Welcome to the first 2022 edition of “Where’s the Freight?,” Trucker Tools’ free freight forecast for owner operators and trucking companies. In this and every edition of “Where’s the Freight?,” you’ll find out where demand and rates for flatbed, reefer, power only and dry van capacity will be high and low in the coming week.

In this first week of the new year, you can expect demand for reefer capacity to be relatively high in two major livestock production markets and in one produce market near the Nogales Border Crossing in Arizona. Flatbed demand and rates are expected to increase in the coming week for Shreveport, La., and Fayetteville, Ark., while Fort Worth, Texas, and Fort Wayne, Ind., will see low demand for power only capacity. If you run dry van, you’ll want to avoid loads to/from Central Ontario and Regina, Saskatchewan, this week, as both are expected to see low dry van demand/rates.

Read on for more insights into where demand and rates will be high and low this week in this Monday edition of Trucker Tools’ “Where’s the Freight?”

Where Demand and Rates Are Likely To Be High or Rising

  • Flatbed demand and rates to/from Southwestern Ontario and Cheyenne, Wyo., will be relatively high this week. Flatbed demand to/from Shreveport, La., and Fayetteville, Ark., is projected to increase this week.
  • Reefer demand and rates are projected to be high in the coming week for Edmonton, Alberta, Dodge City, Kan., and Tucson, Ariz. Reefer demand is expected to increase this week for Dodge City, Kan., Decatur, Ala., and Texarkana, Texas.

Where Demand and Rates Are Likely To Be Low or Falling

  • Flatbed demand and rates are likely to be low this week for Edmonton, Alberta. You also can expect demand for flatbed capacity to decline this week for Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Reefer demand and rates to/from Hartford, Conn., and Wheeling, W. Va., will be extremely low over the next five to seven days.
  • Power only demand and rates to/from Fort Worth, Texas, will be extremely low this week. Power only demand for Fort Wayne, Ind., is projected to decrease in the coming week.
  • Dry van demand and rates will be extremely low this week for Central Ontario. Demand for dry van is projected to fall in the coming week for Regina, Saskatchewan.

Trucker Tools’ Market Insights

  • This week, the five highest demand markets will be: 1. Edmonton, Alberta (reefer), 2. Dodge City, Kan. (reefer), 3. Tucson, Ariz. (reefer), 4. Southwestern Ontario (flatbed), and 5. Cheyenne, Wyo. (flatbed).
  • The five lowest demand markets will be: 1. Hartford, Conn. (reefer), 2. Central Ontario (dry van), 3. Fort Worth, Texas (power only), 4. Edmonton, Alberta (flatbed), and 5. Wheeling, W. Va. (reefer).
  • This week, demand for reefer capacity to/from Dodge City, Kan., is projected to be 12 times higher than it was during the same week in 2021.
  • Beginning this month, the United States, Canada and Mexico are adopting stricter COVID-19 vaccine requirements for cross-border traffic.
  • Demand for power only capacity in the Fort Worth, Texas, region this week will be 80 percent lower than it was during the same week in 2021.
  • The American Trucking Association is predicting that U.S. freight tonnage will grow by 24 percent in 2022, with industry revenue rising by 66 percent.

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