile. The strongest load-to-truck ratios continue to be in the Southeast and Northwest states, the weakest ratios are in the Midwest, and in the Southwest.

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Looking at fuel prices, the latest Energy Information Administration data shows the national average diesel price is at $3.05 per gallon. Regional diesel prices range from an average of $2.80 in the gulf coast states, to $3.24 in the central Atlantic region. California diesel prices are averaging $3.98 per gallon.

October 2019 Fuel Prices in the US


Change from
10/07/19 10/14/19 10/21/19 Week Ago Year Ago
US 3.047 3.051 3.050 -0.001 -0.330
East Coast (PADD 1) 3.04 3.044 3.045 +0.001 -0.324
New England (PADD 1A) 3.047 3.042 3.045 +0.003 -0.323
Central Atlantic (PADD 1B) 3.224 3.227 3.235 +0.008 -0.298
Lower Atlantic (PADD 1C) 2.915 2.920 2.916 -0.004 -0.338
Midwest (PADD 2) 2.967 2.967 2.957 -0.010 -0.376
Gulf Coast (PADD 3) 2.804 2.805 2.802 -0.003 -0.350
Rocky Mountain (PADD 4) 3.022 3.041 3.044 +0.003 -0.364
West Coast (PADD 5) 3.642 3.653 3.675 +0.022 -0.196
West Coast less California 3.215 3.240 3.290 +0.050 -0.297
California 3.981 3.982 3.980 -0.002 -0.116

One of the biggest concerns facing many fleet operators right now is the shortage of drivers. For information on how to recruit and retain drivers in today’s market, visit the trucking blog at and search “drivers”. Some recent articles include Recruiting Truck Drivers by Going Outside the Box, and Recruiting and Keeping Drivers.

For more information on current freight trends, as well as up-to-date news about the trucking industry, visit the trucking news and information page.

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