Happy Friday, all! Welcome to the Friday edition of “Where’s the Freight?,” Trucker Tools’ free freight forecast for truckers and carriers. In this three-times-a-week market report, you’ll find out where demand for reefer, dry van, flatbed and power only capacity will be highest and lowest over the next five to seven days.

In the coming week, you can expect reefer demand to remain high in Dodge City, Kan., which has appeared in our Top Five Hottest Markets list every week during the month of September. This week you also can expect power only demand to increase for several key distribution markets, including El Paso, Texas, Springfield, Mass., and New Castle, Del. If you run flatbed, you’ll likely want to avoid loads inbound to and outbound from Brooklyn, N.Y., this week, since demand for flatbed capacity in the region is projected to be extremely low. The forecast is sunny for Edmonton, Alberta, this week if you run dry van, as it’s projected to be the highest demand/highest rate dry van market in North America over the next five to seven day period.

Ready to find out where else demand (and rates) are likely to be highest and lowest in the coming week? Scroll down to read the rest of this Friday edition of Trucker Tools’ “Where’s the Freight?”

Hottest Markets for Truckers and Carriers

  • Southwestern Ontario and Texarkana, Texas, once again are projected to be the highest demand/highest rate flatbed markets in North America in the coming week.
  • Dodge City, Kan., will be the best (highest demand) reefer market for truckers and carriers this week. You can expect reefer demand to increase this week to/from Tucson, Ariz., and Yakima, Wash.
  • Knoxville, Tenn., will be the top power only market for truckers and carriers over the next five to seven day period. Look for power only demand to rise this week to/from El Paso, Texas, New Castle, Del., and Springfield, Mass.

Coldest Markets for Truckers and Carriers

  • Brooklyn, N.Y., once again will be the coldest (lowest demand) flatbed market in the coming week. You can expect flatbed demand to decline this week for Flagstaff, Ariz. 
  • If you’re running reefer, you may to rethink accepting loads to/from Hartford, Conn., Billings, Mont., and Vancouver, British Columbia, as demand for reefer capacity will be extremely low in these regions in the coming week.
  • Demand for power only capacity inbound to and outbound from Fort Worth, Texas, will remain extremely low over the next five to seven days. Power only demand to/from San Francisco likely will decrease this week.

Trucker Tools’ Market Insights

  • According to data from Trucker Tools’ software platforms, the five best markets for truckers in the coming week will be: 1. Knoxville, Tenn. (power only), 2. Southwestern Ontario (flatbed), 3. Dodge City, Kan. (reefer), 4. Texarkana, Texas (flatbed), and 5. Edmonton, Alberta (dry van). 
  • The five worst markets for truckers will be: 1. Hartford, Conn. (reefer), 2. Fort Worth, Texas (power only), 3. Brooklyn, N.Y. (flatbed), 4. Billings Mont. (reefer), and 5. Vancouver, British Columbia (reefer).
  • Knoxville, Tenn., projected to be the highest demand market in North America this week, is a major distribution point for the Southeastern United States, as it is within one day’s drive of three-fourths of the U.S. population.
  • Demand for power only capacity to and from Knoxville, Tenn., this week will be 20 times higher than it was during the same time period in 2020.
  • The latest Daily Market Update from FreightWaves indicates that national outbound tender rejections are up, while volumes are down.
  • American Shipper is reporting that there currently are 70 container ships loaded with cargo now waiting at anchor or drifting outside the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
  • Port congestion and delays are increasing in Charleston, S.C., and Detroit, as well. 
  • This week demand for flatbed to/from Southwestern Ontario will be seven times higher than it was during the same week in last year. 

Read our previous market report, Where’s the Freight? Knoxville, Southwestern Ontario, Dodge City and Texarkana Top Markets for Truckers and Carriers in Coming Week, for more market insights. To download the Trucker Tools app, visit https://www.truckertools.com/carriers/.