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Contract Specifications

Monthly Truckload Freight Contract (DAT)

Member Access Information


Firms wishing to trade Trucking Freight Futures must meet the Eligible Contract Participant (ECP) standards set forth by the Commodities Exchange Act (CEA), satisfy all other criteria set forth by the Nodal Exchange Rulebook and Participant Agreement, and have an eligible clearing account with one of Nodal Clear’s registered Futures Commissions Merchant (FCM). For additional information on trading on Nodal Exchange contact (703) 962-9820 or


About Nodal


Nodal Exchange is a derivatives exchange providing price, credit and liquidity risk management solutions to participants in the North American energy markets. Nodal Exchange is a leader in innovation, having introduced the world’s largest set of electric power locational (nodal) futures contracts.


Nodal Exchange currently offers over 1,000 power and gas contracts on hundreds of unique locations, providing the most effective basis risk management to its energy market participants. Nodal is now innovating the trucking freight industry by introducing the world’s first trucking freight futures contracts. All Nodal Exchange contracts are cleared by its wholly owned subsidiary, Nodal Clear, which is a U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) registered derivatives clearing organization.


Nodal Exchange is a designated contract market regulated by the CFTC. Nodal is part of the EEX group, a group of companies serving international commodity markets.


About DAT


DAT operates the largest truckload freight marketplace in North America. Transportation brokers, carriers, news organizations and industry analysts rely on DAT for market trends and data insights derived from 270 million freight matches in 2018, and a database of $57 billion of market transactions.


About FreightWaves


FreightWaves is a data-centric company that provides products and solutions to help transportation industry participants efficiently manage risk, consume data, and absorb market insights and commentary. FreightWaves’ solutions enable both industry veterans and disruptors to succeed in the digital world.

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