Dry Van Report: Freight volume growth follows population shift to the South

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Truckload carriers have been experiencing appreciable progress in freight volumes within the Southeast and Southwest for the reason that pandemic started in early 2020, and it’s doubtless being sustained based mostly on latest information from the U.S. Census Bureau. The Northeast, historically a GDP powerhouse, now contributes much less to the nationwide GDP than six fast-growing states within the South — Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. The inhabitants migration through the pandemic helped steer about $100 billion in new revenue to the Southeast in 2020 and 2021 alone, whereas the Northeast misplaced about $60 billion, based mostly on an evaluation of lately printed Inner Income Service information. The Southeast has accounted for greater than two-thirds of all job progress within the U.S. since early 2020, virtually doubling its pre-pandemic share.

The Census Bureau stated in Could that 9 of the nation’s 15 fastest-growing cities had been within the South, with six being in Texas alone. Topping the checklist was Ft. Value, adopted by Phoenix, two markets which have skilled large freight progress within the final three years. The quantity of dry van masses moved by truckload carriers within the DAT freight community into the Ft. Value market for the reason that begin of 2019 has elevated by 81%, whereas outbound masses to all locations have elevated by 67%. Inbound and outbound masses from all origins and to all locations in Phoenix have elevated by 60% over the identical timeframe. The Census Bureau estimates 2.2 million folks have moved to the Southeast and Southwest within the final two years, and that inhabitants shift is each everlasting and impactful from a freight perspective. 

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All charges cited beneath exclude gasoline surcharges until in any other case famous.

At $2.19/mile, outbound common Georgia spot charges are an identical to 2019 following final week’s penny per mile improve. In Atlanta, capability tightened for the third week following final week’s $0.05/mile improve to $1.88/mile. On the high-volume lane from Atlanta to Orlando, masses paid carriers $2.63/mile, the best since February – however $0.40/mile decrease than the earlier 12 months. Northbound masses to Elizabeth, NJ, averaged $1.97/mile, the best since final October.

Common spot charges in Illinois are an identical to 2019 at $2.06/mile following final week’s $0.10/mile improve. Outbound masses from Chicago paid carriers $2.01/mile final week, up $0.09/mile in comparison with the earlier week. In neighboring Joliet, spot charges elevated by $0.08/mile to $2.03/mile. 

In California, outbound linehaul charges from Los Angeles rose for the fourth week to $1.97/mile following final week’s $0.06/mile acquire. Ontario linehaul charges adopted the same development, growing by $0.05/mile to $2.06/mile. At $2.17/mile, California’s common statewide charges are an identical to 2017 and 2019. 

In Texas, after dropping for the earlier three weeks, outbound masses from Houston paid carriers $1.78/mile following final week’s $0.01/mile improve.

Load-to-Truck Ratio (LTR)

Spot market load posts adopted seasonal traits after final week’s 39% w/w lower in quantity. In accordance with information going again to 2016, within the week after the July 4 break, volumes usually drop by a median of 38% w/w. Final week’s spot market volumes had been 58% decrease than the earlier 12 months and 20% decrease than the typical spanning pre-pandemic years. Service tools posts dropped by 19% w/w, ensuing within the dry van load-to-truck ratio (LTR) dropping from 3.46 to 2.63. 

Linehaul Spot Charges

Dry van linehaul charges had been primarily flat final week, and at a nationwide common of $1.72/mile, spot charges are $0.26/mile decrease than the earlier 12 months. Produce season usually impacts dry van charges as capability shifts to higher-paying refrigerated produce masses, and in a typical 12 months, dry van linehaul charges would improve by $0.19/mile from mid-April to the lengthy July 4 weekend. This 12 months, the rise was simply $0.11/mile. In comparison with DAT’s Prime 50 lanes, which averaged $2.07/mile final week, the nationwide common was $0.35/mile decrease. 

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