The number of posted loads on the spot truckload market fell 6.4% during the week ending October 17, 2015, reports DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards, continuing a pattern of softer demand.
Available capacity increased 0.2% compared with the previous week. Spot truckload rates dropped 1 cent across all three equipment types despite a one-penny increase in the average fuel surcharge.
The national average truckload van spot market rate dipped to $1.71 per mile. Average outbound rates were up slightly in Philadelphia PA and Buffalo NY, but prices trended downward elsewhere: Los Angeles CA ($1.96 per mile, down 3 cents), Columbus OH ($1.87, off 5 cents), and Atlanta GA ($1.73, down 4 cents) were among markets showing losses for the week ending October 17.
Van load availability was down 9.3% while truck posts held steady (up 0.6%). The result was a 9.8% decline in the average van load-to-truck ratio, falling from 1.6 to 1.4 loads per truck, meaning there were 1.4 available van loads for every truck posted on the DAT network.
Flatbed load availability dropped 4% and truck posts were down 1.6%, resulting in a 2.4% decrease in the load-to-truck ratio as a national average. The ratio retreated from 10.6 to 10.3 loads per truck. The national average flatbed rate was 1 cent lower at $2.00 per mile.
The national average price of diesel dipped 3 cents to $2.53 per gallon the week ending October 17. All reported rates include fuel surcharges.
Rates are derived from DAT RateView, which provides real-time reports on prevailing spot market and contract rates, as well as historical rate and capacity trends. Load-to-truck ratios represent the number of loads posted for every truck available on DAT load boards. The load-to-truck ratio is a sensitive, real-time indicator of the balance between spot market demand and capacity. Changes in the ratio often signal impending changes in rates.
For complete national and regional reports on spot rates and demand, go to www.dat.com/Trendlines.