In this Monday edition of Trucker Tools’ “Where’s the Freight?,” a three times/week free market report for truckers and carriers, we continue to see West Coast port congestion impact demand and rates. As of today, 21 container ships are anchored and waiting to enter the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and another 16 container ships are expected to arrive over the next three days. As container ships are diverted to East Coast ports such as the Port of New York and New Jersey, we’re seeing demand/rates for trucks increase at several ports along the Eastern Seaboard.

Also of note in this Monday edition of “Where’s the Freight?” is that two Texas cities make our top five hottest markets list and Wichita, Kan., is projected to maintain its position as the highest demand reefer market in the coming week.

Read on to discover where else demand for specific types of trucks will be high and low over the next week. 

Hottest Markets for Truckers and Carriers

  • Expect demand for flatbed capacity to be high to and from Dallas in the coming week. Look for demand/rates for flatbed to increase this week for Houston.
  • Wichita, Kan., and Houston are projected to be best reefer markets in North America for truckers and carriers over the next five to seven days. Demand for reefer capacity is likely to increase this week for Detroit and Boston.
  • Miami and New Brunswick, N.J., will be the most profitable dry van markets in the coming week. Demand for dry van will increase this week to/from Duluth, Minn.

Coldest Markets for Truckers and Carriers

  • Demand for flatbed running inbound to and outbound from Denver will decrease over the next five to seven days. 
  • You may want to avoid taking reefer loads to/from Cleveland this week, as it is projected to be the lowest demand reefer market in North America this week. Demand for reefer will likely decrease to/from St. Cloud, Minn.
  • Atlanta, Buffalo, N.Y., Allentown, Pa., and Charleston, W.Va., are expected to be the least profitable dry van markets in the country this week. Dry van demand/rates are likely to decrease for Houston and St. Cloud, Minn.

Trucker Tools’ Market Insights

  • According to the very latest Trucker tools data, these will be the five best markets for truckers and carriers this week: 1. Miami (dry van), 2. Wichita, Kan. (reefer), 3. Houston (reefer), 4. New Brunswick, N.J. (dry van), 5. Dallas (flatbed).
  • These will be the five worst markets for truckers and carriers over the next week: 1. Atlanta (dry van), 2. Cleveland (reefer), 3. Buffalo, N.Y. (dry van), 4. Allentown, Pa. (dry van), and 5. Charleston, W.Va. (dry van). 
  • Demand for reefer trucks to/from Houston currently is five times higher than it was at this time in 2020.
  • Miami, whose dry van market is projected to be the best market for truckers this week, is the ninth largest container port in the United States.
  • The Port of Miami’s on-dock intermodal rail can deliver goods to 70 percent of the U.S. population within four days.
  • According to a report from FreightWaves yesterday, cross-border trucking companies along the U.S.-Mexico border are struggling to recruit drivers, which is impacting rates and capacity.

Check out the previous edition of our free market report, Where’s the Freight? Jonesboro, Miami, Southwestern Ontario and Wichita Projected To Be Best Markets for Truckers/Carriers in the Coming Week. To download the Trucker Tools app, visit https://www.truckertools.com/carriers/