In this Monday edition of Trucker Tools’ “Where’s the Freight?,” find out where demand and rates are likely to be high and low over the next week. With more than 1 million truckers using the Trucker Tools driver app, 145,000+ fleets on Trucker Tools’ free carrier software platform and the most popular brokers and 3PLs using Trucker Tools’ software platforms, we can predict with accuracy where demand and rates will be high and low over the coming week. 

In today’s edition of “Where’s the Freight?,” four of the five markets projected to be most profitable for truckers and carriers this week are flatbed markets. If you’re a regular reader of “Where’s the Freight?,” you won’t be surprised, as you know that demand for flatbed has been extremely high since the end of 2020. Also of note in today’s “Where’s the Freight?” is the strength of the Jacksonville, Fla., power only market and the fact that Tucson, Ariz., continues to claim the throne as the hottest reefer market in North America. 

To find out which other markets will be hot and cold in the coming week, scroll down for the rest of today’s edition of “Where’s the Freight?,” Trucker Tools’ free market report for truckers and carriers

Markets Where Demand for Trucks Will Be High, Increasing

  • Demand/rates for flatbed capacity are projected to be high in the next week for Texarkana, Texas, Southwestern Ontario, Medford, Ore., and Rapid City, S.D. Demand for flatbed is projected to rise this week in and out of St. Louis and Gary, Ind. 
  • Tucson, Ariz., will continue to be the best reefer market in North America for truckers and carriers over the next five to seven day period. 
  • Expect demand for power only capacity to increase this week for Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Demand for dry van is expected to rise in the coming week for Rapid City, S.D.

Markets Where Demand for Trucks Will Be Low, Decreasing

  • Northern Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, and Brooklyn, N.Y. will be the coldest flatbed markets for truckers and carriers over the next five to seven days. You also can expect to see demand for flatbed to fall off this week for Jonesboro, Ark.
  • Hartford, Conn., will be the least profitable reefer market in North America in the coming week for truckers and carriers. Reefer demand will be declining in the next week for Medford, Ore.
  • Demand for dry van in and out of Dodge City, Kan., will be low this week. Expect to see demand for dry van fall this week in and out of Edmonton, Alberta.

Trucker Tools’ Market Insights

  • Based on today’s Trucker Tools data, the five best markets for truckers/carriers this week will be: 1. Texarkana, Texas (flatbed), 2. Tucson, Ariz. (reefer), 3. Southwestern Ontario (flatbed), 4. Medford, Ore. (flatbed), and Rapid City, S.D. (flatbed). 
  • The five worst markets for truckers/carriers this week will be: 1. Dodge City, Kan. (dry van), 2. Hartford, Conn. (reefer), 3. Northern Ontario (flatbed), 4. Toronto, Ontario (flatbed), and 5. Brooklyn, N.Y. (flatbed).
  • Demand for flatbed capacity in and out of Texarkana, Texas, currently is four times higher than it was at this time last year. 
  • In December, U.S. Steel restarted one of its blast furnaces at its Gary Works steel mill in Gary, Ind., in response to a rebounding steel market, which is likely responsible for surging demand for flatbed capacity in the region. 
  • Limited inventories due to the COVID-19 pandemic and surging demand are pushing up prices for steel and other metals

For additional insights into hot and cold markets, read Where’s the Freight? Texarkana, Southwestern Ontario, Medford, Tucson and Rapid City Expected To Be Best Markets for Truckers Over Next Week. To download Trucker Tools’ free driver app, visit https://www.truckertools.com/carriers/