Weather pushes up freight index

Spot market freight availability jumped 24% in January, due primarily to the unusual weather patterns around the country, DAT said.

More freight flowed into the spot market in both December and January as shippers and their contracted carriers struggled to meet capacity challenges caused by extreme weather, the firm said.

Year-over-year freight volumes were up 45% to a level not seen since October 2005, when pent-up demand in the wake of Hurricane

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