Happy Friday, truckers and carriers, and welcome to your TGIF edition of “Where’s the Freight?,” Trucker Tools’ free freight forecast that tells you where demand and rates will be highest and lowest across the United States and Canada over the next five to seven days. With this information in hand, you can avoid taking loads into markets where you’ll lose money on the backhaul and prioritize loads where demand is projected to be high.

In the coming week, the Dodge City, Kan., reefer market once again is expected to see extremely high demand, which is why it’s at number one in today’s Top Five Hottest Markets list. If you’re wondering why Dodge City, Kan., routinely appears in our Top Five, it’s because the city is home to several of the largest meat processing plants in the United States. In flatbed news, Texarkana, Texas, will remain a hot spot for flatbed freight over the next week, while Brooklyn, N.Y., will continue to be a cold spot for flatbed loads. If you run power only, you’ll want to prioritize loads to/from New Castle, Del., San Diego, and Bloomington, Ill., this week, as demand and rates are projected to be high or increasing.

Where Demand and Rates Will Be Highest or Rising This Week

  • Flatbed demand and rates for Texarkana, Texas, are expected to remain high.
  • Reefer demand and rates for Dodge City, Kan., and Texarkana, Texas, will be extremely high. Demand for reefer capacity to/from Grand Rapids, Mich., Savannah, Ga., and Decatur, Ala., is likely to increase.  
  • Power only demand and rates for New Castle, Del., and San Diego, are projected to be high. Power only demand to/from Texarkana, Texas, and Bloomington, Ill., is likely to rise.

Where Demand and Rates Will Be Lowest or Falling This Week

  • Flatbed demand and rates for Brooklyn, N.Y., and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, will be very low. Flatbed demand to/from Gary, Ind., is expected to decline.
  • Reefer demand and rates for Minot, N.D., and Billings, Mont., are projected to be extremely low.
  • Power only demand and rates for Springfield, Mass., will be low. Power only demand inbound to and outbound from Pendleton, Ore., and Jacksonville, Fla., is expected to decrease.

Trucker Tools’ Market Insights and Industry News

  • Five Hottest Markets this week: 1. Dodge City, Kan. (reefer), 2. Texarkana, Texas (flatbed), 3. New Castle, Del. (power only), 4. Texarkana, Texas (reefer), and 5. San Diego (power only).
  • Five Coldest Markets this week: 1. Minot, N.D. (reefer), 2. Brooklyn, N.Y. (flatbed), 3. Springfield, Mass. (power only), 4. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (flatbed), and 5. Billings, Mont. (reefer).
  • Market To Watch: This week, demand for reefer capacity inbound to and outbound from Dodge City, Kan., is expected to be two and a half times higher than it was during the same week in 2021.
  • The San Diego power only market will favor owner operators and trucking companies by more than four to one in the coming week, meaning there should be at least four loads available to every driver headed into the region.
  • On Wednesday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that inflation rose by more than nine percent in June compared with June 2021, the fastest year-over-year increase in inflation since 1981.
  • In the coming week, the Billings, Mont., reefer market will favor shippers by two to one, which means there will be only one load available to every two refrigerated trailers running into and out of the area.

Looking for more insights into hot and cold markets? Don’t miss “Where’s the Freight? Texarkana, New Castle, Southwestern Ontario and Tucson Hottest Markets This Week.”

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