Trucker Tools’ “Where’s the Freight?” tells you where demand and rates are likely to be high and low in the next seven day period. “Where’s the Freight?” is published every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on the Trucker Tools blog and on our social media channels. The information you see in “Where’s the Freight?” is based on real data from our broker and trucker platforms. Knowing in advance where demand and rates will be high and low in the coming week helps you make better business decisions on loads and maximize your profits. 

Based on the most recent transaction data from our platforms, the five hottest markets for truckers over the next week will be Cheyenne, Wyo. (flatbed), Rapid City, S.D. (flatbed), Tucson, Ariz. (reefer), Grand Junction, Colo. (flatbed), and Jacksonville, Fla. (power only). Keep reading for more market insights on where demand and rates will be heating up and cooling off.

Where Demand, Rates Will Be Increasing

  • You can expect demand for flatbed to be high in the coming week for Cheyenne, Wyo., Rapid City, S.D., and Grand Junction, Colo. Demand and rates for flatbed capacity in and out of Memphis, Tenn., Erie, Penn., and Billings, Mont., will be on the rise this week.
  • Tucson, Ariz., will remain the best reefer market in the country for truckers over the next five to seven days. 
  • The Jacksonville, Fla., power only market will be a hot one for truckers in the coming week. Demand for power only is expected to increase over the next five to seven days for San Diego and Mobile, Ala.

Where Demand, Rates Will Be Decreasing

  • Expect low demand for flatbed capacity in and out of Stockton, Calif., and Washington D.C. this week. Demand for flatbed will be declining for Yakima, Wash., and Charleston, W. Va.
  • Reno, Nev., and Hartford, Conn., will be two of the coldest reefer markets in the country this week. 
  • Demand for van capacity in and out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (Canada), is projected to be low over the next five to seven day period.

Trucker Tools’ Market Insights

  • If you’re running flatbed into the Grand Junction, Colo., market this week, expect inbound demand and rates to be higher than outbound rates.
  • Congestion at West Coast ports continues to impact demand for truck capacity in major freight markets like Stockton, Calif., which is again on our list of coldest flatbed markets.
  • As of last Thursday, there were still 25 container ships docked and 32 container ships anchored at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. To see what this looks like, check out FreightWaves video showing port congestion in the region.  
  • Winter snowstorms are having a major impact on demand for and availability of trucks, with 70 percent of the United States currently covered in snow.
  • Demand for flatbed capacity in and out of Rapid City, S.D., is approximately five times higher than it was at this time last year. The same is true for the Jacksonville, Fla., power only market.

FreightWaves: Hot Lanes for Truckers

Trucker Tools is partnering with FreightWaves to give you detailed information on some of the most popular lanes in the country. In today’s Daily Outlook, FreightWaves advises truckers and carriers to accept tendered loads in the Chicago to Elizabeth, N.J., lane since reloads out of Elizabeth should be easy to find. If you’re running Indianapolis to Nashville this week, consider covering this lane on the spot market for higher rates. For Los Angeles to Dallas, it’s recommended that you search the spot market for dry van loads to capitalize on the backup of shipments caused by recent winter snow and ice storms.

For more insights into where demand and rates will be high and low this week, read Rapid City, Tucson, Austin and Cheyenne — Best Markets for Truckers This Week. To download Trucker Tools’ free driver app, visit https://www.truckertools.com/web/carriers/

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