Welcome to your Monday edition of Trucker Tools’ “Where’s the Freight?,” a three-times-a-week free freight forecast for carriers and owner operators like you. In today’s edition of “Where’s the Freight?,” our Top Five Hottest Markets list is dominated by reefer and power only, as demand for flatbed capacity has cooled over the last six to eight weeks. This week, two key markets in the Midwest known for meat and poultry processing will see high demand for reefer. Demand for reefer capacity will be on the rise this week for one Arizona location, as well. Power only demand will be rising across several Southern and Midwestern U.S. regions, including areas in Texas, Florida and Kentucky, while Southwestern Ontario will see increased demand for flatbed capacity in the coming week. 

For more info on where demand and rates will be highest and lowest over the next five to seven days, check out the rest of this Monday’s edition of “Where’s the Freight?” below. 

Best Markets for Owner Operators, Carriers

  • Demand for flatbed is expected to rise this week to/from Southwestern Ontario.
  • Dodge City, Kan., and Fayetteville, Ark., will be the highest demand reefer markets in North America this week. Demand for reefer capacity is projected to increase in the coming week to/from Lexington, Ky., and Tucson, Ariz.
  • Bowling Green, Ky., Tallahassee, Fla., and Fort Wayne, Ind., are projected to be the highest demand/highest rate power only markets over the next five to seven days. You also can expect demand for power only to increase in the coming week for El Paso, Texas, and Richmond, Va.

Worst Markets for Owner Operators, Carriers

  • Hartford, Conn., Portland, Maine, and Fargo, N.D., will be the least profitable/lowest rate flatbed markets this week. 
  • Demand for reefer capacity inbound to and outbound from Hartford, Conn., is projected to be extremely low this week. You can expect demand for reefer to decline this week to/from Gary, Ind.
  • Power only demand to/from Norfolk, Va., will decrease in the coming week.
  • Once again, Eastern Ontario is projected to be the region with the lowest demand/lowest rates for dry van capacity this week. 

Trucker Tools’ Market Insights

  • According to the very latest Trucker Tools data, the five best markets for owner operators and carriers this week will be: 1. Dodge City, Kan. (reefer), 2. Bowling Green, Ky. (power only), 3. Tallahassee, Fla. (power only), 4. Fort Wayne, Ind. (power only), and 5. Fayetteville, Ark. (reefer).
  • The five worst markets for owner operators and carriers this week will be: 1. Hartford, Conn. (reefer), 2. Hartford, Conn. (flatbed), 3. Portland, Maine (flatbed), 4. Fargo, N.D. (flatbed), and 5. Eastern Ontario (dry van). 
  • According to FreightWaves’ most recent Daily Market Report, national outbound tender rejections, which measure demand, are up, while outbound volumes are down slightly.
  • Dodge City, Kan., projected to be the highest demand reefer market this week, is home to several large meat processing and packing facilities.
  • Demand for power only capacity this week to/from Tallahassee, Fla., is projected to be twice as high as it was in 2020.
  • Last week, officials at the Port of Ningbo in China suspended operations at the port due to COVID-19 infections, the second time this year that a major port in China has been shut down due to COVID-19 infections. Ningbo is the third-largest container port in the world. 
  • Demand for power only capacity inbound to El Paso, Texas, will favor carriers and owner operators by two to one this week, meaning that there likely will be two loads available for every carrier/driver inbound to the area.

Read last Friday’s edition of our free market report, Where’s the Freight? Texarkana, Dodge City, Fayetteville and Spokane To See High Demand for Capacity Over the Coming Five to Seven Days. To download the Trucker Tools mobile app, visit https://www.truckertools.com/carriers/.