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May 28, 2021 | TruckerTools

Where’s the Freight? Miami, San Antonio, Columbus and Brooklyn Dry Van Markets, Portland Reefer Market Expected To Be Most Profitable for Truckers, Carriers in Coming Week

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Happy Friday and welcome to your Memorial Day weekend edition of Trucker Tools’ “Where’s the Freight?,” your place to find out where demand for trucks will be high and low over the coming week. 

As we head into Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer, demand for trucks, especially spot market dry van, remains high and isn’t expected to cool off for good any time soon. In today’s “Where’s the Freight?,” you’ll notice that four of the top five most profitable markets are expected to be dry van markets in the coming week, with Miami’s dry van market once again projected to be the highest demand market in the nation. Demand for reefer capacity to and from Portland, Ore., is expected to be high over the next five to seven days, while Atlanta’s dry van market is likely to remain one of the lowest demand markets in the country. 

In honor of Memorial Day, we’re remembering all of those who have sacrificed their lives in service to this great nation. Have a safe and restful weekend, everyone.

Where Demand for Trucks Will Be High or Rising 

  • Demand and rates for reefer capacity are projected to be high this week to and from Portland, Ore. Expect demand for reefer to increase this week inbound to and outbound from Houston.
  • Miami, San Antonio, Columbus, Ohio, and Brooklyn, N.Y., will be the most profitable dry van markets for truckers and carriers over the next five to seven days. Demand for dry van is likely to increase this week to/from Washington D.C., Nashville, Tenn., Ft. Wayne, Ind., and St. Cloud, Minn.

Where Demand for Trucks Will Be Low or Falling 

  • For dry van, you’ll want to avoid loads to and from Atlanta, Knoxville, Tenn., Cleveland, Indianapolis and Buffalo, N.Y., over the next five to seven days, as these are expected to be the lowest-demand markets in the nation this week. 

Trucker Tools’ Market Insights

  • Based on the very latest data from Trucker Tools’ platforms, these will be the five most profitable markets for truckers and carriers this week: 1. Miami (dry van), 2. San Antonio (dry van), 3. Columbus, Ohio (dry van), 4. Brooklyn, N.Y. (dry van), and 5. Portland, Ore. (reefer).
  • The five least profitable markets for truckers and carriers will be: 1. Atlanta (dry van), 2. Knoxville, Tenn. (dry van), 3. Cleveland (dry van), 4. Indianapolis (dry van), and 5. Buffalo, N.Y. (dry van). 
  • Brooklyn, N.Y., which is likely to be one of the best places to take dry van loads to and from this week, has long been a hub for garment production and other types of manufacturing.
  • The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey owns Brooklyn’s Red Hook Container Terminal, which is the only deep-water port on the east side of New York Harbor.   
  • San Antonio, another market in our top five hottest markets list, is home to Port Antonio, one of the largest industrial platforms in South Texas.
  • Demand for dry van capacity inbound to and outbound from Columbus, Ohio, is twice as high as it was at this time last year.
  • Demand for dry van running to and from Atlanta currently is 80 percent lower than it was at this time last year.

For more insights on hot and cold markets, be sure to read Wednesday’s Where’s the Freight? Miami, Harrisburg, Columbus, San Antonio and Dallas Projected To Be Most Profitable Markets for Truckers This Week. To download the Trucker Tools app, visit

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