All figures are based on the DAT network of load boards while all rates include fuel surcharges.
The average van rate showed life in key markets including Los Angeles, up 2 cents to $1.99 per mile; Memphis, $2.04, up 7 cents; Chicago, $1.96, up 1 cent; and Columbus, Ohio, $1.85, up 1 cent.
The load-to-truck ratio rose 7.5%, resulting in 1.6 available van loads for every truck posted on the DAT network, though it remains well behind the 2.8 mark at this time last year. Changes in the ratio often signal impending variations in rates, according to DAT.
The national average spot refrigerated freight rate was unchanged at $1.94 per mile last week, as a 1-cent increase in the line-haul rate was offset by a 1-cent decline in the average fuel surcharge.
Outbound rates rose in major markets in California and Florida. Reefer load availability increased 7.1% while available capacity declined 1.2%. As a result, the reefer load-to-truck ratio rose 8.4% to 3.9 loads per truck.
Flatbed load availability declined 10.4% while flatbed truck posts dropped 5.9%. The national flatbed load-to-truck ratio dropped 4.8% to 8.1 loads per truck, while the national average flatbed rate fell 3 cents to $1.97 per mile.
All this happened as the national average price of diesel rose 2 cents to $2.50 per gallon while a 0.9% drop in total spot market load availability was offset by a 3.1% decline in the number of trucks listed on the DAT network.