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Like the electric power market, which already has a commodity exchange, trucking also has a nationwide network of paths connecting nodes.

Trucking’s first futures market, enabling participants to hedge exposure to spot rate volatility, will be launched March 29, announced Craig Fuller, head of trucking data company FreightWaves.

He made the announcement jointly with Paul Cusenza, chairman and CEO of Nodal Exchange, which operates a futures exchange for electricity production. They were part of a panel on “How to Survive Freight Market Volatility” at FreightWaves’ MarketWaves conference near Dallas this week.

DAT, whose spot market indexes will be a critical