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Trucking Alert: On the Spot – KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc. Truckload Spot Rate Index, Week 20

by Staff, on May 31, 2022 9:15:00 AM

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Our proprietary spot rate index bounced as expected during International Roadcheck (May 17-19), along with benefits from seasonal produce, beverage, and summer goods demand. That said, rates remain well below levels from earlier in the year, reflecting, in our view, improved labor dynamics (drivers, dockworkers), gradual easing of supply-chain constraints, and likely some moderation in goods spending from recent levels. Looking ahead, we expect rates to improve sequentially through mid-summer consistent with seasonal variations; however, with spot rates at a meaningful discount to contract and considering the historical relationship between spot and contract rates (see note here), we are cautious around 2H22/2023 contract expectations. Assuming normal seasonality from recent levels and factoring in prior-year comparisons, we expect rates to decrease 15-20% in 2Q22 (unchanged), and decrease low teens (unchanged) on a full-year basis in 2022. We expect mid-single-digit renewals in 2022 (unchanged) and flat to low-single-digit renewals in 2023.


Large truckload carriers typically haul freight based on contractual terms established annually with shippers, yet we view spot rates as a leading indicator for contractual pricing and available capacity industry-wide. Additionally, spot dynamics can favorably (or unfavorably) impact reported revenue/mile trends resulting from mix opportunities, while sustained improvement may result in reworking contractual rates to more accurately reflect market rates. See Exhibit 6 for a time series comparison of spot and contractual rates.




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