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Boston vs. L.A.: Backhaul versus headhaul

Feb 03, 2019 at 08:47 AM CST

The Headhaul Index measures the relationship between outbound and inbound loads by subtracting the inbound tender volume index value from the outbound tender volume index value. A positive value indicates there are more outbound than inbound loads – a headhaul market. When the HAUL value is negative, the market has more inbound than outbound – a backhaul market. Why is this important?