Flatbed Report: New home construction is the only game in town

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Builder confidence out there for newly-built single-family houses in July posted a one-point acquire to 56, in accordance with the Nationwide Affiliation of House Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) launched at present. Low stock ranges of present houses have saved demand strong for brand new houses even because the business grapples with rising mortgage charges, elevated building prices, and restricted lot availability. Current householders have been reluctant to promote as a result of they’ll’t afford to surrender their present low mortgage charges.

Following Could’s surge in single-family residence building, the variety of new houses began in June dropped 7% m/m and eight% y/y, in accordance with the most recent launch from the U.S. Census Bureau. For permits to construct, considered as a number one indicator for future building, the seasonally adjusted annual price of latest permits final month was simply over 2% increased than in Could final yr. Within the Southeast Area, which accounted for 61% of single-family houses began final month, volumes decreased by 7% m/m. The West was the one area posting a acquire in June, the place volumes elevated by 5% m/m. In comparison with prior years, final month’s result’s 8.3% above 2018 and 9% above 2019 however down 19% from the height in 2021.  

Market Watch

All charges cited under exclude gas surcharges until in any other case famous.

Since this yr’s excessive of $2.36/mile, the state common in Texas outbound spot charges has dropped $0.17/mile to $2.19/mile. The Dallas market reported a rise of $0.02/mile to $2.17/mile after falling for the earlier three weeks, whereas in Houston, essentially the most outstanding spot market within the state, charges decreased $0.02/mile to $2.23/mile. The amount of hundreds shifting on the quantity two flatbed lane between Houston and Ft. Value was flat final week, with out there capability easing as charges hit a 12-month low of $2.61/mile. Regardless of the load quantity rising by 2% w/w on the primary lane (Houston to El Paso), capability loosened as charges dropped to $2.56/mile – additionally the bottom in 12 months. 

Within the Pacific Northwest’s Medford, Oregon, spot charges jumped $0.12/mile to $2.88/mile for outbound hundreds, simply $0.06/mile decrease than the document excessive for this time of the yr set in 2021 at $2.94/mile. Medford to Salt Lake Metropolis hundreds paid carriers $2.28/mile final week, which was $0.43/mile decrease than the earlier yr. El Paso hundreds had been paying $1.95/mile, the very best since final August, whereas regional hundreds south to Stockton at $3.33/mile had been simply over $0.30/mile decrease than the earlier month. 

Load-to-Truck Ratio (LTR)

Underpinning the softness within the flatbed market was the bottom quantity of load posts in seven years for Week 29 following final week’s 21% lower. To place into context simply how gradual issues are in flatbed, volumes are half what they had been in 2019 when the freight market was additionally oversupplied. Provider tools posts had been flat final week, leading to final week’s flatbed LTR ratio reducing from 7.4 to six.32, the bottom since 2016.

Spot Charges

After peaking in mid-Could at $2.20/mile, flatbed linehaul charges have dropped $0.16/mile prior to now ten weeks to a nationwide common of $2.04/mile following final week’s $0.05/mile lower. The nationwide common flatbed spot price is $0.39/mile decrease than in 2022, equivalent to this time in 2020 (because the market was recovering from the onset of the pandemic) and round $0.11/mile increased than in 2019.

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