- A spot rate is the price a freight service provider offers a shipper at any given time to move their shipment from Point A to Point B. Spot rates are based on market conditions at the time you are quoted for an immediate settlement of a service (in this case shipping). Since spot rates follow the fundamental concept of supply and demand, an increase in capacity will lower prices, while a decrease in capacity will raise prices. Like contract rates, exclusively using spot rates is a gamble depending on the market conditions at the time of your shipment.And the opposite of that term is ( contract rate).
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