Refrigerated Truck Dashboard


Trucks are an essential mode of transportation for the fruit and vegetable industry, which require fast and efficient movements of perishable commodities. This page provides a dashboard to quickly and easily gauge the refrigerated truck market. The charts below, and their source datasets, cover truck rates from origin markets to 10 major destination markets, truck availability by region, and shipment volumes for specific origins and commodities.
Check back often! Data are updated weekly using raw data provided by USDA/AMS/Market News/Specialty Crops.

Average Truck Rates

The chart below shows weekly average truck rates over the past year. The rates are average over region and commodity. Regions are derived from the reporting districts in the rate and volume datasets. There are nine regional crop origination markets covered: Arizona, California, Florida, the Great Lakes (Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin), imports across the Mexico-Arizona border, imports across the Mexico-Texas border, New York, the Pacific Northwest (Idaho, Oregon, and Washington) and the Southeast (North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia). Each of these categories can be used as filters in the charts to see average rates in specific slices of the data.

Truck Availability

Truck availability data comes from USDA/AMS/Market News/Specialty Crops reports. Availability is generally described as shortage, slight shortage, adequate, slight surplus, or surplus, although some mixed descriptions exist. We code those descriptions on a scale of 1 to 5, 1 representing surplus availability and 5 representing a shortage. The charts below show coded availability over time and, using the latest week of data, by district.
Average Truck Availability Over Time
Recent Truck Availability by District

Truck Volumes

This data derives from USDA/AMS/Market News/Specialty Crops movement data, including only truck and import modes at domestic origins. It includes daily fruit and vegetable refrigerated truck volumes by origin district and commodity (from 2000 to 2010, data is weekly). The Transportation Services Division assigns a broader region to the origins in order to join with refrigerated truck rate and availability data.

The data is collected by AMS market reporters. Methods used include, telephone interviews, faxes, emails, and access to other data sources. The movement data is subject to adjustment as new information becomes available. The latest data will generally be under-reported until revisions are made. Updates to Market News Movement data can happen daily, weekly, monthly, and can happen at any time during the season. The Transportation Services Division updates our data from Market News weekly, including historical revisions.

Rolling 30-Day Windows of the Top 20 Commodities and Districts by Volume