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August 15

Spot rates and volume fall in all segments in the latest week

Total Loads 08.15.22Spot metrics in the system were uniformly weaker during the week ended August 12 (week 32) as flatbed spot rates continued to fall more sharply than rates in dry van and refrigerated. The decline in flatbed rates was not as steep as it had been in each of the three preceding weeks, but it was still quite large for the segment. Total load postings fell for the fourth straight week and were below the comparable five-year average level for the first time since late June 2020.
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August 8

Flatbed weakness continues in rates and volume

Loads Available 08.08.2022

Flatbed spot rates in the system continued to fall sharply during the week ended August 5 (week 31) as the segment recorded its first negative year-over-year comparison since July 2020. Rates in other key segments were more resilient as dry van rates dipped only slightly and refrigerated rates saw their largest increase since late June. Load postings were down in all segments, led by flatbed, which saw volume fall below the five-year average for the first time since June 2020.
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August 1

Flatbed and dry van rates fall sharply

Loads Available 08.01.22

Total spot rates in the system fell sharply during the week ended July 29 (week 30), although the refrigerated segment eked out a small gain. Broker-posted flatbed rates continued to plunge, and dry van rates saw their largest drop since mid-April. Flatbed rates have fallen more than 37 cents over the past four weeks, and the three decreases during that period are among the five largest on record. Flatbed rates appear to be normalizing as volume is far below comparable 2021 levels.
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July 25

Spot rates, volume fall sharply in the latest week

Loads Available 07.25.22

Spot metrics in the system were uniformly weaker during the week ended July 22 (week 29) as rates and loads fell in all segments. Flatbed rates fell by nearly as much as they did two weeks earlier, and the segment’s drop in volume was the sharpest of the week. The decrease in total spot volume was the largest for a non-holiday week since the April 2020 contraction, and weekly load postings were the lowest of 2022 so far. The total spot rate was the lowest since mid-December.
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