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August data shows softening of N American freight rates

Latest DAT data and recent fleet reporting point to overcapacity and dwindling demand for fleet renewal. By Oliver Dixon

Recent data published by DAT Solutions concerning North American freight rates and capacity points to a static market for van freight and a declining trading environment for both flatbed and reefer loads.

DAT data is sourced both from the company’s Load Boards, which placed 110 million loads during 2015, and its Rateview system, which offers an effective real time tracking system for spot freight rates.

Dry van capacity

The load to truck ratio for dry van freight fell back to 2.7 in August from 2.9 in July, implying

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