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

October 2015

Total intermodal costs fell 3.2% year over year in October after a 2.3% drop in September. Avondale Partners expects intermodal rates to continue their decline through the remainder of 2015 as the dramatic drop in oil prices negatively impacts U.S. domestic demand. "We have historically observed a high degree of correlation between truckload and intermodal pricing, and know that should truckload rates continue to accelerate in the coming months, intermodal rates would normally follow," Avondale explains. "That said, this is only true for the base rate and the dramatic drop in fuel surcharges for truckers has to put pressure on domestic intermodal rates, especially in shorter lengths of haul."

Cass Intermodal Cost Index Trends Sept 2015

Cass Intermodal Cost Index Sept 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 $26 billion in 2014.

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

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