Happy Friday, truckers and carriers, and welcome to this end-of-week edition of Trucker Tools’ “Where’s the Freight?” This and every edition of “Where’s the Freight?” provides  you with information on where demand for truck capacity will be highest, lowest, increasing and decreasing in the coming week. With this information, you can avoid taking loads into markets where demand (and rates) are likely to be low and prioritize markets where demand and backhaul rates are likely to be high. 

In today’s freight forecast, you’ll notice that three of the five markets in our Top Five Hottest Markets list are reefer markets, with Ithaca, N.Y., projected to be the highest demand/rate reefer market this week. If you’re running flatbed, you’ll want to make loads to/from Texarkana, Texas, a priority this week since it’s expected to be the highest demand/rate market in North America in the coming week. You also can expect demand and rates for dry van capacity to/from Gary, Ind., to increase, while power only demand to/from Montgomery, Ala., and Fort Worth, Texas will be extremely low over the next five to seven days. 

To find out which markets will be the hottest and coldest this week, scroll down to read the rest of this Friday edition of Trucker Tools’ “Where’s the Freight?”

Hot Markets

  • Demand and rates for flatbed capacity to/from Texarkana, Texas, are expected to remain high in the coming week. You also can expect flatbed demand to/from Dodge City, Kan., to increase this week. 
  • Ithaca, N.Y., Spokane, Wash., and Dodge City, Kan., are projected to be the highest demand/highest rate reefer markets in North America over the next five to seven days. Reefer demand inbound to and outbound from Texarkana, Texas, likely will increase this week. 
  • You can expect demand for power only capacity to rise this week for Savannah, Ga., and New Castle, Del.
  • This week, Ithaca, N.Y., will be the highest demand dry van market in North America. You can expect dry van demand to increase this week for Gary, Ind.

Cold Markets

  • Demand for flatbed capacity inbound to and outbound from Brooklyn, N.Y., will be extremely low this week. 
  • You may want to think again about taking reefer loads to/from Hartford, Conn., and Billings, Mont., in the coming week, as they will be the least profitable reefer markets in North America. Reefer demand likely will decrease this week for Tucson, Ariz.
  • Montgomery, Ala., and Fort Worth, Texas, are projected to be the lowest demand/lowest rate power only markets over the next five to seven days. 

Trucker Tools’ Market Insights

  • Based on data from Trucker Tools’ platforms, these will be the five highest demand (and highest rate) markets for truckers and carriers this week: 1. Texarkana, Texas (flatbed), 2. Ithaca, N.Y. (dry van), 3. Ithaca, N.Y. (reefer), 4. Spokane, Wash. (reefer), and 5. Dodge City, Kan. (reefer).
  • This week the five lowest demand (and lowest rate) markets for truckers and carriers will be: 1. Montgomery, Ala. (power only), 2. Hartford, Conn. (reefer), 3. Billings, Mont. (reefer), 4. Fort Worth, Texas (power only), and 5. Brooklyn, N.Y. (flatbed).
  • Today’s Daily Market Update from FreightWaves indicates that national outbound tender rejections are up and volumes are down.
  • Ithaca, N.Y., which is projected to see high demand for dry van and reefer capacity this week, is a major inland shipping port due to its proximity to the New York State Barge Canal, a 525-mile canal system within New York state.
  • The latest U.S.D.A. Specialty Crops National Truck Rate Report indicates capacity shortages in these areas: San Luis Valley Colorado, Upper Valley and Twin Falls-Burley District of Idaho, New York, Eastern North Carolina, Columbia Basin Washington, Yakima Valley and Wenatchee District Washington, Central Wisconsin.  
  • According to a report from C.H. Robinson, on average it is taking 10 months to get a new Class 8 truck due to supply chain constraints.

For more market insights, check out the previous edition of our free market report,  Where’s the Freight? Expect High Demand for Capacity for Texarkana, Ithaca, Spokane and Southwestern Ontario. To download the Trucker Tools app, visit https://www.truckertools.com/web/carriers/.