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May 5, 2021 | TruckerTools

Where’s the Freight? Expect High Demand for Trucks This Week for Denver, Texarkana, Rapid City, Southwestern Ontario and Tucson

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According to a report published yesterday, the current transportation capacity environment is one of the tightest ever measured. In the truckload market, that means that carriers still are rejecting one out of every four loads under contract, even though van and reefer rejections have fallen slightly over the last week. For you, that means that demand for trucks isn’t likely to slow down anytime soon.

In this mid-week edition of Trucker Tools’ “Where’s the Freight?,” you’ll find out which specific markets are likely to be the most and least profitable for you in the coming week, as well as where demand for trucks will be rising and falling. With this information, you can make better decisions on which loads to take into which markets, thereby minimizing deadhead miles.  

Keep reading to discover which markets will be hot and cold over the next five to seven days!

Where Truck Demand Will Be High, Increasing

  • Texarkana, Texas, Rapid City, S.D., and Southwestern Ontario will be the top flatbed markets for truckers and carriers over the next five to seven days. Expect demand for flatbed capacity to rise this week in and out of Southwestern Ontario and Gary, Ind.
  • Tucson, Ariz., will continue to be the hottest reefer market in North America this week. Look for reefer demand to/from Decatur, Ala., to increase over the coming week.
  • Denver will be the best power only market for truckers and carriers over the next five to seven days. You can expect demand for power only to rise this week for New Orleans and Jackson, Miss.

Where Truck Demand Will Be Low, Decreasing

  • Rochester, N.Y., and El Paso, Texas, will see extremely low demand for flatbed capacity in the coming week.
  • Look for reefer capacity to be very low this week for Hartford, Conn., and Detroit. Demand for refrigerated trucks will decrease this week in and out of Ithaca, N.Y.  
  • Demand/rates for power only capacity inbound to and outbound from Fort Wayne, Ind., are expected to decrease over the next five to seven days. 
  • Calgary, Alberta, is projected to be the least profitable dry van market for truckers/carriers in the coming week.

Trucker Tools’ Market Insights

  • Based on the very latest data from Trucker Tools software platforms, the five best markets for truckers and carriers this week will be: 1. Texarkana, Texas (flatbed), 2. Rapid City, S.D. (flatbed), 3. Southwestern Ontario (flatbed), 4. Tucson, Ariz. (reefer), and 5. Denver (power only).
  • The five worst markets for truckers and carriers over the next five to seven days will be: 1. Calgary, Alberta (dry van), 2. Hartford, Conn. (reefer), 3. Rochester, N.Y. (flatbed), 4. El Paso, Texas (flatbed), and 5. Detroit (reefer).
  • Demand for power only capacity to/from Denver currently is twice as high as it was at this time in 2020.
  • Several steel and aluminum manufacturers and processors including Amerinox Texarkana and Texarkana Aluminum are located in Texarkana, Texas, which is likely why demand for flatbed capacity is high in the area. 
  • Demand for power only inbound to and outbound from New Orleans currently is four times higher than it was at this time last year. 
  • Wayne Farms, the seventh largest poultry producer in the United States, operates 11 processing facilities in the country, one of which is located in Decatur, Ala., where demand for reefer capacity is expected to rise this week.

Find out what else you can expect from markets around North America this week — check out Monday’s Where’s the Freight? Texarkana, Southwestern Ontario, Tucson, Fort Wayne and Rapid City Will Be Hottest Freight Markets for Truckers This Week. To download the Trucker Tools mobile app for drivers, visit


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