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Indicators: Spot rates soar to multi-year highs

In line with reports of a record-tight spot market in December, per-mile rates shot upwards again in the month, according to monthly rates data from The number of available ...

Indicators: Dry van market closes 2017 with record-high rates, load availability; trucking employment dips

The load-to-truck ratio on the spot market in the dry van segment closed December with a record-high 9-to-1 load-to-truck ratio, according to DAT Solutions -- the most tilted load-to-truck ...

Indicators: Shippers ‘feeling the pinch’ of tight truck market

Market conditions for shippers and carriers have "diverged dramatically" in recent months, says FTR, with tight truck capacity pushing rates higher and swinging the market in carriers' favor.

Indicators: Truck tonnage reveals ‘really strong’ freight market

The amount of freight moved by the for-hire trucking industry in November, as measured by the  American Trucking Associations’ For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index, jumped again, gaining 2.3 percent from October ...

Driver turnover rate climbed again in third quarter as economy, freight heat up

Economic growth, rising freight demand and “fierce competition” among fleets for drivers has fueled the climbing turnover rate throughout the year, says ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello.

Indicators: Capacity and rates drub shippers; use of 3PLs up

Market conditions for shippers continue to sink, favoring carriers in rate negotiations. Also, a recent survey of 10,000 shippers reveals an uptick in the use of third-party logistics providers.

Indicators: Tight capacity spurred rate increases again in November

Economic conditions continue to drive spot market rates higher, with reefer rates leading the way. Reefer rates in November hit their highest monthly average since mid-2014.

Indicators: Tonnage gained big in October

The amount of freight carried in October, as measured by ATA's monthly Truck Tonnage Index, grew 3.3 percent in October from September and 9.9 percent in October from the same ...

Indicators: Market conditions for carriers to remain solid, freight volumes continue surge

Freight volume on the spot market grew 65 percent compared from October 2016, and all three major truckload segments posted rate gains again, according to DAT. Strong market conditions for ...

Spot market rates jump to highest points since 2014

Forecasters in recent months have said tightening trucking capacity, due to better economic conditions for freight activity, combined with the influx of freight and shifting freight patterns prompted by major ...

Indicators: Despite positive momentum for freight, tonnage down slightly in September

ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello blames the dip -- which comes amid otherwise strong market conditions for carriers -- on natural disasters that occurred in September, like hurricanes Irma and ...

U.S. Bank creates shipping index; 3Q shows hurricane impacts

The U.S. Bank Freight Payment Index includes regional and national breakdowns along with expert commentary from Bob Costello, chief economist for the ATA.