Happy Friday! In this end of the week edition of Trucker Tools’ “Where the Freight?,” you’ll discover where demand/rates are projected to be highest, lowest, rising and falling in the next week. With the July 4th Independence Day holiday on Sunday, demand for trucks is expected to remain high this week, particularly for reefer and power only capacity. In today’s edition of “Where’s the Freight?,” you’ll notice that Texas claims two of the top five spots in our projected Top Five Hottest Markets list, along with two major Midwestern manufacturing and distribution regions. On the other side of the coin, the flatbed market in Portland, Maine, is expected to be the lowest demand market in North America over the next five to seven days.

Scroll on down to find out where else you can expect rates and demand to be highest and lowest in the coming week.

Best Markets 

  • In the coming week, Texarkana, Texas, will continue to be the highest-demand flatbed market in the country. Demand/rates for flatbed are likely to increase this week to/from Shreveport, La., and Gary, Ind.
  • Tucson, Ariz., and Dodge City, Kan., will be the highest demand/rate reefer markets in North America over the next five to seven days. Reefer demand is expected to rise to/from Winnipeg, Manitoba, this week.
  • Fort Wayne, Ind., and Corpus Christi, Texas, will be the best power only markets for truckers/carriers in the coming week. You can expect demand and rates for power only to be on the rise this week to and from Jonesboro, Ark., and Denver.

Worst Markets

  • Demand for flatbed to/from Portland, Maine, Brooklyn, N.Y., and Washington D.C. will be extremely low this week. You can expect demand for flatbed to fall this week for Wheeling, W.Va.
  • The Hartford, Conn., reefer market will be the worst reefer market in the country for owner operators and carriers over the next five to seven days. Look for demand for reefer capacity to decline this week inbound to and outbound from Corpus Christi, Texas.
  • Minot, N.D., is likely to be the lowest demand/rate dry van market in North America in the coming week. You can expect demand and rates for dry van capacity to decline this week for Central Ontario.

Trucker Tools’ Market Insights

  • Based on Trucker Tools’ data, the five most profitable markets for truckers and carriers over the next week will be: 1. Fort Wayne, Ind. (power only), 2. Tucson, Ariz. (reefer), and 3. Texarkana, Texas (flatbed), 4. Corpus Christi, Texas (power only), and Dodge City, Kan. (reefer).
  • The five least profitable markets for truckers and carriers this week will be: 1. Portland, Maine (flatbed), 2. Brooklyn, N.Y. (flatbed), 3. Minot, N.D. (dry van), 4. Washington D.C. (flatbed) and 5. Hartford, Conn. (reefer).
  • Demand for power only capacity running to and from Fort Wayne, Ind., this week is projected to be six times higher than it was last year.
  • Top industries in Fort Wayne, Ind., include medical device and technology manufacturing, vehicle manufacturing (General Motors and BFGoodrich), logistics and e-commerce, and steel production.
  • The Texarkana, Texas, flatbed market will continue to favor carriers and owner operators by approximately two to one in the coming week, meaning that there will be two loads available for each truck in the region.
  • According to FreightWaves, tender rejections, which measure demand for trucks, have been steadily increasing since June 1.

Read the Wednesday edition of our free market report Where’s the Freight? Tucson, Fort Wayne, Texarkana, Corpus Christi and Savannah Hottest Markets for Truckers and Carriers This Week for even more market insights. To download the Trucker Tools app, visit https://www.truckertools.com/web/carriers/.