Welcome to the Monday edition of “Where’s the Freight?,” Trucker Tools’ free freight forecast for owner operators and carriers. Our three-times-a-week market report tells you where demand (and rates) are likely to be highest and lowest in North America in the coming week. In today’s edition of “Where’s the Freight?,” our Top Five Hottest Markets list is dominated by power only and reefer, with three of the five hottest markets projected to be reefer markets. North Platte, Neb., claims the throne as the hottest market in the coming week, with demand for power only capacity expected to be 14 times higher this week than it was during the same week in 2020. Over the coming five to seven days, you also can expect demand for flatbed capacity to/from Texarkana, Texas, to rise and for demand/rates to be extremely low in one Canadian dry van market. 

Read on to discover where demand and rates for flatbed, reefer, power only and dry van capacity will be highest and lowest this week in this newest edition of Trucker Tools’ “Where’s the Freight?”

Highest Demand/Rate Markets

  • You can expect demand and rates for flatbed capacity to/from Texarkana, Texas, to increase this week. 
  • Dodge City, Kan., Spokane, Wash., and Edmonton, Alberta, are projected to be the highest demand/highest rate reefer markets in North America in the coming week. You also can expect reefer demand to/from Toronto to increase over the next five to seven days. 
  • North Platte, Neb., and San Diego are projected to be the highest demand power only markets this week. Demand for power only capacity is expected to rise in the coming week for St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Portland, Ore. 

Lowest Demand/Rate Markets

  • Demand for flatbed capacity this week inbound to and outbound from Brooklyn, N.Y., is projected to be extremely low. You’re likely to see demand for flatbed capacity decrease in the coming week for Ithaca, N.Y., and Northern Ontario. 
  • Hartford, Conn., Billings, Mont., and Wheeling, W. Va., are expected to be the least profitable reefer markets in North America this week. Reefer demand likely will fall over the next five to seven days for Tucson, Ariz.
  • You may want to decline dry van loads to/from Calgary, Alberta, in the coming week, as it’s expected to be the lowest demand/rate dry van market in North America. 

Trucker Tools’ Market Insights

  • Based on the latest Trucker Tools data, the five highest demand/rate markets for truckers and carriers this week will be: 1. North Platte, Neb. (power only), 2. Dodge City, Kan. (reefer), 3. Spokane, Wash. (reefer), 4. San Diego (power only), and 5. Edmonton, Alberta (reefer).
  • This week the five lowest demand/rate markets for truckers and carriers will be: 1. Hartford, Conn. (reefer), 2. Brooklyn, N.Y. (flatbed), 3. Billings, Mont. (reefer), 4. Wheeling, W. Va. (reefer), and 5. Calgary, Alberta.
  • Today’s Daily Market Update from FreightWaves indicates that national outbound tender rejections are down, while volumes up slightly.
  • Truckload rates per mile are expected to increase through the end of 2021, according to the recently launched Cowen/AFS Truckload Freight Index.
  • Some companies such as Home Depot are dealing with West Coast port congestion by hiring smaller ships to transport goods from the coast of Los Angeles to smaller ports like San Diego, which appears in today’s Top Five Hottest Markets list.
  • North Platte, Neb., is a major transportation, warehousing and logistics hub due to its central location in the United States.
  • Transportation and warehousing is one of North Platte’s biggest and highest paying industries in the region.

Looking for more market insights? Be sure to check out our previous freight forecast, Where’s the Freight? Texarkana, Ithaca, Spokane and Dodge City Hot Markets This Week. To download the Trucker Tools app, visit https://www.truckertools.com/web/carriers/.