Happy Wednesday, everyone, and welcome to your Wednesday edition of Trucker Tools’ “Where’s the Freight?” This free freight forecast uses real-world data from Trucker Tools’ platforms to predict where demand for trucks will be highest and lowest over the next five to seven day period. With these insights, you can make better decisions on loads by avoiding markets where demand and rates are likely to be low and prioritizing markets where demand and rates are likely to be high.

There’s lots of ground to cover in today’s edition of “Where’s the Freight?,” as the North Platte, Neb., power only market once again claims the top spot in our Top Five Hottest Markets list. In the coming week, you can expect flatbed demand to be on the rise in one Eastern Texas market, while dry van demand is projected to increase for Ithaca, N.Y., and Ottawa, Ontario. Also of note in today’s freight forecast is that one West Coast market in our Top Five list will favor owner operators and carriers by a ratio of more than three to one this week. 

Read on to learn more about where demand and rates are likely to be highest and lowest in North America over the next five to seven day period in this Wednesday edition of Trucker Tools’ “Where’s the Freight?”

Where Demand for Trucks Will Be High or Rising

  • Rapid City, S.D., is projected to be the highest demand and highest rate flatbed market in the coming week. You also can expect flatbed demand to/from Texarkana, Texas, to increase this week. 
  • Dodge City, Kan., and Spokane, Wash., likely will be the highest demand/highest rate reefer markets in North America over the next five to seven days. 
  • North Platte, Neb., and San Diego are expected to be the highest demand power only markets this week. Demand for power only capacity is projected to rise in the coming week for Charlotte, N.C., and Des Moines, Iowa.
  • Demand for dry van likely will increase this week for Ithaca, N.Y., and Ottawa, Ontario.

Where Demand for Trucks Will Be Low or Falling

  • Brooklyn, N.Y., once again is projected to be the lowest demand flatbed market in North America in the coming week. You also can expect flatbed demand to decline this week for Fort Smith, Ark.
  • Demand for reefer capacity to/from Hartford, Conn., is expected to be extremely low over the next five to seven days.
  • Demand for power only inbound to and outbound from Jackson, Miss., will be very low this week. Look for power only demand and rates to fall this week for Shreveport, La.
  • You may want to decline dry van loads to/from Huntington, W.Va., and Calgary, Alberta, in the coming week, as demand and rates are projected to be extremely low.

Trucker Tools’ Market Insights

  • According to Trucker Tools’ data, the five highest demand (and likely highest rate) markets this week will be: 1. North Platte, Neb. (power only), 2. Dodge City, Kan. (reefer), 3. San Diego (power only), 4. Spokane, Wash. (reefer), and 5. Rapid City, S.D. (flatbed).
  • The five lowest demand (and lowest rate) markets will be: 1. Hartford, Conn. (reefer), 2. Jackson, Miss. (power only), 3. Huntington, W.Va. (dry van), 4. Calgary, Alberta (dry van), and 5. Brooklyn, N.Y. (flatbed).
  • The latest Daily Market Update from FreightWaves shows that national outbound tender rejections and volumes are both up. 
  • In the coming week, demand for reefer capacity to/from Dodge City, Kan., is projected to be twice as high as it was during the same week in 2020.
  • The Port of Charleston broke volume records during the month of September, the third consecutive month of record volume
  • San Diego’s power only market is projected to favor owner operators and carriers by three to one in the coming week, meaning for each trailer headed into or out of the area, there will be three loads available. 

Don’t forget to check out the previous edition of our free freight forecast, Where’s the Freight? North Platte, Dodge City, Spokane, San Diego and Edmonton Most Profitable Markets for Truckers/Carriers This Week. To download the Trucker Tools app, visit https://www.truckertools.com/web/carriers/.