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January 10, 2020 4:00 PM, EST

Atlanta Was Easiest Market for Spot Loads in 2019, DAT Solutions Report Says

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Atlanta was the easiest market to find spot truckload van freight in 2019, according to a Jan. 9 DAT Solutions report, and because spot freight is unscheduled freight, it is seen as a dynamic indicator of economic activity.

The city is a significant transportation hub, featuring:

• Several major trucking firms in the metropolitan area.

• Six interstate highways (I-20, I-75, I-85, I-285, I-575 and I-675).

• Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

• Class 1 railroad Norfolk Southern headquarters.

DAT Solutions defines spot freight as “transactional freight not under contract that a shipper or broker makes available to carriers on the DAT network of load boards.”

Other cities in the top five for van loads are Ontario, Calif. (35 miles east of Los Angeles), Dallas, Houston and Los Angeles.

Rounding out the top 10 are Elizabeth, N.J., Chicago, Indianapolis; Joliet, Ill. (southwest of Chicago) and Columbus, Ohio.

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For refrigerated loads, DAT Solutions lists Fresno, Calif., Atlanta, Ontario, Calif., Philadelphia and Los Angeles as the top five.

San Francisco, Elizabeth, N.J., Joliet, Ill., Chicago and Dallas complete the top 10.

With regard to flatbed operations, the top five are Houston, Dallas, Cleveland, Atlanta and Fort Worth, Texas.

Joliet, Ill., Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Chicago and Lakeland, Fla., round out the top 10.

The rankings are based on an analysis of more than 256 million freight matches and a database of $68 billion in market transactions on DAT load boards in 2019. — Transport Topics

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