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October 3

Spot volume eases, rates are steady in the latest week

Loads Available 10.03.22The spot market changed little during the week ended September 30 (week 39) as total rates edged up slightly and volume declined modestly. Hurricane Ian did not make landfall in Florida until Wednesday afternoon, so it might have had only a minor impact on the weekly figures. However, both dry van and refrigerated saw notable load posting gains in the Southeast even as volume was down or rose only marginally in all other regions. Dry van rates ticked up slightly, but refrigerated rates fell.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  View this full commentary >


September 26

Spot rates, volume declined modestly in the latest week

Load Available 09.26.2022

Following the typical swings related to the Labor Day holiday, the spot market largely reverted to seasonal softness during the week ended September 23 (week 38). Total broker-posted rates in the system eased but were essentially unchanged in refrigerated and flatbed. Rates in dry van and refrigerated continued to track with the five-year average while flatbed rates are stable at above-average levels. Spot volume declined for the first time in six weeks except for the holiday week.
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September 19

Spot rates fall, volume rebounds in the latest week

Loads Available 09.19.22

Despite modest steps by railroads to prepare for a work stoppage that ultimately did not occur, the spot market for truck freight mostly moved according to seasonal expectations during the week ended September 16 (week 37). Total rates in the system declined as they typically do after the Labor Day holiday week while volume rebounded as expected. One sign of possible extra strength was a sharper rebound in dry van volume than typically is seen during the week following the holiday.
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September 12

Spot rates hold steady, volume falls in holiday week

Loads Available 09.12.22

The spot market continued to move in a typical seasonal fashion during the week ended September 9 (week 36) as total rates in the system barely changed but volume dropped sharply due to the Labor Day holiday. Dry van and flatbed rates were essentially flat as refrigerated rates edged up just over 1 cent. The coming week could be interesting due to the potential for a rail strike. Even if a strike ultimately is averted, shippers might send more freight to trucks as a precaution.
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