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SONAR Sightings: Ontario, California, recovers; rate spread between East, West coasts widens

The highlights from Wednesday’s SONAR reports are below. For more information on SONAR — the fastest freight-forecasting platform in the industry — or to request a demo, click here. Also, be sure to check out the latest SONAR update, TRAC — the freshest spot rate data in the industry.

Market watch for Sept. 14:

Ontario, California

Outbound volume in Southern California has made a full recovery and gained some after the holiday drop.

The Outbound Tender Volume Index edged upward another 5 points Tuesday to an even 530. This increase has regained any lost outbound tender market share and brought it to 4.2% for Ontario.

Outbound freight might be increasing, but capacity in the Southern California market continues to loosen as the Outbound Tender Reject Index dropped again by nearly 20 basis points Tuesday to 2.3%.

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Truckload volumes out of Atlanta made a recovery like any other market after the holiday, but they’re hardly moving afterward.

“There’s no freight coming out of Georgia,” a freight broker told FreightWaves on Wednesday morning

Atlanta has been one of the better markets to be in over the summer, giving a new meaning to the nickname Hotlanta. Rejection rates reached up to 12.5% leading into the Fourth of July holiday, and Atlanta held more outbound tender market share several times over Ontario.

In the past week, the rejection rates are down 24 bps to 3.8% — the lowest in Atlanta since the start of the pandemic.


NTI as a point of reference

The National Truckload Index is a daily look at how spot rates in specific lanes hold up in comparison to the national average, giving carriers and brokers an idea of which lanes to gravitate toward or avoid.

NTI Daily

Diesel fuel prices

The benchmark average price for most fuel surcharges set by the Department of Energy/Energy Information Administration has dropped 10 of the past 11 weeks, FreightWaves’ John Kingston reports. It is down 77.7 cents a gallon since its high of $5.81 on June 20.

The Diesel Truckstop Actual Price Per Gallon is continuing its downward trend that started at the beginning of the month, falling 9 cents per gallon in the last two days. This is obviously good news for carriers, but fuel prices still remain significantly high at $5.03 a gallon.

As carriers pay less at the pump and the benchmark average drops, fuel surcharges that carriers charge will decline as well.


Import costs between East and West coasts spread

The cost to ship from China to West Coast ports of the United States has fallen steadily since the first week of September, while the cost to ship to the East Coast remained relatively consistent. 

Spot market rates recorded by Freightos Baltic Daily Index from China to the West Coast dropped $525 since last Monday, but spot rates to the East Coast only slightly trickled down $100 in the same time frame.

A decrease in the prices of West Coast shipments has caused the spread between the two to increase from just under $3,500 on Sept. 2 to $4,648 on Monday.


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Corey Smith

Corey is a staff writer for FreightWaves covering SONAR updates. He is a graduate of the University of Memphis, majoring in supply chain management. He has experience in air, intermodal and parcel operations, as well as LTL and full truckload transportation management. He enjoys basketball, cinema and traveling.