DAT Load-to-Truck Ratio Signals Strong Rates
January 24, 2020
rose to an 11-month high for dry van and
refrigerated (“reefer”) equipment on the
spot market in December, even though volume
declined slightly for spot and contract
truckload freight, according to the DAT
Truckload Freight Volume Index.
“Our rate forecast indicates that van
pricing should be flat in the first quarter
of 2020 compared to Q4 2019, with upside
potential of 3 to 5 percent,” said Ken Adamo,
Chief of Analytics at DAT Solutions. “The
forecasting model will respond in real-time
to any disruptions in the timing of weather
events, trade tensions, and the spring
The year-end boost in rates was mostly the
result of inventory management by e-commerce
vendors, who prioritize delivery speed.
While they don’t produce the same truckload
volumes as the traditional brick-and-mortar
retailers that still sell well over 80
percent of holiday merchandise, they do
create more urgency on the spot market.