Freight availability in January rose by 54 percent on the North American spot market compared to January 2009 according to the TransCore North America Freight Index. This marked the fourth consecutive month of improvement on a year-over-year basis. The TransCore North America Freight Index measures truckload freight volume found on load boards supported by the DAT Network, including 3sixty Freight Match, and LinkLogistics, the company’s Canadian subsidiary.

As expected, there was a month-to-month dip in spot market freight availability from December 2009 to January 2010. Although the 38 percent decline exceeded seasonal norms, the gap can be attributed to December’s unusually high level of spot freight availability rather than unseasonal weakness in January.

Brokers, 3PLs, carriers, and owner-operators in North America list more than 50 million loads and trucks per year across a variety of services feeding TransCore’s DAT’ Network. As a result of this high volume, TransCore’s North America Freight Index is representative of the ups and downs in spot market freight availability throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

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