Happy Friday, everyone, and welcome to your end of week edition of “Where’s the Freight?,” Trucker Tools’ free freight forecast for carriers and owner operators. You can use the information in this and every edition of “Where’s the Freight?” to prioritize loads into areas where demand is likely to be high or rising and avoid loads that take you into areas where demand is projected to be low or falling. This week you can expect one region in Eastern Texas to be a hot spot for both flatbed and reefer freight. Speaking of reefer, four of the cities in today’s Top Five Hottest Markets list are reefer markets, while several power only markets appear in our Rising Markets list. Also of note in today’s freight forecast is that Hartford, Conn., will be one of the lowest demand reefer and flatbed markets in the country over the next five to seven days. 

Let’s get right to it. Here it is: your Friday edition of Trucker Tools’ “Where’s the Freight?”

Hottest Markets for Owner Operators, Carriers

  • Texarkana, Texas, will be the highest demand flatbed market in North America in the coming week. Demand for flatbed is expected to rise this week to/from Southwestern Ontario.
  • Demand for reefer capacity inbound to and outbound from Dodge City, Kan., Fayetteville, Ark., and Spokane, Wash., will be relatively high this week. Reefer demand is projected to increase this week for Tucson, Ariz., and Lexington, Ky.
  • Power only demand is expected to increase in the coming week inbound to/outbound from El Paso, Texas, and Jonesboro, Ark.

Coldest Markets for Owner Operators, Carriers

  • Hartford, Conn., and Fargo, N.D., will be the least profitable/lowest rate flatbed markets in North America over the next five to seven days. Flatbed demand will fall this week for Savannah, Ga., and Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Hartford, Conn., also is projected to be the lowest demand reefer market in the nation this week. 
  • Demand for power only capacity is projected to be low this week for San Francisco. You also can expect power only demand to/from Portland, Ore., to decrease in the coming week.
  • Eastern Ontario likely will be the lowest demand/lowest rate dry van market in North America in the next five to seven days. 

Trucker Tools’ Market Insights

  • Today’s Trucker Tools data shows that these are likely to be the five most profitable markets for owner operators and carriers over the next week: 1. Texarkana, Texas (flatbed), 2. Dodge City, Kan. (reefer), 3. Fayetteville, Ark. (reefer), 4. Spokane, Wash. (reefer), and 5. Texarkana, Texas (reefer).
  • The five least profitable markets for owner operators and carriers this week will be: 1. Eastern Ontario (dry van), 2. Hartford, Conn. (reefer), 3. Hartford, Conn. (flatbed), 4. San Francisco (power only), and 5. Fargo, N.D. (flatbed).
  • Texarkana, Texas, whose flatbed and reefer markets both are included in today’s Top Five Hottest Markets list, is a major distribution point for freight flowing to/from Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. 
  • Data released earlier this week indicates that freight costs and volumes remain historically high, with expenditures up 43 percent year-over-year and July freight shipments up 16 percent over July 2020. 
  • If you run reefer, you may want to make Dodge City, Kan., a priority this week, as inbound loads are projected to outnumber available trucks by two to one.
  • According to FTR Transportation Intelligence, the supply of trucks has fallen approximately 25 percent behind market demand due to semiconductor shortages. 
  • Demand for reefer capacity this week to/from Fayetteville, Ark., is projected to be twice as high as it was in 2020.

For more market insights and forecasts, read the Wednesday edition of our free market report, Where’s the Freight? High Demand for Capacity for Dodge City, Tucson, Fayetteville, Edmonton and Southwestern Ontario in the Coming Week. To download the Trucker Tools mobile app, visit https://www.truckertools.com/carriers/.