RHAUL: Reefer Headhaul Index

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What is it?

The Reefer Headhaul Index (RHAUL) calculates the difference between the Reefer Outbound Tender Volume Index (ROTVI) and the Reefer Inbound Tender Volume Index (RITVI). The Reefer Headhaul Index will calculate the difference between the two indices, and therefore, the difference between outbound and inbound volume in markets.

Example: ROTVI.ATL was 250 as of August 1. RITVI.ATL was 200 as of August 1. RHAUL.ATL would be equal to ROTVI.ATL (250) minus RITVI.ATL (200), RHAUL.ATL = 50.

RHAUL Changes

  • RHAULW – Weekly Change
  • RHAULF – Fortnightly Change
  • RHAULM – Monthly Change
  • RHAULY – Yearly Change

Exclusive RHAULs

  • RHAULEX100 is RHAUL for loads moving over 100 miles (ROTVIEX100 – RITVIEX100)
  • RHAULEX250 is RHAUL for loads moving over 250 miles (OTVIEX250 – ITVIEX250) 

Who is interested?

Anyone who is interested in freight movement patterns; shippers, brokers, fleet managers, executives of transportation companies, and owner operators

What does it tell me?

The Reefer Headhaul Index is a good indicator of capacity changes for refrigerated equipment. For example, if the spread between ROTVI and RITVI increases, it could indicate capacity may be decreasing. This is a good way to evaluate change in available capacity over time.

Example: A user wants to see the reefer headhaul index for the Atlanta market. They would type RHAUL.ATL