[Podcast] Flatbed Forecast: May 2024 Trucking Industry Update For Shippers


The past year has been a challenging one for the freight market as a whole, and the flatbed shipping market is no exception. Open-deck freight volumes have been down, and rates have been depressed as a result. 

Seasonality factors into all aspects of the market, but open-deck freight is, by its nature, more affected than other types of shipments. As we approach May 2024 and the summer months, warm-weather industries like construction and agriculture come out of hibernation, ramping up flatbed freight volume.

Will this spring into shipping activity translate to a market upswing? How will your flatbed freight costs be affected by the state of the market moving forward? We'll dive into these questions and more in this episode of Beyond The Road. 

Topics covered in this episode:

  • Overview of Open-Deck Trucking Markets in 2024
  • Trucking Industry Cost Pressures | Current State of the Market
  • How Prices Are Calculated
  • What Happens in May/Spring in Open-Deck Shipping
  • How Open-Deck Trucking is Different this May


Tags: Flatbed Shipping, Seasonality, Monthly Updates, 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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