Going into March - The flatbed load-to-truck ratio increased for the fifth week in a row to 34.6 loads per truck nationally. Demand for flatbed has not been this high in over two years or maybe even longer.
The Hot Market Map below depicts the geographic trends in the load-to-truck ratio. My graffiti on today's market map shows what my off limit areas would be.
Here is what the rates are looking like for all deck trailers
Using DAT Rate View is perfect for negotiating. The fastest way to prove you know what the going rate is for any lane. I am using the cheap version of Rate View that is showing the average for the past 90 days, You should know by now today's flatbed rate is going to be a lot better than what it was back in December!! Come on now, let's get smart about this.
So what should your flatbed rate goal be? If you can maintain an average rate per on all miles at or above $2.14 per mile, then you are doing just as good or better than the national average contract rate with all the freedom of the spot market.
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