Demand for trucks continues to outpace available capacity in markets across the country. On Saturday, FreightWaves reported that national outbound tender rejections, which measure demand for trucks, increased slightly. Overall freight volumes are up by 21 percent when compared with 2020. 

In today’s Trucker Tools Market Index Report, you’ll see that Austin, Texas, will be among the hottest markets for power only in the coming week. Tucson, Ariz., will continue its reign as the best reefer market for truckers over the next five to seven days, while Jonesboro, Ark., will be one of the best flatbed markets in the country. As much of the Northeast digs out from yesterday’s snowstorm, a fast-moving snowstorm is expected to create blizzard conditions in the Midwest and Great Lakes tomorrow. Safe travels, truckers!

Hot Markets 

  • Jonesboro, Ark., will continue to be one of the best markets for flatbed over the next week. Also expect demand for flatbed to rise this week for Cheyenne, Wyo., and Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Tucson, Ariz., South Bend, Ind., and Savannah, Ga., will be three of the best reefer markets in the country for truckers in the coming week. 
  • Austin, Texas, will be a hot market for power only this week. Power only demand/rates will be rising over the next five to seven days for Jacksonville, Fla., Macon, Ga., and Dallas.

Cool Markets 

  • Expect Stockton, Calif., to be one of the coldest flatbed markets for truckers in the coming week. Demand for flatbed will be falling this week for Rapid City, S.D., and Dodge City, Kan.
  • Hartford, Conn., and Vancouver, B.C. (Canada), will continue to be two of the coldest markets for reefer this week. You also can expect to see demand for reefer drop in the Grand Junction, Colo., market.
  • Power only demand/rates are projected to fall in the coming week for Detroit.

Trucker Tools’ Market Insights

  • Demand for power only capacity in and out of Austin, Texas, is currently eight times what it was at this time last year. 
  • Tucson, Ariz., is a major Mexican border market, which is driving sustained demand for reefer capacity there. 
  • More than 60 percent of winter produce consumed in the United States passes through Interstate 19 between Tucson and Arizona border town Nogales.
  • General Motors will be reducing production at its four Detroit-based manufacturing facilities over the next four weeks, which will likely cause Detroit’s power only market to soften further.
  • Jonesboro, Ark., is home to Hytrol, the nation’s largest conveyor manufacturer. A rebound in the manufacturing sector is likely driving sustained demand for conveyors and flatbed capacity in and out of the region.

FreightWaves SONAR: Lanes To Target

Trucker Tools is teaming up with FreightWaves to bring you more insights into where to go in the next week for the best rates. In today’s Daily Outlook, FreightWaves advises truckers that heightened import volumes will make Dallas to Los Angeles a hot lane in the coming week. It’s also recommended that you target the Elizabeth to Cincinnati lane on the spot market, as demand for trucks in the Elizabeth market has increased over the past few days due to the snowstorm. FreightWaves advises regional carriers in the Midwest to make St. Louis to Columbus a priority, as rejection rates and volume are up in this lane.

Read our previous Market Index Report, Lexington, Jacksonville, Buffalo and Tucson Among Best Markets for Truckers. To download Trucker Tools’ free driver app, visit https://www.truckertools.com/web/carriers/

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