National average spot truckload rates for refrigerated and flatbed freight increased during the week ending May 27 while the rate for van freight slipped due to a lower fuel surcharge, despite strong freight volumes.
DAT Solutions reported the number of available loads on its load boards increased 2.3% compared to the previous week and posted truck capacity fell 0.7% as truckers parked equipment to avoid pre-holiday traffic.
Load-to-truck ratios for vans and reefers ended the week higher, up 13% and 8%, respectively. The van ratio came in a 4.2 loads per truck, it highest level since January, while reefers registered 7.8 loads per truck. In contrast, the flatbed ratio declined 11% to 34.2 loads per trucks.
A 1-cent drop in the national average fuel surcharge caused the van rate to dip a penny to $1.68 per mile. All rates include fuel surcharges.
Nationally, the number of posted van loads increased 12% while truck posts declined 2%, likely signaling the start of summer retail shipments, according to DAT.