Welcome to your end-of-week edition of “Where’s the Freight?,” Trucker Tools’ free freight forecast for owner operators and carriers. In this and every edition of our free forecast, you’ll discover where demand and rates are likely to be highest and lowest over the next five to seven days.

This week the Dodge City, Kan., reefer market is projected to be the highest demand and highest rate freight market in North America. If you’re wondering why the Dodge City reefer market appears so often in our Top Five Hottest Markets list, it’s likely because the city is home to the world’s largest privately held meat packing plant. In the coming week, you also can expect both flatbed and reefer demand to increase inbound to and outbound from Texarkana, Texas. Speaking of flatbed, demand for flatbed capacity to and from Ithaca, N.Y., is projected to increase in the coming week, while power only demand will remain extremely high in one Midwestern market. 

If you’re ready to find out where else demand and rates will be highest and lowest in the coming week, scroll down to read the rest of this Friday edition Trucker Tools’ “Where’s the Freight?”

Hot Markets

  • Fort Smith, Ark., is expected to be the highest demand/rate flatbed market in North America this week. Flatbed demand is projected to increase in the coming week for Texarkana, Texas, and Ithaca, N.Y. 
  • Demand for reefer capacity inbound to and outbound from Dodge City, Kan., and Tucson, Ariz., is projected to be high over the next five to seven day period. Look for reefer demand to rise in the coming week for Texarkana, Texas.
  • North Platte, Neb., and San Diego will continue to be among the most profitable power only markets in North America in the coming week. You can expect power only demand to increase this week for Charlotte, N.C.
  • Dry van demand likely will increase for Ithaca, N.Y., over the next five to seven days.

Cold Markets

  • Demand for reefer capacity is expected to be extremely low this week for Hartford, Conn., Montgomery, Ala., Tallahassee, Fla., and Billings, Mont. Reefer demand to/from Edmonton, Alberta, will decline in the coming week.
  • Jackson, Miss., will be the lowest demand (and lowest rate) power only market this week. You also can expect power only demand and rates to decrease for Washington D.C. over the next five to seven day period.
  • Demand for dry van to/from Dodge City, Kan., will fall in the coming week.

Trucker Tools’ Market Insights

  • According to Trucker Tools’ data, these will be the five hottest markets for truckers and carriers in the coming week: 1. Dodge City, Kan. (reefer), 2. North Platte, Neb. (power only), 3. Fort Smith, Ark. (flatbed), 4. San Diego (power only), and 5. Tucson, Ariz. (reefer).
  • The five coldest markets for truckers and carriers will be: 1. Hartford, Conn. (reefer), 2. Jackson, Miss. (power only), 3. Montgomery, Ala. (reefer), 4. Tallahassee, Fla. (reefer), and 5. Billings, Mont. (reefer).
  • In the coming week, demand for flatbed capacity inbound to and outbound from Fort Smith, Ark., is projected to be 10 times higher than it was during the same week in 2020.
  • The latest Daily Market Update from FreightWaves shows that national outbound tender rejections are down slightly, while volumes are up. 
  • The most recent Fruit and Vegetable Truck Report from the U.S.D.A. finds capacity shortages in the following areas: Kern District California, Salinas-Watsonville California, Santa Maria California, San Luis Valley Colorado, Upper Valley and Twin Falls-Burley District Idaho, New York state, Eastern North Carolina, Columbia Basin Washington state, Yakima Valley and Wenatchee District Washington state, and Central Wisconsin.
  • A series of storms is predicted to bring five to 10 inches of rain to lower elevations in the Pacific Northwest over the next few days, as well as one to three feet of snow to higher elevations in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada. Drive safe, everyone!

Read the previous edition of Trucker Tools’ free market report, Where’s the Freight? North Platte, Dodge City, San Diego, Spokane and Rapid City Top Markets for Truckers and Carriers in Coming Week. To download the Trucker Tools app, visit https://www.truckertools.com/web/carriers/.