With Trucker Tools’ “Where’s the Freight?” you know where trucks will be in the highest demand over the next five to seven days. Armed with this information, you can get your truck(s) into these hot markets before they heat up to capitalize on high demand and rates. You also can use “Where’s the Freight?” to know whether it makes good financial sense to accept a load into a specific market. In today’s edition of “Where’s the Freight?” Tucson, Ariz., is projected to be the best market in the country for truckers who run reefer, while Rapid City, S.D., will be one of the hottest flatbed markets this week. Keep reading for more insights into which markets will be hot and cold in the next week.

Hottest Markets 

  • Demand for flatbed will be high this week in and out of Rapid City, S.D., Texarkana, Texas, Southwest Ontario (Canada), and Lubbock, Texas. Flatbed demand will rise this week for Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
  • Tucson, Ariz., will remain the best reefer market in the country for truckers over the next five to seven days. Demand for reefer capacity in and out of Spokane, Wash., will rise over the next week. 
  • Demand for power only is expected to increase this week for Jacksonville, Fla., Birmingham, Ala., and Norfolk, Va.

Coolest Markets

  • Stockton, Calif., will be the coldest flatbed market in the country this coming week.
  • Demand for reefer capacity is projected to be low in and out of Hartford, Conn., Seattle, and Reno, Nev., this week.
  • The Calgary, Alberta (Canada), dry van market will be a cold one for truckers and carriers. You also can expect that demand and rates for dry van will be falling for Rapid City, S.D.

Trucker Tools’ Market Insights

  • Based on today’s data from Trucker Tools’ software platforms, these will be the top five markets for truckers and carriers over the next week: 1. Tucson, Ariz. (reefer), 2. Rapid City, S.D. (flatbed), 3. Texarkana, Texas (flatbed), 4. Southwest Ontario (flatbed), and 5. Lubbock, Texas (flatbed).
  • The demand for flatbed capacity in and out of Texarkana, Texas, currently is four times as high as it was at this time last year.
  • The Birmingham, Ala., power only market will favor drivers and carriers by a ratio of nearly two to one this week. 
  • Today, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, makes its second appearance ever in Where’s the Freight?” Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is home to defense and aerospace contractor Collins Aerospace, as well as a large number of precision machine shops and fabricators, which may be driving demand for flatbed capacity in the area.
  • Last week, the Port of Los Angeles announced that it plans to divert ships to other ports due to port congestion. Los Angeles and Long Beach are the busiest ports in the country when it comes to imports from China. Imports are up by 5.5 percent year over year for the Port of L.A.

FreightWaves’ Hot Lanes for Truckers

Trucker Tools has teamed up with FreightWaves to provide you with insights on specific lanes across the country. In today’s Daily Outlook, FreightWaves is reporting that last week’s winter storms continue to push carrier spot rates up. If Los Angeles to Dallas is one of your preferred lanes, it’s important to know that last week’s storms have caused pent-up demand in and out of Dallas, making it a favorable lane for drivers and carriers in the coming week. Houston to Dallas also is a good lane to target this week, as both contract and spot market rates are expected to be better than they were previously as Texas recovers from the storms. Tight capacity in both markets make the St. Louis to Columbus lane a strong one for dry van in the coming week. If you’re running dry van inbound to St. Louis, it’s recommended that you search for loads on the spot market to capitalize on high demand.

Read Where’s the Freight? Rapid City, Texarkana, Lubbock, Fayetteville and Central Ontario for more insights into the hottest (and coldest) markets for truckers and carriers. To download Trucker Tools’ free driver app, visit https://www.truckertools.com/web/carriers/