Happy Friday, y’all, and welcome to your TGIF edition of “Where’s the Freight?,” Trucker Tools’ free freight forecast for fleets and owner operators. As we head into the July 4th weekend, it should come as no surprise that several reefer markets are in our Top Five Hottest Markets list today, as folks around the nation gear up to celebrate our nation’s independence with barbeques and family gatherings. Over the next week, you can expect demand for flatbed capacity inbound to and outbound from Texarkana, Texas, to increase, while Minot, N.D., will remain a cold market for flatbed. If you run dry van, you’ll want to avoid loads into and out of Northern Ontario this week, as demand and rates are projected to be extremely low. For those of you who run power only loads, Portland, Ore., is expected to see relatively high demand in the coming week.

Scroll down to discover where else demand and rates will be high and low in the United States and Canada this week in this Friday edition of “Where’s the Freight?”

Where Demand and Rates Will Be High or Rising This Week

  • Flatbed demand and rates for Texarkana, Texas, are projected to be extremely high.
  • Reefer demand and rates for Tucson, Ariz., and Texarkana, Texas, are expected to be very high. Demand for reefer capacity to/from Tucson, Ariz., Texarkana, Texas, Dodge City, Kan., and Ithaca, N.Y., is likely to increase.
  • Power only demand and rates for Portland, Ore., and Cheyenne, Wyo., are likely to be high. Power only demand to/from Fort Wayne, Ind., is expected to increase.

Where Demand and Rates Will Be Low or Falling This Week

  • Flatbed demand and rates for Minot, N.D., and Brooklyn, N.Y., will continue to be very low. Flatbed demand to/from Southwestern Ontario is likely to decline.
  • Reefer demand and rates for Minot, N.D., and Pittsburgh are projected to be extremely low. Reefer demand to/from Jonesboro, Ark., is expected to decrease.
  • Power only demand and rates for Savannah, Ga., likely will fall.
  • Dry van demand and rates for Northern Ontario once again are projected to be low.

Trucker Tools’ Market Insights and Industry News

  • Five Hottest Markets this week: 1. Texarkana, Texas (flatbed), 2. Tucson, Ariz. (reefer), 3. Texarkana, Texas (reefer), 4. Portland, Ore. (power only), and 5. Cheyenne, Wyo. (power only).
  • Five Coldest Markets this week: 1. Minot, N.D. (reefer), 2. Minot, N.D. (flatbed), 3. Northern Ontario (dry van), 4. Pittsburgh (reefer), and 5. Brooklyn, N.Y. (flatbed).
  • Over the next five to seven day period, the Texarkana, Texas, flatbed market will favor owner operators and fleets by three to one.  
  • Market To Watch: Demand for reefer capacity to/from Tucson, Ariz., is expected to double in the coming week.
  • The Minot, N.D., reefer market will favor shippers by more than three to one this week, meaning there will be only one reefer load available for every three refrigerated trailers moving into and out of the region this week.
  • FreightWaves’ SONAR Sightings indicates that volumes and rejections are rising for Harrisburg, Penn.
  • Several states are implementing new fuel taxes beginning today, July 1st, including Indiana, Missouri, Maryland, California, Virginia and South Carolina.

For more insights into hot and cold markets, be sure to read the previous edition of our free freight forecast, “Where’s the Freight? Tucson, Texarkana, Portland, Fort Wayne and Dodge City Top Freight Markets This Week.”

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