the Freight Intel Group surveyed hundreds of carriers to gauge their sentiment for 2019. Forty percent of small fleets still believe 2019 line-haul rates will surpass those seen in the second half of 2018, while another 20% expect rates to be comparable to those in 2018. This may be the very definition of optimism as the DAT national van rate is down 24.5% from May 2018 and 62% off its 2018 high (hit in late June). This is a recurring paper published on a quarterly basis. 

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