It’s Friday, which means it’s time for a brand new edition of “Where’s the Freight?,” Trucker Tools’ free freight market report for owner operators and carriers. In every edition of “Where’s the Freight?,” you’ll discover where demand and rates for specific types of truckload capacity will be high and low over the next five to seven days.  

Two markets that you should prioritize this week are Texarkana, Texas, and Tucson, Ariz. The Texarkana, Texas, flatbed market is projected to see extremely high demand this week, which is why it scores number one in today’s Top Five Hottest Markets list. Demand for reefer capacity inbound to and outbound from Tucson, Ariz., is expected to more than double this week. For those of your running power only loads, you can expect to see a slight uptick in demand for power only capacity this week to/from Los Angeles and Philadelphia.

Read on to find out where else demand and rates across the United States and Canada will be high and low this week in this TGIF edition of “Where’s the Freight?”

Where Demand and Rates Are Likely To Be High or Rising This Week

  • Flatbed demand and rates for Texarkana, Texas, and Regina, Saskatchewan, will remain extremely high. Flatbed demand to/from Rapid City, S.D., is projected to increase.
  • Reefer demand and rates for Tucson, Ariz., Dodge City, Kan., and Macon, Ga., are expected to be high. Reefer demand to/from Tucson, Ariz., and Texarkana, Texas, is likely to rise.
  • Power only demand and rates for Los Angeles and Philadelphia are projected to increase.

Where Demand and Rates Are Likely To Be Low or Falling This Week

  • Flatbed demand and rates for Fargo, N.D., and Brooklyn, N.Y., will be extremely low.
  • Reefer demand and rates for Pittsburgh, Brooklyn, N.Y., and Billings, Mont., are likely to be very low.
  • Power only demand and rates for San Diego and San Antonio are projected to decline.

Trucker Tools’ Market Insights and Industry News

  • The five highest demand freight markets over the next week: 1. Texarkana, Texas (flatbed), 2. Tucson, Ariz., (reefer), 3. Regina, Saskatchewan (flatbed), 4. Dodge City, Kan. (reefer), and 5. Macon, Ga. (reefer).
  • The five lowest demand markets over the next week: 1. Pittsburgh (reefer), 2. Fargo, N.D. (flatbed), 3. Brooklyn, N.Y. (flatbed), 4. Brooklyn, N.Y. (reefer), and 5. Billings, Mont. (reefer).
  • In the coming week, the Billings, Mont., reefer market will favor shippers by more than four to one.
  • The latest USDA Fruit and Vegetable Truck Rate Report shows slight truck capacity shortages in Georgia and Colorado’s San Luis Valley.
  • The State of New York has suspended taxes on gas and diesel, effective June 1. In addition, 25 counties in the state have set temporary caps on gas and diesel sales tax.
  • Last Friday, there were 25 container ships waiting outside the ports of Long Beach and Lost Angeles, the lowest tally since July of last year.
  • President Biden recently designated a major New Mexico to Texas freight route an interstate. The new designation will result in improvements and extensions of I-27, making it a viable alternative to the often congested I-35.

For even more insights, check out the Wednesday edition of our free freight forecast, “Where’s the Freight? Texarkana, Tucson, Rapid City and Regina To See High Demand for Capacity in Coming Week.”

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