April 18, 2022 | TruckerTools

Where’s the Freight? Texarkana, Huntington, Tucson and Dodge City Expected To See High Demand for Capacity This Week

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Welcome to your Monday edition of Where’s the Freight?,” Trucker Tools’ free freight forecast for truckers and carriers. With spring officially here, spot market flatbed demand remains high even as spot market demand for other types of capacity has declined in recent weeks. As we look ahead to this coming week, the Texarkana, Texas, flatbed market is expected to see the highest truckload demand and rates in the United States and Canada, which is why it’s ranked number one in today’s Top Five Hottest Markets list. If you run reefer, you’ll want to continue to make loads to/from Tucson, Ariz., a priority this week, as demand will be relatively high. For you dry vanners, keep an eye on loads inbound to and outbound from Gary, Ind., and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, this week, since dry van demand is projected to surge in both areas.  

Read on to discover where else demand and rates for flatbed, reefer, power only and dry van capacity will be highest and lowest this week in this Monday edition of Trucker Tools’ “Where’s the Freight?”

Where Freight Demand and Rates Are Likely To Be High or Rising

  • Flatbed demand and rates for Texarkana, Texas, and Huntington, W.Va., are expected to be high over the next week. Flatbed demand for Ithaca, N.Y., likely will increase this week.
  • Reefer demand and rates for Tucson, Ariz., Dodge City, Kan., and Texarkana, Texas, will remain relatively high over the next five to seven days. You can expect reefer demand to rise this week for Edmonton, Alberta, and Flagstaff, Ariz.
  • Dry van demand and rates inbound to and outbound from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and Gary, Ind., are expected to increase in the coming week.

Where Freight Demand and Rates Are Likely To Be Low or Falling

  • Flatbed demand and rates for El Paso, Texas, and Fargo, N.D., are projected to be low this week.
  • Reefer demand and rates to/from Minot, N.D., and Pittsburgh are likely to be low in the next week.
  • Power only demand and rates inbound to and outbound from New Orleans are expected to be extremely low over the next five to seven day period. Power only demand for Richmond, Va., and St. Louis likely will decline in the coming week.

Trucker Tools’ Market Insights and Industry News

  • The five most profitable markets for truckers and carriers this week likely will be: 1. Texarkana, Texas (flatbed), 2. Huntington, W.Va. (flatbed), 3. Tucson, Ariz. (reefer), 4. Dodge City, Kan. (reefer), and 5. Texarkana, Texas (reefer).
  • The five least profitable markets for truckers and carriers this week likely will be: 1. New Orleans (power only), 2. Minot, N.D. (reefer), 3. El Paso, Texas (flatbed), 4. Fargo, N.D. (flatbed), and 5. Pittsburgh (reefer).
  • Over the next five to seven days, the Huntington, W.Va., flatbed market is projected to see twice as much demand as it did during the same week in 2021.
  • The latest Daily Market Update from FreightWaves indicates that national outbound tender rejections are down, while national freight volumes are up slightly.
  • The USDA’s newest Specialty Crops National Truck Rate Report indicates that there are capacity shortages in Central/Southern Florida and Eastern North Carolina, along with slight truck shortages in Michigan and Colorado’s San Luis Valley.
  • Twenty-five million people in Shanghai, China — one of the largest manufacturing centers in China and home to the largest container port in the world — have been in quarantine for the last 18 days, contributing to declining freight rates around the globe.

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