The number of loads is literally off the charts. We have had to physically adjust our reporting charts to accommodate for the current reality, though the supply of trucks to move those loads is the focus of recent headlines.

TORONTO – Loadlink Technologies’ Canadian spot market remains hot, hot, hot despite the cold Canadian temperatures this January. Compared to last January, volumes saw a striking increase of 154 percent year-over-year and even surpassed January’s all-time record by an additional 14 percent.


  • The industry has been all over the mainstream news this month since the implementation of vaccination mandates on January 15th for cross-border truckers.
  • Loads are off the charts from anything we’ve ever seen – more than double the volume of January 2021.
  • We are shipping almost three times more to the US than we were this time last year.
  • Due to the increased demand for trucks – there’s a clear strain on capacity, particularly inbound.
  • Year-over-year, January’s truck-to-load ratio was 0.93, 64 percent lower compared to the ratio of 2.57 in January 2021.

“Combining the current truck shortage with the huge surge in loads only compounds the capacity constraints. Truck-to-load ratios are even lower than the record low capacity crunch that temporarily ensued following the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate in the US close to 5 years ago. ” says Claudia Milicevic, president of Loadlink Technologies.

January’s Canadian spot market saw recent events only exacerbate long-term trends in the movement of freight both within Canada and cross-border.

Outbound Cross-border Activity

Truckloads shipping across the border from Canada to the United States, soared 281 percent from this time last year. Equipment postings were down 28 percent year-over-year.

Inbound Cross-border Activity

Inbound loads rose 35 percent compared to last month and 116 percent compared to January of last year. Equipment postings were down 23 percent year-over-year and 24 percent from December.

Intra-Canadian Activity

Freight activity within Canada remained at strong levels. Since January of last year loads within Canada swelled 166 percent. Equipment postings were up year-over-year by 11 percent.

Average Truck-to-Load Ratios

The truck-to-load ratio fell below one truck for every one load posted on Loadlink, following the downward trajectory we’ve seen over the past three months. The ratio for January was 0.93 available trucks for every load posted, down 23 percent from 1.21 in December. Year-over-year, January’s truck- to-load ratio was 64 percent lower compared to a ratio of 2.57 in January 2021.


An interesting example illustrating the concerns around capacity shortage is Reefer (refrigerated truck) availability in Canada, as Reefers move perishable goods across borders. From January 1st-16th from the hundreds of thousands of postings and trucks on Loadlink, the truck to load ratio was 0.90.

From January 17th -31st the available number of Reefer trucks fell, while posted loads increased, bringing the ratio to 0.57, a decrease of 36%.

About Loadlink Indexes

Freight Index data provides insight into Canada’s economy at large and is a primary resource for the trucking community. The Freight Index accurately measures trends in the truckload freight spot market as its components are comprised from roughly 7,000 Canadian carriers and freight brokers. This data includes all domestic and cross-border data submitted by Loadlink customers and thus is considered a real-time pulse of what’s happening in the North American freight industry.

Rate Index data is based on the average spot rates paid by freight brokers and shippers to carriers in the specific lanes where loads are hauled. This data also shows real-time and historically available capacity as well as total truck-to-load ratios.

About Loadlink Technologies

Loadlink Technologies moves Canada’s freight by matching trucks with loads. With 30 years of freight matching experience, Loadlink delivers a reliable ecosystem of technology, data, and analytics to keep Canadian freight moving. Loadlink is trusted by transportation companies and brokers of all shapes and sizes and is proudly the industry’s largest and most efficient digital freight network.

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