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Spot truckload freight volume, rates return to normal in July

Aug. 14, 2018
Learn why spot market freight availability dropped sharply in July 2018 after a June high, according to DAT Solutions.

Spot market freight availability dropped sharply in July 2018, returning to typical seasonal levels after an all-time peak in June, according to DAT Solutions, which operates a load board marketplace and DAT Freight Index, a monthly indicator of spot market trucking.

Month over month, spot truckload freight volume fell 29% but increased 3.4% compared with July 2017. The decline brings freight levels in line with July volumes in 2017 and 2014, the previous record-holders on the DAT Freight Index

“Spot market rates did not drop as much as we would expect in July,” said Mark Montague, pricing analyst at DAT. “Going forward, rate trends are likely to follow a normal seasonal pattern but at a level that’s 25% to 30% higher than in 2017.”

Compared with June, the national average spot van rate fell 2 cents to $2.29 per mile, while the flatbed rate slid 5 cents to $2.77. Rates for refrigerated equipment dropped steeply, down 9 cents to $2.61 per mile, as produce season wound down in California.

Spot reefer and flatbed rates both exceeded the comparable contract rates. The average contract reefer rate rose 3 cents to $2.59 per mile while the contract flatbed rate lost 5 cents to $2.73.

Compared with July 2017, the average spot rate for van equipment was 51 cents per mile higher in July, the reefer rate was up 54 cents, and the flatbed rate was 60 cents higher.

Founded in 1978, DAT Solutions is a wholly owned subsidiary of Roper Technologies, a diversified technology company and constituent of the S&P 500, Fortune 1000, and Russell 1000 indices. Access for more information.

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