Regional rates differ
Where you haul can make a difference to your bottom line. Joel McGinley of Internet Truckstop says rates on loads leaving Midwest locations such as Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Kentucky are likely to produce better rates.
Also, hauling to a specific market may pay better as well. Following is a comparison showing the spread of recent rates to specific cities from major shipping points, provided by David Schrader of TransCore:
• Miami to Jacksonville, Fla. – $1.33/mile. Miami to Atlanta – $1.03 for vans.
• Philadelphia to Norfolk, Va. – $2.04/mile. Philadelphia to Raleigh, N.C. – $1.28/mile.
• Atlanta to the Ohio River region – more than $2/mile for reefers. Atlanta to Chicago – $1.57/mile.
(All rates include fuel and are without any accessorials, based on TransCore’s Truckload Rate Index – spot market.)