Welcome to your mid-week edition of Where’s the Freight?,” Trucker Tools’ free market report for owner operators and carriers. “Where’s the Freight?” provides you with insights into which areas of the United States and Canada will see high and low demand for flatbed, reefer, power only and dry van capacity in the coming week.

Over the next five to seven days, you can expect flatbed demand to remain elevated in one East Texas market and for flatbed demand to increase for Ithaca, N.Y. In today’s edition of “Where’s the Freight?,” Ithaca, N.Y., claims three of the five spots in our Rising Markets list, which tells you where demand is expected to increase in the coming week. Also of note in today’s market report is that Tucson, Ariz., is number one in our Top Five Hottest Markets list. In fact, this week reefer demand inbound to and outbound from Tucson, Ariz., will be twice as high as it was last year.

For more insights into where demand and rates will be high, low, rising and falling over the next five to seven days, check out the rest of this Wednesday edition of “Where’s the Freight?” below.

Where Demand/Rates Will Be High or Rising

  • Southwestern Ontario and Texarkana, Texas, will be the top flatbed markets in North America this week. Flatbed demand is projected to increase this week for Rapid City, S.D., and Ithaca, N.Y.
  • Reefer demand and rates to/from Tucson, Ariz., will be extremely high this week. Demand for reefer capacity is projected to rise in the coming week for Ithaca, N.Y., and Texarkana, Texas.
  • Over the next five to seven day period, Jackson, Miss., and Toledo, Ohio, be the highest demand/highest rate power only markets.
  • You also can expect demand for dry van capacity to increase this week for Ithaca, N.Y.

Where Demand/Rates Will Be Low or Falling

  • Expect extremely low demand for flatbed capacity to/from Montreal, Quebec, Brooklyn, N.Y., and Yakima, Wash., this week.
  • Reefer demand and rates inbound to and outbound from Wheeling, W.Va., and Hartford, Conn., will be very low in the coming week.

Trucker Tools’ Market Insights

  • According to the latest data from Trucker Tools’ platforms, the five best markets for truckers and carriers this week will be: 1. Tucson, Ariz. (reefer), 2. Southwestern Ontario (flatbed), 3. Jackson, Miss. (power only), 4. Texarkana, Texas (flatbed), and 5. Toledo, Ohio (power only).
  • The five worst markets for truckers and carriers will be: 1. Wheeling, W.Va. (reefer), 2. Hartford, Conn. (reefer), 3. Montreal, Quebec (flatbed), 4. Brooklyn, N.Y. (flatbed), and 5. Yakima, Wash. (flatbed).
  • This week demand for power only capacity to/from Jackson, Miss., will be seven times higher than it was during the same week in 2020.
  • Today’s Daily Market Update from FreightWaves once again indicates that national outbound tender rejections and volumes are up.
  • Tucson, Ariz., whose reefer market is projected to be the highest demand market in North America in the coming week, is part of the CANAMEX Trade Corridor Project, which is meant to maximize free trade opportunities between Mexico, Canada and the United States by strengthening the corridor’s infrastructure from Nogales, Mexico, to Tucson, Ariz., via I–19 and north to the Canadian Border.
  • Some California port truckers are waiting four to six hours at port terminals in Oakland, Calif. Understaffing, equipment shortages and problems with the computer systems used by terminal operators are driving these long wait times for truckers.
  • The national average price for diesel fuel rose to $3.727 a gallon, according to data from the Energy Information Administration that was released this week. A gallon of diesel currently costs $1.355 more than it did at this time in 2020.

Be sure to view the Monday edition of our free freight forecast, Where’s the Freight? Jackson, Tucson, Nashville, Rapid City and Toledo Top Markets for Truckers and Carriers This Week. To download the Trucker Tools app, visit https://www.truckertools.com/web/carriers/.

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