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Some mottling in recently intense spot market demand maps, as seasonal declines continue

Spot rates in many parts of the country are still above the peak prices from 2017, but van rates are starting to climb down from extreme heights of recent weeks, reefer rates at an even faster pace. At once, this is not a typical February.

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Spot market demand indicators drop but remain favorable for truckers

Load post counts were on the rise last week, but truck posts rose even higher after the holidays. It was the first week the van load-to-truck ratio declined since the ELD mandate went into effect. Yet the ratio was still 10.7 van loads per truck, way above what’s been historically typical, for any time of year.

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Holiday freight is moving as L.A., Chicago top van markets in latest spot update; reefer strengthening too

Since Hurricane Irma, van freight rate gains have been more or less sustained, and "to put this in perspective, we haven't seen van rates this high for a protracted time ... since the Polar Vortex/Snowpocalypse of 2014," DAT's Ken Harper says.

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What happened to the summer freight doldrums? August starts strong for vans, flats, reefers

DAT's Ken Harper: "Here's one for the record books: August started stronger for vans than any of the last 18 months. August! Really? What happened to the summer doldrums?"... Flatbed, reefer holding fairly strong as well, given the season.

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After hot end of July on the spot market, lucky lanes in van, reefer

The central question remains whether we'll see the typical August slump in freight and rates for vans and reefers, or if the economy has enough oomph to make August as relatively exceptional as July was.

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Demand edges down, but freight volumes steady in van, lagging a bit in reefer with weather

A little "bitter fruit" in the spot market update this week, notes Ken Harper of DAT. "We're still seeing good volumes on freight, especially on the Top 100 van lanes, but unfortunately the capacity is there as well, so rates haven't lifted."

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Weekly spot freight update: Reefer, van volumes still strong compared to 2016

The normal seasonal slow-down has been leading to lower demand and lower rates, but van volumes continue to look solid compared to 2016 in the spot market. And: How to maximize Cleveland-to-Chicago via Fort Wayne.

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Van, reefer demand and rate picture mixed the first week of the year

DAT's Ken Harper says owner-operators might be right to be expressing optimism about their business prospects for 2017: "With the economy picking up, and economic forecasts showing growth, it should (could?) be a very good year for spot freight."

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December shaping up to be best rate month of 2016 for dry vans

Van rates declined in 68 of the top 100 lanes last week, but December is still shaping up to be the peak month for van rates on average in 2016.

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Custom fuel hauler stretches the limit for navigating Chicago fueling stations

Flagship of the fleet

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