All three segments post all-time highs as rates surge

| July 02, 2013

Flatbed, reefer and dry van rates all rose to their highest points ever, according to numbers released this week by online loadboard Internet Truckstop, who began tracking rates in 2005.

In a month that saw all three segments climb for the fourth consecutive month, dry van topped $2 a mile on the spot market for just the second time and flatbed rates rose above $2.10 for the first time since June of last year.

Reefer rates jumped another 9 cents and are now 62 cents higher per mile than in February.

Here are the rates for all three segments:

Flatbed: $2.14

Reefer: $2.50

Van: $2.09

Van led all segments with an 11-cent increase, while reefer jumped 9 cents and flatbed rose 6. Flatbed has risen five months in a row, up from January’s $1.94. Van rates are up 43 cents from February’s $1.66.

This year’s trends, however, follow nearly exactly the trend from 2011 and 2012, in which rates rise in the spring and then begin falling in July.

Here’s a look at rates since October 2010:

june '13 rates

  • Big R Phillips

    Be nice if container rates were regulated!

  • Insulaner50

    It’s nice to know freight rates are going up!Trucking companies must be pleased to no end,to the rest of us(leased on drivers,o-o’s, etc),that are paying the going rate for fuel and whose freight rates are stuck in 1990,that doesn’t mean a heck of a lot!

  • Jimmy the Greek

    If you speek english you can’t pull containers in Texas !

  • trucktracy

    Get away from those big companies, get your own authority. Who can own a truck for .90 cents a mile plus fuel surcharge. That is nuts and no one to be mad at but yourselves. Not that I am getting rich, but I am not out there making it easy on the big boys.

  • martymarsh

    Overdrive has now shown you the going rates, why are you working for less?

  • Truckertwotimes

    Is this article computer generated?

  • Truckertwotimes

    by the way, I cut my toenails last week

  • Truckertwotimes

    5 Points goes to Insulaner50

  • Truckertwotimes

    I didn’t know that

  • monster

    I still think the brokers are making to much on the loads. We are still not getting the fuel Sur charge, they say its in the rate. meanwhile as I look for loads one broker has a load one week for one rate and then the next week another broker get that load and it pays almost twice as much. Someone should start MONITORING these brokers. They should only get a percentage of the load. I believe some brokers are making more money than trucking company and owner operators. then when you ask about the fuel Sur charge they say its in the rate what a crook that’s is. I think that someone should start watching BROKERS than these poor truck drivers and
    OWNER/OPERATOR, It’s hard enough trying to make any kind of money today with all the NEW LAWS that they are come up with. The NEW LOG BOOK LAWS is one of them. Most owner operator I know live in their trucks that’s there HOME. NO ONE should be able to tell them when they need to take a break or should sleep. NOT EVERY DRIVER IS THE SAME. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.