spot rates

Business, Equipment, Logistics

Contract Rates Nearing Possible Jump Amid Rising Spot Prices

Trucks on highway Trucks on Interstate 15 outside of Las Vegas. FTR Transportation Intelligence's latest report found spot rates increased 0.6% to $2.33 from $2.32 during the week ending Aug. 21. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The trucking industry could soon see a jump in contract rates if the current environment holds steady, experts said.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
August 26, 2020
Business, Logistics

Demand for Freight Drives Up Spot Market Rates

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Trucking has seen a turnaround bolstered by spot market rates and increased demand.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
August 13, 2020
Business, Logistics

Spot Rates Show Signs of Stabilizing as Economy Slides Into Recession

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Research from companies that track trucking data suggests that while the spot rate market amid the COVID-19 crisis may be settling, the long-term effects of this steadying could be good for the industry.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
April 6, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics

Spot Truckload Rates Continue to Soar Amid Record Demand

USXpress reefer truck Compared with June 2017, reefers are up 58 cents a mile. (TT file photo)

Capacity shortfalls combined with increased demand for truckload shipments are continuing to boost spot rates to record levels, according to DAT Solutions, which also said in what is an atypical trend, spot rates now are exceeding long-term contract rates.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
July 17, 2018

Truckload Spot Rates Show Trucking Industry Rebound in 2017, Analysts Say

John Sommers II for TT

An index that measures truckload pricing showed that spot rates continue to exceed contract rates, which analysts predict will result in a rebound in the industry in 2017.

January 6, 2017

October Spot Market Index Rises 1.8%; Rates Rebounding, Analysts Say

October was the second-strongest month for spot-market trucking this year, behind the June peak, load board DAT Solutions reported, and industry analysts say that prices have bottomed out and the trajectory will continue upward.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
November 21, 2016

New Report Shows Widening Gap Between Spot, Contract Prices

A new report based on a comparison of spot and contract rates for truckload carriers continues to show an ever-widening gap between prices for one-time and long-term freight shipments.

June 10, 2016

November Freight Trends Show Improvement, but Fleets Unsure About Pre-Holiday Peak

November freight trends generally are improving, most fleet executives and experts say, but a repeat of the strong 2014 pre-holiday freight peak that bolstered fleets appears to be more hope than fact so far.

Rip Watson | Special to Transport Topics
November 30, 2015

Spot Load Availability Increases; Rates Fall

Van and reefer load availability increased for the third consecutive week, but so did the availability of equipment, DAT Solutions reported. The availability contributed to lower national average spot market rates for van, refrigerated and flatbed loads.

August 19, 2015

Spot Market Activity Gaining as Hauling Capacity Tightens

Indications are growing that carriers, brokers and shippers are shifting freight-buying habits to make more use of spot markets and load boards as freight capacity continues to tighten, sources said.

July 25, 2011