Happy Friday, y’all, and welcome to your end of week edition of “Where’s the Freight?,” Trucker Tools’ free freight market report for owner operators and carriers. With the insights provided in this and every edition of “Where’s the Freight?,” you can maximize your profit margins by avoiding markets where demand/rates are projected to be low and prioritizing markets where they’re likely to be high.

Over the next five to seven day period, the Tucson, Ariz., reefer market is expected to be the hottest freight market in the United States and Canada. Demand for reefer capacity to/from Tucson this week is projected to be twice as high as it was during the same week last year. In the coming week, you also can expect demand and rates for power only capacity to increase for New Castle, Del., and Springfield, Mass. If you run dry van, you’ll want to prioritize loads to/from Gary, Ind., and Ithaca, N.Y., this week, as demand and rates are expected to be somewhat elevated in both regions. 

Read on to discover where else demand and rates will be highest and lowest this week in this Friday edition of “Where’s the Freight?”

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

  • Flatbed demand and rates for Rapid City, S.D., once again are projected to be elevated.
  • Reefer demand and rates for Tucson, Ariz., and Texarkana, Texas, will remain high. Reefer demand to/from Jonesboro, Ark., is expected to increase.
  • Power only demand and rates for Los Angeles will be relatively high. Power only demand to/from New Castle, Del., Springfield, Mass., and Fort Wayne, Ind., is likely to rise.
  • Dry van demand and rates for Gary, Ind., will be somewhat elevated. Dry van demand to/from Ithaca, N.Y., is projected to increase.

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

  • Flatbed demand and rates for Winnipeg, Manitoba, Fargo, N.D., and Spokane, Wash., will be extremely low.
  • Reefer demand and rates for Pittsburgh and Montreal, Quebec, are projected to be very low.
  • Dry van demand and rates to/from Ottawa, Ontario, are expected to decline.

Trucker Tools’ Market Insights and Industry News

  • The five highest demand markets for drivers and carriers this week: 1. Tucson, Ariz., (reefer), 2. Rapid City, S.D. (flatbed), 3. Texarkana, Texas (reefer), 4. Los Angeles (power only), and 5. Gary, Ind. (dry van).
  • The five lowest demand markets for drivers and carriers this week: 1. Winnipeg, Manitoba (flatbed), 2. Fargo, N.D. (flatbed), 3. Pittsburgh (reefer), 4. Montreal, Quebec (reefer), and 5. Spokane, Wash. (flatbed).
  • Demand for flatbed capacity to/from Rapid City, S.D., this week is projected to be 40 percent higher than it was during the same week in 2021.
  • Truck tonnage decreased by two percent last month after rising by 1.8% in March, making it the largest sequential drop in nearly two years.
  • Once again, the Texarkana, Texas, reefer market is expected to heavily favor fleets and drivers this week. For each reefer headed into and out of the region, there should be three or more reefer loads available.
  • According to CargoNet, cargo theft in the first quarter of 2022 was 15 percent higher than pre-pandemic levels.

Missed our previous freight forecast? Read it here: “Where’s the Freight? Tucson, Rapid City, Dodge City and Texarkana To See High Demand for Capacity in Coming Week.”

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