Cass Intermodal Price Index

A Measure of Market Fluctuations in Per-Mile Intermodal Freight Costs

As the nation’s largest payer of freight bills, Cass manages more than $26 billion annually in freight spend, enabling us to compile meaningful logistics data that serves as an indicator of transportation industry trends. The Cass Intermodal Price Index™ is a measure of market fluctuations in U.S. domestic intermodal costs.

February 2015

Our latest data point shows that total intermodal costs (linehaul, fuel, etc.) fell 1.8% year over year in February after also declining in January (0.3%). Intermodal rates are expected to continue to fall in 2015 as the dramatic drop in diesel prices–and even more dramatic drop in oil–causes mode-shifting from domestic intermodal back to truckload. The extent to which this shift will occur is dependent on trucking capacity, but the >$0.15 per mile decline in fuel surcharges collected by truckers in the last six months (with most of that decline coming in the most recent month) will certainly challenge demand and pricing power for domestic intermodal.

Cass Truckload Index February 2015

Intermodal Cost Index February 2015

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Index Definition

The Cass Intermodal Price Index is an accurate, timely indicator of market fluctuations in per-mile U.S. domestic intermodal costs. The index includes all costs associated with the move (linehaul, fuel and accessorials). It is based on costs as of January 2005 and uses a base value of 100.

Data within this unique index is derived from actual freight invoices paid on behalf of Cass’ clients, which totaled over $23 billion in 2013.

Cass partners with the securities analyst firm Avondale Partners LLC to publish this Index.

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