Reefer, van rates skyrocket in May

| June 04, 2013

Spot market rates for reefer and dry van loads leapt dramatically in May, a month that saw rates for all three segments rise and reefer rates hit an all-time high, according to online loadboard Internet Truckstop.

Reefer rates in the month were $2.41 per mile, a 29-cent increase from April. Reefer rates since February have climbed 53 cents.

In the same span, per-mile van rates on the spot market have risen 32 cents, with just less than half of that growth coming in May, which saw a 15-cent bump from April.

Flatbed rates rose another 2 cents and have climbed 13 cents since February. For flatbed, that’s a significant increase, as its price is much less volatile: The monthly per-mile rate has been between $1.90 and $2.10 since February 2011.

The trends in all three segments mirror the last two years, in which rates rose in the spring and early summer from downward winter trends.

Here’s a look at monthly rates since September 2010:

May rates



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  • gil

    really? i han’nt seen it…all i see rates going down n fuel surcharge going down…i must have been sleeping when da rates went up….go figure

  • Debbie

    WOW, I guess that rate increase was keep for the br
    Brokers. It sure wasn’t passed onto to drivers. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.