Van Rates Finally Picking Up

Carriers have been waiting for good news for awhile now, and spot market rates finally started picking up steam last week. The Memorial Day holiday made for a shortened work week, which made for a tighter window for moving shipments before the end of the month. That pushed load-to-truck ratios higher, meaning shippers and brokers had a harder time finding available trucks.

That helped push rates higher on 73 of the top 100 lanes. It’s been been quite a while since that many van lanes were up.

Rising Rates

The Northeast seemed to be the big winner last week, with double-digit rate increases coming out of BuffaloAllentown and PhiladelphiaThe Southeast was also strong, with single-digit increases from AtlantaCharlotte and Memphis. The market with the most freight last week was Los Angeles, followed by Dallas and Atlanta.

  • Philadelphia to Boston surged 30¢ to $3.33/mi.
  • Charlotte to Allentown gained 18¢ to $2.53/mi.
  • Columbus to Buffalo added 15¢ to $2.72/mi.
  • Chicago to Allentown increased 15¢ to $2.36/mi.

Falling Rates

Major markets with falling rates were all in the West. Rates were lower coming out of SeattleLos Angeles and Stockton, CA. Several lanes heading out of Denver were also down.

  • Denver to Oklahoma City dropped 17¢ to $1.08/mi.
  • Denver to Stockton fell 10¢ to $1.11/mi.
  • Los Angeles to Chicago declined 8¢ to $1.28/mi.
  • Seattle to Eugene, OR dipped 7¢ to $2.24/mi.


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