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The Trucking Industry in 2022

Updated: Aug 4, 2023

If we had a crystal ball, would we feel better or worse about the trucking industry in 2022?

Some things to consider as we step into six months of the year. As of May 23- May 29, 2022. Data is compiled from DAT Solutions.

1. Diesel fuel cost is up an average of 75% over this time last year. Diesel fuel prices have been trending upward for months with the price of diesel inching closer to $6.00 per gallon. This surging price poses a major threat to the U.S. economy and the overall cost of consumer goods. Average diesel price, June 13, 2022, is $5.71/gallon


2. Spot rates compared to this time last year.

  • Van to loads ratio -18.6% vs -28.8% a year ago

  • Van spot rates - +.04% vs +1.2% a year ago

  • Flatbed to loads ratio - -16% vs – 33.2% a year ago

  • Flatbed spot rates - +.8% vs +11% a year ago

  • Refer to loads ratio - -35.4% vs -41.4% a year ago

  • Refer spot rates - -.03% vs .08% a year ago

3. Shorter Hauls Gain More Popularity.

  • Since 2000 the average length of haul has decreased 75% from 800 miles to 527 according to data obtained from the ATA

  • Trucking companies are looking to stay closer to home to combat the rising price of fuel.

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