The four elements that affect the trucking market show inbound container shipments are up. Load volume is down, truck capacity is up, and fuel prices are up.
Freightwaves.com reports seven of the 15 markets they track were positive on a week over week basis. Market’s with the largest gains in Outbound Tender Volume Index include Miami, Houston, and Atlanta. The markets with the biggest declines were Cleveland, Indianapolis, and Los Angeles.
Freightwave’s analysts say a high number of new motor carrier authorities being granted suggest optimism for a strong freight market heading into 2021. However, the recent surge in Covid-19 cases across the country, and the potential for more shutdowns will have a dominant effect on the freight market.
November 17, 2020 – Courtesy of DAT Trendlines
November 2020 Freight Rates
|Nov 09 – Nov 15 vs Nov 02 – Nov 08||Oct 2020 vs Sep 2020||Oct 2020 vs Oct 2019|
|Spot Market Loads||-8.1%
|Spot Market Capacity||+11.5%||+9.7%||-17.0%|
|Van Rates (Spot)||+1.1%||+1.1%||+33.0%|
|Flatbed Rates (Spot)||-0.1%||+1.6%||+12.7%|
|Reefer Rates (Spot)||+3.6%||+0.5%||+22.2%|
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DAT.com’s most recent trendlines report says van rates remain strong. The November 17th report shows national van rate averages are at $2.45 per mile, a $.05 increase from the October average. According to DAT, the Midwest and West coast have the highest average van rates at $2.66 per mile. The lowest average rates are in the Northeast at $2.05 per mile. DAT is reporting load-to-truck ratios are highest in the Northern plain’s states, the south central, and the Southwest. The load-to-truck ratios are lowest in the New England states.
Reefer freight rates are averaging $2.67 per mile, an $.08 increase above the October average. Reefer rates are highest in the Midwest, averaging $3.04 per mile, and the lowest rates are in the Southeast, with an average of $2.22 per mile. Current load-to-truck capacity shows reefer demand is highest in the Rocky Mountain states, the lowest ratios are along the Atlantic seaboard.
National average flatbed rates are at $2.43 per mile, a $.01 decrease from the October average. The highest average flatbed rates are in the Midwest at $2.74 per mile, and the lowest rates are in the West, with an average of $2.15 per mile. Load-to-truck ratios are high throughout most of the country. California, Arizona, and the northeast states have the lowest ratios. For more details, visit Dat.com.
Turning to fuel prices, the latest Energy Information Administration data shows the national average diesel price is at $2.44 per gallon. Regional diesel prices range from an average of $2.18 in the gulf coast states to $2.68 in the central Atlantic region. California diesel prices are averaging $3.24 per gallon.
Diesel fuel price map as of November 17, 2020.
|11/02/20||11/09/20||11/16/20||Week Ago||Year Ago|
|East Coast (PADD 1)||2.444||2.450||2.487||+0.037||-0.566|
|New England (PADD 1A)||2.556||2.554||2.552||-0.002||-0.497|
|Central Atlantic (PADD 1B)||2.646||2.645||2.684||+0.039||-0.562|
|Lower Atlantic (PADD 1C)||2.284||2.296||2.337||+0.041||-0.585|
|Midwest (PADD 2)||2.246||2.261||2.339||+0.078||-0.632|
|Gulf Coast (PADD 3)||2.131||2.132||2.180||+0.048||-0.612|
|Rocky Mountain (PADD 4)||2.324||2.372||2.490||+0.118||-0.742|
|West Coast (PADD 5)||2.920||2.937||2.990||+0.053||-0.766|
|West Coast less California||2.541||2.572||2.686||+0.114||-0.758|
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