Cass Truckload Linehaul Index

A Measure of Market Fluctuations in Truckload Costs

As the nation’s largest payer of freight bills, Cass manages $25 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.

September 2016

The Cass Truckload Linehaul Index decreased 3.5% year over year in September, representing seven consecutive months of year over year declines. According to analysts at Avondale Partners, softening demand and increasing capacity warrant a pricing forecast of -3% to 1% through mid-2017. Avondale also referenced other factors providing downward pricing pressure including carrier bankruptcies at historic lows, truck counts up by single digits, and the relaxation of the of the 34-hour restart rule.

Cass Truckload Linehaul Index

Cass Truckload Linehaul Index

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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 $25 billion in 2015. 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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