Cass Truckload Linehaul Index

A Measure of Market Fluctuations in Truckload Costs

As the nation’s largest payer of freight bills, Cass manages more than $26 billion annually in freight spend, enabling Cass to compile meaningful logistics data that serves as an indicator of transportation industry trends. The Cass Truckload Linehaul Index™ is a measure of market fluctuations in per-mile truckload linehaul rates, independent of additional cost components such as fuel and accessorials. Cass partners with analyst firm Avondale Partners, who provides the analysis we offer each month.

December 2015

The Cass Truckload Linehaul Index increased only 1.1% year over year in December, after growing 1.6% and 1.9% in November and October respectively. With softening demand and more available capacity, 2016 forecasted price increases remain between 1% and 3%, stated analysts with Avondale Partners. Also noteworthy is the negative imbalance between truckload spot and contract pricing. With the spot market tending to lead contract pricing directionally and decreases not seen since 2009, “current spot market weakness have lasted long enough to begin to be troubling,” Avondale continued.

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Index Definition

The Cass Truckload Linehaul Index™ is an accurate, timely indicator of market fluctuations in per-mile truckload pricing. The index isolates the linehaul component of full truckload costs from other components (e.g. fuel and accessorials), providing an accurate reflection of trends in baseline truckload prices.

Data within this unique index is derived from actual freight invoices paid on behalf of Cass’ clients, which totaled over $26 billion in 2014. The index uses January 2005 as its base month.

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

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