Welcome to your mid-week edition of Trucker Tools’ “Where’s the Freight?,” your source for discovering where demand for capacity will be highest and lowest over the next five to seven day period. With this information in hand, you can make better business decisions on loads, targeting loads that take you into areas where good-paying loads and backhauls are likely to be had. 

In this Wednesday edition of “Where’s the Freight?,” the Edmonton, Alberta, reefer market claims the top spot in our Top Five Hottest Markets list. In fact, Edmonton, Alberta, has appeared in our Top Five Hottest Markets list in seven of the last eight editions of “Where’s the Freight?” Also of note in today’s “Where’s the Freight?,” power only demand is expected to surge in one key market on the West Coast and one on the East Coast, while demand for power only will decline in the coming week in one region of New Mexico. If you’re pulling flatbed, you’ll want to think twice about accepting loads to/from Brooklyn, N.Y., this week, as it will be the lowest demand/lowest rate flatbed market in North American in the coming week. You also may want to take a pass on dry van loads to/from Central Ontario over the next five to seven day period, as dry van demand and rates are projected to be extremely low in the region.

Read on to find out where else demand (and rates) are likely to be high, low, increasing and decreasing this week in this Wednesday edition of Trucker Tools’ “Where’s the Freight?”

Hottest Markets

  • Texarkana, Texas, once again is projected to be the highest demand/highest rate flatbed market in North America in the coming week. 
  • Demand for reefer capacity will be high this week to/from Edmonton, Alberta, Dodge City, Kan., and Texarkana, Texas. You can expect reefer demand to increase this week for Lexington, Ky., and Texarkana, Texas.
  • Demand for power only capacity is expected to rise in the coming week for Huntington, W. Va., San Francisco, and Norfolk, Va.

Coldest Markets

  • Brooklyn, N.Y., Yakima, Wash., and Boston will be the lowest demand/lowest rate flatbed markets in North America over the next five to seven days. Flatbed demand is projected to fall this week to/from Vancouver, British Columbia. 
  • Demand and rates for reefer capacity inbound to and outbound from Hartford, Conn., will be extremely low this week.
  • Demand for power only capacity likely will decrease this week for Albuquerque, N.M., and Fort Wayne, Ind. 
  • If you’re running dry van, you’ll want to avoid loads into and out of Central Ontario this week, as it’s expected to be the lowest demand and lowest rate dry van market in North America.

Trucker Tools’ Market Insights

  • According to the very latest Trucker Tools data, these will be the five best freight markets for truckers in the coming week: 1. Edmonton, Alberta (reefer), 2. Texarkana, Texas (flatbed), 3. Dodge City, Kan. (reefer), 4. Spokane, Wash. (reefer), and 5. Texarkana, Texas (reefer).
  • The five worst freight markets for truckers will be: 1. Hartford, Conn. (reefer), 2. Brooklyn, N.Y. (flatbed), 3. Yakima, Wash. (flatbed), 4. Central Ontario (dry van), and 5. Boston (flatbed).
  • According to FreightWaves’ most recent Daily Market Update, national outbound tender volumes are up significantly, while national outbound tender rejections are up slightly.
  • The Texarkana, Texas, reefer market will favor truckers and carriers by two to one this week, meaning that for every truck projected to be traveling into or out of the area, there will be two loads available.
  • Tropical depression Nicholas hit the Texas Gulf Coast yesterday, leaving hundreds of thousands without power and flooding parts of the state. More rain is possible today and tomorrow in Texas and in parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. 
  • Today’s U.S.D.A. Specialty Crops National Truck Rate Report shows that there are capacity shortages in the San Luis Valley in Colorado, Delaware, Maryland, Eastern Shore Virginia, Southwestern Indiana, Southeastern Illinois, the Yakima Valley and Wenatchee District in Washington state, and Central Wisconsin.

View the Monday edition of our free market report, Where’s the Freight? Expect High Demand/Rates for Edmonton, Texarkana, Springfield and Lexington This Week. To download the Trucker Tools app, visit https://www.truckertools.com/web/carriers/.

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