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.

March 2015

Although total intermodal costs saw a small uptick in February, they were down 1.6% year over year in March, after February's year-over-year dip of 1.8% and January's 0.3% fall. With diesel prices continuing to fall, loads are shifting (to the extent capacity is available) from domestic intermodal back to over-the-road truck, which is challenging demand and pricing power for intermodal.

Cass Intermodal Price Index March 2015

Cass Intermodal Cost Index March 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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