Welcome to a new week, truckers and carriers, and welcome to the newest edition of Where’s the Freight?,” Trucker Tools’ free freight forecast for owner operators and carriers. With Thanksgiving next week and the Christmas holiday less than six weeks away, there is lots of ground to cover in this Monday edition of “Where’s the Freight?”

Over the next five to seven days, you can expect flatbed demand to remain extremely high in one East Texas market that has consistently appeared in our Top Five Hottest Markets list throughout 2020 and 2021. Flatbed demand is projected to increase this week for one major Kansas market and one Ontario market, as well. If you’re running reefer, you’ll want to prioritize the Edmonton, Alberta, Tucson, Ariz., and Southwestern Ontario markets this week, as reefer demand will be high or rising in these markets. On the power only side, you’ll want to avoid loads to/from Tulsa, Okla., as demand for power only capacity will be extremely low for the region in the coming week. For dry van, Calgary, Alberta, is projected to be the coldest (lowest demand, lowest rate) dry van market in the North America over the next five to seven day period.

For more insights into where demand and rates will be high and low across North America in the coming week, check out the rest of this Monday edition of Trucker Tools’ “Where’s the Freight?” below!

Where Demand and Rates Are Likely To Be High or Rising

  • Texarkana, Texas, Rapid City, S.D., and Lubbock, Texas, will continue to be hot markets for flatbed capacity. You also can expect flatbed demand to rise this week for Southwestern Ontario and Dodge City, Kan.
  • Edmonton, Alberta, once again is projected to be the highest demand/highest rate reefer market in North America in the coming week. Reefer demand to/from Tucson, Ariz., and Southwestern Ontario is expected to increase this week, as well.
  • Over the next five to seven day period, Mobile, Ala., will be a high demand/rate power only market. Power only demand is projected to increase this week for Green Bay, Wis.

Where Demand and Rates Are Likely To Be Low or Falling

  • Flatbed demandfor Washington D.C. is projected to be extremely low this week.
  • Hartford, Conn., and Cheyenne, Wyo., will be the lowest demand/lowest rate reefer markets for truckers and carriers over the next five to seven days.
  • In the coming week, demand/rates for power only capacity to/from Tulsa, Okla., will be extremely low.
  • Yet again, you can expect extremely low demand and rates for dry van capacity to/from Calgary, Alberta, in the coming week.

Trucker Tools’ Market Insights

  • According to the latest Trucker Tools data, the five best markets for truckers and carriers in the coming week will be: 1. Texarkana, Texas (flatbed), 2. Edmonton, Alberta (reefer), 3. Rapid City, S.D. (flatbed), 4. Mobile, Ala. (power only), and 5. Lubbock, Texas (flatbed).
  • The five worst markets for truckers and carriers this week will be: 1. Tulsa, Okla. (power only), 2. Calgary, Alberta (dry van), 3. Hartford, Conn. (reefer), 4. Washington D.C. (flatbed), and 5. Cheyenne, Wyo. (reefer).
  • Today’s Daily Market Update from FreightWaves indicates that national outbound tender rejections are up, while national outbound volumes are down.
  • This week, demand for flatbed capacity inbound to and outbound from Rapid City, S.D., is projected to be twice as high as it was during the same week last year.
  • In order to reduce cargo congestion, the Port of Savannah is setting up multiple inland overflow locations as temporary container yards to improve import and export flow through the port.
  • This morning on the eastbound exit ramp from Interstate 244 to Highway 75 northbound in Tulsa, Oklahoma, an accident caused the straps on a semi hauling steel to break, spilling the load onto the highway. No injuries have been reported, but the ramp has been shut down until further notice.  
  • Some major truck stop chains are limiting the number of gallons of diesel a trucker can purchase in a single transaction due to fuel shortages.

Be sure to read our previous freight forecast, Where’s the Freight? Texarkana, Edmonton, Rapid City and Lubbock Hottest Markets for Truckers and Carriers for more market insights.

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