Looking to 2019 in the Flatbed Market

As we ring in the new year, we look ahead to what’s in store for our flatbed freight business in 2019. There are several ways in which CRST Malone Flatbed works with our customers and you to ensure the best flatbed loads at the highest rates available.

Through your professionalism of on-time pick-ups and deliveries, communication regarding load issues, and availability to our direct shipper customers, our customers look to CRST for a valuable service.

Providing this valuable service allows CRST to leverage capacity for higher flatbed freight rates and/or more freight.

While CRST Malone’s average direct shipper flatbed rate per mile of $2.56 through the fourth week in December continues to be far above that of the national flatbed average rate per mile of $2.42, our average broker rate per mile is only $1.89.

There are several ways in which we may better assist you during this time.

One of the best ways we have of assisting you is providing direct shipper freight in our network at above market rates and encouraging you to run this direct customer freight rather than run outside of our network and take brokered loads at rates less than our average rate per mile.

If you’re looking for little deadhead, quick reloads and above average rates look to load in AL, GA, IL, IN and OH.

The average rate per loaded mile out of these states during the 1st through 24th of December was $2.94 versus AZ, CA, and TX during the same time period at an average rate per mile of $2.02.

We continue to hear from CRST Malone customers and industry insiders that they expect 2019 to be similar to 2018 for the flatbed market and this means a strong year for you.

CRST Malone Flatbed Freight Pricing Department