Welcome to your mid-week edition of “Where’s the Freight?,” Trucker Tools’ free freight forecast for truckers and carriers. In each and every edition of our free freight forecast, you’ll find out where demand and rates for flatbed, reefer, dry van and power only freight will be highest and lowest over the next week.

Once again this week, the Mobile, Ala., power only market is likely be the hottest freight market in the United States and Canada, which is why it’s ranked number one in today’s Top Five Hottest Markets list. Also of note in today’s freight forecast, demand and rates for reefer capacity to/from Texarkana, Texas, are projected to be extremely high this week. If you run flatbed, you’ll want to prioritize loads into Texarkana, Texas, in the coming week, as demand for flatbed capacity is projected to increase substantially. On the dry van side, Ottawa, Ontario is projected to see increasing demand, while Ithaca, N.Y., will be a cold market for dry van over the next five to seven days. 

Where Demand/Rates Will Be Highest or Rising This Week

  • Flatbed demand and rates for Wheeling, W.Va., are projected to be high. Flatbed demand to/from Texarkana, Texas, is likely to increase.
  • Reefer demand and rates for Texarkana, Texas, Fayetteville, Ark., and Tucson, Ariz., are expected to be very high. Reefer demand to/from Grand Junction, Colo., and Winnipeg, Manitoba, is likely to rise.
  • Power only demand and rates for Mobile, Ala., are likely to remain extremely high. Power only demand to/from Richmond, Va., is projected to increase. 
  • Dry van demand and rates for Ottawa, Ontario, are expected to rise.

Where Freight Demand/Rates Will Be Lowest or Falling This Week

  • Flatbed demand and rates for Flagstaff, Ariz., and Brooklyn, N.Y., are projected to be low. 
  • Reefer demand and rates for Pittsburgh will remain very low. 
  • Power only demand and rates for Saginaw, Mich., and Bowling Green, Ky., are expected to be extremely low. Power only demand for El Paso, Texas, is likely to decline. 
  • Dry van demand and rates for Ithaca, N.Y., are projected to decrease.

Trucker Tools’ Market Insights and Industry News

  • Five Hottest Markets this week: 1. Mobile, Ala. (power only), 2. Texarkana, Texas (reefer), 3. Fayetteville, Ark. (reefer), 4. Wheeling, W.Va. (flatbed), and 5. Tucson, Ariz. (reefer). 
  • Five Coldest Markets this week: 1. Saginaw, Mich. (power only), 2. Pittsburgh (reefer), 3. Flagstaff, Ariz. (flatbed), 4. Brooklyn, N.Y. (flatbed), and 5. Bowling Green, Ky. (power only).
  • Market To Watch: This coming week, demand for power only capacity to/from Mobile, Ala., is projected to be twice as high as it was during the same week last year.
  • Over the next week, demand for flatbed capacity to/from Texarkana, Texas, is expected to increase substantially.
  • Today’s Specialty Crops National Truck Rate Report from the U.S.D.A. indicates that there currently are capacity surpluses in Western Florida, Central and Southern Florida, and at Mexico crossings through Nogales, Ariz., and Southern Texas. 
  • According to yesterday’s SONAR Sightings from FreightWavesoutbound demand for Atlanta and outbound truckload volumes for Elizabeth, N.J., have dropped this week.

Check out last Friday’s edition of our free freight forecast for truckers and carriers, “Where’s the Freight? Mobile, Texarkana, Fayetteville and Jonesboro To See High Demand for Truckload Capacity This Week.”

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