In today’s Trucker Tools Market Index Report, we see capacity tightening in some Northeastern markets, while the Tucson, Ariz., reefer market continues to be one of the hottest reefer market in the country. Imports from China to the West Coast continue to surge, creating a traffic jam of container ships around Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., which is impacting truckload rates and demand across the nation. This bottleneck of container ships is causing congestion not only at California ports, but also at West Coast Canadian ports and some East Coast ports, as well.
Today’s FreightWaves Daily Watch recommends that you continue taking loads into Chicago in the Los Angeles to Chicago lane, as demand for capacity out of Chicago favors carriers and drivers. The Daily Watch also is reporting that while demand for trucks in Joplin has decreased, it’s still significantly higher than in most markets. Rates for Joplin to Atlanta will shift to favor brokers and shippers eventually, but you should stay firm on your rates at least for the next five to seven days. Allentown to Boston is a favorable market for truckers and carriers in the coming week, as well.
Check out Trucker Tools’ previous Market Index Report, Ithaca, Chicago, Brooklyn and Hartford Among Best and Worst Markets for Truckers Over the Next Week, for more insights into where rates will rise and fall in the coming week. To download Trucker Tools’ free driver app, visit https://www.truckertools.com/carriers/.