TransCore’s first produce report tracks rising reefer rates

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Updated Jul 8, 2011

TransCore on Tuesday, July 5, released its first in a series of free monthly Produce Season Reports, combining spot market freight rates from the company’s Truckload Rate Index with seasonal and regional data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The report, titled “Fruit and Vegetables by the Truckload,” includes an analysis of refrigerated van movements from key market areas in Southern and Central California, Southern Florida and the Southern regions of Arizona and Texas, where produce is grown as well as imported from Mexico. Rates in all regions have been rising steadily since mid-April, with the exception of Southern Florida, where freight volume and rates began to decline in the first week of June.

The report covers the biggest lane increases and decreases from the key market areas to the 10 major U.S. destinations, the ratio of produce loads to available trucks by state from April through June 21, and USDA’s advisory on truck availability in each KMA.