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US Trucking News & Information

TCI Business Capital is pleased to present the latest trucking news & information for the US freight industry. The news and information are compiled from a variety of sources across the web.

Trucking News – US Diesel Fuel Prices

Courtesy of US Energy Information Agency

Average US diesel fuel prices as of November 24, 2020



Change from
11/09/20 11/16/20 11/23/20 Week Ago Year Ago
US 2.383 2.441 2.462 +0.021 -0.604
East Coast (PADD 1) 2.450 2.487 2.506 +0.019 -0.548
New England (PADD 1A) 2.554 2.552 2.558 -0.006 -0.505
Central Atlantic (PADD 1B) 2.645 2.684 2.705 +0.021 -0.542
Lower Atlantic (PADD 1C) 2.296 2.337 2.365 +0.028 -0.556
Midwest (PADD 2) 2.261 2.339 2.359 +0.020 -0.610
Gulf Coast (PADD 3) 2.132 2.180 2.210 +0.030 -0.566
Rocky Mountain (PADD 4) 2.372 2.490 2.515 +0.025 -0.731
West Coast (PADD 5) 2.937 2.990 3.007 +0.017 -0.713
West Coast less California 2.572 2.686 2.713 +0.027 -0.674
California 3.237 3.240 3.253 +0.012 -0.730

Trucking News – US Freight Rates

November 17, 2020 – Courtesy of DAT Trendlines 

November 2020 Freight Rates

Nov 16 – Nov 22 vs Nov 09 – Nov 15 Oct 2020 vs Sep 2020 Oct 2020 vs Oct 2019
Spot Market Loads +2.1%
-5.9% +122.1%
Spot Market Capacity -1.6% +9.7% -17.0%
Van Load-To-Truck +6.9% -20.5% +156.3%
Van Rates (Spot) +1.9% +1.1% +32.9%
Flatbed Load-To-Truck +5.2% -7.7% +243.4%
Flatbed Rates (Spot) +0.0% +1.6% +12.6%
Reefer Load-To-Truck -1.0% -10.2% +155.3%
Reefer Rates (Spot) +4.2% +0.6% +22.2%
Fuel Prices +2.4% -1.0% -21.7%

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Freight Trends and News:

October 2020 Freight Trends

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. 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.’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.

Average van freight rates as of November 17, 2020

Van Rates – Source

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.

Average reefer freight rates as of November 17, 2020

Reefer Rates – Source

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

Average flatbed freight rates as of November 17, 2020

Flatbed Rates – Source


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.

Average diesel fuel prices in the US as of October 21, 2020


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