Welcome to your mid-week edition of “Where’s the Freight?,” Trucker Tools’ free market report that tells you where demand for trucks will be high and low in the coming week. 

First, the big picture: the national tender rejection rate is still at approximately 25 percent, which means most markets favor truckers and carriers, with carriers rejecting one out of every four loads. National reefer rejections have decreased somewhat over the last few weeks, which indicates cooling demand, but reefer markets are expected to rebound quickly.

In today’s “Where’s the Freight?,” you’ll notice that four of the five hottest markets in the coming week will be dry van markets. Also of note, Wichita, Kan., claims two spots in our top five hottest markets list, while the Jonesboro, Ark., dry van market is projected to be the hottest market for truckers/carriers over the next five to seven days. A powerful storm this week in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, is slowing down freight coming into the country through Laredo, Texas, which is likely why demand for reefer capacity is expected to decline this week for two major cities in Texas. 

Scroll down to find out where else demand for trucks will be high and low this week in this Wednesday edition of Trucker Tools’ “Where’s the Freight?.” 

High Demand Markets

  • Wichita, Kan., is likely to be the most profitable reefer market in North America for truckers and carriers in the next week. Demand for reefer capacity inbound to and outbound from Savannah, Ga., and Syracuse, N.Y., is expected to increase this week.
  • Jonesboro, Ark., Miami, Southwestern Ontario and Wichita, Kan., will be the top dry van markets for truckers/carriers over the next five to seven days. Demand for dry van will increase this week to/from Joplin, Mo., Toledo, Ohio, and Montreal, Quebec.

Low Demand Markets

  • Demand for flatbed trucks running to/from Denver will likely decrease in the coming week.
  • Expect low demand/rates for reefer to/from Dallas, Baltimore and Cleveland, as well as a decline in demand for reefer to/from Houston.
  • Seattle and Charlotte, N.C., are projected to be the least profitable dry van markets this week.

Trucker Tools’ Market Insights

  • Based on the latest data from Trucker Tools’ software platforms, these will be the five most profitable markets for truckers and carriers this week: 1. Jonesboro, Ark. (dry van), 2. Miami (dry van), 3. Southwestern Ontario (dry van), 4. Wichita, Kan. (reefer), and 5. Wichita, Kan. (dry van).
  • These will be the five least profitable markets for truckers and carriers over the next five to seven days: 1. Dallas (reefer), 2. Seattle (dry van), 3. Baltimore (reefer), 4. Charlotte, N.C. (dry van), and 5. Cleveland. (reefer). 
  • Current demand for dry van capacity to/from Jonesboro, Ark., is three times higher than it was at this time in 2020.
  • Frito-Lay, Nestle Prepared Foods, Post Foods and Nice-Pack all have manufacturing facilities in Jonesboro, Ark., which is projected to be the top dry van market for truckers and carriers this week.
  • Construction on Jonesboro’s Hernando deSoto Bridge has stopped barge traffic under the bridge, which is increasing demand for trucks in the region.
  • Demand for reefer in and out of Wichita, Kan., is four times higher than it was at this time last year. 
  • The Schwan Food Company, Mission Foods, Land O’Lakes, Tyson Fresh Meats, Cargill Meat Solutions and National Beef Packing operate manufacturing and processing facilities in the Wichita, Kan., region, where demand for reefer capacity is expected to be high in the coming week. 

For more insights about high and low demand markets, check out Monday’s Where’s the Freight? Demand for Trucks To Increase This Week To/From Savannah, Montreal, Medford, Lexington and Toledo. To download the Trucker Tools app, visit https://www.truckertools.com/web/carriers/