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April 16, 2021 | TruckerTools

Where’s the Freight? Demand for Trucks To Increase This Week for Winnipeg, Medford, St. Louis and Gary

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In the current freight market, you can afford to be selective with which loads you take and which you pass on. Trucker Tools’ market report, “Where’s the Freight?,” is there with the assist to help you identify which markets are likely to be the most and least profitable for you in the coming week. The information contained in “Where’s the Freight?” is based on real-world load and truck data drawn from Trucker Tools’ driver app, free software platform for trucking companies and broker software platforms.

In today’s edition of “Where’s the Freight?,” our top five hottest markets list is dominated by reefer and flatbed markets. Once again, Texarkana, Texas, is projected to be best flatbed market for truckers in the coming week, while Tucson, Ariz., is expected to remain the top reefer market in North America. Scroll down to find out which other markets you should target (and avoid) in the coming week in order to minimize losses on loads and maximize your profits.

Where Demand for Trucks Will Be High, Rising 

  • Texarkana, Texas, Rapid City, S.D., and Southwestern Ontario, will be the hottest flatbed markets for truckers/carriers this week. Look for demand for flatbed to increase this week in and out of Medford, Ore.
  • Tucson, Ariz., and Decatur, Ala., are projected to be the top reefer markets in the country for truckers and carriers over the coming week. Demand for reefer capacity is expected to rise this week for Winnipeg, Manitoba, and St. Louis.
  • Demand for dry van will rise over the next five to seven days in and out of Gary, Ind.  

Where Demand for Trucks Will Be Low, Falling

  • Minot, N.D., and Brooklyn, N.Y., will be the coldest flatbed markets in North America over the next week. Demand for flatbed is likely to fall this week for Lexington, Ky.
  • Hartford, Conn., will continue to be the worst reefer market in the country for truckers and carriers. Look for demand for reefer to fall this week for Macon, Ga.
  • Demand for power only capacity will decline this week for Fresno, Calif.
  • Huntington, W. Va., and Dodge City, Kan., will be the coldest dry van markets in the country over the next week. 

Trucker Tools’ Market Insights

  • Based on today’s data, the top five markets for truckers and carriers this week will be: 1. Texarkana, Texas (flatbed), 2. Rapid City, S.D. (flatbed),  3. Tucson, Ariz. (reefer), 4. Decatur, Ala. (reefer), and 5. Southwestern Ontario (flatbed).
  • The bottom five markets for truckers and carriers this week will be: 1. Huntington, W. Va. (dry van), 2. Hartford, Conn. (reefer), 3. Minot, N.D. (flatbed), 4. Dodge City, Kan. (dry van), and 5. Brooklyn, N.Y. (flatbed).
  • Current demand for flatbed capacity in and out of Southwestern Ontario is seven times higher than it was at this time last year. 
  • Medford, Ore., where demand for flatbed is expected to increase this week, is home to two Boise Cascade Company wood products manufacturing facilities, which is likely fueling demand for flatbed capacity in the area.
  • Boise Cascade Company is the second largest producer of environmentally-friendly wood products and plywood in North America. 
  • Tucson, Ariz., has been the top reefer market in North America for truckers and carriers for most of 2021 due largely to the city’s close proximity to border town Nogales, Ariz.
  • According to the U.S Department of Agriculture, approximately 50 percent of vegetables and 40 percent of fruit imported to the U.S. are grown in Mexico, the bulk of which comes across the border at Nogales, Ariz.

Read Wednesday’s Where’s the Freight? High Demand for Trucks This Week for Decatur, Rapid City, Tucson, Texarkana and Southwestern Ontario for additional market insights.

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