Atlanta tops for spot freight

Posted on 01/30/2017 by David Radke

Atlanta skyline.

According to a recent study from DAT Solutions, Atlanta was the top area for spot freight in 2016 - the city's second year at No. 1.

Determining spot freight is an important economic indicator because it's unscheduled freight. The more active the spot market, the better.

After Atlanta, the top four cities were:

  • Houston.
  • Chicago.
  • Dallas.
  • Charlotte.

Atlanta is the No. 1 spot because it's considered a low-point location, Mark Montague, a transportation analyst at DAT Solutions, told Fleet Owner. This means it has access to two vital markets in a short amount of time: the Southeast (which includes Florida) and the East Coast.

"If I ship truckload freight across the U.S., and I can only warehouse product in one location, supply chain studies will find Atlanta or Nashville as being the low cost point," said Montague. "You've got low-cost labor and the weather's favorable, along with the interstate highway network."

Per DAT Solutions, the rankings were compiled based on the analysis of over 100 million freight matches and $33 billion in market transactions.

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