So far, April is proving to be just as busy as the month of March was for truckers and carriers like you. Demand for flatbed and reefer capacity remains elevated, as evidenced in today’s Trucker Tools’ “Where’s the Freight?” five hottest markets list, which is dominated by reefer and flatbed markets. In the coming week, you can expect demand for reefer capacity to be extremely high running in and out of Medford, Ore., and Tucson, Ariz. You also can expect the Texarkana, Texas, flatbed market to remain red hot in the next five to seven days. We’ll see demand for capacity increase this week in several key markets in the Midwest, as well. 

Read on for more insights into which markets you should target and avoid in the coming week to maximize your earnings. 

Hottest Markets for Truckers

  • Texarkana, Texas, Southwestern Ontario and Rapid City, S.D., will be the best flatbed markets for truckers/carriers over the next five to seven days. 
  • Medford, Ore., and Tucson, Ariz., are projected to be the top reefer markets in the coming week. Demand for reefer capacity will rise this week for Winnipeg, Manitoba, Decatur, Ala., and Montreal, Quebec.
  • Demand for power only is projected to increase this week for Phoenix.

Coldest Markets for Truckers

  • Minot, N.D., and Brooklyn, N.Y., are projected to be the worst flatbed markets in the country this week. 
  • This week Hartford, Conn., will be the reefer market with the lowest demand in the nation. 
  • Demand for power only will decrease this week for Fresno, Calif., and Savannah, Ga.
  • Dodge City, Kan., and Huntington, W. Va., will be the coldest dry van markets in the country in the coming week. Look for demand for dry van to fall for Ottawa, Ontario.

Trucker Tools’ Market Insights

  • Based on Trucker Tools’ data, the five best markets for truckers/carriers in the coming week will be: 1. Texarkana, Texas (flatbed), 2. Southwestern Ontario (flatbed), 3. Medford, Ore. (reefer), 4. Rapid City, S.D. (flatbed), and 5. Tucson, Ariz. (reefer).
  • The five worst markets for truckers/carriers this week will be: 1. Minot, N.D. (flatbed), 2. Dodge City, Kan. (dry van), 3. Hartford, Conn. (reefer), 4. Huntington, W. Va. (dry van), and 5. Brooklyn, N.Y. (flatbed).
  • The Texarkana, Texas, flatbed market currently favors truckers/carriers by a ratio of more than 3:1.  
  • Demand for flatbed capacity in and out of Southwestern Ontario currently is 10 times higher than it was at this time last year. 
  • The current Minot, N.D., flatbed market favors shippers by a ratio of 3:1, which is why it’s expected to be the least profitable market for truckers in the next week.
  • Medford, Ore., where demand for reefer capacity is projected to be high in the coming week, is home to Harry & David’s Bear Creek Orchards.

For more market insights, read our previous market report, Where’s the Freight? Demand for Trucks To Increase This Week for Winnipeg, Medford, St. Louis and Gary. To download Trucker Tools’ free driver app, visit https://www.truckertools.com/web/carriers/