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.

March 2016

The Cass Intermodal Index continued its downward slide, falling another 3.0% YoY in March after declines of 2.2% and 3.8% in January and February respectively. Analysts with Avondale Partners “expect intermodal rates will continue to decline in 2016 as the dramatic drop in diesel prices and even more dramatic drop in oil takes its toll on US domestic demand.” Historically, there is a "high degree of correlation between truckload and intermodal pricing," they said. As contract rates for trucking continue to lose strength and move into negative territory, “[this] would imply even more potential weakness for intermodal pricing."

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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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