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 $25 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.

August 2016

The Cass Intermodal Index, measuring all-in per mile intermodal costs, continued its downward slide, falling another 2.0% year over year in August after declines of 1.5% and 2.4% in June and July respectively. Avondale Partners expects intermodal rates to continue their decline through the remainder of 2016 as the dramatic drop in oil prices continues to negatively impact U.S. domestic demand. "The greater than $0.30 a mile decline in fuel surcharges collected by truckers in the last two years has to challenge demand and pricing power for domestic intermodal, especially in shorter lengths of haul,” stated Avondale. “However, the current year over year decline in fuel surcharge per mile is now less than $0.04."

Cass Intermodal Price Index

Cass Intermodal Price Index

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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 $25 billion in 2015.

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

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