DAT Reports Rise in Weekly Load-Board Activity


Load-board activity as reported by DAT Trendlines showed a 5.9% rise in load volume for the week of Jan. 26-Feb. 1 compared with the previous week.

The spot market report from the unit of Portland, Ore.-based TransCore showed a 13% increase in van load-to-truck freight. Flatbed load-to-truck increased 20%, and refrigerated load-to-truck rose 12%.

DAT’s weekly rate trends showed that spot flatbed rates rose 2 cents to $2.09 per mile due in part to recurring storms.

Spot van rates were unchanged at $1.94 per mile, and reefer rates were steady at $2.06 per mile.

“Weather continues to play a role in the spot market. Ports were closed in Houston, New Orleans, Mobile and Charleston, and key airports like Atlanta and Chicago shut down. When you see reports about thousands of canceled flights, some of those flights carry freight, too,” the report said.