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.

October 2016

The Cass Intermodal Price Index rose 0.4% year over year in October, marking the first YoY increase since December 2014. "We concede that one month does not make a trend and that this data set is influenced by fuel (relatively flat YoY), but we will continue to monitor the data in the coming weeks," stated analysts at Avondale Partners. "We expect intermodal rates will continue to remain subdued in 2016 as the drop in diesel prices and even more dramatic drop in oil continues to take its toll on U.S. domestic demand."

Cass Intermodal Price Index

Cass Intermodal Cost 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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