Flatbed Report: The golden age for highway infrastructure spending


Capability migration is a topic typically underestimated and misunderstood by business specialists. Most profitable small fleets and owner-operators have a wide range of trailer sorts at their disposal, enabling them to modify between modes based mostly on spot charge and demand ranges. An instance might embody a reefer provider that adjustments to bulk liquid haulage in winter, a flatbed provider that hauls produce in summer time utilizing a spare or rented reefer trailer, or a dry van provider that switches to dray haulage with a chassis trailer. 

And it’s not nearly trailer sorts. Some truckers additionally add a moist line system to their truck, enabling them to make use of a PTO (energy take-off) for finish dumps, stay backside flooring, or heavy-haul trailers. The examples are limitless, however the level is that capability is consistently shifting between modes relying on market circumstances and seasonality. 

Truckers will inform you there are solely two seasons – winter and building – and we’re in what’s been described as a “golden age” for freeway and bridge funding following the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Funding and Jobs Act. Randy Lake,  CRH CEO, mentioned, “That invoice is ready to spice up federal funding for highways between 40% and 50%.” Although flatbed demand is sluggish within the residential building sector, some carriers are reporting strong demand for important infrastructure tasks involving equipment, metal, and prefabricated concrete. Anecdotal proof suggests many carriers have parked their major trailer, whether or not a flatbed, dry van, or reefer, and switched to dump trailers hauling asphalt or detachable goose-neck (RGN) trailers transferring equipment. 

Market Watch

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

Flatbed carriers in California had been paid a median of $2.26/mile for outbound masses following final week’s $0.04/mile acquire. Strong good points had been reported in San Diego following final month’s 4% enhance in breakbulk import tonnage; linehaul charges elevated by $0.22/mile to a median of $2.34/mile. At $2.40/mile, New Jersey’s state-average charge elevated by $0.02/mile final week however remained $0.09/mile decrease than in 2019.

In Miami, capability tightened for the third week, with spot charges up $0.20/mile to a median of $2.14/mile, whereas within the bigger spot market in Lakeland, charges dropped by $0.16/mile to $1.70/mile following a 5% w/w lower in masses moved. 

Linehaul charges have steadily elevated in Indianapolis during the last month to $2.82/mile for outbound masses, whereas masses to Atlanta paid carriers $2.23/mile, the best since April, however $0.41/mile decrease than in 2022.

Load-to-Truck Ratio (LTR)

Although load posts bounced again following final week’s 42% w/w enhance, the flatbed spot market continues to melt as volumes monitor near 60% decrease than in 2022. In comparison with prior years, load posts are 61% decrease than the long-term pre-pandemic common for Week 28, together with 59% decrease than in 2019. Service gear posts elevated by 38% w/w, leading to final week’s flatbed load-to-truck (LTR) ratio growing from 7.87 to eight.07.

Spot Charges

After primarily being flat in Might and June, flatbed linehaul charges have continued that development into July because the nationwide common linehaul charge holds regular at round $2.09/mile. The nationwide common flatbed spot charge is $0.37/mile decrease than the earlier 12 months and round $0.12/mile greater than in 2017 and 2019.

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