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.

January 2015

The Cass Intermodal Index shows that costs of intermodal shipping fell 0.3% year over year in January - the first decline since December 2013. Intermodal rates are expected to decline in 2015 as the dramatic drop in diesel prices (>$0.15 a mile decline in fuel surcharges) and even more dramatic drop in oil will challenge demand and pricing power for intermodal. The extent to which modes are shifted to truckload will be dependent on capacity availability.

Cass Intermodal Index January 2015

Cass Intermodal Index January 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 $23 billion in 2013.

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

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