Border Town Boom Realigns Freight Market

Since 2018, nearly twice as many truckloads have been needed in the Texas border towns of Laredo and McAllen. Once the warehouse center of the world, Southern California’s Inland Empire has been replaced by Phoenix, which has had a similar building boom. This change in how people want to get around is affecting transportation networks and will have an effect on how prices are set in the future. 

Even though the number of tenders from Southern California has been rising again, there are still signs that the way people use transportation is changing in the east. In comparison to other areas, the amount of freight going out of the market in Ontario, California, which is home to several delivery hubs for large American companies, has gone down. 

Decline in Ontario’s Outbound Tender Market Share

The Outbound Tender Market Share indices keep track of how many bids are made abroad compared to how many are made in the other 135 markets in the United States. In the last month, 3.75 percent of all freight bids came from the Ontario market, which is down from 4 percent in July 2018. 

In this case, the direction of the number is more important than the number itself. For the first time in the history of the gauges, Ontario’s market share fell below 3% this past winter. 

Demand as a whole has been going down since the beginning of 2022, but the drop in California is happening faster than in many other places, such as Phoenix and a few Texas areas.   

Impact of Supply Chain Diversification on Delivery Service Providers

Companies are trying to move away from single sourcing, which may be in part because they are trying to diversify their supply chains. Even though this approach keeps businesses safe from price changes caused by global risks, it may cost more. 

The way delivery service providers work is affected by how companies change their buying and supply networks. For providers to keep prices low, they need to maintain balance and uniformity. 

Changes in demand put more pressure on prices as service providers try to figure out how long the changes will last and make changes to their networks. If they don’t know how the world is changing, this could take months. 

Freight Flow Imbalances in the United States

Freight Flow Imbalances in the United States

The above map uses data from the report’s headhaul index to show where in the United States there are the biggest gaps in freight flow. The red shops get a lot of people and packages coming in, while the blue ones send a lot of packages abroad. If it’s white, that means things are getting better. 

Most of the time, there is more demand than supply in blue markets, so the prices are usually higher than in green ones. In the United States, red markets are where you can find the best deals on international flights. 

Changes in Freight Flow Near Mexico’s Borders

Freight Flow Near Mexico’s Borders

The map looked like this in the middle of August 2019. The stores near Mexico’s borders, in particular, put a lot of stress on people coming in, so they had a lot of space. You may have noticed that the darkest reds seem to have become less intense in many places, but division is rising in the Northeast markets because distribution is becoming more localized. 

With contract failure rates below 4%, which means that carriers don’t have enough freight to move, the market is still very well supplied as a whole. If the market isn’t doing well, shipping companies might not notice these differences. If the wave of excess capacity turns, as is expected to happen over the next year, these areas will be more likely to see their outbound transportation costs rise than they were before the epidemic. 

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Overall, the increase in demand for truckload services in border towns could lead to more business opportunities for transportation providers. Lading Logistics is dedicated to staying up-to-date with the latest developments in the trucking industry. They offer a wide range of services, including:

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