Happy Friday, everyone! Welcome to your end-of-week edition of “Where’s the Freight?,” Trucker Tools’ free freight forecast that tells you where demand for capacity will be highest and lowest over the next five to seven days. In the coming week, you can expect flatbed demand to remain high in two central U.S. markets, while demand for flatbed will be extremely low to/from one key market in Washington state. If you’re running reefer, you’ll want to make Dodge City, Kan., a priority in the coming week, as it is projected to be the highest demand/highest rate reefer market in North America. On the other side of the coin, reefer demand likely be extremely low this week for three East Coast markets. Look for power only demand to increase this week for two East Coast port cities, and for dry van demand to decline this week to/from one market in South Dakota.

Without further ado, here is your end-of-week edition of Trucker Tools’ “Where’s the Freight?”

Where Demand/Rates Will Be Highest, Increasing 

  • You can expect that demand for flatbed capacity will be high this week to/from Texarkana, Texas, and Rapid City, S.D. Flatbed demand is projected to increase in the coming week to/from Southwestern Ontario.
  • Dodge City, Kan., will be the highest demand reefer market in North America this week. You also can expect reefer demand to increase this week to/from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Dodge City, Kan.
  • On the power only side, Stockton, Calif., and New Castle, Del., are projected to be the top power only markets over the next five to seven days. Demand for power only to/from Baltimore and Richmond, Va., likely will increase this week.

Where Demand/Rates Will Be Lowest, Decreasing 

  • Yakima, Wash., and Rochester, N.Y., likely will be the least profitable/lowest rate flatbed markets in North America this week. 
  • This week, demand for reefer capacity to/from Hartford, Conn., Shreveport, La., and Charleston, W. Va., will be extremely low.
  • For power only, you may want to pass on loads to/from Detroit and Springfield, Mass., this week, as demand is likely to decline.
  • Demand for dry van capacity is expected to drop this week inbound to and outbound from Rapid City, S.D. 

Trucker Tools’ Market Insights

  • According to Trucker Tools’ data, the five highest-demand markets this week will be: 1. Texarkana, Texas (flatbed), 2. Dodge City, Kan. (reefer), 3. Rapid City, S.D. (flatbed), 4. Stockton, Calif. (power only), and 5. New Castle, Del. (power only).
  • This week, the five lowest-demand markets will be: 1. Yakima, Wash. (flatbed), 2. Hartford, Conn. (reefer), 3. Shreveport, La. (reefer), 4. Charleston, W. Va. (reefer), and 5. Rochester, N.Y. (flatbed).
  • According to FreightWaves’ Daily Market Update, national outbound tender rejections are down slightly today, while national outbound tender volumes are up today.
  • For Texarkana, Texas, our hottest market this week, demand for flatbed capacity this week is projected to be two times higher than it was in 2020.
  • A shootout in Mexico between gunmen and Mexican authorities yesterday has slowed commercial truck traffic through Laredo, Texas, according to a report from FreightWaves.
  • U.S. diesel prices have fallen slightly in the last few weeks after hitting a two-year high during the first week of August. 
  • Demand for warehouse space has tightened considerably in recent weeks, worsening already-existing supply chain problems heading into the holiday season. 

See our previous market report Where’s the Freight? Rapid City, Texarkana, Spokane, Stockton and Jefferson City Top Destinations for Truckers/Carriers This Week for more market insights. To download the Trucker Tools mobile app, visit https://www.truckertools.com/web/carriers/.

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