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Rates could see a big boost in 2017 and 2018, forecasters say

The combination of major trucking regulations like the DOT’s electronic logging device mandate and the EPA’s coming emissions standards, increasing fuel costs and a boost in manufacturing will likely lead to an industry capacity crunch and a big increase in rates, said forecasters this week.

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Spot market UP-date, weekend edition: Good news for a change

The weekly demand charts from DAT came in a smidge later than usual this week, so I thought I'd host them here on the blog this time around. Data is for the week prior to Labor Day, and the good news is that volume and load-to-truck ratios rose on the spot market and rates followed, especially for vans and reefers. Van rates added 6 cents, and reefers got 3 cents themselves. Flatbeds gained just a penny per mile. ...

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Driver shortage alarm, redux: ‘Turnover is the real problem’

And for too long, the situation for many drivers has been one in which "the rewards don't match the requirements of the job," said ATBS' Richard DeForest at GATS. That won't change until freight rates are able to support a better annual income for the most important part of the supply chain -- the driver.

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Reefer rates climbed in August, flatbed and van rates fell

Per-mile rates on the spot market mostly continued to tumble in August, according to monthly rate data from Truckstop.com. Reefer rates were the lone bright spot in the month’s rates report, climbing 4 cents a mile. Dry van and flatbed rates both posted declines.

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Spot market update: Local demand indicators for three major segments in the last week

A somewhat lackluster week on the spot market saw van and reefer volume increase slightly, but rates were more or less unchanged as a national average. Flatbed volume and rates considered broadly continued to drift down, but Savannah-Charlotte was a hot round trip.

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Prediction: Rates will jump with ELD transition

"We're going to have a truck shortage when this ELD rule gets put into effect," said ATBS' Todd Amen said during his Partners in Business GATS presentation. "Essentially it's like taking 200,000 to 300,000 trucks off the road." Here's how much he sees rates jumping.

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Spot market update — van, reefer transitional period, and a few hot markets

Midwest writ large is trending up, the Southeast down, with the exception of lanes into Louisiana. Increases were dramatic on lanes into the Shreveport market, which includes Alexandria, La. Ensler Field outside Alexandria is one of the staging areas for FEMA.

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Rates into flood-stricken Louisiana — and a different kind of run

Join me in Dallas for a Saturday morning run. And: A rates analysis shows relief demand booming into Southern Louisiana in the wake of historic flooding.

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Holding pattern: Van, reefer rates flat nationally but some markets heat up

Rates on the lane from Buffalo to Allentown, Pa.¸ were up 13 cents to an average of $2.59 per mile. The Midwest has also been improving, with outbound prices up in both Columbus and Chicago.

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Spot market van rates showing strength — relatively speaking, that is

DAT Load Boards' network showed July van rates above June's, atypical this time of years. It's one of a couple "good signs that we're watching to see if they hold up," says DAT's Ken Harper. Flatbed picture remains volatile, though the Southeast is showing strength.

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