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 $20 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. Cass partners with analyst firm Avondale Partners, who provides the analysis we offer each month.

January 2017

The Cass Intermodal Price Index, measuring changes in total intermodal per-mile costs, rose 3.8% YoY in January, the largest YoY increase since October 2014 (influenced by the 21.7% YoY increase in fuel). Although diesel fuel prices have recovered from their early 2016 lows, "we do not expect a significant amount of sequential strength from intermodal," stated analysts at Avondale Partners. “But,” they continued, “the current level of demand and pricing will produce a positive YoY comparison for the next 9 to 10 months.”

Cass Intermodal Price Index January 2017

Cass Intermodal Price Index January 2017

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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.

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

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