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June 13, 2022 | Trucker Tools

Where’s the Freight? Portland, Cape Girardeau, Tucson, Texarkana and Fort Wayne Hottest Freight Markets This Week

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Welcome to the newest edition of “Where’s the Freight?,” Trucker Tools’ free freight market report for owner operators and carriers. This week, power only and flatbed demand will be particularly strong in several U.S. and Canadian markets including Portland, Ore., Texarkana, Texas, and Regina, Saskatchewan. As for refrigerated freight, Tucson, Ariz., will remain a hot spot in the coming week, while Billings, Mont., is expected to see extremely low demand for reefer capacity this week. Over the next five to seven day period, you’ll want to avoid dry van loads to/from Regina, Saskatchewan, as demand and rates are projected to be extremely low.

Keep scrolling for more information on this week’s hottest and freight coldest markets in this Monday edition of Trucker Tools’ “Where’s the Freight?”

Where Demand and Rates Will Be High or Rising This Week

  • Flatbed demand and rates for Texarkana, Texas, will continue to be high. Flatbed demand for Texarkana, Texas, Rapid City, S.D., and Regina, Saskatchewan, is projected to increase.
  • Reefer demand and rates for Tucson, Ariz., will remain elevated. Reefer demand to/from Dodge City, Kan., is expected to increase.
  • Power only demand and rates for Portland, Ore., Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Fort Wayne, Ind., are likely to be high. Power only demand for Norfolk, Va., is projected to increase. 

Where Demand and Rates Will Be Low or Falling This Week

  • Reefer demand and rates for Billings, Mont., and Pittsburgh will remain extremely low.
  • Power only demand and rates for Richmond, Va., and Springfield, Mass., are expected to be very low. San Diego and Portland, Maine, are likely to see declines in demand for power only capacity. 
  • Dry van demand and rates for Regina, Saskatchewan, are projected to be low. 

Trucker Tools’ Market Insights and Industry News

  • Five Hottest Freight Markets This Week: 1. Portland, Ore. (power only), 2. Cape Girardeau, Mo. (power only), 3. Tucson, Ariz. (reefer), 4. Texarkana, Texas (flatbed), and 5. Fort Wayne, Ind. (power only). 
  • Five Coldest Freight Markets This Week: 1. Billings, Mont. (reefer), 2. Richmond, Va. (power only), 3. Regina, Saskatchewan (dry van), 4. Pittsburgh (reefer), and 5. Springfield, Mass. (power only).
  • In the coming week, the Cape Girardeau, Mo., power only market will favor carriers and owner operators by more than two to one.
  • The ports of Charleston, South Carolina, and Long Beach, Calif., saw historically high volumes of freight last month as the number of container ships waiting offshore continues to decline. 
  • According to federal data, the 10 most dangerous states to drive in are: 10. Oklahoma, 9. Tennessee, 8. Wyoming, 7. Louisiana, 6. Kentucky, 5. New Mexico, 4. Montana, 3. South Carolina, 2. Arkansas, and 1. Mississippi. 
  • The Texarkana, Texas, flatbed market is expected to see a significant increase in demand this week and will favor fleets and drivers by more than two to one, meaning for each flatbed headed into the area there should be at least two loads available.

Read the previous edition of our free freight forecast, “Where’s the Freight? Cape Girardeau, Texarkana, Tucson, Chicago and Portland To See High Demand for Truck Capacity Over Next Week.”

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