October 3, 2022 | TruckerTools

Where’s the Freight? North Platte, Texarkana, Fort Worth and Jonesboro Hottest Freight Markets for Truckers This Week

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Welcome to the newest edition of “Where’s the Freight?,” Trucker Tools’ free freight forecast for carriers and owner operators.

You’ll notice in today’s freight forecast, that the North Platte, Neb., power only market once again is projected to be the hottest freight market across the United States and Canada this week. With its proximity to major markets such as Denver, Kansas City and Chicago, the North Platte, Neb., area is a central warehousing and distribution point for freight moving both east to west and north to south across the United States. This week, you also can expect flatbed demand for Edmonton, Alberta, to increase significantly, while Texarkana, Texas, will remain a hot spot for reefer freight. If you run dry van, you’ll want to avoid loads into and out of Dodge City, Kan., over the next five to seven days, as demand and rates are projected to be extremely low. 

Where Demand/Rates Will Be Highest or Rising This Week

  • Flatbed demand and rates for Texarkana, Texas, are projected to be high. Demand for flatbed capacity to/from Edmonton, Alberta, Vancouver, British Columbia, and Jonesboro, Ark., is expected to increase.
  • Reefer demand and rates for Texarkana, Texas, and Jonesboro, Ark., are likely to be very high. 
  • Power only demand and rates for North Platte, Neb., and Fort Worth, Texas, are projected to remain extremely high. Power only demand to/from Jonesboro, Ark., and Austin, Texas, likely will rise.

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

  • Flatbed demand and rates for Washington D.C., Flagstaff, Ariz., and El Paso, Texas, will be extremely low. Flatbed demand for Huntington, W.Va., is expected to decline.
  • Reefer demand and rates for Dodge City, Kan., and Macon, Ga., are likely to decrease.
  • Power only demand and rates for Cape Girardeau, Mo., likely will remain very low. Demand for power only capacity to/from Omaha, Neb., is projected to decrease.
  • Dry van demand and rates for Dodge City, Kan., are expected to be low.  

Trucker Tools’ Market Insights and Industry News

  • Five Hottest Markets this week: 1. North Platte, Neb. (power only), 2. Texarkana, Texas (flatbed), 3. Fort Worth, Texas (power only), 4. Texarkana, Texas (reefer), and 5. Jonesboro, Ark. (reefer). 
  • Five Coldest Markets this week: 1. Washington D.C. (flatbed), 2. Flagstaff, Ariz. (flatbed), 3. Cape Girardeau, Mo. (power only), 4. El Paso, Texas (flatbed), and 5. Dodge City, Kan. (dry van). 
  • Market To Avoid: This week, the Washington D.C. flatbed market will favor shippers/brokers by approximately two to one. 
  • In the coming week, demand for power only capacity inbound to and outbound from North Platte, Neb., is projected to be 18 times higher than it was during the same week in 2021.
  • Last month, the Port of Savannah saw a nearly nine percent increase in freight volume year-over-year
  • According to the latest Specialty Crops National Truck Rate Report from the U.S.D.A., there currently are truck capacity surpluses in these areas: Mexico crossings through Nogales, Ariz., and Mexico crossings through Southern Texas. 

Read our previous freight forecast, “Where’s the Freight? North Platte, Jonesboro and Texarkana To See High Demand for Truck Capacity in Coming Week.” 

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