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.

November 2016

The Cass Intermodal Price Index, measuring changes in total intermodal per-mile costs, increased 0.3% YoY in November after rising 0.4% in October. "This marked the second consecutive month of increases with the data set being influenced by fuel (up 4.2% YoY)," stated Avondale Partners. "We concede that the extent to which loads can be shifted from domestic intermodal back to over-the-road truck is dependent on trucking capacity, which is currently available in most lanes," Avondale continued.

Cass Intermodal Price Index November 2016

Cass Intermodal Price Index November 2016

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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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