Just when you thought spring was here, winter continues to hang around. Several snowstorms are expected to drop up to 36 inches of snow across the Northwest, Rockies and Southwestern Canada this week. The good news is that the snowstorms forecast for this week for the most part will be confined to high elevations in these regions. These storms come as many freight markets are still struggling to recover from the winter storms that hit the South and Midwest during the month of February.

In today’s edition of Trucker Tools’ “Where’s the Freight?” you’ll notice that two of our five hottest markets for truckers are reefer markets, reflecting high demand for reefer capacity across North America. The start of produce season in Southern Florida is expected to further tighten reefer capacity in the coming weeks. Two of the other markets projected to be among the best for truckers and carriers in the next week are flatbed markets. High demand for large-scale farming and construction equipment are, in part, driving this surge in demand for flatbed capacity in 2021.

Keep reading to find out which specific markets you should target and avoid over the next five to seven days to maximize your revenue. 

Where Demand for Trucks Will Be High/Rising 

  • Southwestern Ontario (Canada), and Rapid City, S.D., will be the best flatbed markets for truckers/carriers in the coming week. Demand for flatbed is expected to rise this week for Fayetteville, Ark., and Gary, Ind.
  • Tucson, Ariz., and Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada), will be the two most favorable reefer markets for truckers/carriers over the next week.
  • Ft. Wayne, Ind., will be the hottest power only market in the nation this week. You can expect demand for power only capacity to increase over the next five to seven days for San Diego, Bloomington, Ill., and Columbus, Ohio. 

Where Demand for Trucks Will Be Low/Falling

  • Brooklyn, N.Y., and Edmonton, Alberta (Canada), are projected to be the two coldest flatbed markets in North America in the coming week.
  • Hartford, Conn., will be the coldest reefer market in the country this week. Also, look for demand for reefer capacity to decline in and out of Flagstaff, Ariz., this week.
  • Portland, Ore., will continue to be the coldest power only market in the country over the next five to seven days. 
  • Demand/rates for dry van will be low in the coming week for Calgary, Alberta (Canada).

Trucker Tools’ Market Insights

  • Today’s Trucker Tools data projects that the five best freight markets for truckers/carriers this week will be: 1. Southwestern Ontario (flatbed), 2. Rapid City, S.D. (flatbed), 3. Tucson, Ariz. (reefer), 4. Winnipeg, Manitoba (reefer), and 5. Ft. Wayne, Ind. (power only).
  • The five worst markets for truckers/this week will be: 1. Edmonton, Alberta (flatbed), 2. Portland, Ore. (power only), 3. Hartford, Conn. (reefer), 4. Calgary, Alberta (dry van), and 5. Brooklyn, N.Y. (flatbed).
  • Demand for flatbed capacity inbound to and outbound from Southwestern Ontario (Canada) currently is 20 times higher than it was at this time last year.
  • This is the fifth consecutive week in a row that Southwestern Ontario has been named one of the hottest flatbed markets in North America.
  • Tucson, Ariz., has been the hottest reefer market in North America for truckers and carriers for the last 16 weeks in a row.

Check out Where’s the Freight? Fayetteville, St. Louis, Rapid City, Tucson and Southwestern Ontario Projected To Be Hot Spots for Truckers/Carriers This Week for more information on the hottest and coldest freight markets and lanes. To download Trucker Tools’ free driver app, visit https://www.truckertools.com/web/carriers/