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Another look at April rates: Spot market rates in all three segments tilt toward carriers (with charts)

Posted rates on the spot market in April didn’t continue the upward trend seen in March, according to the latest data from Truckstop.com, but paid rates — the actual amount paid to carriers after negotiation with brokers and shippers — climbed in all three segments in the month.

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April volume, rates: Spot load availability falls, base linehaul rates rise

Controlling for declines in fuel prices, base line-haul rates were up in April viewed year over year, suggesting a continuing good rate negotiating environment for independents able to secure freight.

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Rates hall of fame: Top 10 U.S. states for outbound freight

Does knowing historical rate performance on average help you in your day-to-day negotiations and planning? Find 2014 top performing states and Q2 outbound averages nationwide here.

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The bar goes up on fuel surcharges

In a podcast, Gordon Klemp, head of the National Transportation Institute, discusses fuel surcharges, sign-on bonuses, demand for owner-operators, and compensation trends for flatbedders and independents.

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Rates: Demand on the rise short-term?

And a check-in with owner-operator Jan McCarter on her new Human Trafficking Awareness Project, looking ahead to MATS in March.

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Van rates holding, spot-market demand rising

Good news in all segments nationally is that load-to-truck ratios were up significantly in the past week.

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July load volumes exceed June for first time; Domestic intermodal on fire in Southeast

Reports from DAT's Trendlines and the Intermodal Association of North America's quarterly trends report show volumes were strong through June and July.

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Short and sweet: Length-of-haul strategies at work

Operators and carriers discuss strategies toward adequate rates and compensation given declining length-of-haul in reefer and dry van segments, and how flatbed differs.

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Pay trends, part 2: Various segments rewarding performance

Carriers like Nussbaum Transportation (dry van), Melton Truck Lines (flatbed) and TWT Refrigerated are boosting pay in new ways to attract owner-operators and company drivers.

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Whence the great rates?

Supplementing reporting on the No. 4 top owner-operator challenge -- freight rates -- here find an update on the state of pay and further anecdotes, information and perspective from trusted sources.

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