[Podcast] Trucking Industry in April 2024: Let's Talk About Open-Deck Trucking


Open-deck freight shipping is one of the most complicated segments of the transportation industry. The flatbed marketplace, although a vital piece of the U.S. economy, is influenced by external forces like weather and government spending.

If flatbed shipping holds a place in your supply chain, you'll want to ensure you do everything you can to keep these shipments running efficiently. Recently, trucking companies have faced unique constraints, making it difficult to keep their doors open and their drivers profitable.

But is the market on an upswing? Or, will rates remain depressed throughout 2024. In this episode of Beyond The Road, we'll discuss what's been going on with open-deck freight markets (capacity and rates) over the past 18 months, what drives demand in this area of the industry and what shippers can do to improve this section of their logistics going forward.

Topics covered in this episode:

  • Overview of Open-Deck Trucking Markets in 2023
  • Trucking Industry Cost Pressures | Current State
  • What Drives Demand for Flatbed Shipping?
  • What happens in April and Spring in Open-Deck Shipping
  • How Open-Deck Trucking is Different this April
  • Tips for Working With Your Open-Deck Carriers


Tags: Podcast, Market Update

Justin Werner

Written by Justin Werner

Justin has been with ATS for over 13 years in varying roles. Following a five-year stint as Customer Service Representative with ATS Specialized, Justin began managing various sales and customer services teams where he prioritized putting the needs of customers first, day in and out. Today, as the Director of Regional Accounts & US/Mexico Operations for ATS Specialized, Justin's commitment to maintaining strong customer and professional relationships has only grown as he looks to provide a truly invaluable service at the highest possible level.

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